Can I Swim With My Rolex Datejust?


Can I Swim With My Rolex Datejust?

You Can Swim With An Datejust Oyster Perpetual


If you are planning to swim with a Rolex Datejust, it's good to know that Rolex Datejust watches are waterproof up to 100m in depth. As long as the Rolex Datejust is used correctly, you can go swimming with it. The Rolex Datejust water resistance of 100m/330ft or 10ATM is sufficient to swim in the pool and the ocean.

All modern Rolex watches are built with a water-resistant Oyster case. The Rolex patented case with 100 meters of water resistance and can be in the water for swimming or bathing but is not recommended to dive with it. Also, you should not go swimming with a vintage Rolex Datejust. Water-resistant is not a permanent feature, it needs servicing, gaskets replacement and water pressure testing. This is why it is not recommended to expose a vintage Rolex Datejust to water.

100m/330ft or 10ATM water resistance is suitable to go swimming with a Rolex Datejust. The watch has water resistant features that make it fine to wear in a swimming pool and even in the sea. The Rolex Datejust Oyster case is a threaded watch case. It means that the crown and the case are screw-down and seal with gaskets, like a submarine hatch. This Rolex innovation increases the watch's waterproofness and performs better than water-resistant watches using just screws to seal the watch.

Recommendations About Swimming With A Rolex


If you are planning to swim with a Rolex Datejust, it's good to know that Rolex Datejust watches are waterproof up to 100m in depth. As long as the Rolex Datejust is used correctly, you can go swimming with it. The Rolex Datejust water resistance of 100m/330ft or 10ATM is sufficient to swim in the pool and the ocean.

All modern Rolex watches are built with a water-resistant Oyster case. The Rolex patented case with 100 meters of water resistance and can be in the water for swimming or bathing but is not recommended to dive with it. Also, you should not go swimming with a vintage Rolex Datejust. Water-resistant is not a permanent feature, it needs servicing, gaskets replacement and water pressure testing. This is why it is not recommended to expose a vintage Rolex Datejust to water.

100m/330ft or 10ATM water resistance is suitable to go swimming with a Rolex Datejust. The watch has water resistant features that make it fine to wear in a swimming pool and even in the sea. The Rolex Datejust Oyster case is a threaded watch case. It means that the crown and the case are screw-down and seal with gaskets, like a submarine hatch. This Rolex innovation increases the watch's waterproofness and performs better than water-resistant watches using just screws to seal the watch.

In summary: Swimming with your Rolex

  • Rolex Datejust Oyster are suitable for swimming
  • Check that the crown is screw-down fully before going swimming
  • Swimming with a vintage Rolex Datejust is not recommended
  • High water impacts such are board and cliff diving are not recommended
  • Underwater diving is not suitable for a 100meters/330ft/10 ATM water resistance Rolex Datejust watch.
  • Rolex Datejust watches expose to water will need extra care.
  • Always rinse a Rolex Datejust watch with fresh water after your swim.
  • Monitor the Rolex of signs of malfunction

Official Rolex Water Resistance Rating


All Rolex Datejust models are water-resistant. Rolex's standard water resistance is 100m/330ft, the equivalent of 10 ATM/BAR.

In that respect, only the Rolex Cellini with its 50m/165ft or 5 ATM/BAR depth rating is an exception for Rolex SA. Rolex also produces diving watches with a higher waterproof guarantee.

Rolex Datejust 100m/330ft depth rating is more than enough for most everyday activities involving contact with water, such as bathing and showering. You can swim in the sea and in the pool with a 100m/330ft depth water-resistant Rolex Datejust watch.

Here is the list of other Rolex watches with a 100m/330ft/10ATM depth ratings:

100m Rolex

  • Rolex Air-King
  • Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
  • Rolex Explorer
  • Rolex Explorer II
  • Rolex GMT-Master II
  • Rolex Milgauss
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual
  • Rolex Sky-Dweller

A water-resistant watch up to 100m/330ft means that it can withstand being submerged in water for a long period of time without any damage happening to it. In other words, the watch can get in the water and can be used for swimming.

Be aware that these Rolex watches listed above are not designed for diving and high impact water activities, such as cliff diving or water jet skiing.

Rolex manufacture watches that are suitable for diving or high impact water sports.

