What is the difference between "wasserdicht" and "wasserfest"?

With which one can you dive and with which one can you walk in the rain?

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    You are talking about wristwatches?
    – guidot
    Oct 6, 2016 at 13:51
  • not only wristwatches, also clothing materials
    – cornejo
    Oct 6, 2016 at 14:03

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"wasserfest" means that the material is not destroyed by water; the plastic in a sieve is "wasserfest", while the sieve is not "wasserdicht"

"wasserdicht" means that the material will not let water pass through; a diver's watch is "wasserdicht"

"wasserabweisend" means that a fabric will repell water but let water through if the pressure is strong enough; usually this means that clothing will keep you dry when there are only a few drops of rain, but you will get wet in heavy rain

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    Since a garden hose is usually also wasserdicht, a marker might be a better example. The wasserfest variant is the so-called permanent one, and can only be removed by using solvents like ethanol. The opposite is wasserlöslich (soluble in water), where you can remove the writing by wiping it off with a wet towel. Oct 6, 2016 at 13:59
  • Is the wasserabweisend the same like spritzwasserfest? I have found online: spritzwasserfest=splash proof.
    – cornejo
    Oct 6, 2016 at 14:01
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    @cornejo No. "Spritzwasserfest" means that a short splash of water won't destroy something like an electronic device that you take to the beach. "Wasserabweisend" means that a clothing fabric has been treated or specially woven to repell water that has only a light pressure. Basically both words mean something similar but are used in different contexts.
    – user4973
    Oct 6, 2016 at 14:07
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    In wristwatches we differ between "wasserdicht" which means a watch you can submerge under water e.g a diver's watch, and "wassergeschützt" which means a watch that whithstands moist and water that isnt under pressure.
    – Beta
    Oct 6, 2016 at 17:24

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