Today let’s talk about the moisture inside the watch, why is this happen? Does this situation ring a bell?
Moisture is a common problem for watches especially if you live in a humid area where bodies of water are nearby or that it usually rains in that particular locality.
Sometimes, condensation occurs when droplets of water get inside your watch because it isn’t water-resistant or sometimes it may have had went through a lot more than the rated water resistance for its capacity.
When moisture gets inside a wristwatch, it is usually a minor concern that may dry up in a few days, affecting none but the conspicuous presence of droplets inside.
Sometimes, though, the presence of droplets inside may indicate a more serious problem on the watch’s hardware, causing air to flow inside the watch and cause condensation.
The reason of this problem is: A sharp change in temperature from cold to warm. Suspended air particles from outside weather when there is a storm or snowfall may get inside the watch or around it and when you go in a warm area, the droplets liquefy.
Condensation is the most common cause of water damage in a watch. This can be caused by a temperature or humidity difference between the inside and outside of the watch if the water-resistant seal is compromised or absent; even gaps around watch winders can cause condensation to form.
So when it’s happen how can you do?
At this point, it’s either you stick to the DIY route or bring the watch to a professional (a (watchmaker to be precise).
Let’s kick off with what you can do to save your watch!
1. Consider how long the watch has been exposed to water. If you find that the water has only been in the watch for maybe a day or two, then chances are the timepiece will be fine after drying it.
2. You may leave your watch in a warm place such as placing it near a fireplace, under the sun, a lamp, or any heat source in order to slowly let the droplets evaporate away. Take note though that if this is effective, it might indicate an open area in your watch and that you may want to get it checked out by the manufacturers.
But what if the damage is severe?
Well, the answer is pretty obvious — bring the watch to a professional watchmaker. Of course, these people know exactly how to take a watch apart and dry just about every component in sight.
One last piece of advice: just take a trip to a local watchmaker regardless of whether the damage is mild or severe. Trust us, it’s totally worth it (especially if you’re looking to save a watch that cost you much dollars). Good luck!
At Last good question:
How can I prevent my watches from suffering from water damage in the future?
Preventative measures can definitely be taken to avoid water damage in the future!
First pay attention to the water resistance that the manufacturer recommends for your specific watch model. Every model is different, and, on top of that, the water resistance levels can be a little misleading, since the measurements watchmakers use only take pressure into account, not necessarily water depth.
In addition to following this guide for how much pressure your watch can take, you should also take it in to a watchmaker for water resistance testing.
Finally, of course, it’s paramount that you read over the watch’s manual and make sure to make proper use of all its complicated features before you bring the timepiece into a body of water.