It's not recommended that you shower with most smartwatches, let alone swim with them, but the Nixon Mission isn't your average smartwatch.
The Mission is a rugged and durable Android Wear-powered watch with a polycarbonate and 316L stainless-steel body, and a fully round AMOLED display. It's also one of the first smartwatches to feature Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 2100 system-on-a-chip, which uses 25 percent less power than previous chips and should deliver improved battery life.
The standout feature, though, is the watch's water resistance. The Mission is the first smartwatch to carry a 10ATM water-resistant rating. That means it can withstand pressures equivalent to a depth of 100 meters (about 330 feet). While you still can't go deep-sea diving with it or jump off a jet ski, the watch should be able to withstand just about everything else, including snorkeling, swimming and even surfing. In fact, Nixon encourages it.
The California-based company built an app for the watch that shows surf and ski conditions at a glance of the wrist. It also partnered with Trace, an action sports company, to help with tracking various activities.
Other specs include 4GB of internal storage for music and apps, and 512MB of RAM, both of which are relatively standard for Android Wear watches. The Mission reminds me a lot of the Casio Smart Outdoor Watch that we saw at the CES trade show in January. The two are quite similar, although the Mission has a higher water-resistant rating and includes GPS, in addition to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The Mission can do everything other Android Wear watches can do. You can customize the watch face, download apps and view personalized Google Now cards and notifications for emails, calls, texts and app alerts from your Android or iOS device.
The Nixon Mission will arrive later this year for $400. That price converts to about £280 in the UK and AU$530 in Australia.