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Is my smartwatch water resistant?

When you plan to buy a smartwatch, you may have noticed that the specifications include a special indication of water resistance that is different from 'regular' watches. The most common are IP67 and IP68. In this article we explain what that stands for and whether you can take a shower or swim with your smartwatch.

For watches the water resistance is indicated in meters, Bar or ATM, which stands for a certain amount of pressure that the watch can withstand. Electronic equipment - such as smartwatches - is of course even more sensitive to water, temperature and other environmental factors than an ordinary watch. Different requirements therefore apply.

For portable electronic equipment such as smartphones and smartwatches, therefore, a separate standard applies, the International Protection Rating (IP code).

What does the IP67 Code mean?

The IP Code is structured as follows: The first digit (6) stands for 'Protection against intrusion'. The higher the number (on a scale of 1-6), the better protected. This involves dust and dirt, tools, contact, etc. The number 6 is completely dust-proof.

The second digit (7) stands for 'Protection against moisture'. Here too, the higher the number (on a scale of 1-8), the better protected. In the table below you see the descriptions.

IP

Protected against

Tested for

Description

0

none

none

Only use indoors

1

Vertical drops

No damage caused by vertical drops

10 minutes in drizzle.

2

Drops at an angle

No damage caused by drops falling at an angle of 15°

10 minutes in light rain.

3

Light splash water

No damage when sprayed (max. 10 litres/minute) at an angle up to 60°

5 minutes in rain.

4

Heavy splash water

No damage when sprayed (max. 10 litres/minute) at any angle

Rain, spray and spill (contents of a glass of water spilling over the applian).

5

Spray

No damage when sprayed (max. 10 litres/minute) at any angle

Can be held under a gently running tap.

6

Water resistant

No penetration when sprayed (100 litres/minute) at any angle

Can be held under a gently running tap and worn under stormy conditions.

7

Immersion proof

No penetration when submerged (30 minutes at 1 meter)

Will survive accidental submersion.

8

Waterproof

Remains usable under water under conditions specified by the manufacturer

For example: accidentally left in the sink while you let the tap run on full (without soap and at most lukewarm water).

Pro Trek smartwatches
 

Can I take a shower or swim with my smartwatch?

Now you might think "My smartwatch is IP67 waterproof and I can go swimming or take a shower wearing it.". Unfortunately there is a catch. Smartwatches with this IP code can indeed withstand a bit of water, but the IP67 rating only means that the device is completely dust-proof, and can withstand a 30-minute immersion in standing water. It is unfortunately not the case that devices are given the rating of the highest test they endure. An IP67 score therefore does not mean that IP61 through IP66 have also been achieved. And since IP61-66 among other things test exposure to sparying, it is not wise to shower while wearing this type of smartwatch. But if you accidentally forget to take off your smartwatch before you step under the shower, this will not immediately destroy the watch.

If a smartwatch has multiple IP ratings, it might be possible. Pay attention to this when purchasing a smartwatch, depending on what you want to do with it. Always read the instructions and warranty conditions of the manufacturer. Unless otherwise stated, it is not desirable to press buttons while your device is under water. In this way, water can still penetrate which causes damage.

Be careful with salt water and heat

As with ordinary watches, most tests are done with tap water in temperatures between 15 - 35 degrees Celsius. Seawater, but also swimming pool water with chlorine is therefore often not covered by the guarantee, unless stated otherwise. It is also not wise to wear your smartwatch in a Turkish steam bath, sauna or hot tub.

 

Easy exchangable watch straps

Do you want to use your smartwatch under conditions in which the watch comes into contact with moisture, for example for running or walking outdoors? Then choose a watch with a water-resistant band made of plastic, rubber or textile. Many smartwatch brands have easily exchangeable straps, so you can put on a nice but non-water resistant leather strap for a night out or a business meeting.

Fossil Q Smartwatches

Want to learn more about the water resistance of watches?

Would you like to learn more about water resistance of watches? Then visit our water resistance page