What Should I do If My Rolex Watch Gets in Water?

Nowadays, most wristwatches have at least some measure of water resistance, or waterproofing. The industry standard is waterproof to a depth of 30 meters. Of course, there are many diving watches that are certified waterproof to a depth of 300 meters. Rolex is widely recognized as a leader in waterproof performance, especially in their Submariner series of watches. However, even watches with the highest level of waterproofing can take on water if the watch has been somehow damaged. So what should I do if my Rolex watch gets in water? This is a question asked by many of our fellow watchmates. Let’s take a look at some solutions to this problem.

Rolex watch gets in water
Rolex watch gets in water

Firstly, how do we know that the Rolex watch gets in water?

Look for 3 things (in order of increasing importance):

1, There is water vapor inside the watch.

2, The watch glass has condensed water.

3, There are a lot of water drops in the dial and watch glass.

If there is water on the outside of the crystal only, it can be gently dried off with a hairdryer. Do not allow the watch to become hot to the touch. If the water vapor or droplets are on the inside of the glass or on the dial, this means that there is likely also water in the movement, and the watch should be taken to the service center as soon as possible to avoid further damage. Even so called “waterproof” Rolexes should be serviced regularly, to make sure the gaskets responsible for water resistance are still in good condition. It should be checked immediately after having been accidentally left it in the washing machine.

Known for their exquisite workmanship, Rolex watches are the top of the line among all watches. They seldom take on water, even when dropped into water, but just like cars, Rolex watches need regular maintenance. Under normal wearing conditions, Rolex watches need to go to a professional service center every 1-2 years to conduct waterproof, anti-magnetic, and shockproof tests.

Of course, besides just being able to recognize if your watch has indeed taken on water, it is also important to understand the various types of water and the damage they can do.

The different types of moisture that generally get into watches are these: rain or tap water, mineral water or distilled water, beverages, sea water, chemical reagents or medicinal solutions.

Distilled water will cause the least damage. Seawater, on the other end of the spectrum, however, is very corrosive. If it is not a professional diving watch, it would be best not to wear it when swimming or playing in the sea water. Of course, if the watch falls into chemical reagents, the situation is more serious. Remember, the best thing to do when the watch takes on water is to send it to the watch repair shop for dewatering. Of course, watch water must be treated in a timely manner, otherwise it will make the steel parts inside the watch movement rust- then the repair costs will undoubtedly be increased significantly, as the damage to the movement can be serious. In addition to water damage to the movement parts, the water vapor may cause color changes on the dial and calibration needle, to foam, or even rust.

OK, so now we have given you our best recommendation for dealing with water in a watch- take it to a professional!!  But what if you want to try to do it yourself, or what “first aid” can you give to your watch, before you take it to “the doctor”?  Here are some ideas: (Caution: Use at your own risk!)

Rolex watch gets in water
Rolex watch gets in water

Some alternative watch water treatment suggestions:

  1. Place the watch into a sealed container along with a silica gel desiccant. If the watch case is filled with water, you can place the watch together with silicone desiccant in a closed container. After a few hours, remove the watch. This method is simple and affordable, and it will not affect the accuracy and longevity of the watch, and the silica gel can be reused.
  2. Use a light bulb to heat the watch. If it is only a slight water intrusion, it will be just a mist in the watch glass. You can wrap the outside with a velvet cloth or several layers of toilet paper that will readily absorb moisture. Place the watch on a flat surface about 15 centimeters beneath a 40-watt electric bulb to bake it. Generally, the mist on the glass will disappear within about 30 minutes. Never allow the watch to be baked directly near the lamp; Otherwise the watch might be deformed by the heat.
  3. Treat with calcium chloride. Wrap a small piece of gauze laced with calcium chloride powder, around the watch and cover, with the cover removed, and put them into a plastic bag and box. After 12 hours the watch can be removed, and you will see the water vapor inside the watch glass has disappeared. However, if the water intake was more serious, the storage time can be extended to up to one whole day.
  4. Wear the watch. Wear the watch on your wrist, with the bottom case facing outward and the cover facing inward. If the water is not very serious, you can usually eliminate water vapor in two hours.
  5. Rub oil on the watch. If the above methods have been tried, and there is still water vapor- then you can try to pry off the cover, dry the movement, and immediately wipe the parts with oil. This is in order to prevent the internal parts from rusting.
Rolex watch gets in water
Rolex watch gets in water

That Rolex watch gets in water is really a headache. If you encounter this kind of situation, it is always best to go to a professional watch repair center, so as to ensure that the water vapor inside the watch is completely eliminated, and to ensure that damaged parts have been replaced. If you own a Rolex replica watch, the solution to waterlogging is very similar, because Rolex workmanship, timing, accuracy, and appearance, are all very similar in the replica watches, so the process is the same. Of course, in addition to water issues, Rolex owners need to pay attention to dust and shock, and to not let the watch come in contact with magnetic objects for a long time, to avoid causing mistakes in the movement.

The above is a just an introduction to the Rolex watch water treatment methods. If you want to understand Rolex’s maintenance recommendations and other knowledge, we recommend that you go to the website (https://kronoswatch.sc), where there is  more detailed and comprehensive information. Rolex is a watch brand that we all like very much, and it has a high and lasting value. Therefore, care and maintenance are very important. The better the watch is maintained, the more valuable it is. Of course, I also regularly update my knowledge of watches in my own blog. There is always something there that table members are interested in. You are more than welcome to visit me there.