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Does anyone know if going through the airport metal detector and or the X-ray machine magnetizes the watch movement ? I'm hesitant to take my mechanicals on trips due to this concern. Thanks for the info.
 

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Never had any issues. The bigger threat, to me at least, is my habit of removing my watch pre-security and indiscriminately chucking it into my laptop bag (which becomes my man purse when I travel) next to my headphones (which of course have sizeable magnets in the ear pieces) and also the magnetic flip cover for my tablet.
 

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X Ray machines are not particularly magnetic, except in that any electrical circuit produces a magnetic field. Your watch will be fine.

It would be a bigger problem to put it in your laptop case or on your tablet with magnetic case, like Charles said. Even then it’s highly likely to be fine.


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I have a couple book packs and a small Ameribag, all of which are under-seat carry-ons. All have stash pockets. So with more than 1 watch, the extras can go into a watch wrap or case, and if preferred, the worn watch can be slid into a stash pocket.

I wouldn't worry about the magnet in earbuds at all; should be too small. Fuller-size headphones like Beats might be an issue. A magnetic tablet cover *can* be an issue. I have a Portenzo cover for my Nexus 9, and yes, it's made a couple of my quartz watches run very off while they were too close.
 

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I fly a few times monthly for work and never had a watch magnetized either by metal detector, the nudie scanner (big machine where you got to spread legs and arms) or just going through xray with carry-on. So should not be an issue.

And if a watch does get magnetized anywhere, every collector should own a $15 demagnetizer from ebay.
 

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I have not had any issues with my Tudor Black Bay or Rolex Explorer, through the Airport's machines.
 

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I am a very frequent traveler for work and have never had a problem...until this week. I always bring a few watches in my checked bag and this time a vintage Swiss-made Baylor auto appears to have been magnetized as it is running abnormally fast. However, a vintage Orient auto that was in the same bag is keeping time normally. I will attempt to demagnetize the Baylor and see what happens.
 
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