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Catalyst's first Apple Watch case offers heavy-duty protection and water resistance

Catalyst, known for creating waterproof and rugged cases for the iPhone and iPad, has announced its first case for the Apple Watch. The case adds to the watch's fairly impressive water resistance, protecting it without cutting off access to either the digital crown or the side button.

The Catalyst Case for Apple Watch is built for an IP-68 protection rating, making it both dust tight and allowing for immersion into water deeper than one meter. It's also meant to meet the MIL-SPEC 810G rating for drop protection. While it covers the digital crown and side button to keep the watch protected, the case has its own crown and button, letting you continue to access Siri, scroll through lists, and quickly message your contacts.

You'll be able to purchase the case in black, white, and grey, each with different accent colors. All cases will come with a 24mm quick-release nylon wrist strap. Currently Catalyst has only announced a case for the 42mm version of the Apple Watch. It can be pre-ordered now for $59.99, for shipment in November.

Pre-order the Catalyst Case for Apple Watch - $59.99

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • I am sure someone will educate me here, but I just don't understand why devices are not built with these features already?
  • This is a great question, usually the only limitations on electronic devices is ports, IIRC the iWatch has no ports. with inductive charging there really was no reason that the iwatch did not have a better water resistant quality to it. having to buy a case for a watch is asinine at best. android wear suffers the same idea. seems only the pebble got this right.
  • There are the microphone and speaker openings on the watch that may have been the factors.
  • Why is it asinine? Because you don't like the idea. OK. I like the fact that when I need my watch rugged I can put it in my Lunatik case and when I want it more elegant I can go with a nice black leather band. My guess is that they couldnt make things more waterproof so that they could have a speaker loud enough to hear. Normal watches don't have that problem. Sent from the iMore App
  • Another excuse to spend money when it is not necessary.
  • Been swimming 30 minutes 5 times a week for the past month with my Apple Watch, can't tell anyone to do the same but so far no problems. Although I went to the beach past week and left the device at home, I think salt water would be pushing the limits a bit.