Originally Posted by Dino944
Just noticed this. Congrats and enjoy!
If you have wanted it for a long time and the deal works for you, that's what matters. Congrats and enjoy it.
+1 . I think many of their 70s watches are under appreciated and very cool. I've seen photos, but never seen one in person.
NS...very cool Omega and the mesh bracelet is interesting looking on that piece. Nice to see them going back to some of their vintage designs as SIHH is around the corner, but I'd probably prefer an original. Enjoy yours its a beauty.
As Stitchy mentioned, at best you wouldn't want to do that unless it has had a recent service and the gaskets are relatively new. That being said, I personally wouldn't do that with any new or vintage watch. Part of the danger in doing something like that is 2 fold. Constant extreme temperature changes, can put additional wear and tear on gaskets and steam is not necessarily as easy to keep out as water molecules particularly as there may be some expansion of gaskets etc going into a room with very hot temps. As I'm sure you know moisture is the enemy of watches. The other issue I don't like about wearing a good watch in a steam room is also the extreme temp change that the watch may go through going from room temperature to an extremely hot temperature, then relatively cool room temperature again when you leave. You can end up with condensation caused by these temperature changes. Try going out in really cold weather with sunglasses, then into a really warm room ...your glasses fog up. The same thing can happen to your watch, and even minimal amounts over time can eventual cause dials to spot or rust spots on a movement. A watch may be a bit less susceptible because its on your arm and its warmed up at least on one side of the watch (unlike glasses, where lenses are not warmed at all by your skin). Still I don't like the idea of it. A watch maker once advised me not to wear watches in the shower or hot tubs, not so much because of water, but because of the extreme temperature changes that go with it. Now when I got my first good watch, I wore it for many years in the shower and never had any problems, but if I really care about the condition and safety of an item, why chance it. One last example of the effects of quick extreme temperature changes (not the same as allowing an item to slowing change to its surroundings), years ago a guy on watch forum took some cool pix of his Rolex Submariner. He put an ice cube on the crystal and snapped some photos. When we removed the ice cube he noticed soon there after the underside of the crystal had fogged up (condensation). People advised him to leave the crown open and see if it evaporates, but get it to a watchmaker/service center to be on the safe side. Obviously, when its your watch you can and should do what you like, but considering what nice watches cost, I prefer to err on the side of caution.
Thanks, Dino, and all who answered.
It is funny that you mention the risk of condensation. I think I mentioned that I still have the TAGHeuer my dad got me for my 21st birthday. The first major repair of it came about because I took it up Kilimanjaro and the inside crystal fogged on the way down. I think what happened is the pressure in the watch pushed out at the summit to equalize with the thinner air at altitude, and then, on the way down, moisture laden air pushed in from the increased pressure differential on the outside. Then the moisture condensed on the inside of the crystal. It wouldn't dry out itself and I had to have it opened up.
Steamroom is out. Not worth it. And so is that excuse for a new watch.