Rolex collections for diving

  • Rolex Submariner
  • Rolex Submariner Date
  • Rolex Sea-Dweller
  • Rolex Deep Sea

The Rolex diving watches available on the market has a water resistance range from 300m/1000ft up to 1200m/4000ft depth rating.

The best way to know the exact depth rating of a diver Rolex watch is by consulting the manufacturer's specifications and guidelines for care and maintenance information on their website.

Water Resistant Rolex Twinlock Crown


Historically, the winding crown has always been the weak point for water-resistant watches. It does not matter how waterproof the case is when the crown stem creates an opening in it.

This opening on the side of the watch case has been a challenge for watch manufacturers. To prevent water penetration through the crown stem, many watchmakers have added a gasket around the crown.

Rolex Datejust has a patented Twinlock system to give better water-resistant than the classic gasket around the crown. The watch has a threaded crown that screws down to the case, and a threaded stem crown has been added.

The Rolex's Twinlock is combining threaded stems with rubber o rings to enhanced water tightness. The threaded stem tube has a second twin gasket inside, that keeps the water out when the crown is open.

Even though the gasket inside the tube prevents water from entering the movement when the crown is unscrewed, Rolex does not guarantee waterproofness when the crown is unscrewed.

Invisible Rust Damage Inside A Rolex


Rolex Datejust Oyster cases are closed back wristwatch cases. Consequently, rust damage remains hidden from view. It is only at the time of a Rolex Service that an expert watchmaker will dismantle your Rolex Datejust watch to reveal or not the presence of rust.

Rolex employs a high quality and rust-resistant steel for manufacturing its Rolex Datejust Oyster watch case and wrist strap. Unknowingly to you, invisible rust damages can grow when condensation content gets inside your Rolex Datejust movement. If you are swimming or exposing your Rolex Datejust watch to water, the watch needs to be serviced and pressure checked every twelve months.

The watch gaskets rubber seals form Rolex water protection. Gaskets require to be swapped as they are a wearable component of a Rolex Datejust. Old rubber gaskets are much less efficient, and also will certainly amplify the danger of condensation and moisture damage.

Rolex has lengthened its watch worldwide service warranty from 5 years to 10 years on some watches. With this new ten year service warranty, lots of people assume that Rolex Datejust watch only calls for maintenance every 10 years. That is not the case, particularly if you wear a Rolex Datejust when showering, bathing, or swimming.

Rust will waste watches if condensation has breached the Oyster watch case and remain trapped inside. This could be an explanation why do Rolex Datejust stop working suddently.

Double-check that the Rolex Datejust crown is screwed down before you go swimming.

Swimming With A Rolex, Check List:


  • Test a Rolex Datejust water resistance periodically Standard Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust service cost will include changing the gaskets and water pressure testing.
  • Get the Rolex Datejust pressure assessed every 12 months; the test will confirm that your Rolex Datejust is still water-resistant with the manufacture specifications.
  • If the test fails, have the Rolex Datejust service immediately.
  • The price to repair rusted watches can be high, I mean HIGH.
  • Rust damage is not usually visible on the outside of a Rolex Datejust.

Does Rolex Cover Water Damage?


Rolex Datejust has a five year warranty that covers manufacturing defects. A waterproof guarantee is a part of Rolex marketing, and the company advertises that the Rolex Datejust is guaranteed waterproof up to 100m / 330 feet.

You did not dive to 100 meters with your Rolex Datejust, but there is condensation inside your Rolex watch. Does the Rolex warranty cover the Rolex service to fix it? That is a good question.

I am not sure how Rolex will deal with it, but I believe you will need to demonstrate that water damage is the result of a manufacturing defect for the Rolex warranty to work. I have no idea how to do this.

The vast majority of water damage is due to missuses of the Rolex Datejust. The owner did not follow the Rolex waterproof guideline, for example, of always rinsing the watch of all salt and sea residue. Another common reason for water damage is leaving the Rolex Datejust crown open when swimming or not screwing down the crown correctly.

Water damage due to misuse of the watch will not be cover by the Rolex warranty. In most cases, the water damage Rolex Datejust can be repaired by a Rolex watchmaker. The cost will depend on the condition of the watch.

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