Time to see what we’re made of.
Our early test models are coming off the line! It’s time to see what they can handle, both in the field and in the lab.
Because Bia is a mulit-sport watch, it needs to hold its own in the water. While ‘waterproof’ comes to mind when we think of a water-friendly watch, water resistance is the official industry term for this quality, and water resistance is rated on scales.
General products with various levels of splash resistance are rated with IPX ratings (a rating that indicates how protected a product is against water). Because we plan to sweat and swim with Bia, the units must be tested against a tougher scale specifically for water-use products to be certified as water resistant.
Casio’s chart of water resistance degrees for their watches
nicely illustrates the levels of water resistance certification ratings.
This water resistance scale is based on fully submerged water pressure at different depths: 100 meters (10ATMS) is the certification for roughwater sports and skin diving. 50 meters (5ATMS) is the certification level for swimming, diving in a pool, SUP, and overall in-water use. Less than 30 meters (3ATMS) means don’t even wear it in the rain!
Most multi-sport watches are certified to 50 meters, and we are shooting for Bia to rate between 50 and 100 meters on water resistance in order to be a reliable, full fledged swim-ready device. Who’s ready to get wet?!