So far, I chose the TPU Luvvitt Clarity case for my 42mm watch. It has a nice lip to give some protection for the display. It doesn't seem too bulky for me. I might get a black one if I decide to change the look with a black band.
It looks good but my only concern is the moisture that may accumulate under the screen protector when exercising/working out. I know you can pop it off and clean but not really ideal when in the middle of a workout or run.Given my decision to start trying third-party adapters and watch bands, I decided to invest in protection. I thought I'd never buy a case, but decided to heir on the side of caution. This one from Monoy looks like it can easily be removed for times when I want the watch to look its best.
Just make sure it has the holes for the straps release button otherwise you'll be required to remove the cover anytime you want to change straps.
That's what I was afraid of with screen covers. I saw a little bit of moisture under my clear bumper case so I figured it would be worse with screen covers.Update on the Monoy case. Today I ran with the case only, I removed the Zagg from under it. Despite fogging of the cover over the face of the watch, the app did not react and no phantom taps were noticed. HOWEVER, the chime that normally accompanies notifications was absent. I checked my setting for Sounds & Haptics on the phone and everything looked fine; speaker volume up, Mute off. So as a test I turned off the setting 'Cover to Mute'. Sure enough, chimes started working again, but stopped as soon as I set Cover to Mute back on. Seems the Apple Watch thinks I'm covering the face when the case is on.
I'm also finding the space between the case and watch face gets wet and humid after any exercise, and sometimes even just during a humid day.
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Totally unacceptable. It is very easy to remove, clean, and replace, but it certainly isn't a usable case for my activities.
Be careful with hard cases. I've read that if dirt gets under the case, it will scratch the watch. Just make sure you clean the case often to keep dirt from accumulating under it.
My thoughts exactlyToday I installed the Armorsuit full body protection. What a pain in the butt. Aligning and waiting for the main section to dry enough to stay stuck on the curves was bad enough, but the tiny upper and lower pieces made me crazy. Installation is tedious, and it took about 30 minutes for the curved edges to get tacky enough to stay stuck down. Then you have to keep going back over the corners to get them down completely. I guess if you have the patience for the application process this is an acceptable alternative but it's just not worth it for me. YMMV