A mysterious and yet common occurrence; why do some watches stop working when people wear them? Why do some people seem to stop every watch they put on their wrist?
It seems there has not been a serious study regarding this phenomenon and much like something you may see on a popular television series, or read in an internet chat room, appears to be widely debated and has a cloud of skepticism around it.
Although it is true that some watches will not function properly when around some electronic or highly magnetic equipment, there doesn’t seem to be a clear answer on why, when some people put a watch on their wrist, it will inexplicably stop working immediately or within a few minutes.
Many sources suggest that it is the watch itself, either being made poorly or the movement not being protected sufficiently from static electricity. While others who experience this problem regularly, swear it is in fact their body, whether it be a strong electromagnetic current or other form of electric or magnetic abnormality. The most common “proof” given is that if someone else puts the same the watch on, it runs fine. However, there have been studies which concluded that the body doesn’t produce a significant enough source of such energy to cause this. Others claim that it may be another jewelry item that is being worn which may contain a magnetic clasp or be causing a disruption in current if in close proximity to the watch – or perhaps even another electronic device such as a cell phone, hearing aid, MP3 player, pacemaker, or fitness tracker.
In most cases, references state this only happens to them with quartz (battery operated) watches. We did not see any reference regarding solar watches (which in fact operate using a rechargeable cell much like a battery), however some people claimed to be able to wear a mechanical or automatic watch, while others could not.
Solutions range anywhere from wearing a non-battery operated watch such as a mechanical or automatic timepiece, while others claim that simply putting a plastic barrier (such as a band aid) on the back side of the watch where it meets the skin solves the problem. There are also anti-magnetic watches available, but we did not find an instance where someone with this problem has attempted to try an anti-magnetic timepiece.
So where does this leave this mysterious phenomenon? Is it fact or fiction?
For now it remains a mystery…
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