I am registering some addresses as watch only addresses and I would like the ability to reset my wallet without having to sync again. Can I just delete my wallet.dat?

I use Bitcoin Core version 16.1.

This wallet does not handle any private keys with a non-zero balance.

Warning: Deleting wallet.dat will make you lose your Bitcoins if your wallet has a non-zero balance!

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    Yes, you can just delete the wallet.dat Aug 7, 2018 at 7:29

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As Raghav already commented:

Yes, you can delete the wallet.dat file as long as you don't have any private keys in it. Once you restart Bitcoin Core it creates a new and wallet.dat.

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    as long as you don't have any private keys in it with a non-zero balance which you don't have tested backups of Aug 7, 2018 at 9:21

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