Swiss watches are crafted and produced in Switzerland, and known all over the world for their elegance and precision. Just like Scotland is known for their finest collection of Scotch Whiskeys, Switzerland houses the top watchmakers – Omega, Longines, Tag Heuer, Rado to name a few.
All of these makers have their own quality-control and testing procedures. Every watch goes through several and meticulous testing before they are actually dispatched for the final chain of sale.
Watchmakers from Switzerland are very much conscious about their brand image and that is why almost all of them are delivering quality products to cater the needs of the watch connoisseurs and enthusiasts all over the world.
Every watch has their own marked water defiance capacity. This marking is like an indication e.g. ’30M water-resistant’. This means that particular model can withstand water pressures up to 30 meters.
The concept of water-resistance is often misinterpreted. A 30M water resistance does not always mean that one can wear the watch at a depth of 30 meters under water. A running flow of water can also create a water pressure something more than 30 meters and in this case, the watch will not be water resistant. The marked water defiance capacity indicates the maximum water pressure the watch is designed to handle and not necessarily the depth of the water.
Marked water defiance capacities of the Swiss-made watches are –
30M – This marked water-resistance signifies the basic level of water-resistance. When a device is marked with this kind of water-resistance, it means, the watch is suitable for normal wear and is able to handle light drizzles, normal splashes etc.
50M – If your watch is marked with 50M water resistance, that means it will allow swimming in a pool. However, one should not dive wearing this type of devices.
100M – This marking signifies that the watch is suitable for snorkelling, swimming and showering. However, no usage of hot water is permitted.
200M – A 200M marked timepiece is perfectly suitable for adventure sports like board diving and scuba diving. Though, deep-sea-diving is not at all permitted wearing this type of watches.
300M – These watches actually meant for professional divers and equipped with numerous other functionality like Helium escape valve, a screw-in crown for a better water-resistance & diving experience.
600M / 1200M – These types of watches are found rarely and only with a premium brand like Omega. Meant for extreme depths, these devices are capable of handling high pressures. Structurally those are quite robust and hefty since extra care is not needed.
Considering all these, a point should be kept in mind that, water defiance capacity of a Swiss watch is entirely dependent on certain things like the condition of the gasket, which includes normal wear & tear over long usage. Therefore, it is always advisable that the watch should be serviced periodically from the authorised service centres and checked for any flaws that can interfere the water-resistance capability of the device.