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Understanding Water Resistance

When it’s time to choose a wristwatch that defies the elements, understanding water resistance is crucial. Many of today’s high-tech wristwatches feature incredible water resistance that actually allows their wearers to enjoy scuba diving, swimming, showering or boating while they wear their timepieces. However, there are a variety of water resistance levels, so it’s important to understand how water resistance in measured in terms of wristwatches.

Typically, water resistance is measured in meters. If you’re shopping for models with superior water resistance, look for timepieces with higher meter numbers for water resistance. The higher the meter number, the deeper you may go underwater without damaging your new wristwatch. Sometimes, luxury timepieces also feature water resistance ratings that are measured in bars. Again, the higher the bar measurement, the more water-resistant the timepiece will be.

Examples of watch makers who specialize in sporty designs that are very water-resistant include Tag Heuer, Omega, Rolex, and Timex. However, there are thousands of other watch manufacturers that also create designs with some degree of water resistance. The key to finding the right model for your needs is determining how many meters or bars of water resistance you really need. After all, there’s no need to pay extra for incredible water resistance that you won’t even use. You may find water-resistant watches at all price points. However, for almost water-proof designs, it’s best to buy from respected manufacturers who are known for their high-performance wristwatches. Prices for water resistant watches range from one hundred dollars to several hundred thousand dollars; therefore, you’ll have a dizzying array of styles to choose from.

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