Can Rolex watches get wet?

Rolex watches are designed to be water-resistant, and many models are capable of withstanding exposure to water to varying degrees. However, it's essential to note that the level of water resistance can differ among Rolex models.

Rolex watches are categorized as 'water-resistant' and it's crucial to clarify that no watch can be truly 'waterproof.'
The term 'waterproof' implies the ability to remain functional after extended periods submerged at significant depths, which no watch, including Rolex, can guarantee.
Despite Rolex watches being exceptionally high-performing, they are specifically designed to be water-resistant rather than entirely impervious to water.

The confusion often arises when people mistakenly interchange the terms 'water-resistant' and 'waterproof.'When inquiring about the waterproof nature of Rolex watches, it becomes a misnomer.
While the terms are commonly used interchangeably, the accurate description for watches, including Rolex, is 'water-resistant.'

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Most Rolex watches are water-resistant to at least 100 meters (330 feet), while professional models such as the Submariner and Sea-Dweller are designed for even greater water depths, typically ranging from 300 meters (1,000 feet) to 1,220 meters (4,000 feet) or more.

However, we usually advise against bathing with vintage watches (produced before 1990) due to micro-cracks that might be invisible to the naked eye.

It's crucial to understand the water resistance rating of your specific Rolex model and adhere to Rolex's guidelines for usage in water.

So is it Safe to Shower with a Rolex?

Showering with a Rolex watch is generally safe, provided the water temperature isn't excessively hot. As long as your activities don't exceed the maximum depth rating of your watch or if there is no damage to the Oyster case that might compromise its water resistance, you can confidently splash, spray and rinse your Rolex.

The official Rolex care guide even suggests showering with your watch at the end of the day as a beneficial practice for rinsing off dirt, sand, and grime. If you own an older Rolex with uncertain water resistance or harbor concerns, a quick rinse in cold water or using a wet wipe or damp cloth can be an alternative.

Can a Rolex Handle Ocean Swimming?

Many Rolex watches, even those not explicitly designed for deep-sea diving, are crafted with conditions like salty sea air and water in mind. For instance, Rolex Yacht-Master and Rolex Yacht-Master II watches are sports watches intended for sailing yachts, ensuring they can endure the challenges of ocean-faring, including swimming.

As a rule of thumb, as long as the watch features an Oyster case, it remains fully water-resistant, whether in saltwater or freshwater. However, it's advisable to clean your watch after an ocean swim.

However keep in mind that while many Rolex watches are built to withstand exposure to water, it's advised to avoid unnecessary risks, such as operating the crown or buttons while the watch is submerged, as this can compromise the water resistance.

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So is Water a Threat to a Rolex?

Under normal circumstances with a properly functioning Oyster case, water poses no threat to your Rolex unless submerged for extended periods, likely spanning days. The exception arises when there is any damage to the watch, allowing dust, water, air, and moisture into the mechanism, potentially causing damage.

Common scenarios leading to water damage or compromised water resistance in a Rolex include:

  1. Extreme temperatures: Prolonged exposure to high heat or cold can harm the moisture-protecting seals and gaskets inside the watch.
  2. Aging: Over time, the seals and gaskets on the winding crown may wear out, reducing water resistance. 
  3. Off-brand spare parts: Non-original Rolex brand parts are likely inferior and may result in water ingress.
  4. Residue from hygiene products: Accumulation of soap, shampoo, or hygiene product residue can diminish the effectiveness of seals in the winding crown.

It's crucial to understand that it's not just water but moisture that poses a threat. Damaged watches or compromised seals and gaskets on the winding crown can allow small particles of moisture to enter, particularly in humid conditions. Regular Rolex servicing is the best way to prevent potential damage and ensure the longevity of your timepiece.

Therefore, regular maintenance and periodic water-resistance testing by an authorized Rolex service center or specialized laboratories are recommended to ensure the watch remains adequately sealed.

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Which Rolex Watches Lack Water Resistance?

With the exception of a few notably old or vintage Rolex timepieces, the majority are water-resistant unless the watch case has suffered damage. However, it's important to note the Rolex Cellini as a unique instance; it remains waterproof but to a slightly lower depth of 50 meters, contrasting with the standard 100 meters provided by all other Oyster cases.

The presence of the term 'Oyster' on a Rolex watch signifies the inclusion of a water-resistant Oyster case.

All contemporary Rolex watch models, including the Air-King, Datejust, Daytona, GMT Master or Master II, and Explorer, utilize the Oyster case. Consequently, you can confidently assume that any model featuring this case is inherently water-resistant, albeit limited to its certified depth.

As said before, we advise against bathing with vintage watches (produced before 1990): these cases might have little damages that are not easy to be spotted.

What About the Bracelet? 

Metal bracelets exhibit complete water resistance and resilience against corrosion. If you bath in salt water, remember to rinse it afterward.
Conversely, fabric, leather, or rubber straps are susceptible to wear and tear, gradually deteriorating over time, regardless of exposure to water.
If your watch features a fabric bracelet, it is generally more affordable and easily replaceable, allowing you to engage in activities like swimming, diving, or simply getting the watch wet without significant concern.

If you would like to have your watch checked about its water resistance level or you want us to substitute glass/gasket/seals, feel free to contact us!
Our specialized laboratory will service your Rolex watch so you can enjoy your water activities without any thought!

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