Water Resistance

At REEDS, we have a wide selection of timepieces, from non-water resistant to 20 BAR (ATM). There are several different types of water resistance as well as tips that will help you keep your watch resistant watch in great condition.

Water resistance is an excellent feature to have in most watches; however, it isn't a permanent condition. You may view the specifications for your watch on the back of the case. No matter how water resistant the watch may be, with time, the gaskets which seal the watch become dry and brittle and its water resistant quality can be compromised. Exposing the watch to harsh environments like chlorinated pools, salt water, or chemicals from showering can cause the gaskets to become weaker. We recommend that the gaskets be changed at least every 18 months to maintain the water resistant quality of your timepiece.

To preserve your watch's water resistance as long as possible, please follow these guidelines:

  • Wipe off moisture, sweat or dirt with a soft dry cloth after removing it from the wrist in order to increase the durability of the case back, gaskets and band.
  • After using a water resistant watch in ocean water, wash it in fresh water and dry it with a soft cloth.
  • Do not wash a water resistant watch while the crown is pulled out.
  • Avoid washing a water resistant watch directly under running water. Wash it in still water in a sink or a receptacle.

Water resistance in watches is measured in atmosphere (ATM) or "bar". These are the measurements that the watch industry uses to denote the amount of pressure that a watch can endure. One atmosphere is equal to about 10 meters or roughly 30 feet. So for example, if your watch is water resistant to 50 meters, it is referring to the amount of pressure the watch case can withstand, not the depth to which the watch can be worn.

Water-resistance ratings for watches:

Use these guidelines to choose the right water-resistant watch for your lifestyle:

RatingWater-Resistant toSuitable for
3 ATM 30 meters/100 feet Everyday use. No swimming.
5 ATM 50 meters/165 feet Short periods of swimming. No diving or snorkeling.
10 ATM 100 meters/330 feet Swimming and snorkeling.
20 ATM 200 meters/660 feet High-impact water sports and some diving.
Diver 150-200 meters/500-660 feet Scuba diving.