Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
How can i remove condensation from inside a watch?
By Rob J from Philadelphia, PA
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.
Try leaving it on a sunny window sill for a few hours.
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.
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.
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.
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
How can I clean a watch glass inside without taking it apart? It has a haze to it in hot weather.
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.
As far as I know, you cant. The condensation will rust the watch. Get it fixed properly.
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.
There can be several reasons a watch has condensation; even changes in the weather.
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.