The only watches I have seen have problems through airport security are vintage watches with steel hairsprings. Anything since the 60s should be fine.

Whether it’s an off-the-shelf ETA movement, a more advanced in-house mechanical movement, or a fully anti-magnetic METAS-certified movement — materials such as Nivarox (metallic alloy) or silicon (non-metallic) are used in all modern watch movements, and therefore going through security should not negatively affect timekeeping.

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Posted by:Jordan P. Ficklin

Jordan P. Ficklin, CW21 is a certified watchmaker of the 21st century. He graduated from the Lititz Watch Technicum with a WOSTEP diploma in 2006. He is a co-owner of the Cincinnati Watch Co, designing and assembling watches in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the owner of Cincinnati Watch Repair, an independent watch service center meeting the needs of the microbrand and collector communities.