Apple Watch (lifestyle 001)

If there was any hope at this point that Apple Watch was waterproof, then it’s all been shattered by the small prints at the bottom of Apple Watch dedicated pages on the company’s website. With a water resistance rating of IPX7, the small prints make clear that Apple Watch is splash and water resistant, but not waterproof.

Apple Watch is splash and water resistant but not waterproof. You can, for example, wear and use Apple Watch during exercise, in the rain, and while washing your hands, but submerging Apple Watch is not recommended. Apple Watch has a water resistance rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. The leather bands are not water resistant.

A quick look at details of the IPX7 water rating tells us more about what you can and cannot do with your Apple Watch when it comes to water:

  • IPX7 rated devices can withstand incidental exposure to water of up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
  • Indoor/outdoor use in the presence of rain, snow or brief splashes of water is a suitable activity.
  • Any immersion of more than 1 meter, regardless of duration of immersion, or any immersion of more than 30 minutes, regardless of depth of immersion is not a suitable activity.

In short, as Tim Cook recently said, you’ll be able to take your Apple Watch in the shower (unless it has a leather band), but don’t even think about going surfing with it.

  • At 349.99 starting anyone thinking about taking it in the shower should check themselves into a hospital. It’s an electronic item, putting a constant stream of water on it isn’t good. Doesn’t matter what rating it was given, common sense will tell you water and electronic devices don’t mix!

    • Fanboy 

      You do realize what century we’re in right? Waterproofing/resisting electronics is fairly safe. This isn’t the equivalent to showering with a toaster, buddy

      • I don’t mean it’s going to fry you.. I just mean science tells you that putting an electronic anything mixed with constant water is going to cause an issue. Might not be right away but over time its going to have an effect. Why anyone would buy a device like this and leave it on the shower is beyond my realm of thinking, unless they just want to throw money away.

      • Fanboy 

        Once again, the processes used for water resistance/proofing means the electronic components of the device don’t actually come in contact with water! So nothing other than the glass, casing and band will come in contact with water which neither are affected by water

      • Well if you get one let me know how it works after constant showering with it on. Never in a million years would I wear a watch in the shower when I paid 349.99 for it.

      • Chris

        I think you’re having a tl;dr moment as the article clearly states as per Apples website that you shouldn’t be placing your watch in a constant body of water.

      • Never mind, you guys clearly don’t understand what I’m saying. Have a nice day.

      • Chris

        I replied this his comment, not yours.

      • jocastro

        yeah tony, im 99% sure fanboy got you on that one lol ..

      • lol not at all.

    • KingKon_NL

      You do know digital watches that can go underwater have been around for years right? Hell, my 20 year old crappy Casio digital watch can take being underwater for days and still work fine. It’s not like it’s a toaster that you take into the shower with you. (which is definitely not recommended)

    • Derek Boze

      I shower with my Moto 360.

      • Roberto Vivancos

        I shower naked.

  • jocastro

    and still wont got it lmao

    • Kr00

      I don’t think you’ll ever “got it”. LMFAO

  • Lordrootman

    iOS 8.2 is very stable

  • It would be nice to be able to swim with it… I’m shocked that any 50 dollar timex is rated to 50m and these overpriced, over engineered precious little jewels can barely be used in shower.

    • CollegiateLad

      What does price have to do with it? My $50,000 pickup truck can’t be submerged in water either. I do agree with the point about swimming – that would be awesome and I hope Apple works to implement it in version 2. Honestly, I think the iPhone should be water proof too – Under water photography excites me.

      • Price has everything to do with my comment. Please notice in my original note that I mentioned that other cheaper watches are water resistant up to 50 m and can be submerged, yet this expensive one can’t.

      • CollegiateLad

        Price is irrelevant. If it were inexpensive, it should still be water proof – as that increases what you can do with the device.

  • M L

    Once liquipel gets ahold of an iwatch, it will become waterproof…hopefully

  • Splash resistant. Critical. For the first time ever; we can watch porn on our watches….

  • Piyush

    No waterproof. No buy. At this price if Apple Watch is not waterproof. It doesn’t make any sense to buy.

  • Hugo928000

    ok a Pebble is waterproof so are $20 casio pieces and so many. What is a unusual here is for a Sports model not to be waterproof.. Running a marathon is ok but no swimming ? A Sport watch do all all sports BUT water sports or activities… I can not do windsurfing with this sports watch ?? Unusual to see an inadequation between the name and positionning and what the product is actually capable of doing. Just unusual from Apple…Just don’t call it the Apple Watch Sport 🙂 This is misleading 🙂 A sports watch is by definition waterproof…

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Is Apple Watch pocket bleeding resistant, Man those prices for a watch. Lol you can buy a regular gold watch for the starting price.

  • Curt

    Is anything waterproof? Take it deep enough it’s gonna give. Even submarines can only go so deep.

    • Derek Boze

      Yes but you can submerge a submarine

    • Rick Zee

      My Tag Heuer watch is guaranteed to 200 meters (660 feet).

  • Anton

    Will the Apple Watch Sport be able to take other bands like the leather and stainless steel ones?

  • Stefan Formgren

    yes. its good I can tage it on a run in the rain safely or sweet my as of in crossfit 🙂

  • Coops

    I think as this item being marketed very much as a health tool it needs to be waterproof. If it is to monitor our daily exercise then surely it needs to cover swimming, skiing, walking in the mountains for 5 hours in the pouring rain ( it would be nice if the compass and/or trail finder type apps could work here too as visibility is usually poor and I have been loosed down by my phone here on more than one occasion. Great product idea but sadly for once Apple have not thought it through enough. This should be a product designed never to be taken off

  • Paris TX

    Sorry, but the stupid debate about a sport watch needing to be water proof is so ridiculous. Many of the nice gps sport watches that are designed to track all of your fitness activities are not water proof. Water resistant yes, proof no. To assure water proof requires substantial changes to the shell of the watch vs just having it resistant. Not always easy to do this while keeping it attractive and somewhat light. Besides….poll 1000 people that are into fitness. How many list swimming as one of their daily fitness activities? Don’t lie…how many. LOL. Swimming is just not a high fitness activity for the masses. Running, walking, bicycling, Cross Fit etc are. This watch, like many, will do just fine for 95% of fitness oriented people.

    So don’t lump ability to swim with a sports watch as a requirement for the many, it is just not true

    • Bobby

      Let’s look at it this way, I currently own a $75 Timex Expedition Shock watch. I never have to think about getting it wet. For those of us that own a swimming pool never having to think I have to take my watch off to jump in the pool would be nice and living in NC during the Summer months that’s quite often. When is the last time any of you paid more then $350 for a watch that wasn’t waterproof? I’m looking forward to Apple Watch 2nd addition being waterproof! With the money and technology that Apple has , they could have make this first addition Apple Watch waterproof but they have to save something for the 2nd addition that will want to make people upgrade.

  • Durfenhurf .

    How wise of Apple to create a “Sport” version of a watch that can’t get wet. I can go down to the local WalMart and pick up any SPORT watch for a few bucks and it’s waterproof to 30 meters. Apple is telling us that with it’s quarterly billion dollar profits, there was no way they could manage to compete with a $40 Timex? Everyone seems to be downplaying the fact that Apple can’t make a waterproof sport watch when it seems like it should be just the opposite. I think most people assume that a sport version of anything is going to be pool wearable because swimming is a sport / exercise. Given the plethora of waterproof watches on the market, the only excuse Apple has for not even making the watch minimally waterproof is big corporate greed. All you hipsters take note about what your “cool” company has become.