I love wearing my Apple Watch sans case. It looks good and is easily identifiable as an Apple Watch, which makes me feel like I'm part of a special club. However, I'm no dummy. I always keep a case or shell nearby in case I want to go on a nature hike, or if I'm doing some house painting. I want to be able to continue wearing my Apple Watch without fear of ruining its beautiful, stainless steel shine. If you feel the same way, take a look at these protective cases for Apple Watch. You can wear one all of the time, or only take it out occasionally to keep your Watch protected from the elements.

Apple Watch Series 2 & Series 3

Protection from water

Catalyst Waterproof Case

The Catalyst Waterproof Case is, by far, the most comfortable watch case I've ever worn. Though it looks like a serious rugged covering, it's lightweight and incredibly flexible. The bands are connected with hinges instead of a one-piece mold. Though it makes the overall look of your Apple Watch slightly larger, it's not cumbersome at all. I've worn the Catalyst on my wrist for weeks at a time without feeling like it was too big or uncomfortable.

$70 at Amazon

Super snug fit

Spigen Rugged Armor

Name the phone or accessory and, chances are, Spigen makes a case for it — and a great one at that. It goes on easily and holds tight; you won't feel it wriggling around on your Apple Watch. The Digital Crown is left completely open and is entirely unhindered, thanks to the Rugged Armor's great fit. A metal button covers your Apple Watch's Side Button but doesn't interfere with functionality, which means the scratchable surfaces are covered all the way around.

$11 at Amazon

Heavy-duty protection

SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro

This case has an easy front cover snap-on design, which makes installation a breeze; you don't have to try and slide the straps through flexible silicone. It's made from hard polycarbonate on the outside — to withstand hard bumps and scratches — and soft TPU on the inside, so that it doesn't scratch up your Apple Watch.

$18 at Amazon

Armband case

Twelve South ActionSleeve

If you're a heavy lifter, a contact sports enthusiast, or don't have a wrist to wear an Apple Watch on, you'll be happy to see what Twelve South has to offer. If you've always wanted to be able to use your Apple Watch while punching a bag, lifting weights, or playing rugby but don't want it getting in the way, check out the ActionSleeve. It'll keep track of your fitness while staying away from your wrist.

$26 at Amazon

Apple Watch Series 4

Heavy-duty protection

SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro

This case has an easy front cover snap-on design, which makes installation a breeze. It even comes with a strap built-in, so you don't have to worry about installing a new strap to use with it. It's made from hard polycarbonate on the outside — to withstand hard bumps and scratches — and soft TPU on the inside, so that it doesn't scratch up your Apple Watch.

$25 at Amazon

Crystal clear protection

i-Blason Halo

This thin TPU case fits snuggly around your Apple Watch Series 4 and protects the sides of your watch from getting dinged or dented. It even has a raised lip around the screen, so should you ever put your Apple Watch face down on a surface, it will protect it! The cutouts at the top and bottom make it easy to swap bands so that you can use this case with any of your favorite bands!

$17 at Amazon

Simple screen protector

SUPCASE TPU cover

If you want something that protects your screen, without being big and bulky, the SUPCASE TPU cover is a great option. This cover slips right over your Apple Watch, covering the entire screen and the sides of the watch, all while leaving the digital crown and bands slots free and open to use as normal.

$14 at Amazon

I personally enjoy the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro because it's the most complete case (it even comes with a band) that gives me the confidence that my Apple Watch won't get damaged.

Any case you get is going to give you peace of mind when you are in the midst of doing a rigorous and potentially dangerous activity. Just make sure you are getting the right size for the right model before you hit that buy button!

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