Best Apple Watch cases in 2024

The Apple Watch is both a highly functional wrist computer and a high-end piece of jewelry that you wear every day. It isn't cheap, so you'll want to protect it with the right case. While certain models are hardier (looking at you, Apple Watch Ultra!) than others, none of them are infallible. Even if you have Apple Care+, using a good case on your Apple Watch can keep you from having to spend your day at the Genius Bar getting a repair. When buying an Apple Watch case, always be sure to check the listing carefully to make sure it's compatible with your Apple Watch size and model, as they're not all interchangeable. Here are some of the best cases you can buy.

Apple Watch Series 9, Series 8, and Series 7

Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Ultra 1

Apple Watch Series 6, Series 5, Series 4, SE 2, and SE 1

Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 2

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It really depends on what you're looking for. If you want to add waterproof protection, the Catalyst is the way to go. If you want the screen fully protected, be sure and choose one of the options with the included screen protector as well as a thick bezel.

As mentioned above, it's important to choose an Apple Watch case that is not only for the correct model, but also for the correct generation and size, whether you have the Apple Watch Series 9 or an older model. Check the listing carefully before making your purchase.

While you're shopping for your Apple Watch, you might want to pick up one of the best Apple Watch bands as well. If your upcoming plans include travel, you might grab some of the best Apple Watch travel accessories before your trip. 

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

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