Say What Now?

So I won a watch in a recent Marlboro promotion. It’s a nice watch; a Victorinox Swiss Army Renegade. I picked it mostly because I missed the 10 megapixel Canon camera by just a few points and I didn’t want the tent or a Carhartt jacket or beef jerky… It’s honest to goodness Made in Switzerland stuff a little plain but my Timex is quite jealous.

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What’s got me blogging and boggling though is from the owner’s manual…

Under the ‘Water Resistance Chart’ their lowest rated watches are ‘Water resistant to 30 meters (100 feet/3 ATM)’. Ok, that’s fine, but THEN it says “Will withstand rain or splashes of water but should not be worn while showering…”

Didn’t it just say it was water resistant to 100 FEET? But you shouldn’t wear it in the shower?

The next step up, where my Renegade sits reads ‘Individually tested to be water-resistant to 5 ATM (50 meters/166 feet)’ this watch is “Suitable for showering or swimming in shallow water.”

Just how DEEP are the showers in Switzerland? My watch was tested, the poor thing, to withstand 160+ feet of water and it’s just suitable for showering or tooling around the swimming pool? Does this make sense to anyone? I mean I wouldn’t wear it doing deep-sea salvage but seriously, the watch that’s good to 100 feet can’t go in the shower? The watch that’s tested (Individually!) to be good to 166 feet and it’s only okay to wear while you bathe?

I’m confused…

Hawk (not water resistant at all!)

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