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Catalyst - Case for Apple Watch 42mm Series 1 - Black

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Swim with confidence when your Apple Watch is protected by this water-resistant Catalyst case. The case can be safely immersed in salt water, and it shields your watch if you drop it. This Catalyst case adds a touch of bold color to your device, and it maintains the signature slim profile of the Apple Watch.
$59.99

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • 1 spare side button
    • 2 spare screws
    • Catalyst Case for Apple Watch 42mm Series 1
    • Product and manufactures insturctions
    • Silicone wrist strap

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (476 out of 545)

    Features


    Compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 42mm

    For a precise fit.

    IP-68 water-resistant and drop resistant

    Every unit tested 5ATM. Designed to meet MIL-SPEC 810G for drops. Suitable for rain, splashing, accidental submersion, showering, bathing, surface swimming and shallow snorkeling.

    Exposed face

    For direct access to the touchscreen.

    Catalyst rotating crown dial

    Adds a pop of stylized color to perfectly accent your watch and Catalyst water-resistant case.

    Free access for every feature

    Including heart rate sensors, charging dock, microphone and speaker.

    High-quality sound everywhere

    True sound acoustic membranes are integrated to provide clear sound in every occasion.

    Apple Watch™ is a trademark of Apple Inc.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 545 reviews

    87%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Defective case and horrible customer service

      Posted
      ITOxymoron
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I typically do not write strong reviews, but in this case I had such a poor experience with this watch case (and company) that I felt compelled to. I bought this case due to being one of the only cases that makes the first generation Apple Watch waterproof, and the fact that it got decent reviews. For the first 2 months I had the case I had no issues with it, and thought it was going to do the trick for me. A few things to keep in mind; -I was very careful with the case, it was never mishandled, dropped, etc. -I followed the directions exactly, did not over tighten the back, etc. -I only put the watch in the case once, and left it in the case the entire time I had it A few days ago I put the watch on my wrist and the back broke (see pictures for details). Since there was nothing wrong with the case, and I was only putting it on, something was obviously wrong with the case. I read the warranty and the product has a 1-year warranty. I contacted the company and they replied quickly. They advised that the warranty only ensures the case is ‘free of material workmanship’ and that since they test every product that it must have been improperly used. If you follow this logic, then none of their cases would ever be covered under warranty. They would not replace it and only offered me a discount if I purchased another product. If they would have honored their warranty, I would have given them another chance and gave them a decent review. However, considering the case… -cost top $ -only lasted 2 months -was never misused -was still under warranty and the company would not honor I will never buy something from them again, and advise anyone that is considering buying this to only consider if they don’t mind paying top $ for a case that could have the same issue and obviously the company does not honor their agreements.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best case ever!!

      Posted
      Mark

      Catalyst has been making waterproof cases since 2011 or so. I have been using a catalyst case on my iPhone 5s and now I have an iPhone 6s with a catalyst case as well. The design of the Apple Watch case is really simple, and doesn't add any bulk. Catalyst provides waterproof cases, drop proof, sandproof, and snowproof for people to live freely. So you can go on adventures and have your iOS devices right by your side, taking pictures and pushing further. Catalyst provides the most minimal design waterproof cases for iPhones, iPads and the Apple Watch 42mm. Everything works perfectly from people hearing me and I can hear them just fine as well. You can never go wrong with catalyst. Also you can charge your Apple Watch while it's in the case, you can also have your heart rate to be read just as always as well. Everything works perfectly with the catalyst case and all of the Apple Watch functions function as normal. Also, if you're thinking about getting an iPhone case from catalyst, don't hesitate to do so. I have used my iPhone all the time in the ocean and took pictures underwater. Also my iPhone fell a bunch of times on concrete and iPhone and case are in perfect condition. So what are you waiting for? It's time for you to get a catalyst case, and if you're rocking a catalyst case you'll be be just fine and ready for every adventure. Also catalyst has the highest rating of waterproofness and all their cases don't add any bulk at all and they have amazing customer service as well. I'll be attaching a picture I took with my iPhone in my catalyst case while swimming in the ocean as well.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Best one on the market currently but one flaw :(

