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    Question magnetic field on plane damage watch?

    I have question for forum members who travel by plane frequently for work purposes.
    Does your watch affected by the magnetic field produce by the plane engine? I just bought a high quality Oris swiss automatic watch hence I am concern about magnetic field which can damage it.
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    Default Re: magnetic field on plane damage watch?

    I know two things: keep nice watches away from strong permanent magnets... and second "high quality Oris" is probably redundant.
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    Default Re: magnetic field on plane damage watch?

    Where do you get the idea that the magnetic field in an passenger plane is extraordinarily high? It isn't. Why would it?

    If you don't believe me: Planes use ordinarily magnetic compasses. In older planes, common CRT TVs were and are used without problems (I flew with numerous ones that still had CRT TVs in the cabin. Horrible color and contrast settings, but no signs of magnetism). No warnings are given for any watch or harddrive content.

    It's perfectly safe for your watch.

    EDIT: There are some effects than can magnetize parts of a plane -- high currents from lighting strike for instance. The magntism can be strong enough to interfere with the plane's magnetic compass, but those fields are not strong enough to interfere with a watch, by far.
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    Default Re: magnetic field on plane damage watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by elgarak
    Where do you get the idea that the magnetic field in an passenger plane is extraordinarily high? It isn't. Why would it?

    If you don't believe me: Planes use ordinarily magnetic compasses. In older planes, common CRT TVs were and are used without problems (I flew with numerous ones that still had CRT TVs in the cabin. Horrible color and contrast settings, but no signs of magnetism). No warnings are given for any watch or harddrive content.

    It's perfectly safe for your watch.
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    thanks for info guys. I was apprenhensive about magnetic field.
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