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Removing Condensation from Inside a Watch

Condensation can build up inside a watch that is exposed to water or extreme humidity. This is a guide about removing condensation from inside a watch.

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Removing Condensation from Inside a Watch
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September 5, 2016 Flag
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I have a beautiful Swiss Marin automatic watch. By accident it fell into a river and got wet inside, it took three days to dry out, but now it is not working. I opened it from the back and also when I shake it it starts running and in 10 seconds it stops again. I love this watch and need it in running form:'(
It is my favorite watch. What should I do?

Automatic Watch
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February 25, 2007 Flag
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I bought a watch not realizing it was not water resistant. It got wet and now has condensation on the glass. How do I get rid of the condensation?

Sharon from Mililani, HI

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February 28, 20070 found this helpful

I had the this problem and was told by someone in a jewelry dept. to take the back off and let it air dry for a few days. It worked!!!

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January 12, 20080 found this helpful

You could always place it above a reading lamp, or for that matter any lamp in the house and in a few hours the head from the lamp will dry it out.

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January 10, 20091 found this helpful

Manila, Philippines: the rice solution works. I couldn't get the back off the watch. In the absence of any watch repair shops in the area, I put the watch in rice in a bag and left it in the sunlight for 24 hours. Result, no more condensation in the watch. Thanks for the suggestion.

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May 15, 20160 found this helpful

But there's only 12 hours of sunlight a day

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September 5, 20160 found this helpful

I have a swiss Marin automatic watch it fell down in the river and got

WetAnd now it stops running when i moves it it runs and again in a few second it stopes what should I do??

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June 13, 2012 Flag
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How can i remove condensation from inside a watch?

By Rob J from Philadelphia, PA

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June 14, 20120 found this helpful

Not sure if this will work but... I know that if you drop your cell phone in water and put it in a jar of rice (uncooked), the rice draws the moisture out of the phone. I've done it and it worked. You might try it with your watch.

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June 14, 20120 found this helpful

Try leaving it on a sunny window sill for a few hours.

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June 15, 20120 found this helpful

You need to take off the back of the watch (either screw or pry off) then remove the inner workings, if possible. Place everything under a lamp so the heat evaporates all moisture. Leave as long as needed. If you don't open the watch up, the moisture will rust the inner workings. Hope this helps. I actually do this at work as I work in a jewellery shop.

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June 15, 20121 found this helpful

To protect the watch, wrap it loosely in a thin scrap of cotton cloth (a handkerchief works well). Then place it on a layer of silica gel (used for drying flowers - available in craft stores) and add a layer of silica gel on top. Leave it for a day or two and all moisture will be absorbed.

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