Is Fenix 5xsapphire smart watch good for swimming? This is one of the most often asked questions by people who are on the verge of buying a new Garmin Fenix 5x Sapphire watch. Yes, the Fenix 5x sapphire watch can we worn while swimming or showering. There are no two ways about it.
The Fenix 5x Sapphire smart watch is manufactured by Garmin. As of August 2021, it retails for close to $330 on Amazon. If you dig deeper into the specifications of the Fenix 5x Sapphire edition of Garmin watches, you will notice that it has a water rating of 10 ATM or 10 Atmospheres. This water rating implies that your watch is water proof and can sustain depth pressure of 100 meters or 330 feet below water level. In most cases, you will not be swimming at such depths below water. So, the watch is safe for swimming, showering or snorkeling. Infact, the Fenix 5x Sapphire will also work for normal diving sports. It is, however, not suitable for scuba divers.
A watch’s water rating of 10 ATM can also be explained in terms of the pressure exerted on the watch below water level. 10 ATM or 10 bars pressure means that the watch is able to withstand 10 times the normal pressure at the water level. As you go deeper in the water, the depth will exert pressure on the watch glass and watch fitments, including the sealing. A good rated watch will be able to handle this pressure without any scope of water leaking into the sealed unit of the watch. And water seepage into the indoor unit or the fitments will impair the functioning of the watch. And, Garmin has been known the world over for making top class water proof watches for sportsmen and fitness enthusiasts. We can definitely trust the Fenix 5x sapphire for its water rating.
User feedback about the Fenix 5x has been confidence boosting; as users have not had any issues in the Fenix 5x Sapphire edition of the watch after swimming. The watch glass is already made of sapphire crystals, the third strongest material in the world. The sealing of the watch indoor unit is tamper proof and the fitments on the watch body are finalized properly. So, there is no scope of water entering the indoor unit of the watch and spoiling the battery or the watch unit of the Fenix 5x Sapphire edition of Garmin watches.
Therefore, when it comes to choosing a watch for swimming, we suggest buying a watch that is rated 5 ATM or 10 ATM. Higher the rating, better the watch for swimming or under water sporting activities. Fenix 5x Sapphire is an 10 ATM rated watch. So, it is safe for swimming.
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Helen Kurt is a geeky nerd who loves to cover the wearables space. She has over 5 years of experience in the smartwatch domain. You can reach her on email at [email protected].