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Old 12-08-04, 02:38 PM   #1
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I was just looking at my leather banded dress watch. It says 100M/330 FT. Why do i need a dress watch that works 100 meters below the water? IS that information really necessary? My dress pants don't specify but i can't imagine them staying dry any more than 50 meters under. No?
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Old 12-08-04, 08:10 PM   #2
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The truth is that the depth ratings have little to do with reality.
What they really say is that they are rated for a certain pressure.
The pressure of one atmosphere (1 bar) is equivalent to a water depth of 10 m.
So 50 m equals 5 bar, 100 m equals 10 bar, and 200 m equals 20 bar.
But the actual depths they can be used at are far less than that.

A general guide:
10 m - you can wash your hands with it on without problems
30 m - good enough for a shower
50 m - bathing or swimming at the surface
100 m - shallow dives
+200 m - good enough for scuba diving
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Old 12-08-04, 09:34 PM   #3
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I've seen Funniest Home Videos: you never know when you're gonna end up in a pool. A waterproof dress watch is a sensible precaution.
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Advertising. It conveys a sense of durability. Or at least it does to me, and I generally don't buy into cheap advertising gimmicks.
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