Waterproof Smartwatch Battle! – 2019 edition

It was not long time ago when a Kick-starters project was backed by a million people to launch the first smartwatch called Pebble, it could connect to your phone using Bluetooth and do some basic notification and music control tasks.

Early smartwatches, like the early smartphones, were revolutionary. Though they were large, expensive, not easy to use and did not solve any consumer needs or problems yet it was an innovation that was here to last. With the increase in technological development, smartphones have become small yet powerful, giving rise to powerful computers, tablets and now the smart watch. With specialised applications, fitness trackers and ability to notify user of such things as call and message, it can act as a standalone gadget as well as an accessory for the phone.

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In other words, you can say that smartwatches are to the smartphone what wristwatches were to the pocket watch. They have become the utmost smartphone accessory. And Yes! It can tell the time, of course.

What is a fitness tracking smartwatch that you cannot use while swimming or running in the rain? So in this article, we will talk about the Top 10 Best Waterproof Smart Watches of 2019. These rugged smartwatches could become the best companion for travelers & Field workers.

Also Check: 10 Best Smartwatches for Women in 2019

Are These smartwatches Fully Waterproof?

When it comes to the electronics, the term “waterproof” should not be taken literally. “Water-resistant” is term more accurate as increasing depth, pressure and time can damage most waterproof devices. The list below focuses on Smart watches, which are at least water resistant to 50 meters (5 ATM)

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1. Apple Watch 2

The Apple Watch 2 is the best smart watch you can get right now. It was a major update to Apple’s first draft at a wearable as it delivered to bring the most of your phone on to your wrist.

Apple Watch 2 Series Smartwatch

The first edition looked the same but people struggled to understand its purpose: It had health and fitness tracker, but they were limited and did not offer water-resistance. Just like the first iPhone which was released almost a decade ago, Apple watch has evolved into a super product. If you are into fitness tracking, with all the fitness and tracker superb integration with iPhone, makes the Apple Watch 2 the perfect wearable. With Series 2 Apple took a huge but successful leap by making it not only waterproof but also Swim-proof.

If you like square watches over the round one, then this watch I definitely for you,

The square screen of this luxury smartwatch makes it easier to use this watch with gestures such as swipe up, down, left, right from the edges. The rotating Digital Crown is the cherry on the top, as it still works best with zooming in and out, and general navigation.

There are two main editions, stainless steel and aluminum chassis, and one limited edition, white ceramic, available. The Series 2 is available in two sizes: 38mm and 42mm, in Gold, Rose Gold, Space Grey, and Silver colors.

Key Features:-

  • Review Price: $279.99
  • 38mm or 42mm case
  • Built-in GPS
  • 50m water-resistance
  • Heart rate sensor
  • 1,000 nits OLED screen
  • Waterproof

2. LG Watch Sport

Just after the release of Google’s Android Wear 2.0 operating system, LG released it in style. Offering both, the design and specs to the new OS is what makes this new watch the best Android-based smartwatch.

LG Watch Sport Water Resistant Smartwatch

It is the smallest Android wear yet, which means it’s light and feels good on the wrist making it easier to carry the watch All-Day kind of watch. LG Watch being a sports-focused wearable, the watch houses the best fitness trackers. Not only has this, LG made sure that it can act as a standalone fitness tracker by making it supportive to LTE. It consists of the P-OLED display at 480×480. The watch is packed full of tech. It features GPS, NFC with Android Pay, an optical heart rate monitor, Bluetooth and antennas for LTE network.

LG gave the customers an option to choose from Design-Focused smartwatch or Sport-focused smartwatch, LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style

Key Features:-

  • Review Price: $279.99
  • Android Wear 2.0 operating system
  • Premium design
  • 430mAh battery (Sport) / 240mAh battery (Style)
  • GPS, heart rate monitor and NFC (Sport)
  • IP68 water resistance (Sport), IP67 water resistance (Style)
  • 1GHz Snapdragon Wear 2100
  • Waterproof

3. Asus ZenWatch 3

While ZenWatch 2 had a rectangular display, Asus did a vast improvement in terms of looks with ZenWatch 3 being round.

