So, you are planning to buy a water-resistant watch for yourself since you are going to have an active lifestyle from here on out. That is actually a wise decision because you want a reliable watch that can withstand the elements, especially since you are going to be sweating quite a lot.
That being said, in your quest of finding the right watch, you’ve come across the words ‘water-resistant’ that are either followed or preceded by a certain number plus either the word meter or ‘BAR’. What do these all mean?
Well, if you want to know the answer, do read the rest of the article to find out what they actually mean.
Think of your watch as a paper. What happens to paper when it is either splashed or submerged in water? Well, it gets damaged, right? But, as to what condition it was dealt with will represent the actual damage of the product.
In another scenario, think of getting a shower and diving underwater for about 50 meters. Your watch might survive in the first scenario but it might not do so well if it is submerged 50 meters down below.
Water-resistance is just a measure of how well the watch can hold water off of its inner mechanisms before it gets damaged due to the water pressure.
Keep in mind that the deeper you go down below, the higher the pressure is.
Numbers and Terms
Now, when searching for a water-resistant watch, you might come across terms such as meters, ATM, or BAR. The latter two can be used interchangeably and it just refers to the atmospheric conditions.
For the numbers, it just represents how deep the watch can go without getting damaged. So, if you see a 50-meter water-resistance rating on a watch, it could theoretically withstand the pressure of up to 50 meters down below.
What to Expect
Since you’ve now known what all of those terms mean, I will now present you with the things that you can expect based on some of the popular ratings on the market.
- 30 Meters/ 3 BAR or ATM- For the most part, these watches are only splash-resistant and is not ideal to be submerged underwater
- 50 Meters/ 5 BAR or ATM- If you are buying a water-resistant watch, this should be your bare minimum. You can take a shower with it and you can also wear it while swimming. However, I would still refrain from using it for diving too deep, though
- 100 Meters/ 10 BAR or ATM- Not only is this watch okay to wear when you are taking a shower but it can also be safe to wear when you are out there in a snorkeling excursion. However, it may still not be ideal to wear this in a deep-diving adventure
- 200-300 Meters/ 20-30 BAR or ATM- If you are a diver and you want a trusty watch that can survive the elements, this is definitely the watch that you should invest in. Keep in mind that the higher the water-resistance rating is, the more expensive it will be.