Taking care of your watch at the beach

Taking care of your watch at the beach

Advices
12.07.2022

Summer is already here and many of you will succumb to the call of swimming in the sea or in fresh water to cool off. Whether your watch has been immersed in water, put on the sand or even if it has taken a blow of heat, we reveal you in this article the good practices as well as our tips to help you to keep your Pierre Lannier watch for a long time and to preserve all its brightness.

The waterproofness of your watch

Before embarking on any water activity, it is essential to check the water resistance of your watch. A watch's water-resistance is defined as its ability to prevent liquids or gases from passing through the case. This water-resistance is checked by our experts using a machine that will blow air at high pressure on the watches to test their resistance. Thanks to a system of seals on the perimeter of the case and the mineral glass affixed, Pierre Lannier watches are waterproof 30 or 50 meters. This denomination means that you can wear your Pierre Lannier watch for nautical activities, and will withstand a pressure exerted by water equivalent to 30 or 50 meters deep. For more information on the water resistance of your watch, see our blog post Pierre Lannier watches waterproof guarantee. It is important to know that the water-resistance of your watch is not guaranteed for life and requires a regular check-up to determine if it is possible to immerse your timepiece or not. Indeed, the natural wear of the watch and the seals can compromise its water-resistance. To be sure to be able to immerse your watch without risk of it taking on water, we advise you to have it checked every year before the summer period.

Spend a day at the beach

Summer means refreshing days by the water. Whether you decide to relax by the sea, the ocean, a lake or a river, we've got a few tips that will help you keep your watch for a long time. You should know that in addition to the water resistance of your watch, which can be compromised by immersing it in water if not properly maintained, watches are particularly sensitive to temperature variations. That's why it's best not to leave your watch in your car during the summer when the heat can damage it. If you are afraid of pickpockets, don't panic, there are simple tips that you can do at home. If you have a tube of cream or a bottle of shower gel at home, clean it thoroughly so that there are no traces of the product and slip your watch inside! Tested and approved tip for all your precious objects. Your watch can be worn while swimming, but beware of shocks, especially if you wear an automatic watch. Water activities involving high-pressure water jets or that can be violent should be avoided (jet-skiing, canyoning, surfing etc.). Once you have finished swimming and if your watch has been in contact with sand, we recommend that you first rinse it with clean water, then once you are home, remove any residue remaining on the bracelet and case with a soft brush and a little soap and rub lightly before wiping everything with a microfiber cloth that will not leave scratches. For a thorough cleaning, remove the bracelet and focus on the horns of the case where dirt tends to accumulate. And to make sure you give your watch the best care, don't hesitate to get our watch care kit that will clean it thoroughly and gently.

 

After immersion: what not to do

In everyday life, your watch will be water resistant whether you are washing dishes, taking a shower, or swimming. However, there are some things to avoid after contact with water, whether you have an automatic, quartz, solar or chronograph watch. First of all, it is strongly recommended not to touch the crown after immersion. In the case of a chronograph watch, all crowns are affected. If the crown were to be handled, it could allow water droplets to penetrate inside, causing condensation on the mineral glass and compromising the water resistance of your watch. Indeed, in order to guarantee the water-resistance of the components, a seal is carefully installed at the level of the crown, which, if pulled, could make it move and let water pass through. Before making any adjustments, it is best to dry the watch with a microfiber cloth to soak up as much moisture as possible and make sure that the water will not damage the mechanism.

 



What if your watch gets wet?

After a swim, you notice that your watch has condensation or droplets on the dial? Please do not try to open your watch yourself or you could seriously damage the parts. Leave this task to an expert who can take the best care of it. To find expert watchmakers near you, check out our Store Locator, which lists all the stores near you. There's also no need to put your waterlogged watch in a tub of rice or even dip it in silica gel packets to absorb the moisture.

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