Asus ZenWatch 3

Unlike its rivals (Moto 360), there is no sign of flat tyre shaped screen, making it look much elegant and sophisticated. Asus seems to be inspired from classic mechanical watch look in terms of ZenWatch 3.

Not only in terms of looks, Asus worked hard in terms of quality and finishing as well. Jewellery grade 316L stainless steel against diamond cut bezels provide ZenWatch 3 a much more premium look than its rivals.  The 340mAh battery is enough to provide 2 days of power to the watch. Even if you are an iPhone user, ZenWatch 3 will be a good choice, though it will not work as well as Apple Watch 2, after the improvement in compatibility with iOS devices, you will not face many issues.

Key Features 

  • Review Price: $229.99
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
  • Jewellery-grade 316L steel construction
  • 39-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB storage
  • 5D Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Waterproof

4. Samsung Gear S3

Samsung may have had many “Hit” and “Miss” when it comes to smartwatch. The predecessor of this watch, Gear S2, was more of a hit rather than miss. In 2017, Samsung launched Gear S3 with a bigger and bolder design.

Samsung Gear S3 waterproof smartwatch

The Gear S3 is available in two models- Classic and Frontier. Samsung Gear S3 we also featured in our best smartwatch for woman list. Though there is no difference between the two according to the specs, both are one of a kind. Where frontier displays the sporty and active lifestyle, Classic is more towards the styling. Frontier having the All-Weather resistant silicon band, whereas Classic comes with leather straps like luxurious watches. The bezels of the  Samsung Gear makes navigation easy on small screens, but it was felt on Gear S2 that the bezels were slippery so with this one Samsung improved the bezels by designing distinct ridges, which give this smartwatch a sturdy look.

The only drawback to this smartwatch is that it works on TizenOS and not on widely accepted Google’s Android Watch OS.

Key Features:-

  • Review Price: $359.99
  • 3-inch 360 x 360 always-on display
  • Dual-core 1GHz
  • 768MB of RAM
  • 4GB storage
  • Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi B/G/N, NFC, MST, GPS/Glonass
  • Waterproof

5. Polar M600 Waterproof smartwatch

The M400 model made by the smartwatch manufacturer, Polar, was an all-time favourite. Though it was just a GPS based watch, M600 is an Android Wearable.

Polar M600 smartwatch

It tracks your running using the Polar Flow platform, keeping complete stats of your activities. Being an Android Wear means you are not only limited to Polar’s sporting expertise but now you have the functionality of your phone on your wrist making it worth buying. As there is a shortage of Android wear in market specialized for sports, Polar M600 completely nails it.

Key Features:-

  • Review Price: $299.99 – $397.27
  • MediaTek MT2601, Dual-Core 1.2GHz
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB storage
  • 3-inch 240 x 240 transmissive TFT display
  • IPX8 water resistance
  • Optical heart rate monitor
  • Android Wear
  • Waterproof

6. Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20

This is the second smartwatch from one of the biggest sports watch manufacturer, Casio. It may not be a watch for everyone, but if you are a type of person who is outdoor-inclined, it might be the one for you.

Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20

It has been tested against some serious wear and tear and it stands like a pro. The watch doesn’t feel incomplete as it has all the sensors. If you are an adrenaline junkie, the altimeter and the air pressure read-outs will make this watch something you’d love to have.

Of course, it runs on Android Wear 2.0 giving this tough watch a whole new set of the feature with all the apps and connectivity with your phone.

Key Features:-

  • Review Price:$500.00
  • Android Wear 2.0
  • Dual-core 1GHz Cortex-A7 CPU
  • GPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Magnetometer
  • Waterproof

7. Garmin Fenix 5X

The Garmin Fenix 5X is the largest watch among the new Fenix smartwatches as it packs such power, not just in terms of battery but the hardware and performance wise as well.  This rugged smartwatch has the capability to not only track the basic outdoor activities like running, cycling, swimming etc. but also exploits activities like hiking and paddle boarding.

Brushed metal with exposed screws give it a rough look but the sapphire glass screen is what makes it tough as well. It is a wear-anywhere device, even at the depth of 100-metres. When it comes to the battery life, it can go for a day without any issue.

