Is Apple Watch Waterproof / water resistant?

September 9, 2014

Apple watch waterproof underwater

I personally wanted to know if the Apple Watch is waterproof and you can dive with it underwater, and if so, in up to what depth, is there any IP water-ingress certification (There is a new update, see end of article).

According to some non official websites it is water-proof, but they didn’t mention anything official and it didn’t mention what degree. I’ve searched the website, seen the videos. It might be only splash-proof. If this is indeed the case and the Apple Watch is not waterproof, I think that many people will certainly think twice before getting one, me included.

Apple Watch and iPhone 6 Plus

This is especially important for the Apple Watch Sport collection because it should certainly work on sweaty hands and would be great to be taken underwater for a swim or when washing hands. I think that most people will want it on any watch and in any of the three models (Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition). You are going to wear this watch all day long (probably), and I’m sure that the last thing that you want to do is take it off when washing hands or put it inside your pocket or bag on a rainy day. The Apple Watch should be, or in my opinion, must be Waterproof and resistant to dust to some degree.

My hunch is that if it’s not mentioned anywhere on the site, it might not be waterproof, maybe just splash resistant, but as I mentioned, it’s just a hunch. By the way, the Apple Watch sport band for example is “sweat and chemical resistant” according to the Apple Watch official video, so I assume that the Sport edition won’t get damaged when I get sweaty, but of course that still doesn’t answer our question — is it water-resistant?

If you have any information about the Apple Watch waterproofing and whether you can swim with in underwater or you know anything about the water-resistant rating, please drop a comment in the comment section below.

Would you buy a non-waterproof Apple Watch? — Share your opinion below.

Update: according to to an article on  and a private answer to David Pogue by Apple: Apple Watch is not waterproof (I look at it in the context whether you can use it underwater or not, because waterproof term can be misleading and therefore there are liquid ingress protection rating to help measure that) but it’s water resistant (not mentioning any IP ingress rating), which means you can wear it in the rain and when sweating, when you wash your hands for example, but you should not wear it in the shower and not use it underwater. So there goes the dream for a waterproof Apple smartwatch. I am still waiting for an official answer on Apple’s support forums.

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Daffodil Finesmith September 9, 2014 at 9:07 pm

FYI- no watch is actually ‘waterproof’. They are now called ‘water resistant’ and you are given the number of atmospheres (one atmosphere for every 33′ of water depth) it is certified for.

And yes, I want the Apple Watch but for me it needs to be certified water resistant
to at least 3 atmospheres.


cameradebate September 9, 2014 at 9:12 pm

If it can be used underwater in at least 2 meter depth, I would be happy to have an app for swimmers :) , but again, still waiting for an official reference about this. Who knows, maybe Apple will release an underwater case for the Apple Watch… just kiddin…


cameradebate September 9, 2014 at 9:19 pm

I also wonder about if the water-resistant degree has any effect on the Apple watch sensors and connectivity that might cause Apple (If it is the case that it can’t be used underwater), to not make it in a way that it cannot be used underwater.


cameradebate September 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Just an example, the Asus ZenWatch is water-resistant with IP55 rating and has a bio sensor which measured the heartbeat, and Motorola Moto 360 is IP67 water-resistant which means you can take it in the shower. I assume that if the Apple Watch had some time of water-resistant protection that was evaluated and given certification/rating, Apple wouldn’t skip this little and very important detail out in the press release and on the official product web page.


Pl September 10, 2014 at 1:38 am

If it’s not good for at least 3 ATM I’m not interested


Jon September 10, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I think it’s unlikely to be waterproof or water resistant. From what I have read and watched at the unveiling, the Apple Watch needs the Iphone or Idevice to get any benefit. Unless they have released a waterproof Iphone or Ipad that I haven’t noticed, a waterproof Apple Watch would be rendered useless without a waterproof IDevice to pair it with.


cameradebate September 10, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Agree with you Jon. From what we know so far, it is water-resistant to some degree. I just can’t understand Apple releasing a wearable device without even mentioning the IP rating. The Samsung Gear 2 for example is IP67 certified, which means that it’s totally protected against dust and water immersion less than 1m. Until Apple released an official answer to this question, people will think twice buying this watch. I’m pretty sure that we’ll hear an official answer pretty soon. Already listening to a post in the official Apple forum.


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