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My watch took the water: What to do?

My watch took the water: What to do?-Charlie Paris

What are the first emergency actions if water has entered my watch?

If your watch took the water you will notice it very quickly, the fog will appear inside the latter. The main advice we can give you is to go quickly to a watchmaker. Indeed, the more thewater stay long inside the case, plus the dial, the hands or even the movement of your watch will be damaged. Under the effect of water or even salted water the steel elements of your watch will rust internally and therefore greatly abate. To Charlie Paris, we have a watchmaker who can take care of your show manor your show woman who would have taken the water.

If your watch stays for many days under this humid atmosphere it has a strong chance of displaying significant rust marks. The watchmaker will no longer be able to do much, so it will have to replace parts or all of the elements of your watch. So you will have understood, pay attention to your watch! Even more if it is a automatic watch !

If you do not have the possibility to go to a watchmaker quickly, you can place your watch in a dry place, with the glass of your watch turned against a flat surface. Then pull on the crown of your watch (the small wheel that is used to adjust the time) in order to allow the moisture "locked" in the case of the watch to escape. To speed up this process you can also place a hair dryer on the medium heat mode in front of the crown, this will allow to circulate the air and thus bring out the moisture.

However, be sure to take your watch to a watchmaker as soon as you can. Indeed even if your watch does not have an apparent water mark or rust inside the dial this does not mean that it is not damaged, only a watchmaker will be able to determine whether it is or not.

Wondering why rust steel and stainless steel don't rust, click here, the team Charlie Paris explain everything to you.


Our tips to prevent water entering your watch:

→ Firstly ensure that the crown of your watch is properly engaged before going into the water. Indeed it is it that guarantees the waterproofing of your watch. If your watch is suitable for diving, it is normally equipped with a screwed crown. In this case make sure that the latter is screwed in the axis and at its maximum.

→ Lorsque you go in the water with your waterproof watch avoid large temperature differences for like any material, steel expands and contracts under the effect of heat and cold. It therefore presses the joints of your watch in a more or less important way and a sudden change in temperature can really damage the tightness of your watch.

→ Sif you own a show chronograph (even if waterproof)do not use push buttons when immersed. With very rare exceptions, if you press the push buttons, water will automatically enter your watch.

→ If your watch has received a violent shock it may be that the the case was damaged or the glass was slightly cracked, which increases the risk of your watch taking on water. So take your watch to your watchmaker to check its tightness.

→ Finally il is important to do check the state of your watch joints, even more if the latter is no longer very young. Old joints will tend to no longer effectively seal your watch. Also be vigilant when you change batteries because the seal can be damaged during this operation.

→ You may not know if your watch is waterproof, or what ATM inscriptions mean on the back of your watch. For this we invite you to read our article on different levels of waterproofing of watches by clicking here.


To Charlie Paris every our Made in France watchesare watertight between 3ATM and 30 ATM.

Our watches sports are waterproof 10 ATM i.e. waterproofing allowing you to bathe and practice any water sport!

For diving enthusiasts, we have developed the Concordia diving watch, a waterproof watch 30 ATM, therefore watertight up to 300m.

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