On the meaning of “waterproof”

October 10th, 2005 by: cheyenne

A little watch shopping led me to ponder the meaning of words like “waterproof” and “water resistant” and “ferociously ugly.” Sadly, I will be adding the following to my “what’s wrong with this world” list:

(From worldofwatches.com)

* Water-resistant to 30 meters (100 feet) will withstand splashes of water or rain but should not be worn while swimming or diving. [For those times when you are doing the dishes at 100 feet.]

* Water-resistant to 50 meters (165 feet) will be suitable for showering or swimming in shallow water. [Water over 165 feet is no longer classified as shallow, but ‘insipid.’]

* Water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) will be suitable for swimming and snorkeling. [One sees many fish snorkeling at 330 feet.]

* Water-resistant to 150 meters (500 feet) will be suitable for snorkeling. [Again, I regularly snorkel at 500 feet; just me and the underwater volcanoes.]

* Water-resistant to 200 meters (660 feet) will be suitable for skin diving. [Well, it’s about freakin’ time.]

One Comment on “On the meaning of “waterproof””

  1. rob says:

    Maybe you should re think that as my fully waterproof, Zodiac sea wolf divers watch, as used by J.Y. Cousteau and waterproof to (God knows what depth)leaked in the swimming pool. I am now only waiting for my Omega waterproof to 300 metres/1000feet to do the same, they can`t even get the conversion right. Great site and very tidy boat, love the order and sparkle. Nice one!

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