It's About Time! Watch Repair

Professional Pocket Watch Repair & Wrist Watch Repair 

Upper Sandusky, Ohio,  USA

Scott A. Ekleberry-Watchmaker

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SPECIALIZING IN BOTH POCKET WATCH REPAIR AND WRIST WATCH REPAIR.

NOW FEATURING SPECIAL PRICING ON SEIKO KINETIC CAPACITOR REPLACEMENT! PLEASE SEE PRICING PAGE!

POCKET WATCH REPAIR, BULOVA WATCH REPAIR, GRUEN WATCH REPAIR, & SEIKO WATCH REPAIR ARE A SPECIALTY! 

WATER RESISTANCE OF WATCHES AND SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW!!!

No manufacturer or watchmaker will guarantee your watch to be waterproof or water resistant (unless he is insane). Why? Well, they once did, but then if I remember right someone died in a diving accident or something around 1970. There was major litigation and then it was "open season" on any watch that said "waterproof" and leaked. In other countries many watchmakers and even some watch manufactures were forced out of business after they were sued as the consumer protection laws are very strict in many other countries. In the US the Federal Trade Commission mandated that no watch ever be labeled "waterproof" again. So, when the old stock was sold-off "water resistant" became the keywords. Does that mean your watch will not stand up to the water? Not really, but it keeps all of us in the trade from being sued because the responsibility now rests with the consumer.

As a general guide:

In any event, if you intend to partake in ANY water sports with the watch on, it is IMPERATIVE that you have the water resistance checked BEFORE you do the activity! I have had people e-mail me about sea water in all sorts of watches, including Rolex watches. The sad part is, once it's in there the damage is probably done, and many times irreversible.

Again, if you plan to do any "water sports" with the watch, I can not stress enough to have the water resistance of the watch checked regularly. Spending $15-$20 to have it checked every 1 to 2 years is a LOT cheaper than having to buy a new watch! 

When I test your watch for water resistance I will give you a yes/no answer weather or not it passed the test, and at what pressure, but under no circumstances will I guarantee the water resistance of any watch.

At present my tester will only test to 5 BAR, but most watches that are bad will show a leak at 3 BAR. In the future I hope to upgrade to an electronic "dry" tester capable of testing to at least 20 BAR or more. Unfortunately, these machines are VERY expensive, so a resultant increase in charges for water resistance testing will be the by-product of purchase of the new machine. The new machine will allow me to give better service to the customer and also test divers watches to their full water resistance level. Most watchmakers do not have the more expensive machines, you must test a lot of watches to pay for such a machine.

If your watch fails the water resistance test, and you would like work performed to make it water resistant again, then additional labor and parts will be necessary. Water resistance of a watch should be checked yearly, at the very least every other year.

 

It's About Time! Watch Repair

Professional Pocket Watch Repair & Wrist Watch Repair

Upper Sandusky, Ohio

Scott A. Ekleberry-Watchmaker

Click Here To Bookmark This Site!

SPECIALIZING IN BOTH POCKET WATCH REPAIR AND WRIST WATCH REPAIR.

NOW FEATURING SPECIAL PRICING ON SEIKO KINETIC CAPACITOR REPLACEMENT! PLEASE SEE PRICING PAGE!

ANTIQUE POCKET WATCH REPAIR, ANTIQUE WRIST WATCH REPAIR, BULOVA WATCH REPAIR, GRUEN WATCH REPAIR, & SEIKO WATCH REPAIR ARE A SPECIALTY!

WATER RESISTANCE OF WATCHES AND SOME THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW!!!

No manufacturer or watchmaker will guarantee your watch to be waterproof or water resistant (unless they are insane). Why? Well, they once did, but then if I remember right someone died in a diving accident or something around 1970. There was major litigation and then it was "open season" on any watch that said "waterproof" and leaked. In other countries many watchmakers and even some watch manufactures were forced out of business after they were sued as the consumer protection laws are very strict in many other countries. In the US the Federal Trade Commission mandated that no watch ever be labeled "waterproof" again. So, when the old stock was sold-off "water resistant" became the keywords. Does that mean your watch will not stand up to the water? Not really, but it keeps all of us in the trade from being sued because the responsibility now rests with the consumer.

As a general guide:

In any event, if you intend to partake in ANY water sports with the watch on, it is IMPERATIVE that you have the water resistance checked BEFORE you do the activity! I have had people e-mail me about sea water in all sorts of watches, including Rolex watches. The sad part is, once it's in there the damage is probably done, and many times irreversible.

Again, if you plan to do any "water sports" with the watch, I can not stress enough to have the water resistance of the watch checked regularly. Spending $15-$20 to have it checked every 1 to 2 years is a LOT cheaper than having to buy a new watch! 

When I test your watch for water resistance I will give you a yes/no answer weather or not it passed the test, and at what pressure, but under no circumstances will I guarantee the water resistance of any watch.

At present my tester will only test to 5 BAR, but most watches that are bad will show a leak at 3 BAR. In the future I hope to upgrade to an electronic "dry" tester capable of testing to at least 20 BAR or more. Unfortunately, these machines are VERY expensive, so a resultant increase in charges for water resistance testing will be the by-product of purchase of the new machine. The new machine will allow me to give better service to the customer and also test divers watches to their full water resistance level. Most watchmakers do not have the more expensive machines, you must test a lot of watches to pay for such a machine.

If your watch fails the water resistance test, and you would like work performed to make it water resistant again, then additional labor and parts will be necessary. Water resistance of a watch should be checked yearly, at the very least every other year.

 


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A Full Service Watch Repair Shop In Upper Sandusky, Ohio,  USA

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