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Should you wear a watch on the beach?

So, it’s finally summertime. Sun, parties, beaches, and relaxing are the most common keywords related to this time of the year, and for good reason.

While it’s the perfect time to have fun and go for a swim while working on the tan, it can be a challenge to know what to wear in order to look good, but also remain comfortable and relaxed, especially when it comes to accessories. In fact, and especially on the beach, people often wonder if they should take a watch with them.


Well, the answer to that question comes in several parts.

First of all, going to the beach shouldn’t be impeditive to wearing whatever you want, and if you do decide you want to bring your watch with you, that’s fine. Nonetheless, there are a few precautions that you should take to ensure everything goes smoothly and you don’t damage the equipment.

All in sum, it’s great to have nice things, and watches are meant to be worn. With proper care, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t take your watch with you while enjoying the summer.


Keep it on your wrist most of the time

This may seem a bit strange since we often tend to take the watch (and other accessories) off to avoid damaging them, but if you have a designer watch and you take it on holidays or to the beach, you should be aware that the safest place to keep it is on your wrist.

Nonetheless, if your watch is not waterproof, you should take it off before going swimming or diving. Also, if you’re planning on playing sports, go surfing, and other potentially damaging activities, you might also consider keeping your watch safely away.


Don’t rub your watch on the sand

Building sandcastles and doing sports while on the beach is very fun, but if you wear a watch and want to keep it in good condition, you’ll need to take extra precautions. Constantly rubbing sand on your watch will scratch and damage its surface, so take care.


Rinse the watch with fresh water

Whether you take your watch while swimming in the ocean or in the pool (in order to do that, make sure the piece is waterproof) or just wear it while soaking in the sun, at the end of every day you should quickly rinse it using freshwater.

It’s not a good idea to just clean it with a dry towel at the end of the day. Don’t use cleaning products or polish either, just rinse it with fresh water, gently rub the surface with your fingers and then dry it using a towel/cloth or leave it to air-dry.

When you shouldn’t bring your watch

You shouldn’t bring your watch to the beach if:

  • It has a leather strap (prolongued exposure to sun and salt/pool water will damage it);
  • It’s not waterproof or at least water resistant (we can’t stress this enough: if your watch is not waterproof, don’t go swimming with it!);
  • The temperatures changes are very sudden (like going from spending hours in the sun to swimming in cold water);
  • You’ll feel anxious about it the whole time (the point is to relax, and if you feel like you’ll just worry about your watch the whole time, it’s best not to bring it with you in the first place).


These were just a few basic tips you can follow. And remember: the most important thing is to have fun!





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