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Waterproof Wooden Watches! It's Finally Happening.

Posted by on 2/23/2018
Waterproof  Wooden Watches! It's Finally Happening.

       Waterproof Watches Made Of Wood? 

       One of the biggest stumbling blocks that people seem to have when deciding to buy a wood watch is how to feel when it touches water.  Water is part of everyday life. It's involved whether you do or do not have an active life.  You might enjoy swimming or living an active lifestyle around water, that's great. Many people don't live like that though.  Either way, getting it wet can be a problem. It can cause water damage, and possibly void your warranty.  We wanted to show difference in terms to lead to understanding about what your purchase can stand up to when submerged in water.  There a a few terms to be aware of, and knowing how to decipher some of the marketing can make a big decision in making a smarter purchase.  As you appreciate your purchase we would bet on the fact that you will be tempted to wash the dishes, shovel the snow (like we do here in Minnesota) and maybe even shower with it still on.  That is a safe bet if you like to wear yours as much as our staff does. What you can assume for the majority of cases out there is that the wood accessory is at least splash proof.   Splash proof is a generic term meaning if you get it wet, wipe it off immediately.  When you hear the phrase "splash proof" that means that there are no guarantees that you will be protected from water damage.  Splash proof can be a gimmicky term that can lead you to make a mistake. You might believe your purchase can be submerged under water, which could destroy your purchase and warranty.  What we're here to discuss is the term waterproof. Not only the term waterproof but also how deep your can dive underwater.  This is measured by the scuba term ATM (atmospheric pressure) and also depth.


     One of the first questions you might want to ask yourself is how deep in the water do I want to go.  I'm assuming most would want to maybe swim and less than 10 feet of water if you do waterproofing up to 50 m or 164 feet is more than enough. If you're thinking about taking waterproof watches scuba diving according to Dive Training Magazine the industry standard depth limit for recreational divers is 130 ft. During scuba certification student experience a depth of 30 to 60 feet (9 to 18 meter).   A deep dive is considered more than 60 ft or 18 meters. 

     Two of the best examples that have come out recently something that you could use in your everyday life are the new models from WeWood.  WeWood achieves the waterproof design by replacing the wood band with a water friendly nylon and housing their wood face in a waterproof casing.   This makes sense on a few levels. You still have the hypoallergenic and even more lightweight advantages, but can also be worn underwater. The new WeWood line can be submerged to 5 ATM atmospheric pressures (scuba terms) or a whopping 50 meters below the water surface.  Unless you are into scuba, you probably never dive roughly 164 feet (50 meters) below the water. Tense also has a great option with the same claim on depth. The Hudson series is a mixture of reclaimed walnut and stainless steel. It is nice change to see these manufacturer use the term waterproof instead of water resistant. Water resistant can also give false hope when wondering if you accessory will be damaged or not. Using the term "waterproof watches" shows that they have faith in their product. These are water resistant in the unlikely case that you would decide to dive deeper than 164 feet. 



      Speaking of diving deeper the one product that really stood out to us has the capability of withstanding 100m of depth. If if you're keeping track that is an unbelievable 328 ft below water surface. Based in San Diego, Pacific Standard Time company uses traditional Hawaiian woods to do exactly that. The origins of this company were found on Kickstarter which they had a very successful campaign of raising over $56,000 in 2016.  Kickstarter is an interesting place because many of the wooden watch companies never get started in business after their campaign is over. The fact that Pacific was able to raise so much money (and are still in business) really speaks volumes about their product.

    Pacific designs are based on three distinct woods.  Tropical Koa wood is the first, and is the second most common tree on the Hawaiian islands. KOA looks like Mahogany.  Colors can vary but mostly tends to be a medium golden or reddish brown.  Mango is highly available in Hawaii from mango trees that stop producing fruit. Mango wood can be very colorful.  There is usually a base of golden brown with other colors mixed such as yellow with streaks of pink or black. In Fiji Milo leaves have actually been used for treating coughs and headaches. The Milo wood color ranges from reddish brown to dark brown. Some grains appear black with light brown to cream color.  We like the claims Pacific has about the density and durability of the their wood. They claim they're strong enough for weapons and war canoes.  
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