Is the Apple Watch Waterproof? Splash, Shower, Swimming Tests [Video]

Is the Apple Watch Waterproof? Splash, Shower, Swimming Tests [Video]

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ykh - April 25, 2015 at 2:42am
It might actually interest you all to know that "waterproof" is really a term that can have several meanings. in case of the Apple Watch, it is rated at IPX7 (see IEC standard 60529) which means that while it hasn't been certified for any kind of dust protection, it is actually certified to be submerged up to one metre (1000 mm) under water without any damage. most other digital watches (e.g: Suunto, G-Shock, etc. ) are usually rated at IPX8 or higher. taking it any further than one metre would be a risk and in the case of swimming, there's also the risk of Chlorine ruining the watch and it's bands; or if you have a leather band, water, even from washing your hands will ruin it after some time. Liquipel is always a good way to go though. Of course one does wonder how this compares against the sometimes seemingly completely waterproof casings (up to 300-400 m) of luxury Swiss watches Apple is trying to compete with here. but personally I think IPX7 is a good rating for a day-to-day watch.
PaladinLV - April 25, 2015 at 7:58am
It's water resistant up to 1 meter NOT water proof. All the semantics in the world won't change it.
PHUKAI - April 25, 2015 at 1:05pm
So basically waterproof phone cases or even putting a phone in a bag to protect from water won't help! Good thought on that.
ykh - April 25, 2015 at 3:42pm
in these cases, waterproof=water resistant because it means how much resistance the watch shows to water entering it and ruining the electronics. but in the case of mechanical watches you're right as resistance just means how much water pressure it can take before the casing breaks. the IEC does not rate mechanical watches on the same standards as electronic ones.