Apple Watch protective case for a machinist...

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  1. 1080p macrumors 68020

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    Hello. I currently work as an Aerospace machinist. The machines run use oil as a coolant so as I am interacting with parts in the machine, my hands get covered in oil. Can anyone recommend a good protective case for the Apple Watch? I haven't purchased the watch yet, because I cannot be sure I can protect it from the elements at work. I did see this from Spigen:
    http://amzn.to/1LJ2Mmq
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  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd recommend not wearing it during the day, I think risk of damage is too high, even with a protective case. I'm thinking the oil and possibly other solvents will cause harm to the watch.
     
  3. 1080p thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I am stuck... LOL. I need the watch for notifications because our site leader (big company) is cracking down on employee usage of cell phones on the shop floor... but I want important notifications... such as emergency/important text messages from my kids.
     
  4. Neo1975 macrumors regular

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    I think the Spigen would work well. The only unexposed part of the watch is the heart rate sensor on the rear. That will be in contact with you wrist all the time so I can't see the problem.

    The Spigen case you have looked at even protects the screen. I wear one for football, you could take it out of the case when you are not working.

    I can't say I have been in contact with any solvents or chemicals but maybe Spigen could help you with that.
     
  5. Michael/O macrumors member

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    Come on Man! I've worked in a machine shop and I know you breathe in this crap, whether it be oil or water based on a massive scale all day long. It's on your face and in your breath. This watch has a speaker and microphone, they will degrade unless under a filter.
     
  6. Neo1975 macrumors regular

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    If you are exposed to airborne chemicals that can damage an aluminium watch. What damage is it doing to your lungs ?
     
  7. 1080p thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Um... I work for a big company that hammers us on PPE, and every machine has it's own smog hog sucking out the crap in the opposite direction. It isn't quite as bad as you make it out to be. A lot of us at work joke that our company is the "country club" of machine shops. Most of the guys there have never worked in a truly dirty machine shop.
     
  8. jlczl macrumors regular

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    I recommend you use a cheap AndroidWear watch or a Pebble then. You can get either for less than $100 and they provide the notifications you need. Use your Apple Watch when you're not in hazardous conditions.
     
  9. bandrews macrumors 6502a

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    However, some of the older Android watches don't (or are claimed not to) work with iOS. 1st gen Moto 360 does however. Probably best watch too.

    I'm also getting an AW and I'm a farmer so spend a lot of time getting filthy with all sorts of nasty things (usually from the back end of a cow). Will be looking at one of these. Just go for it. If it's doing as much damage to your lungs as everyone on here reckons, your AW is the least of your problems!
     
  10. venom600 macrumors 6502a

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    What about something like the Catalyst case? It improves waterproofing to IP68 and is MIL Spec protected for drops. The only part of the watch that is exposed is the face.

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  11. 1080p thread starter macrumors 68020

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    That looks absolutely perfect...
     

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