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From the traditional pocket watches to the development of wrist watches, from mechanical movement to electronic movements, from analog to illuminated displays, the watches that we now use had come a long way since its introduction in the early 1920s.

Wristwatches and antique pocket watches are often appreciated as jewelry or as collectible works rather than just timepieces.  This has created several different markets for them to further expand its functions: as an alarm clock, as a stop watch (chronograph), as a calculator and for depth measurement during diving (water resistant), just to name a few.

SGS possesses state-of-the-art equipment to conduct various tests on wrist watches to ensure the accuracy of time and craftsmanship as well as some performance testing to enhance the reputation and uniqueness of the product.

Some mandatory tests or standards for US & EU markets are listed below:

mandatory tests or standards for US & EU markets

Teststandard for eu marketstandard for us market
Sharp Points and Edges EN 71-1 (MOD) 16 CFR 1500.48      
16 CFR 1500.49 (MOD)
Lead in Substrate ICP or AAS Reference to ASTM F2999
Nickel Release* EN 12472: 2005
Cadmium EN 1122 Method B
Azo Dye EN 14362-1: 2012 (Textile)
Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffin (SCCP) Content GC-ECD / GC-NCI-MS N/A
Organotin GC-MS N/A
Corrosion Test** EN ISO 9227 (MOD) N/A
Cross-Cut Adhesion Test** Reference to EN ISO 2409 ASTM D3359 Method B
Water Resistant** ISO 22810 ISO 22810
Abrasion Test** ISO 23160 ISO 23160

* SGS Hong Kong Limited had been accredited with the HOKLAS certification
** For performance testing

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Kenji NG
t: + 852 2334 4481 ext. 1209 

Mr. Ronald TSE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1813

Mr. Toby LEE
t: +852 2334 4481 ext. 1805

Get a Copy in PDF version: Watches, Fashion or Contempoary Use: More Than Time Keeping

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 75,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,500 offices and laboratories around the world.