How to remove condensation from a wristwatch

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How to remove condensation from a wristwatch
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Water condensation can form inside of a wristwatch for numerous reasons ranging from an excessively humid day to a dive in a swimming pool. If you notice condensation inside your watch, take action quickly unless you feel like buying a new watch. By using a few inexpensive and easy tips, your watch can soon be dry and as good as new.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/4 cup uncooked rice
  • Covered container
  • Flathead screwdriver with 1.3mm tip
  • Hair dryer

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  1. 1

    Loosen the screws on the back of the watch face with the flathead screwdriver. Insert screwdriver into the corner of the back of watch and carefully pry back off of watch from the edge.

  2. 2

    Turn on hair dryer and point it at the back face of the watch which is exposed. Run the dryer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until all moisture appears to be gone.

  3. 3

    Pour 1/4 cup dry, uncooked rice into a small airtight container. Place watch in container, making sure the open part of the watch is pointing up and not lying in the rice.

  4. 4

    Cover container with the lid. Let watch sit in the rice for one day. The dry rice will absorb any extra moisture left in watch.

  5. 5

    Snap the back face of watch back in place and tighten the four small screws. Make sure the time is correct on the watch.

Tips and warnings

  • If your watch does not have screws, pry the back of the watch off by inserting the flathead screwdriver in a corner of the back of the watch and pop the back off.
  • If you own a speciality watch or cannot get the back face of the watch off easily, take it to a local jeweller, who may be able to take the back off for free.

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