Can I Take My Dive Watch Into The Shower?

 
Firmin Li from Sydney, Australia asks:

I was wondering if wearing a dive watch in the shower would be any different to wearing it for swimming/diving? A quick google gives me contrasting experiences of people, some claiming the heat/pressure from showering could harm the seals and eventually cause the watch to leak. Is this true?

Some of us have routinely done so for years. We believe that if a watch is rated at 100m or better rated we don't worry about it. Figure that gaskets should be replaced every 5 years or so, more often if you dive with it. I don't think the heat should be an issue for most decent dive watches. I cannot, however, speak to any effects from body soaps or shampoos on coatings, etc. Why are you showering with a watch anyway? Do you think it is cool or are you in that much of a rush?


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3 comments
karsonb
karsonb

Usually 10atm or better is fairly safe to shower with unless it has been opened and improperly resealed.

Hot water and steam deform the rubber gasket allowing water/steam to penetrate. Also steam penetrates more easily then water.

PerryBolding
PerryBolding

I personally prefer a rugged dive watch for the sole purpose of never having to take it off.  It has nothing to do with being cool; it's merely practical.  It takes less time and fewer steps.  You are also less likely to forget, or even lose your watch.  Besides, how else are you supposed to know how much time you have in the shower before being late to work?  Why do you find this so unusual?  Why else would anyone buy/wear a dive watch?  It's not like the vast majority of us frequently dive with them.  

LucaSantos
LucaSantos

The last sentence is simply fantastic! Why people keep showering with a watch??