Whether your Apple Watch needs its own screen protector is an open question. Most people prefer to use their electronic devices au naturel, eschewing any encumbrances or barriers. But sometimes — as with the iPhone or iPad, with their vast expanse of vulnerable glass — this approach is hard to justify.
The tiny Apple Watch, strapped to the wrist, may not strike owners as being in as much danger of drops, impacts, bumps, and scratches. Apple Watch owners may then be appalled to discover the number of times they knock that wrist against a wall or a tree or a fence only to have their watch absorb the impact and potentially bear the scars.
Stainless steel Apple Watches, which have sapphire crystal glass, are quite scratch-resistant, whereas, with aluminum Apple Watch models, the Ion-X glass is a bit less scratch-resistant. Scratches aren’t covered by the warranty, but specific breaks are. If you damage your screen while your watch is under Apple Care warranty, Apple will replace the screen twice for a fee of $69 each time. But you could completely avoid such accidents — and maintain your timepiece’s pristine appearance — by using an Apple Watch protector to cover the watch face. Note that even though the models cited are for the latest Series 4 and 5 watches, many screen covers also are available for earlier versions of the watch.
LK Screen Protector for Apple Watch
The first question you ask of a screen protector is whether it will hide the beauty of your device, but the LK Screen Protector for Apple Watch, which comes in a six-pack, assures that visibility is 99% clear with maximum resolution, with bright and colorful image quality when using its high-definition transparency film. This flexible TPU screen protector is a perfect fit for the watch face from curved edge to curved edge and designed for maximum coverage. It remains touch sensitive at 0.1mm thickness to facilitate response sensitivity and quick launching of watch apps. It’s available for all series of Apple Watches.
IQ Shield Screen Protector
IQ Shield Screen Protector is best described as a “smart film” and is designed to be optically transparent after application to seamlessly merge protection and interactivity into your wearable experience. The IQ Shield LIQuidSkin protectors are crafted via a process that combines responsive sensitivity, self-healing, non-yellowing, and optical transparency into a single layer of flexible tough film. The IQ Shield Screen Protector includes a proprietary screen protector, installation tray or spray solution, squeegee, lintless cloth, and instructions. The anti-bubble LIQuidSkin adhesive, paired with a wet-install method, ensures an easy installation that will perfectly contour the film to your watch. It is available for all Apple Watch generations and models.
Catalyst Waterproof Case for Apple Watch
If you’re off to underwater or other rugged adventures, you don’t have to leave your watch in your hotel room or locker. The Catalyst Waterproof Case, made of rugged, shock resistant, scratch proof polycarbonate and light silicone, guarantees total protection up to 330 feet (100 meters) underwater. It is IP68 waterproof tested so you can go about your daring escapades without worrying about damaging your watch. Made with maximum precision, the Catalyst always keeps your device protected, but also fully functional with Bluetooth, heart rate monitor, speaker, and microphone all easily accessible, though the ECG and EKG do not work with the case. This resilient case also exceeds MIL-STD 810G military standard for shocks and drops up to 6.6 feet (2 meters). The Catalyst Case is a perfect fit for your watch face and allows complete control over all buttons and sensors, including the rotating crown dial and the side button. The protective cover is made for all versions of the Apple Watch.
Misxi Black Hard Case
The Misxi is a basic, easy-to-install protective cover with a snap-on design that lets you install the cover without removing the straps. It is an ultrathin, hard, tempered glass that covers the face of your watch. It allows for HD clarity and natural touch and handling. The stickers on the surface protect the glass, so only check screen quality after you peel off the sticker. The cover does not support immersion in water. It comes in two pack combos of black, silver, and transparent for Apple Watch Series 4 and 5.
Smiling Case for Apple Watch
The Smiling Case is a great fit for the Apple Watch, constructed with high-quality, anti-scratch TPU and precise cutouts to let you easily access all ports and buttons. This ultra-slim Apple Watch case front cover is only 0.3mm and weighs 0.5 ounces, so it adds practically no bulk and does not inhibit touch sensitivity. The case covers the full front and curved edges of your watch, offering full protection against scratches, drops, and bumps. It comes in a two-pack in silver and rose for Apple Watch series 3, 4, and 5.
Umtele Rugged Case for Apple Watch
The Umtele Rugged case is a premium dual layer bumper cover that combines a durable hard shell and flexible TPU for the full, 360-degree protection of your watch face. This design prevents damage from scratches and also protects against impact and bumps. Precise cutouts give it a perfect fit for all ports and buttons, while at the same time allowing you to accurately access the screen, power button, digital crown, speaker, and microphone. It is easy to install with a raised front bezel and opening the back is quick and easy. It comes in various two-tone combinations of black and gray, red, white, and navy or in plain black or red for Apple Watch 4 and 5 models.
Letang HD Screen Protector
Letang’s HD ultra-clear, precisely cut, rounded tempered glass does not cover the entire screen of your Apple Watch 4 or 5, but it is nearly 100% touchscreen accurate and features a clear hydrophobic and oleophobic screen coating to protect against sweat and oil from fingertips. It does not blur your front camera nor interfere with Face ID. The manufacturer notes that with this screen protector your watch can withstand the impact of a 22-pound steel ball falling from the height of three feet. (Let’s hope that never happens.) Nonetheless, the screen protector, classified with a 9H hardness rating does keep your screen safe from keys, coins, and even knives in your pocket. It is easy to install with bubble-free installation and the clear acrylic adhesive won’t leave a residue on your watch face. Just remove dust and align it properly before applying. It fits the Apple Watch Series 4 and 5.