Catalyst is probably best known for making durable cases for smartphones and tablets. But now the company has leveraged its considerable experience in that field and applied it to the Apple Watch as well. The result is a case, which completley enshrouds the watch in a suit of protective armor designed to keep it safe from any number of dangers, including being completely immersed in water.
Once inside the case, the Apple Watch suddenly becomes a lot more rugged. That's because Catalyst built its product to be IP68 certified waterproof, allowing it to dive to a depth of 165 feet and yet remain completely impervious to moisture. It is also MIL-SPEC 810G rated against drops as well, which means the smartwatch can now take a lot more abuse while out in the field. With the case in place, the watch feels like it has been actually designed for use in the outdoors, taking away the worry that you might otherwise feel when wearing it on a backcountry hike or paddling excursion.
Despite being incredibly tough and durable, the case doesn't interfere in any way with the Apple Watch's regular functionality. You can still touch its screen to interact with messages and alerts; the heart rate sensor still works properly, as does both the microphone and speaker. Even Apple's quirky magnetic charging cable and docks work just fine. Catalyst has cleverly designed the case with a button and digital crown that mimic those already found on the watch, allowing you to continue to operate the device just as you always have. In fact, within minutes of installing the case on my watch I had almost completely forgotten that I had done so simply because everything still worked so seamlessly.
This past week, I had the chance to put the Apple Watch Case to the test during a cruise. It worked in the swimming pools, the hot tubs and showers. It also looked good enough to keep it on my wrist for evening dinners. Catalyst even claims that it can be used in salt water without doing any harm to the device, which is nice to know the next time I'm headed to the beach. After a day or two with the case installed, I stopped worrying about whether or not my watch would survive the trip, and moved forward with the confidence of knowing it was just fine.
If you're like me, and worry about damaging your Apple Watch while taking part in your favorite outdoor activities, then the Apple Watch Case, priced at $60, is a wise investment.