Aluminum vs Stainless Steel

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by cinger0439, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. cinger0439 macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2010
    i previously owned an aluminum watch and I had no idea how much the watch got banged around just from regular movement. As a result, the glass got quite a few minor scratches.

    This time around, I got a stainless steel version. Does the glass hold up to sctratches more than the aluminum version?
  2. OriginalAppleGuy macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2016
    WRONG - Don't be a momo, the Sapphire does hold up a lot better than the ION X on the Aluminum.

    OP - there are tons of threads on this forum discussing this very question.
  3. DaveyVigs macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2016
    the SS has glass is sapphire crystal which is more durable than the Aluminum's Ion-X Glass but either one would benefit from a screen protector for bumping cabinets, doors, desks or micro fractures from long sleeve shirts .
  4. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    You are right, sorry.

    I thought I heard on the keynote that both versions would use saphire glass, that's what I was referring to.
  5. OriginalAppleGuy macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2016
    Ah, okay! Yes, what you heard was both versions use sapphire on the back.
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The aluminum Apple Watch uses Ion-X glass, which is very similar to the same type of material used for the iPhone displays, where as the stainless steel Apple Watch uses the Sapphire, which is a very durable material that is resistant against scuffs and minor scratches.
  7. barjam macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    This is completely false. Spreading false information is lame.

    I have owned sapphire since launch and completely abuse the thing. Zero scratches.

    I tried an aluminum and had scratches on the screen after three days.
  8. bambooshots macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2013
    I’d say that yes, the SS models hold up to scratches better than the aluminum versions.

    That said, the SS models aren’t impervious to scratches. My SBSS S3 has a couple minor scratches on the face. No idea when they occurred.
  9. CreepyAF macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2018
    Behind you
    the SS has sapphire, and theoretically should be more scratch resistant. i had an aluminum s0 from day one, and it only suffered one small scratch, that could only be seen under the most direct sunlight. no dings or dents on the case.

    the aluminum offers the better deal, because for all intents and purposes, it does the same job as the SS. the upgrade in materials (ie, SS and sapphire) is not proportionate with the price hike at all. so it really depends on what your priorities are...
  10. Pez555 macrumors 68020


    Apr 18, 2010
    Put it this way OP. I’ve had the series 0 SS for 3.5 years and not a single scratch is on the screen, even after looking under intense light.
  11. srshaw macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    This is my experience as well which is why I have a ss s4.
  12. Stephen.Trae macrumors member


    Apr 27, 2015
    I originally had the aluminum series 0 but being as clumsy as I am. I had the tendency to run into walls and fall a lot. This resulted in my scratching the screen and also taking a bit out of the aluminum. I decided to sell it off and get the stainless steel. I’ve upgraded since then but gave it to my mom and it still looks great with no scratches what so ever on the screen.
  13. cinger0439 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2010
    Thanks, everyone! I am loving my SS Series 4!

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