The story begins with Robert Bainter, who lost his Apple Watch six months ago when he was surfing in Huntington Beach, California. The surfer always had it along with him as he dubbed it his ‘lucky charm’ because it could show him information about where he was. Unfortunately, while riding out a big wave, Bainter lost it.
“This thing has been my good luck charm. I would use it quite often to show the surf and how fast you were going. It would even show you where you were on the beach,” Bainter told news outlet KTLA “a huge wave came and you know I was loving it, rode it and then I pick up my arm and like ‘Oh My God,’ what just happened.”
Of course, Bainter turned on Lost Mode for the device via the Find My iPhone app but, as the weeks came and went, he was unable to locate it. Then, six months later, he received a phone call from a number he didn’t know.
The caller was a man who discovered Bainter’s Apple Watch some 3 miles away from where he lost it. And it was still completely functional.
“It’s this guy saying, ‘hey if your name is Rob Bainter and you lost an Apple Watch recently. Give me a call and if you can describe this I’ll give this thing to you.‘” Bainter told the story “He was just walking looking for shells and he found it right there. It was a dream come true, I couldn’t believe it! It worked fine, it didn’t skip a beat, all the information was there, all the apps were there.”
The Apple Watch only suffered from some haze on the screen which was the result of it being in saltwater for an extended period of time.
Apple has never explicitly stated that the Apple Watch is waterproof, just that it can be submerged in water up to 50 meters but following this story, the Apple Watch sales will most likely see a bit of a spike.