Are Wood Watches Waterproof?

One of the most asked questions about wood watches is whether they are water proof.

Yes and no, Wood watches are water resistant. That means water splashed onto the watch will not likely cause any problems.  Hence, if you are caught in a sudden rain or if you splash water on the wood watch when you are washing your hands, there’s no need to worry.

  • You should not wear your wood watch when you go swimming or surfing. 
  • You should not wear your wood watch when you take a bath or shower. 
  • You should not wear your wood watch in a steam room. 
  • You should not let your wood watch go through a washing machine cycle.

A watch made with wood components is not completely waterproof.  Wood is an organic medium that reacts to water.  Wood watches do not have an acrylic or resin coating which could prevent the wood from reacting to water.  The links and casework of wood watches are simply rubbed with oil to bring out the natural luster of the wood.  This oil finish does not seal the wood and does not make it waterproof.

For several years now, wood watches have become very fashionable.  Wood watches are a sign of one’s support of sustainability because most wood watches are made from sustainable woods like sandalwood and rosewood. 

Regardless of what style of wood watch you wear, be sure to wear it proudly and stay out of the water while wearing it.

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