Finding Water Resistant Watches

Water resistance is stated as a depth (BAR, ATM, meters or feet). It represents the fact that this model was tested in a laboratory to withstand the static pressure for a short period of time, only at the stated depth. Remember that when you actually use the watch, you are putting it under more water pressure than the static pressure. For example, if you dive into the water, the impact on the watch is far greater when it hits the water surface than the pressure when the watch is resting on your wrist underneath the water.

Not marked. If your watch is not marked water resistant, you should take it off before you wash your hands, take a shower or wash the dishes.

If the watch is marked water resistant, but no specific numbers are given, it can withstand an accidental splash experienced when you run in the rain from your car to your house. It is not safe to wear it when washing your hands or showering.

If it is labeled water to 3 ATM, 30 meters and 100 feet, the watch is suitable for accidental splashes. You can wear it to wash up, but not when you go swimming.

If it is marked water to 5 ATM, 50 meters and 165 feet, you can wear it while swimming, but not when you are diving in a pool, snorkeling or engaging in water sports.

If it is marked water resistant to 10 ATM, 100 meters and 330 feet, you can wear it to swim and snorkel. But it is not safe for diving off the high board or sub-water diving.

If it is marked water top 20 ATM, 200 meters and 660 feet, it is capable of withstanding all high-impact water sports and scuba diving at depths not requiring helium gas.

The water resistant standard was set in 1990 by the International Organization for Standardization – the same group that banned the use of the term waterproof to describe watches. The standard spells out the testing procedure for each mark. It establishes pressures, test duration, water temperature and other factors.

The testing for water resistance consists of testing:

the watch’s resistance when immersed in water at a depth of 10 cm for one hour

resistance of the watch’s operative parts when immersed in 10 cm of water with a force of 5 N for 10 minutes

Condensation test – done by placing the watch on a plate heated to 40°C to 45°C for about 10 to 20 minutes; testers then place a drop of water on the glass of the watch and look for any condensation on the interior of the glass after one minute

Resistance to different temperatures by immersing the watch in 10 cm of water for five minutes at different temperatures

Resistance to water overpressure by immersing the watch in a suitable pressure vessel and subjecting it within 1 minute to the rated pressure for 10 minutes, etc.

Resistance to air overpressure by exposing the watch to an overpressure of 2 bar; the watch should not show air-flow exceeding 50 µg/min

Christmas Shopping On eBay

Now that Christmas is rapidly approaching we’re scrambling around trying to get our shopping done. At first, I wasn’t too sure, and a little nervous about the whole on-line shopping thing, but the convenience of it all convinced me, especially, after a couple successful eBay auction purchases, because personally,now that I’ve discovered eBay, I don’t particularly like to go shopping outside my home and will do my best to find all my Christmas items on eBay this year. No need for long lines or getting up at 4:00 am to “Catch a Sale” shopping on eBay will make my shopping experience content.And for a safe, secure and fun online shopping experience, eBay advises members review and follow the Safe Trading Guidelines by clicking on the Security Centre on the home page.

The allure of snapping up a bargain online is as strong this Christmas as ever: eBay research has found that shoppers can save around half the retail price on brand new products on eBay every day. This site is a perfect place for folks to buy stuff for Christmas and not even have to leave their house to do so. As Christmas gets closer and shoppers can’t wait for an auction to end, eBay’s “Buy it Now” is the perfect solution for buying presents instantly. “I love that I can find amazing bargains at the click of my mouse, and have them delivered to my door, saving me from the craziness and madness of the Christmas hoards.

Remember if you are Christmas shopping on eBay you should shop early, so that you make sure you have your item(s) delivered on time. I will love shopping on eBay this season and plan on doing it again next year. I have had several people tell me that they did most of there Holiday shopping on eBay and it saved them a lot of time and money. With the great buys available and consumers feeling the financial pinch this Christmas, eBay is predicting this year will be the biggest online shopping Christmas yet. So go to eBay now, as I want people to be aware what a fun, safe and economical shopping option eBay is for the holidays.

Tricks to Save While Shopping

Set a budget before starting out on your shopping trip

Setting a budget is probably the one single most important step that can save on every shopping trip. We all have a general idea of what we intend to buy and what the average cost of items will be. Once you have worked out the final amount that you need to spend on your entire purchase, set a goal to accomplish this by spending 30% less

This may take some time initially when you begin, but once you have saved on the first two shopping trips, it will become a habit.

Use Store wide Coupons and Sales

One of the simplest ways to get the 30% saving is to look for Retailers and Stores that are running sales on the items you need. Storewide Coupons are similar to getting an item on sale and you can get these coupons online or in your local newspaper. Sometimes you can get valuable coupons by a simple internet search on one of the popular search engines

Many stores issue percent off coupons valid for one item only, sometimes on entire purchase. If you look for coupons from stores where you intend to shop it is the easiest method of achieving the 30% saving that you aimed for. Another method of procuring coupons on a regular basis is to become a member of one or more coupon websites that provide active coupons from different retailers

Time your shopping: Use Off-Season Sales and Discounts

If the items you are shopping for are not needed urgently you can time your purchases to coincide with major sale events like Memorial Day or Labor Day. Many retailers also have regular annual, biannual and end of season clearance sales. These events normally have deep discounts like 70% to 80% off and they are the best time to stock up for gifts etc when you need to buy lots of stuff on a limited budget. It is fairly easy to do this as all of us plan well in advance when buying Holiday gifts for family and friends

Stray from your budget only for very good reasons

Why is it that as soon as we enter a store we end up buying something completely unplanned and nowhere in the list of items to be purchased. There goes the budget and we are off track from the first buy. Another most common reason for straying off budget is when you pay an exorbitant price for something that you could have bought at a much lower amount by just planning or waiting a wee bit longer

Well I won’t ask you to resist the urge to buy when you are absolutely dying to, but I will add here to be prepared with a storewide coupon so that you can take the edge off the full price of a new arrival in the store