Aluminium durability?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Marco123, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. Marco123 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    I owned the SSSB on series 1 and 2 and I’m done with paying the premium on what Apple think is a premium material because Apple Watches are a disposable item.
    But how durable are the aluminium watches?
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The 7000 series aluminum used on the sport model Apple Watch is very durable. It's the same aluminum used on the iPhone with iPhone 6s and 7. It has excellent corrosion resistance and fairly resilient against scratches.
  3. Vegaspilot macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2010
    My series 2 space gray has been pretty durable. Had it about a year. The body is still almost new with one tiny ding you have to long hard to see. The Ion-X Glass is scratched a bit. Mostly light surface scratches that you need bright light like sunlight to see. I managed a few small deeper scratches on the lower edge but they’re minimal and you don’t really see them. Guess I shouldn’t have worn it working on the Jeep haha. I’ve been doing the same back and forth...Sport or SS if I upgrade to the Series 3. I really want the sapphire screen, but find it hard to justify paying the extra for something you replace every couple years. Plus while I don’t mind the weight of the SS ( I own a couple SS auto watches that are weighty) I have grown to prefer the lightness if the sport. Especially for work outs. Decisions.
  4. deadworlds macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    Citrus Heights,CA
    I had a space gray S0 watch since release day and I would bang it up against walls and other stuff just from normal use. Never had any scratches or dings.
  5. Nell macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2012
    My silver aluminium watch is two and a bit years old now with daily use and it’s in really good shape. I haven’t been remotely careful with it so I’d say the aluminium is pretty durable.
  6. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    My wife is in a wheelchair and she has an aluminum version ... has had it almost 2 years now, it has a cracked screen but this is just from recently ... she bangs that thing around like crazy and the body of it is in mint condition. I just picked her up a series 3 aluminum based on her last 2 years use ... otherwise I would have opted for the SS ... which I have for looks alone ... even my old SS had a ding in the sapphire screen after 2 years ...
  7. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    My space gray Nike AW2 ended up with a couple minor case dings in the year I've owned it, plus one scratch on the upper rounded edge of the glass. Never got around to the $70 replacement under AC+ as it didn't really bother me.

    Contrast to the ~$250 after tax difference, AC+ and a replacement or two and you're still ahead with aluminum.

    SBSS still is a nice watch. I probably would have gone there except I really like the Nike faces and band. No Nike SS option. Woulda had my money if it existed.
  8. kawalerzysta macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2013
    Mt Pocono, PA
    Had space gray S1 for year, not a scratch/dent on aluminium body and no scratches on front glass and rear composite. Expect the same from my new S3 (non-LTE).
  9. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2014
    North Carolina
    Both of these. Went with the same for the S3 when upgrading.
  10. jltj macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2008
    A friend and I have both been using our series 0 aluminium watches since the very first day it was released. Mine is in perfect mint condition while his looks like this:


    He told me it's because he does heaps of cardio and sweats a lot.
  11. Marco123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    Well I received my SG series 3 a few hours ago and the one thing that I never realised was how much lighter it is than the SS.
    Wow, I can’t see myself ever going back to SS. You can hardly feel it on your wrist. Really glad I picked aluminium over steel and I wished I did it from the start.
    Also is it my imagination but the screen looks more vivid and bright that the SS watch.
  12. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    Just get Applecare+, it's not that expensive. Is much cheaper than paying a premium for the steel version in the hopes for more durability.
  13. shox2k2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    If someone is going with sport model I would recommend apple care. I think the body should do fine but I worry about the screen. Its pretty easy to bang it against something and crack it. I think it just depends on what you typically do. If you're inside most of the time and in an office setting you are probably ok. If you work outside or active w/your hands a lot maybe throw in apple care.
  14. Ixidor macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2016
    The glass screen is much easier to scratch than sapphire so whether or not this will be an issue for you will depend on your tolerance for minor scratches and how likely you are to scratch the watch. I work in a laboratory and I knock my watch against stuff all the time. The screens on my S0/S1 aluminium Apple Watch have quite a number of scratches. I have had a S2 SS for a year now and the screen is flawless. There are some tools/abrasives in my lab that can scratch sapphire, so I am especially careful around those.

    As for the body, the space grey (my S0) easily reveals the silver aluminum underneath if you manage to scratch it (as I have mine). Obviously, this isn’t an issue for the silver variant. As for the gold variant, it looks very similar to the silver anyway so it isn’t obvious even if this happens. The main issue for the regular SS is that it is highly polished, so any tiny scratch becomes obvious (though they can be buffed out). In terms of durability, the SBSS is obviously the best...
  15. Resqu2 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 23, 2011
    I do property maintenance along with Fire & Rescue and my S2 Sport never got a mark in the body. I did end up with scratches in the glass but you couldn’t tell it when your using it. Plain to see when it’s off or your cleaning it. I considered going back with a SS s3 but I just can’t/won’t pay that much for something I will replace when the s4 comes out.
  16. co1f macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2014
    Ion glass (aluminum) allows more light thru. I find the haptics are more pronounced (on aluminum) due to the lighter weight.
  17. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Has this actually happened to you?

    After a year with my AW2 Nike, as someone who does a lot of handyman stuff at home and bangs into doorways... I have a couple scrapes on the case and one barely visible slight scuff on the top edge of the display. The watch remains very serviceable, you have to look carefully to see the screen scuff.
  18. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The stainless display has a reflectivity due to the Saphirre display, which does not appear to make the display as bright as the sport model.

    This article explains how that all works:
  19. Breezygirl macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2011
    Agree, it’s very durable.
  20. Marco123, Oct 9, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2017

    Marco123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    This too! The haptic feel so much better that I thought there might have been something wrong with my S1 and S2 SSSB. It must be to do with the case materials.
    Personally for me, the aluminium and AC+ is the way forward from now on and wouldn’t it be great if they started to use the sapphire screen on the lte versions from now on?

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