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Is it okay to wear a bracelet with a magnetic closure next to a watch????

Started 1348508562.017 in Jewelry Talk | Last reply 1349976849.457 by rowboat

Maybe a silly question...but, does anyone know if it is alright to wear a bracelet with a magnetic closure next to a watch, or will the magnet damage the mechanism of the watch??

Thank you in advance for any assistance!

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Sylanne1348509896.852037 PostsRegistered 6/13/2006

I wouldn't. I have heard that the magnet can destory the watch's mechanism so I've always worn this type bracelet on my other hand.

I don't know if this is true; but I don't want to take the chance. In fact when wearing this type bracelet, when I take off my jewelry at night, I don't put my watch & bracelet close together----just to be safe.

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robomo1348511565.569515 PostsRegistered 3/15/2005

NO! I speak from experience. Also when you wear it to eat lunch, it will pick up your silverware! LOL

But NO to wearing it next to your watch.

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depglass1348512573.9224997 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

After losing one magnet bracelet, I won't be buying any more.

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WaJa611348519870.7834664 PostsRegistered 9/9/2012Blue Ridge Mts VA
I lost one, too....only to find it months later stuck to the bottom side of my range when I pulled it out for cleaning under it. :D Was happy to have it back, but yeah, be careful. I never wear mine next to my watch, but it once sent off red laser-like lights to the cashier's scanner at Macy's. Freaked us both out! I have to think it could damage a watch.


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Lavenderju­nkie1348527503.9713712 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Probably not a good idea to wear a magnetic bracelet next to a watch. Magnets can affect the watches performance.

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Cloud71348533497.2376501 PostsRegistered 12/29/2009

This is such a great question! I have wondered about this for years, and to be on the safe side have never worn a magnetic closure next to a watch.

I only had one magnetic bracelet and it was really cute with turtles as the links. It came undone and I lost it.

I'll have to check the bottom-side of my range! LOL! I'm sure it's stuck somewhere around here.

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catstamper1348543774.7436078 PostsRegistered 1/28/2009Baltimore area

Also, laptop computers do NOT like magnets! I was wearing a bracelet with a magnetic closure and my laptop went nutso! It took me a few seconds to figure out what was going on, and DH (my IT dept {#emotions_dlg.laugh}) said to never wear it while working on the laptop!

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Lavenderju­nkie1348580587.45713712 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Catstamper: that makes sense. But I never thought about it.

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Crisso1348583054.1273324 PostsRegistered 1/25/2009

Depends on the strength of the magnet : Click Here

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pinky171348672386.51356 PostsRegistered 11/7/2010

Thank you to everyone for your insightful and informative responses. I did call my local jeweller to ask this same question. According to this source, it IS okay as long as the watch is battery operated and not a self-winding type. However, my intuition as well as all your responses makes me think just to be safe, I won't be wearing the two together even though my watch is battery operated. As much as I like the ease and simplicity of a magnetic closure, I think in the future I will try and avoid buying bracelets that are constructed that way.


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2blonde1348672795.317804 PostsRegistered 7/17/2007NE Ohio

Been there and done that.........don't do it! My watch kept losing time and I thought the battery was bad, but after I reset it, it worked fine. I discovered my magnetic bracelet was flipping over (magnet going to the top of my hand where the watch face was), and messing up the watch. Luckily, after I stopped wearing them together, the watch was OK.

I also had a magnetic bracelet literally fly off my hand as I was walking past a Steelcase bookcase in my office. It was hiliarious to see it (both ends stuck on there), but I don't wear them so much anymore!


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Suer1348673350.087226 PostsRegistered 10/16/2010

My magnetic bracelet caused my battery operated watch to lose time (when I wore it on the same wrist). After this happened several times, I stopped wearing the bracelet next to the watch. The watch is fine now. My bracelet also was attracted to silverware.

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pinky171349902731.0356 PostsRegistered 11/7/2010

Just an update! Even though I said I wouldn't....I DID wear my battery operated watch with a bracelet that has a magnetic closure. Guess what??? My watch DID start to lose time!!! So much for the accuracy of my jeweler's advice! Thank you again ladies... I should have listened to you.Smile

My watch does seem to be keeping time now that I reset it, but I still wonder if in some way the magnet caused permanent damage. I hope not!

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rowboat1349976849.457257 PostsRegistered 7/29/2012
Dito: my watch started acting up when I wore a magnetic closure bracelet. DID NOT know it would affect a computer, too. Makes perfect sense though. Oh you ladies are such a wealth of information. That's why I love these boards. Keep it coming.

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