Is the Apple Watch Series 2 Waterproof?
It is a common misconception that waterproof and water-resistant mean basically the same thing; but these two concepts are very different from one another and should not be swapped or used as synonyms. A waterproof material or product is able to provide sustained protection from water for a significant period of time. A water-resistant material or product can prevent water penetration to a certain level. It is not completely impervious to water penetration.
The first generation Apple Watch, or Apple Watch Series 1, are only splash and water resistant. It can survive getting splashed on from washing your hands but Apple advises against submerging the Apple Watch Series 1. On the other hand, The Series 2, Series 3 and Series 4 Apple Watch models have an ISO rating of 22810:2010. This means that they are designed to withstand water at up to 50 meters (164 feet) of depth and may be used while swimming in a swimming pool or ocean. However, it is advised that these newer Apple Watch models be used for shallow depth water activities only. Apple Watch Series 2, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple Watch Series 4 should not be used for scuba diving. Also, they are not recommended to be used in activities that involve high velocity water like water skiing.
Swimming with the 42mm Apple Watch Series 2
Showering with Apple Watch Series 2, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple Watch Series 4 is okay. However, Apple does warn against exposing the Apple Watch to soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, perfumes, bug repellent, sunscreen, hair dye, oil, acids or acidic foods, detergent and other chemicals. These can negatively affect water seals and acoustic membranes of the Apple watch. If the Apple Watch comes in contact with anything other than fresh water, it should be cleaned with fresh water and dried with a lint-free cloth.
Water resistance is not a permanent condition and may diminish over time. When this happens, the Apple Watch cannot be rechecked or re-sealed for water resistance. A number of things can affect the water resistance of your Apple Watch aside from being exposed to chemicals and high velocity water. Dropping the Apple Watch or subjecting it to other impacts can negatively affect its water resistance, too. As well as wearing the Apple Watch in the sauna or steam room, as the heat can also impact the longevity of its water resistance. These instances should be avoided to prevent water damage.
Remember to clean and dry your Apple Watch, the band, and your skin after a workout or heavy sweating. After swimming in salt water, gently rinse your Apple Watch with warm tap water. Always dry your Apple Watch and the band thoroughly. Do not use heat, compressed air, or sprays. If your Apple Watch gets wet with fresh water, simply wipe it with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth.
If the speaker sounds of your Apple Watch gets muffled after getting wet, do not insert anything into the openings (microphone or speaker ports) and do not shake the watch in attempt to remove water. Charging your Apple Watch overnight may speed up evaporation.
Apple also developed a Water Lock system for the Apple Watch Series 2 and the later models. You can choose Pool Swim or Open Water Swim. When your swimming workout starts, the screen automatically locks to prevent accidental taps from water droplets. When you are done with your swim workout, to disable Water Lock, you'll need to turn the Digital Crown on your watch until you begin to hear a series of beeps. The noise emitted from the speaker is used to eject any water inside the cavity.
It is also important to note that not all watch bands are appropriate for water use. The stainless steel and leather bands are not water resistant and should not be exposed to liquids. Sports bands which are made of silicone or nylon can be used in water.
If you want your Apple Watch to be better protected, Catalyst offers the world’s finest protective gadget accessories.
42mm Apple Watch Series 2 still completely functional after water exposure
Catalyst’s fully functional waterproof case for the Apple Watch is indeed the ultimate case for the ultimate device. It is a premium product built with style and industry-leading protection. It is the most waterproof Apple Watch case in the market. The waterproof housing is IP 68 Waterproof to 330 ft or 100 meters. It provides impact protection when dropped from a height of 6.6 ft or 2 meters. The ultra slim profile compliments Apple’s sleek design. The open face and open back housing gives users unhindered access to the touch screen monitor and it also accommodates all sensors on the underside of Apple Watch. Users can access the charging connector and activity and health tracker functions, like heart rate monitoring app, without removing the case. All capabilities of the watch remain fully functional including built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, Siri, Digital Crown, Side Button, Magnetic Charging and any other downloaded fitness tracker. Also, Catalyst's True Sound acoustics allows for clear sound transmission. In addition, the signature rotating crown dial adds a pop of color and style to the functionality of the case. Each case comes with premium, soft silicone wrist straps.
The Apple Watch Series 2 comes in two sizes, the 38mm and the 42mm. Catalyst Waterproof Case for the 38mm Apple Watch Series 2 comes in three colors: Alpine White, Deep Plum and Glow in the Dark. While the Catalyst Waterproof Case for the 42mm Apple Watch Series 2 is only available in Alpine White. These waterproof cases are compatible with Catalyst’s line of watch bands.
Catalyst Waterproof Case for the 38mm Apple Watch Series 2 in Alpine White
The Catalyst Sport Band for Apple Watch features a triangular truss pattern that creates maximum breathability and allows for great room for adjustability to give the the user more range for fit. The Catalyst Sport Band for 38mm Apple Watch is available in Stealth Black, Space Grey, Army Green and Blueridge/Sunset. It is compatible with all 38mm Apple Watch Series 1, 2 and 3 and 40mm Apple Watch Series 4. The Catalyst Sport Band for 42mm Apple Watch is also available in Stealth Black, Space Grey, Army Green and Blueridge/Sunset with additional choices of Glacier Blue and Sunset. It is compatible with all 42mm Apple Watch Series 1, 2 and 3 and 44mm Apple Watch Series 4.
Catalyst also offers plain (no pattern), dust-resistant silicone watch bands in Army Green, Red Hot and Blueridge/Sunset. These watch bands are waterproof as well.