A Thought on Over Thinking (in Good Jest)

There's the old adage that push-pull crowns will pop out, or get snagged on something, right at the moment we need our water resistance the most! However, I can't think of a time where my push-pull crown has been jostled causing it to accidentally pop out...let alone when I've been about to take a dunk. This has got me thinking... Are screwdown crowns really as necessary as we've been led to believe? A push-pull can happily deliver 150m WR & if it's not popping out, it gets the job done. Crunchers, what's your experience with crowns? Are they popping out all over the shop, or is the old adage an urban legend 馃槄? *even though I'm asking this, I'm no mad man & only dive with screw down crown watches... Perhaps this poll will change my mind 馃槀

I have both types of crown as do 90%of the people on WC and I do feel the screw in crown does feel safer , saying this my Bremont has push in and is 200m WR聽

I prefer a screw down crown. Having a crown be a push pull though is not something that will stop me from purchasing a watch I like. I also 聽tend to trust the manufacturer鈥檚 reported WR, but 200m with a push pull is probably a step too far for me.聽

I try my best to stay out of water, so a push pull crown is not too big a deal for me.聽

Push pull are fine, I just prefer screw down. I would always go with screw down given the option.

All my watches up to five years ago 'only' had push crowns, never had a problem with them. Swum, jumped in pools,fell off boats,thrown off boats馃槅,snorkelled, foam parties, the lot, not once did they let me down.

I have ruined a dive watch by not screwing down the crown after winding in the morning while on vacation. Since then, I check and double check my crowns, and I no longer take my dive watches to a body of water because I can鈥檛 be trusted.聽

It鈥榮 not the watch. It鈥檚 me.

I jumped in a pond and swam for half an hour having forgotten to screw down this crown, but it was fine, still is

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For me, I like the screw down less for water resistance, and more to protect the movement, in case I slam the crown into something.

jcRUwithMe

I have ruined a dive watch by not screwing down the crown after winding in the morning while on vacation. Since then, I check and double check my crowns, and I no longer take my dive watches to a body of water because I can鈥檛 be trusted.聽

It鈥榮 not the watch. It鈥檚 me.

I have both screw down and push pull crowns but the 2 times I have had problems with the crown were with my screw downs and, like you, it was me and not the watches. I picked up the watch while running to the beach or pool and wound it up a bit to give it some juice and I either forgot to screw it down or didn't screw it down fully. At least I can wind my push pull crowns when they are pushed in.

I think I prefer a screw-down crown to a push-pull crown, but it's not something I'll get up in arms about. Half of my watches have screw-down crowns, and the other half have push-pull crowns. I have never had an issue with push-pull crowns getting caught on something and coming out. 聽

Rocketfan

I have both screw down and push pull crowns but the 2 times I have had problems with the crown were with my screw downs and, like you, it was me and not the watches. I picked up the watch while running to the beach or pool and wound it up a bit to give it some juice and I either forgot to screw it down or didn't screw it down fully. At least I can wind my push pull crowns when they are pushed in.

This is, so far, the most compelling argument that I've heard on the advantage of a push pull crown over a screwdown crown.聽

Rocketfan

I have both screw down and push pull crowns but the 2 times I have had problems with the crown were with my screw downs and, like you, it was me and not the watches. I picked up the watch while running to the beach or pool and wound it up a bit to give it some juice and I either forgot to screw it down or didn't screw it down fully. At least I can wind my push pull crowns when they are pushed in.

Ah what a sinking feeling 馃様 (pun not intended)! I must say I live in fear of doing the exact same thing one of these days! More often than not the crowns I see poking out on folks watches are screw downs that have forgotten to be fastened after a quick wind, it's easily done!聽

Jeremy

For me, I like the screw down less for water resistance, and more to protect the movement, in case I slam the crown into something.

That's a really good point Jeremy!聽

JacobS96

I think I prefer a screw-down crown to a push-pull crown, but it's not something I'll get up in arms about. Half of my watches have screw-down crowns, and the other half have push-pull crowns. I have never had an issue with push-pull crowns getting caught on something and coming out. 聽

It鈥檚 rare, but can happen. 聽I ripped a crown and stem out of one of my watches when it caught on the thin edge of the lid of a storage bin as I was lifting the bin beside it. 聽My watches never go underwater (intentionally) but I鈥檒l probably never buy another watch without crown guards.

For me, watches and water are a bad mix which I try to avoid letting happen. 聽My wife has been without her Seamaster for over a year due to the sea.