Our Story:  Think Cool… think Cactus. Watches for Kids and Teens.

Cactus was started in 2006 by husband and wife team, Sheryl and Len Smith. Having moved to Australia, with many years’ experience in the watch industry, they were inspired to create their own range of children’s watches suited to the Australian lifestyle.

Cactus is all about style, quality and design. “We are passionate about our carefully designed range of watches for kids and teens [and all who feel young]. We believe that kids have their own innate sense of style – and we design watches that kids love to wear – watches that capture the energy and freshness of childhood. We create watches that are colourful, fun, and imaginative. We also do edgy and funky styles for trendy kids and teens, as well as time teachers with easy to read faces – perfect for a first watch”.  

Cactus delivers good design as part of young people’s everyday lives. Our different collections cater for all aspects of life – school/work, party/play, and sport/leisure. We find our inspiration in the Australian outdoor lifestyle and informal culture. Gusto & Grace is a premier stockist of Cactus watches. Shop our Cactus watch collection here.

Water Resistance

Water resistance in watches is commonly misunderstood and it can be a confusing thing in watches – it is expressed as a depth rating in meters, but it does not correspond with the actual depths a watch can go to. This is because the different levels of water resistance as expressed in meters are only theoretical – they refer to the depth at which a watch will keep water out, if both the watch and the water are perfectly motionless in a laboratory testing machine [static pressure].

So actually the M is meant as a unit of laboratory testing, not the actual depth you can take a watch down on a dive. 30m water resistance is also expressed as 3 ATM [measurements of atmosphere] and 100m water resistance is expressed as 10 ATM [measurements of atmosphere].  Each ATM denotes 10 meters of static water pressure.

Furthermore, water resistance is not permanent – it depends on several factors, some of which are affected by wear and tear, or simply by time. Gaskets, seals or o-rings are used to ensure water resistance, and they corrode or get misshapen over time, or damaged by humidity and hot water or chlorinated water. Watches should be tested for water resistance every two years and gaskets replaced.

Activities for the different levels of water resistance are as follows:

  • 30m Wash hands only [splash proof and rain proof]
  • 50m Wash hands only [splash proof and rain proof]
  • 100m Wash hands, shower, bath, swimming
  • 200m All the above plus diving

So, just to be clear, your 30m water resistant Cactus watch is specifically excluded from use in the shower, beach or pool, as denoted on the packaging. [In the same way that you remove your shoes when swimming or showering, you need to remove your 30m WR watch].  If you wish to swim or shower with your Cactus watch, it must be 100m water resistant [and remember that hot water is never good for your watch].