Do you wear your watch in the ocean?

iMas70

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I can kind of see wearing the Apple Watch in the pool or swimming in fresh water but salt water can be kind of rough on a lot of things. I know it's made for it but I can't bring myself to wear my $900 watch while swimming in any kind of water.
 
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hjscm42

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My wife and i jumped of a cliff in Costa Rica. Her watch came off, it was about 18' deep in the area. I told the guide i would give him and his buddies $100 if they find it. 2 days later they said they saw it and are going diving for it after work. Next morning they gave it to us. After 3 days under the ocean it is still working fine. S3 watch. I never take mine off even surfing. i have a S2
 

Dormammu

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My son went surfing with his in Costa Rica. Whoever finds his watch can let us know how it did in salt water
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My wife and i jumped of a cliff in Costa Rica. Her watch came off, it was about 18' deep in the area. I told the guide i would give him and his buddies $100 if they find it. 2 days later they said they saw it and are going diving for it after work. Next morning they gave it to us. After 3 days under the ocean it is still working fine. S3 watch. I never take mine off even surfing. i have a S2
Damn Costa Rica strikes again.
 

Picapau21

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I’ve swam with the S0 in the ocean loads of time over the past 3 years with no issues. Just don’t wear the leather band...that did get ruined. Doh!!
 

ukms

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I’ve been swimming many times in salt water with no issues .... I just give it a good rinse afterwards the same as I do with pool chemicals.
 

iMas70

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I have a series 3 with Milanese loop. It currently looks like I just took it out of the box. It will still look that way after a Summer of swimming with it?
 

Relentless Power

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I have a series 3 with Milanese loop. It currently looks like I just took it out of the box. It will still look that way after a Summer of swimming with it?
If you take proper care of it as Apple suggests when using your Apple Watch in a pool or ocean, make sure you thoroughly rinse it off and dry it off with a microfiber cloth. And you likely won’t have any issues.
 

theNatest

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What strap do you use while swimming? My wife always takes her off when we jump in the lake. The sports band pin and loop underneath seems suspect.
 

verdejt

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I use mine in all water types. I try to set it to water mode to preserve the battery (disable the screen touch mostly) and then make sure I rinse it with fresh "shower" water and then run the speaker clearing at least twice just to make sure all the water is out. I mostly use my silicone bands when in water.
 
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TheColtr

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I have a series 3, took it to the beach multiple times. Sand and saltwater have me no issues. I was worried sand would get in the holes but nope. I washed it off when I got to the hotel room and that was that.

I love the beach and one of the watch’s biggest selling points, especially for cellular models, is leaving my phone in the hotel and still having service with a device that is “fun proof”. Sand, salt or fresh water, mud, snow, dirt, dust, this watch has gone through everything.
 
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Sword86

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My issue in the ocean would be losing it before worrying about water damage so I wouldn’t do it.
I lost a pair of expensive sunglasses a couple of years ago in the surf and it damn near killed me to pay to replace them. I’m going to go away for 3 months this winter. Won’t even take an AW for fear of ‘misplacing’ it or having it stolen, nevermind having it blow off my wrist in the surf.
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ukms

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My issue in the ocean would be losing it before worrying about water damage so I wouldn’t do it.
I lost a pair of expensive sunglasses a couple of years ago in the surf and it damn near killed me to pay to replace them. I’m going to go away for 3 months this winter. Won’t even take an AW for fear of ‘misplacing’ it or having it stolen, nevermind having it blow off my wrist in the surf.
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Interesting..... if I was that concerned that I couldn’t wear it for 3 months I’d seriously consider if it was worth buying. Where are you heading that’s so dangerous ?
 

TheColtr

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My issue in the ocean would be losing it before worrying about water damage so I wouldn’t do it.
I lost a pair of expensive sunglasses a couple of years ago in the surf and it damn near killed me to pay to replace them. I’m going to go away for 3 months this winter. Won’t even take an AW for fear of ‘misplacing’ it or having it stolen, nevermind having it blow off my wrist in the surf.
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I would think that something like the sports loop would be very hard to lose, between the Velcro and way it wraps around the wrist. I could see if it was one of the sport bands, but the loop seems very secure.
 

Sword86

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Interesting..... if I was that concerned that I couldn’t wear it for 3 months I’d seriously consider if it was worth buying. Where are you heading that’s so dangerous ?
Exactly what had me thinking about buying one at all. I wouldn’t be inclined to wear it at all ( I haven’t worn a watch there in the past) so it would be hard to justify taking it, and hence, buying one in the first place. It isn’t about danger, it’s just eliminating the odds of losing it. If I leave it at home, that won’t happen. S
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I would think that something like the sports loop would be very hard to lose, between the Velcro and way it wraps around the wrist. I could see if it was one of the sport bands, but the loop seems very secure.
Good suggestion. I hadn’t thought about a sport loop, only one of the sport bands. Reality is, I simply don’t wear a watch there at all. 3 months of beach time with no concern regarding the time of day. No watch required. S
 

riverfreak

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No problems at all in the ocean.

I use it with a sport band. I do wear it a little higher on my wrist than normal because flexing my wrist tends to pause the workout tracking mode. It’s totally secure. You’d have to be a real kook to have it blow off your wrist.
 

mavis

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I’ve swam with the S0 in the ocean loads of time over the past 3 years with no issues. Just don’t wear the leather band...that did get ruined. Doh!!
Same here. Took my S0 snorkeling several times (sport band) and it was fine. Haven't had a chance to take my S3 yet (and probably never will, seeing as how I've got an AW4 on the way) ...
 
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