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Hi everyone,

When i went out this morning i noticed my gw3500b seems to have condensation inside.

I have had the watch a yer now and worried its broke, it hasnt been under any water lately but im worried if it does, then the water will get in somehow.

Any ideas what has caused the condensation to get inside, could a seal be damaged etc?




Any help is greatly apreciated,
Thanks guys.

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You had it for a year so the warranty is gone, right ?

Personally I would open the watch to let it completely dry.
 

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Im not too sure on warranty etc, il get the box out a see how long its for.

Its drys out, now im back inside it has gone but i want to know why its happening and how to stop it.

If im honest, im confused why its happening, i thought g shocks are known to last for years without failure in any way.
 

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It's just moisture trapped inside from the production. Won't do any harm to the watch. Unfortunately it's a common problem with G-Shocks.

Cheers, Sedi :)
 

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Thanks Sedi,

It does only happen when its cold weather.

Just hasnt happened before now so wondered if it could of been a seal that needed replacing or something like that.

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As Sedi wrote this is a common "problem" with a lot of G's (about 80% of mine do the same). You can take care of it by opening the watch and let the moisture out but this will only work in a low humidity environment of course. A very cold, dry winterday is perfect for it or alternatively a well heated room.


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I think a hair dryer would help :p
 

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Crack the case back open, and place the watch in a container filled with rice. I haven't done it personally, but I heard it works wonders...
 

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If you're up for it, open the watch's case to let dry, and check the seal at the same time. By the way, where's the watch made?
 

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Also LUW did a great article on how he fixes this, if you're up for searching. I'm on a cell phone right now so cannot post a link.
 

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I understand it depends more on your climate and where the watch was made. LUW is in Brazil and has this with made in Thailand watches. Definitely a YMMV situation.

I am in Hawaii and only have one watch with some fog.
 

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Thanks all for your input.

It says, japan, and cased in Thailand on the back of it.

Im in the UK, i have noticed it when leaving the house and going putside if its really cold it happens.
 

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Open it to let it dry, just like we used to change the battery in the old Casio watches before.
 

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I've had a number of Casio's do this - including my GW2500's. Only in cold weather here in the UK - when I'm out on my bicycle - it clears up as soon as I stop and go indoors. I've tried popping the back off and drying the watch with some dessicant in a sealed box for about a week and then refitting the back. It helped for a while, but then the slight misting in cold weather came back. All seals are good. It almost made me wonder if there is some residual humidity within some of the materials within the watch which slowly releases a little more. Sounds daft I know, but it's about the only thing I can think of which would explain the symptoms. I don't let it bother me now.

So long as the condensation dissipates quickly when the watch warms up, I really wouldn't worry about it too much. In cold weather the exposed glass is the coldest part of the watch, and it's natural for any residual humidity in the small amount of air trapped in the watch to condense there. Casio do, in fact, mention this in most of their manuals and say it's not a thing to worry over - unless the condenstaion remains even after the watch has warmed up.
 

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It's just moisture trapped inside from the production. Won't do any harm to the watch. Unfortunately it's a common problem with G-Shocks.

Cheers, Sedi :)
Strange, out of well over a hundred G-Shocks I have owned, still have many, I have never had one do this, even ones I changed modules out in. I hope its not a new problem that's just recently begun? I have a few new models on the short list.
 

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Strange, out of well over a hundred G-Shocks I have owned, still have many, I have never had one do this, even ones I changed modules out in. I hope its not a new problem that's just recently begun? I have a few new models on the short list.
I don't think it has recently begun. I manage to fog up almost all of my Gs when riding my bike in winter. And because of a thing called "diffusion" I don't bother to open up the back and dry them out. Given enough time the moisture inside and outside of the watch will be the same anyway.

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Hello,

Nice 3500, I have the 1250 Non Multi Band, I get a very small amount of condensation in mine as well. I acknowledge the comments of the Mod's; it is due to humidity in the environment at time of manufacture. Our watches are made in Japan, Hence the Logo and Sticker Made in Japan. Japan is an Island surrounded by water, ---Humidity. I also theorize that the spherical shape of the glass, and the centripetal force resistant of 12Gs would play a factor in it. I have had G Shocks for a long time and yes this is a common occurrence, not only with G shock but many others of high quality as well. Condensation appears across the glass, but disappears rather quickly. This occurs in winter conditions with freezing temps and wind...basically the conditions have to be perfect. Tried to replicate (Test & Evaluate), fridge, freezer, cold water warm to hot water, and shower---nothing...so I am satisfied. To me this says everything is operating as designed to--me personally I would leave it alone and not mess with it. I am no watch tech, I only love 'em and wear 'em. I don't want to take a simple nothing to worry about and have it become a nightmare, I am leaving it alone.

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could this be contributed to the fact that the watch internals is like a little greenhouse by itself, and then with the sun (or whatever bits of it), and a cool exterior, the interior water vapor, no matter how little... will want to condense on the glass?
 

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You had it for a year so the warranty is gone, right ?

Personally I would open the watch to let it completely dry.
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