Water resistant

Water inflicts the greatest harm on watches, due to the corrosion it causes. With watches, we no longer use the term waterproof, but instead we use the term water resistant, because no watch is absolutely waterproof. If a watch is water resistant, you will be able to see this somewhere on the watch dial or back cover. If no further details are given, the watch will only be splash-proof.

Schaftenaar Watches models Journey and Traveller are 100 meters water resistant; you can find this on the back cover. As confusing as it may sound; this does not mean that you can dive 100 meters under water.

How does this work? If you go under water and you move, this will increase the pressure as a result of which you could exceed the water resistance margin. In salt water, the pressure increases even more, seeing that the density of salt water is higher than the density of fresh water, resulting in reaching the limit even sooner. Keep in mind that the tests for water resistance are done in favourable circumstances.

We would like to make you aware of the following:

When lying in the sun with your watch on, the temperature of your watch can rise as high as 40 to 50 degrees Celsius. Should you then decide to jump in the water; the big difference in temperature can cause a leak. Why would this be the case? Because the watch consists of various materials, there is also a difference in transition rate of the materials. Glass, synthetic material, rubber and steel have a different coefficient of expansion; which can result in a tiny groove in a fraction of a second, enabling water to penetrate because of capillary activity (suction through narrowing). This is one of the reasons a watch can never be absolutely waterproof.

A visit to the sauna or a hot bath can equally damage the water resistance. Please be aware that the salt of perspiration and soap slowly but surely harm the gaskets, decreasing the water resistance, which will no longer be the same as when the watch was purchased.

The watch has a 2 year guaranteed water resistance. Should you spend a lot of time in moist conditions, it is sensible to have your watch checked regularly for water resistance.


In case the watch shows condensation underneath the glass, this does not necessarily mean that your watch is no longer water resistant. Condensation can occur when the glass cools down quickly, while the case still has your body temperature. This causes the air in the case to condensate, resulting in you noticing a slight blur on the glass. However, if you notice droplets underneath the glass, or on the rim of the dial, the watch has a leak and we advise you to take the watch to one of our dealers as soon as possible so one of our specialists can prevent worse.

Watch strap

We use genuine leather watch straps, therefore the quality of our straps will quickly decrease if in frequent contact with high quantities of water, creams, soaps and other solvents or volatile fluids.
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