The Water Resistance of watches is commonly misunderstood due to the fact that a watch that states resistance to a certain depth, in real terms, is usually not water resistant to that depth.
That is due to a number of factors including pressing buttons underwater, screw compression, quality of watch materials and general wear and tear.
Water is usually measured in Bars, or atmospheric pressure (ATM), with 1 bar usually equal to 10 metres.
The guide below provides a general outline of the applicability of water resistance of watches, in real life scenarios, to help you with your purchasing decision:
30m, 100ft - 3 BAR, 3 ATM
Will withstand accidental splashes but not suitable for swimming.
50m, 165ft - 5 BAR, 5 ATM
Will withstand shallow swimming but not diving, snorkelling or water sports.
100m, 330ft - 10 BAR, 10 ATM
Suitable for swimming and snorkelling but not suitable for high board diving or submerged diving.
200m, 660ft - 20 BAR, 20 ATM
Suitable for all high impact water sports and scuba diving at depths not requiring helium gas and/or decompression.
Adversity Sport and Apparel hope this guide helps you make an informed purchasing decision.