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Removing Condensation from Inside a Watch

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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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February 25, 2007

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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By jean (Guest Post)
February 26, 20073 found this helpful
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Put the watch in a small covered container with 1/4 cup uncooked rice. Let sit overnight. The rice draws out the moisture. The watch will work again.

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July 19, 20170 found this helpful
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It is definitely not just a joke. Rice has been historically used to protect camera equipment from humid environments and is also used in salt shakers to prevent clumping. While there are better desiccants out there (like silica and cat litter), rice is something that most people have on hand in case of an emergency. Better results are reported with instant rice because it has already been dried more than regular uncooked rice.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 5, 2016

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.

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I love this watch and need it in running form:'(
It is my favorite watch. What should I do?

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November 13, 20160 found this helpful
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If the back of the watch comes off, use a blow dryer on low heat to dry the inside of the watch -- works wonders. If possible, do this outside in super cold weather so that you end up with the lowest possible dew point inside your watch when you are done. Allow the watch to cool before you put it back together.

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Anonymous
November 29, 20160 found this helpful
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I put watch face down on a bed of saltin a small tuperware container closed tight,let sit for 2 days and moisture was gone

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June 13, 20120 found this helpful

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.

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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.

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Leave it for a day or two and all moisture will be absorbed.

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Anonymous
November 3, 20160 found this helpful

If you drop an automatic watch you can break the delicate balance staff, this will stop it running like you describe. A good watch maker should be able to fix this. It may require a new movement, but this should not be too bad. Most watches these days will take a quick dunk in the water, but if it isn't waterproof, I would probably think about spending the money on a good watch that's 100m water resistant like say a Seiko or citizen.

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Anonymous
December 31, 20170 found this helpful

My new watch is a movement watch ie cant take the back off. I tried putting it on a radiator and leaving it for a few hours but it didnt work what shall I do???? Ps this is my 6th watch (all of the previous has either broken or I have lost them

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By 0 found this helpful
May 18, 2018

How can I clean a watch glass inside without taking it apart? It has a haze to it in hot weather.

Thank you.

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May 18, 20180 found this helpful

Without taking it apart, you can try leaving it somewhere that stays warm. Maybe under sunlight or near the oven while you're using it. If that does not work, you might have a tiny crack somewhere in the edges that's letting the condensation in. You'd want to get that fixed.

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May 18, 20180 found this helpful

As far as I know, you cant. The condensation will rust the watch. Get it fixed properly.

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May 18, 20180 found this helpful

When I was 16 and visiting my aunt, I went swimming in a pool and forgot to take my watch off. It got water in it and she took the back off and laid it out in the sun to dry out.

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It worked for years after that with no problems. I think this was before battery operating watches. This one, you had to wind it up every day.

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May 18, 20180 found this helpful

There can be several reasons a watch has condensation; even changes in the weather.

  • Is watch water resistant or supposedly water proof?
  • The watch may not be sealing properly which is letting condensation inside the case.
  • Clean and repair of watches is not cheap so get an estimate from a watch repair shop or jewelry store and then decide if the watch is worth the cost. If you decide that it is not worth the cost of repairs, then check out some of the suggestions on the Internet, especially YouTube.
  • It is not really that difficult to remove the face/back but if this is happening often then one drying out would not help.
  • For an inexpensive watch, you can just lay it near a warm area or even use a small fan or a warm hair dryer.
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May 18, 20180 found this helpful

i would also first try leaving it in the sun to warm up. And I guess this means the watch is not waterproof. Sometimes I know even with cell phones if they get wet and then dry out they still work.

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