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    Is it allowed to press buttons under the water?
    fenix® 3 Sapphire
    fenix® 5X

  • #2
    No
    You can't press any buttons while underwater as it will let moisture in the seals.
    Same for nearly all watches.
    Fenix 5x:::::::: Fenix 3hr:::::::::Vivoactive hr:::::::::Garmin nuvi:::::::::Garmin Tempe::::

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    • #3
      Its the pressure of the water rushing in past the seals,it should be ok to hold your arm above the water as there's only atmospheric pressure.
      Fenix 5x:::::::: Fenix 3hr:::::::::Vivoactive hr:::::::::Garmin nuvi:::::::::Garmin Tempe::::

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      • #4
        That's what i thought, but it's bit confusing, because watch is 10 bar resistance (100m), so it should be much more protected.
        fenix® 3 Sapphire
        fenix® 5X

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        • #5
          Yes, 100m is confusing, what it really means is it was tested in a pressurised water filled tank to a equivalent depth in still cold water.
          In reality if you were at that depth, the current and your arm movement etc would make the pressure way way past 100m.
          When i used to sell watches i used to think of it like this:
          30m resistant = splash proof and surface water smimming.
          50m = bottom of a pool
          etc.....
          There is a test for divers watches, that does mean you can use its stated water resistance and you used to get a certificate pass.
          Fenix 5x:::::::: Fenix 3hr:::::::::Vivoactive hr:::::::::Garmin nuvi:::::::::Garmin Tempe::::

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          • #6
            Thank you Sam for answering my question.
            fenix® 3 Sapphire
            fenix® 5X

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            • #7
              The only watch with similar features sold by Garmin is the Descent MK1 which is very similar to the 5x but with a dive computer added. You can push the buttons underwater with that watch.

              Look for watches with a rating of ISO 6425 if you want a “divers” watch.

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              • #8
                I wonder if the hardware of the Descent MK1 and the Fenix 5X are "so" different.
                There is Apnea a application not recognized by Garmin (considering that sport as dangerous) but made for divers... (BTW I consider it also as very dangerous but it's another debate about hyper ventilation and fainting underwater. I'm an old diver.)
                https://www.apnea.me/index

                I have push the button underwater on my 5X. No problem.
                Nothing has protected it from getting its sensor cracked though... ;-)

                Apnea: An application dedicated to freediving for your garmin watch.
                Last edited by NemoSandman; 02-12-2018, 03:57 PM.

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                • #9
                  Pushing it occasionally or by accident underwater won't likely cause a problem. But one of the commonalities about water compromised watches on this forum is that many did not know about that warning. Water gets trapped between the button and seal as mentioned above, causing pressure on the seals underwater (it spills out above water). Repeatedly doing so compounds the risk.

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