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I use a digital watch; at the moment, I have one that hangs down from the belt loop on a pair of jeans, but I have the same issue with wristwatches - buttons will accidentally get pressed as I move around, bend over, or do various exercises, and unintended things will happen (e.g., setting an alarm for 1:00 am).

How might I prevent these buttons from getting pressed accidentally? Ideally, I wouldn't prevent use of the buttons entirely, since I need them in order to, for instance, adjust for daylight savings time, but not of them need used terribly often.

I've searched for some sort of case that I could wrap around it, but haven't found anything. Some sort of DIY solution could do it (for example, covering the buttons with resin), but I'm not sure how I would go about it without permanently preventing access to the buttons.

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  • Does the device have a 'lock' function that involves, say, a long press on one or more buttons? Oct 22 '21 at 17:13
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Cut a disc from art board or stiff plastic about one-half inch larger diameter than the watch. Use a double-sided mounting tape to stick it to the back of the watch. It can be removed at any time when needed. This gives a small "picture frame" around the watch, which prevents clothing, etc, from bumping the buttons.

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  • Some like it fancy so you could use the pattern (shape, size, etc.) that works most effectively to make the button-guard (bumper) from leather (with nice stitching?) or high tech stuff that will complement your personal style. +1 great idea John.
    – Stan
    Oct 24 '21 at 13:50
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Out of Harm's Way Lifehack:

Change the position of the watch—use a different belt loop, say.
Small differences could make a big difference in the mis-/alignment of the watch buttons and pressure points of your clothing.

Good luck.

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I've searched for some sort of case that I could wrap around it, but haven't found anything

Well, I've found: (source)

watch cover

It a watch "cover" rather than "case" that's why you probably didn't find it.


If you prefer to have the watch more readily available, I can offer another hack: Pocket.

watch inside pocket

I don't mean use pocket watch, rather just simply put the watch, may it be wristwatch, smart watch, or anything else, inside a pocket of your jeans/trousers or even shirt.

This way chances of accidental button press is greatly reduced as the watch doesn't dangle.

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