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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  • LucaSantos

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jef_in

    I had a swatch watch that I used in college,  used it everywhere,  swimming, showers and all.  Had it for more than 10 years and the part that got affected due to all those water is the crown.  It got worn out so bad that there is no more crown left.  I could have replaced the crown by the strap connection was becoming brittle too.  What do you expect from a plastic watch!  But then again,  more than 10 years for a plastic watch that is not even rated for swimming is very impressive.  I do not think Casio Quartz (not the diving watches or G-Shock models) would last as long.
    Going back to the question,  I would answer yes,  you can wear it in the shower,  even the steam or hot shower would not that bad for the divers watch.  But you still have to have it maintained.  Salt water and chlorinated water is different from soapy chemical hot shower water.  Normal maintenance of the watch, with the O-rings or whatever sealing mechanism is used by the watch would help it last longer.  You may even help this forum by sharing what you learned about the rubber seals, if they get worn out quicker.
    Also depending on the watch’s finish, the coatings can get blistered and lift out,  this would be for cheap PVD or very thin plating finish.  But most expensive dive watches have very good PVD coating and thick plating or filling if not the real deal – like gold and platinum, which would not really be hurt by bath soaps.

  • Jef_in

    LucaSantos I know what you mean,  but sometimes you just have to.  For instance in public beaches or remote dive spots,  where the shower on the beach dive off point is just a shack and a hose,  you would not want to remove your dive watch and then forget about it.  It happens you know.

  • paco “horlogerbonvivant” canda

    I have showered with a watch for as long I can remember, I do not find it unusual or strange… You need to keep track of time while you shower and get ready to leave to the office in the mornings….I use a Seiko skx 009, my several Reactors, as well as my several Vostok Amphibias, Uzis, Bertuccis, Luminox, G-shock or any Casio, etc…I avoid using my better divers such as SMP Omega and Longines Hydroconquest so I won`t get them scratched or banged accidentally…..