Frequently Asked Questions

How do I care for my Deporte metal watch bracelet?
After a period of time, the watch band may collect dirt, perspiration and other materials in the links and joints of the band. This will cause the finish to become dull and may even lead to damage to the finish or connections. If you find when you wear the watch there are black deposits on your wrist, it is most likely due to an accumulation of dirt in the bracelet that needs to be cleaned.

If you have a large amount of perspiration on your wrist while wearing a watch, the band must be completely dried with a soft dry cloth as soon as possible. Allowing perspiration to accumulate will cause the finish to dull and may even cause damage to vital components of the bracelet

Do not use chemicals such as benzine or paint thinner when cleaning your timepiece. They may damage the finish, or even remain on the bracelet causing irritation to the skin.

Completely rinse off any soap residue and then thoroughly dry the strap. If you expose your strap to salt water, be sure to rinse it with clear water as soon as possible. Some people even use a rubber protectant to keep the strap pliable. The more pliable and dry the strap is kept, the longer it will last.

As the watch strap touches the skin directly on the user’s wrist, it can become soiled easily with perspiration or excess oil. Users of watches are many times not aware of the necessity of keeping the watch case and strap clean. Perspiration, salt water or oil absorbed by a rubber strap, which can cause it to crack and then break.

How do I care for my Deporte leather strap?
The leather band is much more susceptible to damaged and premature wear from moisture than a metal bracelet. As with other fine leather products, providing proper care to the strap will extend the life and your enjoyment of the strap. A leather band may be damaged or exhibit accelerated wear if moisture or perspiration is allowed to remain on or saturate the band. You should wipe both the inside and outside of your strap daily with a soft dry cloth to remove collected contaminants. If your strap becomes saturated with moisture either from water or perspiration, be sure to allow the strap to completely dry before wearing the watch again. You should also inspect the buckle and pin connections to ensure the moisture has not loosened any connections on the strap that could result in loss of your timepiece. While synthetic leather and rubber straps exhibit excellent moisture resistant and air permeability qualities, they too need proper care as with genuine leather straps.

How can you tell what a subdial is used for?
It's not as complicated as it seems. If a subdial has a 60 at the top, it's probably a continuously running second’s hand (if the watch is working, this hand will be moving). But a few subdials with 60 at the top are actually 60-minute counters.

If the subdial has a 30 at the top, it’s most likely a 30-minute counter. If it has a 12 at the top, it's probably a 12-hour counter (although if the watch is a dual-time-zone model, it’s probably a second-time-zone indicator). If it has a 10 at the top, it probably measures 1/10th of a second. Date subdials have a 31 at the top for the maximum number of days in a month. Moon phase subdials are obvious - they have a picture of a moon showing through the aperture - as are month and day-of-the-week subdials, which are labeled either Jan. through Dec. or Sun. through Sat.

How does “IP” or ion plating work?
Ion plating is one of the most advanced surface finishing processes in the trade. In traditional processes, the coating on the surface of the case can be rubbed off easily. Ion plating makes the metal plating more durable, more wear resistant, and also has a higher brightness. Ion plating involves adding of a titanium nitride layer, which has a high chemical stability, to the component to be plated. To this is added a metal (ex: gold, rose gold, or color) coating, normally not exceeding 0.3 urn in thickness. At low pressure-one thousandth of mercurial pressure-solid metal vaporizes and becomes electric ions when heated and bombarded by electrons, known also as plasma. Accelerated by a magnetic field, ion plating is carried out in a vacuum environment.

The greatest advantage of this process is that the titanium nitride produced is both harder and chemically more stable than that produced through traditional plating methods. Experiments have proved that the plating obtained through Ion plating is five to eight times better than that obtained through traditional methods in terms of wear and corrosion resistance. The term "permanent coating" can be appropriately applied in this case.

What does it mean when my Deporte watch is water resistant?

3 30 100 Suitable for everyday use. Splash/rain resistant. NOT suitable for showering, bathing, swimming, snorkeling, water related activities.
5 50 165 Suitable for swimming, white water rafting, non-snorkeling water related activities.
10 100 330 Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports.
15 150 500 Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing and water sports.
20 200 660 Suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports.
30 300 990 Suitable for professional diving.

Water Resistant is a common mark stamped on the back of wrist watches to indicate how well a watch is sealed against the ingress of water. It is usually accompanied by an indication of the static test pressure that samples of newly manufactured watches were exposed to in a leakage test.

An indication of the test pressure in terms of water depth does not mean a water resistant watch was designed for repeated long-term use in such water depths. For example, a watch marked 30 meters water resistant cannot be expected to withstand activity for longer time periods in a swimming pool, let alone continue to function at 30 meters under water. This is because the test is conducted only once using static pressure on a sample of newly-manufactured watches. The test for qualifying a diving watch for repeated usage in a given depth includes safety margins to take factors into account like ageing of the seals, the properties of water and seawater, rapidly changing water pressure and temperature, as well as dynamic mechanical stresses encountered by a watch. Also every diving watch has to be tested for water resistance or water-tightness and resistance at a water overpressure as it is officially defined.