Watch Module Water Resistance

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by MrGimper, May 20, 2015.

  1. MrGimper macrumors 601

    MrGimper

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    I have washed my complete SS watch and WSB under running water a few times. Anyone know if the watch module is water resistant on its own?

    Reason for asking is that there was a previous discussion that the strap made a water resistant seal with the attachment channels, which protected the top secret diagnostic port. Probably unfounded, but would like to check first :)

    P.S. "Give it a try and report back" is not a valid answer, and you will only demonstrate your lack of imagination if you respond in this way :cool:
     
  2. asfalloth macrumors member

    asfalloth

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    In the official instructions from Apple for washing the crown under water to free it up a bit it mentions remove the strap first. This would indicate the strap being attached has no bearing on water resistance.
     
  3. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    Looking at the sports band on my SG Sport I highly doubt that it seals the case in any way. There is still a very small gap which wouldn't help sealing the case.

    Anyways, Apple clearly says that the watch is IPX7 tested and I take it for what it is, with or without band.
     
  4. kdarling, May 20, 2015
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    kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    The diagnostic port cover hides little holes to the inside.

    On the inside, a thin film with the contacts is held pressed up against the holes by a bar across its back, screwed in on each side.

    So it's likely that the bar and the contact film forms a water barrier of its own.

    Also, the cover itself is pretty tight fitting, which helps.

    See step #18 in the iFixit teardown.

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