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Best waterproof watches at cheap prices for sale from Tic Watches UK. Men's and women's available with FREE UK delivery and free returns.

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Waterproof watches are largely misunderstood due to the interchangeability of the terms 'waterproof' and 'water-resistant'. Prior to the 1960s, retailers made very little distinction between waterproof and water-resistant models. Things are different today.

A waterproof watch is a watch designed to stand up to the effects of water pressure to a given depth. Technically, there is no such thing as a fully waterproof watch. Exceed the depth or pressure a watch is rated for and there is a good chance that water will get in. This is why it is so important to pay attention to ratings.

Water-resistance is generally measured as ATMs (atmospheres) or meters (depth). Here are some of the most common ratings:

  • 3 ATM/30 m – Resistance to light rain, hand washing, etc.
  • 5 ATM/50 m – Resistance to brief immersion when swimming, washing the dishes, etc.
  • 10 ATM/100 m – Can withstand low impact water sports like swimming and snorkelling
  • 20 ATM/200 m – Can withstand high impact water sports and shallow diving.

Note that dive watches are not listed here. They are subject to a special rating system according to established industry standards. A 20 ATM/200 m waterproof watch is not considered a dive watch.

Buyers should be aware that water resistance is not guaranteed for the life of a waterproof watch. The ability of a watch to withstand water may be diminished over time as a result of improper use, exposure to chemicals and solvents, accidental damage, and normal wear and tear.

It is also important to note that watches marketed as being water-resistant rather than waterproof should never be submerged underwater. Crowns and buttons should never be activated on any waterproof watch while it is submerged.

Tic Watches is a retailer of waterproof and other watches with the store located in Darlington, Durham. Customers can also buy their watches online. We offer free shipping and returns to our UK customers, along with a two-year warranty and our price promise guarantee. Ask about 0% financing when you contact us. Tic Watches is an official stockist of many of the brands we carry; we are 5-star rated on Trustpilot, Google Reviews and Google Places.

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