Key Features:-

  • Review Price: $410.00
  • Onboard maps
  • Multi-sport tracking
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Super-rugged sapphire screen
  • GPS
  • Water-resistant (100-meters)

8. Pebble Classic And Pebble Steel

The Pebble smartwatch is considered the best waterproof smartwatch for the first time buyers. Low price and 7 days of battery life is what made this watch appear in this list.

 Pebble Classic And Pebble Steel

However, it is not an Android wear but it can still perform functions like music control, smartphone notifications, activity and fitness tracking, and the ability to download apps from the Pebble app store.

The Pebble Steel has the exact same features as to Pebble Classic but it offers more formal look with stainless steel bezels, metal bands and 2.5D scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display.

Key Features:-

  • Review Price: $39.99
  • 25-inch e-paper display
  • 5-7 day battery life
  • Android and iOS compatible
  • Cortex M4 CPU
  • Waterproof

9. Nixon Mission

The Nixon Mission is currently on the top if you are looking for a smartwatch that is sturdy enough to pass a military level test. It was made for not only running or cycling but also to monitor ocean and mountain conditions.

Nixon Mission Smartwatch

It was designed for activities like surfing and snowboarding. Mission being an Android wear has access to Google Play apps and Google Fit activity tracking.

To make this Mission strong, Nixon made it huge with tough polycarbonate plastic but bezels and back are made of 316L steel.

Key Features:-

  • Review Price: $399.00
  • 400mAh battery
  • 39-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED screen
  • Microphone
  • GPS
  • Android Wear
  • Waterproof

10. Moto 360 2

The Moto 360 2 is Motorola’s second smartwatch. The predecessor, Moto 360, was the first android wear to go for the traditional circular watch design but it was not able to convince that we needed smartwatches in our lives as much as Apple or Samsung was able to do.

Moto 360 2 Smartwatch

With Google’s Android Wear OS at the heart of the watch, Motorola added the wifi support in the second generation to end the dependency on the phone to use its features.

With the successor of Moto 360, what Motorola forgot to do was to remove that ugly flat tyre display. No matter it has a stunning metal watch case but it could not disguise that flat spot below the screen.

Key Features

  • Review Price: $299.99
  • 42mm or 46mm watch case options
  • 400mAh battery with up to 1.5 days’ battery life
  • Wireless charging with dock
  • Built-in optical heart-rate monitor
  • IP67 dust and water resistant

Update: Apple just introduced Apple watch 3 with watch OS 4, the key difference is the Apple watch now supports LET and that too without a physical sim, hold tight for a full review coming soon!




  1. I didn’t jump on the smart watch or fitness tracker trend when they came out and I’m so glad I didn’t. It looks like they have come a long way in their technology. Now would be a great time to buy one since they have worked out all the issues and added features users want.

    • Yes the big brands like samsung, apple, Moto and xiaomi are also launched their smartwatches in the market. Hope in coming years, these smart gadgets will also become popular among the people similar to our smartphones.

  2. Hi–this is greats tuff. I have used some of these but had problems with the battery it used to run out so quickly that I ended up throwing in a bin. I think some people sell fake one on the market how do you think

    But you have put your information in order and easy to follow, thank you

  3. Hello Pankaj, This is such a great article. I was not a fan of the smartwatches. But this article truly makes a point for all the capabilities that are now coming to the surface. If you had to choose a more middle of the road one for a gift, which one would you suggest?
    It is truly amazing how far technology has come and is going! In peace and gratitude, ariel

  4. I think your specs on the Asus Zenwatch 3 are a little off. The comapny’s website publishes the water resistance to only IP67. That’s immersion in less than 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. That’s is far less that 5ATM.

  5. Samsung Gear Frontier S3 isn’t Waterproof or even from personal experience water resistant so be careful. I never swam with mine and only worked out in air conditioned gyms with it but nevertheless when it went wrong under guarantee ‘water damage’ was the excuse used by Toby’s Deals to invalidate the warranty. Now investigating forums I can see a Tsunami of people with similar problems. I am battling on with complaints under the sale og goods act. Samsung itself has given me the run around but I took good care of the watch so be careful!

  6. Man look like a man when he use a smart watch. In the past I never use watches regularly but Nowadays I start use watches but I don’t know what watches are good for me. Have you any information about that? Any suggestion?


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