      Posted
      jmp413
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Definitely the best one on the market in terms of water proof and super sturdy case. However it has one flaw thats totally fixable. I have tested this case out several times and wear it all the time. As a triathlete it was important to me to be able to wear it in the water with no worry that it would get ruined. As a handy man, I tend to need very sturdy cases for phones and watches because i beat them up alot. THis case handles everything, but I look forward to when catalyst upgrades the product to having a sturdy watch band. The silicone band is very flexible and feels great, the problem is it is not rigid enough at the base wear the band attaches to the watch. In just one month or less the band fell off my wrist randomly and when i took it to a actual watch store to speak to experts they told me how I need a more rigid base to the band. The flaw is fixable with ordering a different silicone band that has a more sturdy base. However I suggest to Catalyst they hire a company that knows more about the band itself and upgrade to a more rigid base. In summary I would still recommend this band however because of the flaw that would allow my super expensive watch to fall off my wrist randomly if i did not replace the band, it only gets a generous 4 out of 5. Otherwise I would give a sold confident 5!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good

      Posted
      JMG79
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is a good option to add protection without too much bulk for Watch Series 1. Combined with a screen protector, makes me feel a lot safer at work (Army) and working out. Installing is straightforward and quick; make sure to keep the included screwdriver handy if you've got several bands and like to swap them out frequently. Haven't tested the waterproofing other than a running workout in a light rain (no issues) and basic dishwashing/hand washing (again, no issues). Heart rate sensor seems to work fine through the rubber and the button and crown work as usual. Couple minor complaints: a) the screw that keeps it all together seems a little cheap; I want to tighten it down to ensure I'm protected, but it slips and feels like it'll strip out pretty easily, b) the box claimed that there would be a replacement screw in the package but none was provided. Hope to not have to deal with tracking one down, c) the rubber inside layer is tough to position correctly. Took a few tries to snap the hard case around it evenly; be sure to check again after tightening the screw because it can squeeze the rubber layer under the hard case in some areas; I presume this would lessen the waterproofing if there's any gaps

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Ok for the pool

      Posted
      Jojo
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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Seen this at Best Buy and thought, wow, i dont really need to buy the series 2 watch. Well i was wrong. This thing didnt hold up over any pressure at all. Water gets in very easily. Luckily there is a rubber piece around the watch. Its ok to use in the pool but dont go SCUBA diving with it. Bad idea. Dont even jump into water with it. Too much pressure on the cheap plastic and water creeps in. Trying to use the functions of the watch while inside the plastic case are tough as well. There is no spring feeling when trying to press the scroll on the watch so its hard to know if you pressed it all the way or not. To me, it was a good attempt but not worth the $60 that i paid for it. Its cheap plastic and if i didnt need it for a couple events coming up, i would have returned it. So if you need water resistance for the pool or shower then this is right for you. If you plan on SCUBA diving or doing any extreme water sports, buy the series 2 watch.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Cheap Product

      Posted
      morrisar
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The Catalyst case is really a cheap quality product and I would strongly not recommend it, especially for the price. Upon arrival, the case "crown" that goes over the "digital crown" did not line up at all even after several tries. To get it to work, I really had to push down hard on the "crown" to move it. Even then, I lost functionality of the button. This meant I couldn't return to the home screen anymore without going through a more difficult route. After wearing the case a few times, a thin portion of plastic on the case snapped and it completely came apart. I wasn't going to return it before because of the hassle, but now I'm definitely returning it since the cheap thing broke on me from just normal use.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great case for work in the auto industry

      Posted
      RubenHJr
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      My wife bought me the 1st Apple watch when it came out. I could never really wear my watch at work for fear of damaging it with bumps and water(I own an Auto Repair shop). After reviewing the case I figured I would try it. It is great, protects it from bumps and water as is states(Although I don't really swim with it) and I like having the ability to be able to use it at work(the watch comes in very handy). It feels good and does not look too big. Straps are secure and feel good. It is a little difficult putting the case on and taking it off all the time and the plastic on the case itself is made out of bit cheaper material than that of a Gshock, but it does what it states and I can use it at work. That is all that matters for now. For the price, it is doable. I would buy it again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Apple Watch Protection

      Posted
      EKJ70
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      This case is well worth the money if you want great protection for your Apple Watch. I was concerned that it did not come with an actual screen protector however, I have had this for a few months now and am quite impressed with its design for screen protection. It is slightly raised above the screen which provides unbelievable screen protection. I am equally as impressed with the water proof seal which works great for my Series 1. The most impressive feature I found was how well I could still hear sound as well as speak through the waterproof membrane. My only criticism is that occasionally the dial activates Siri if my hand is on a flat surface (i.e.; doing push-ups) which is due to its size. Otherwise it is comfortable and all elements of the Apple Watch work as though the they were designed.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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