Brand new watch enthusiast question - water resistance

All, I acquired my first ‘nice’ watch and love it! I wore a Citizen for years, and for ~30 years looked at the pepsi Seikos but waited to go all in. 

I’ve always wanted a serious diver but that desire was always second to acquiring a pepsi watch first (I had no idea before recently what GMT was and why it is synonymous with the red/blue).

I thought my new 200m GMT should fulfill both the pepsi and snorkeling/swimming itch; however, I started seeing varying views how I can use these watches in water, e.g., some say be safe and just take it off, but then I see where military units may have used Tudor models in the past that also have the 200m rating. 

My question - Can I, or can I not, take this watch swimming? If so, can I take it snorkeling if desired? What about recreational diving?

Thanks for the help.

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It will be fine.  

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Just make sure the crown is screwed tight and you should be fine. 🤙

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Yes, you can do all of that with the watch.  Good for swimming, snorkeling, and light recreational diving.

However, if you plan to become the despotic ruler of a country, shrink its GDP from $2.292B (2012) down to $1.483B (2020), and then invade various neighboring countries, you'll need a Blancpain for that.

Vladimir Putin - Blancpain Grande Date Aqua Lung - Superwatchman.com
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You should have no problem getting that watch as wet as you want. However IF the watch has ever been serviced or the caseback has been removed, It may be a good idea to have a watchmaker test the piece for water resistance. 

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Dsoeer

You should have no problem getting that watch as wet as you want. However IF the watch has ever been serviced or the caseback has been removed, It may be a good idea to have a watchmaker test the piece for water resistance. 

Great point. Thanks for the information.

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HotWatchChick69

Yes, you can do all of that with the watch.  Good for swimming, snorkeling, and light recreational diving.

However, if you plan to become the despotic ruler of a country, shrink its GDP from $2.292B (2012) down to $1.483B (2020), and then invade various neighboring countries, you'll need a Blancpain for that.

Vladimir Putin - Blancpain Grande Date Aqua Lung - Superwatchman.com

Thanks. Now I’ve got to look up this brand. 

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As long as you regularly pressure test (general guidance is once per year), I’d be more worried about losing a new Tudor to the depths due to strap/bracelet failure while swimming/snorkeling than water damage. 😉

On a related note, be aware that water resistance doesn’t degrade gracefully once the seals start deteriorating.  Don’t get a false sense of security thinking an old 200m watch will still be water resistant up to 50m or that the seals on 200m will last longer than one on a 50m watch, etc. 

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s0ckpupp3t

As long as you regularly pressure test (general guidance is once per year), I’d be more worried about losing a new Tudor to the depths due to strap/bracelet failure while swimming/snorkeling than water damage. 😉

On a related note, be aware that water resistance doesn’t degrade gracefully once the seals start deteriorating.  Don’t get a false sense of security thinking an old 200m watch will still be water resistant up to 50m or that the seals on 200m will last longer than one on a 50m watch, etc. 

Thanks, good to know and I hear you on the Tudor clasp; it’s very crisp but comes with no added assurance.

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Yea, you will be fine. It has a 5-year warranty, so as long as you don't damage it, forget to screw down the crown, or have someone outside of Tudor open the case, then it's covered.
 

The warranty is transferable as well, if you are not the first owner.


TUDOR Servicing | TUDOR new 5-Year Warranty | Servicing & Prices – Burrells

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First of all congrats on your new timepiece. What a cool watch :) 
I own a Tudor BB58, it also has a rating of 200m and it actually is my go to watch when i know i'll get wet or even go swimming. I trust the watch completely, but I don't really go diving. I think the deepest my BB58 has seen was maybe about 3m :p 

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HotWatchChick69

Yes, you can do all of that with the watch.  Good for swimming, snorkeling, and light recreational diving.

However, if you plan to become the despotic ruler of a country, shrink its GDP from $2.292B (2012) down to $1.483B (2020), and then invade various neighboring countries, you'll need a Blancpain for that.

Vladimir Putin - Blancpain Grande Date Aqua Lung - Superwatchman.com

Putin’s Blancpain is only rated to 100m, half that of the Tudor.  It’s OK though.  I suspect that unprovoked war against civilian populations is a more of a land based activity.  

But 200m in a GMT is outstanding on Tudor’s part.  Even the Rolex GMT II is only rated to 100m. 

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Davemcc

Putin’s Blancpain is only rated to 100m, half that of the Tudor.  It’s OK though.  I suspect that unprovoked war against civilian populations is a more of a land based activity.  

But 200m in a GMT is outstanding on Tudor’s part.  Even the Rolex GMT II is only rated to 100m. 

Well, that's precisely why I got a GMT with 200M water resistance, and fully-lumed sapphire bezel insert - just in case my invasion requires night-time amphibious assault.

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I have the same Tudor GMT, and it is cool that it has 200m of resistance. However, when I enter the ocean I never bring a luxury watch with me. I wear this:

 

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The last thing I want is to smash it on the side of the boat or have a spring bar fail in deep water.

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HotWatchChick69

Well, that's precisely why I got a GMT with 200M water resistance, and fully-lumed sapphire bezel insert - just in case my invasion requires night-time amphibious assault.

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That is the first GS I will buy when the opportunity arrives for me.  I don’t have a local GS AD but I tried it on in Vancouver last year.   Great piece. 

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Davemcc

That is the first GS I will buy when the opportunity arrives for me.  I don’t have a local GS AD but I tried it on in Vancouver last year.   Great piece. 

See?  Aspiring despotic rulers think alike!