How to defog a watch and remove condensation

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If you panicked when you first saw those few tiny droplets of water appear on the inside of your watch, you’re not alone. Condensation in watches is quite common and can occur for a number of reasons. Thankfully, there are also a few quick and simple methods for removing the condensation in your watch face, which we have highlighted in this handy guide.

Why is there condensation in your watch?

A foggy watch can develop from many different sources, but it’s useful to understand where the condensation might have come from in order to prevent it from happening again.

Common causes of condensation in watch faces include:

  1. In winter, walking from sharp chilly outdoor temperatures and into the toasty indoors can sometimes cause droplets to develop in your watch face
  2. If a water-resistant watch is held underwater for a long time, condensation can form
  3. When watches without water-resistant properties are dropped into water and not treated quickly enough, you can most likely expect condensation to form
  4. The water-resistant seal has worn over time, or there’s a slight crack in the glass
  5. The quality of the watch isn’t what you thought it would be

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Here we have a few very simple methods to remove condensation in a watch, which have been used by many others in a similar situation, without causing any damage to the watch. Try out one of these methods and, in no time at all, your watch will be looking as good as new.

The rice bed

Ever been on a night out and dropped your phone in a puddle, a drink or a toilet? Remember when everyone told you to leave your phone in a bowl of rice overnight? Well, they were right! Just as it’s helped to save hundreds, if not, thousands of phones over time, a bed of rice can help to remove condensation from a watch.

Simply remove the crown and leave your watch on a bed of rice and in a container overnight or slightly longer, before checking the watch face in the morning to see if the moisture has been absorbed.

Top tip: Silica gel sachets work just as well in removing condensation in a watch. Follow the same method, but replace the rice with a couple of sachets of silica gel instead.

Use direct sunlight

On warmer days, you may be able to use sunlight to evaporate the condensation and defog your watch. Wipe over the outside of the watch to remove any excess liquid, then lie the watch, face and crystal directed upwards, in a position where the sunlight can warm it. Whether that’s in your garden on a dry day, or on a windowsill indoors, it’s entirely up to you.

Top tip: If you are able to remove the back of the watch before drying it out with the sunlight, this method would be more effective in removing the condensation. Remove the back and position it in direct sunlight, this time with the watch face and crystal on the cloth and the back facing upwards.

Use an alternative heat source

On colder days or when the weather is pretty miserable outside, it might be better for you to use an alternative heat source to remove the condensation in a watch.

You can follow the same process as using direct sunlight, but instead of leaving it on a towel outside or on a window sill, position the watch on a towel near the fire or under a lamp.

Many watch owners also choose to use a hair dryer for a quick and effective way to defog their watch. To do this, place your watch on a towel and carefully remove the back. Turn the hair dryer on and, using a low setting, sweep the hair dryer over the back of the watch for 10 minutes. Never leave the hair dryer in one spot over the watch for a prolonged period – it should be constantly be moving. Sit the watch in a warm place overnight, before checking to see if the condensation has evaporated and before fitting the back of the watch into place.

If you’re not skilled in removing the back of a watch, or if you’re concerned about causing damage to the watch when trying to remove the condensation, take your watch to a specialist jeweller who should be able to defog your watch for you.

Once the condensation in your watch has gone, it’s vital to keep your watch protected, to prevent any condensation from forming again in the future. If you’re interested in a multiple wrist watch holder that can offer waterproof and dustproof protection, make sure to browse our range of watch collection cases.

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