Any regrets with Sport?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Lambo The Jambo, May 9, 2015.

  1. Lambo The Jambo macrumors member

    Lambo The Jambo

    Jun 13, 2012
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    So like many others I'm still waiting for my SG sports watch.

    The wait and regular visits to the Apple Store has got me thinking I may as well upgrade to the SS version.

    Has anybody who has received their Sport model regretted not paying the extra for the SS watch and if so why?

    Cheers in advance for any help!
  2. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    I ordered the 42mm aluminum sport right when preorders opened and received it on launch day. My thinking was that it was the first gen, I might as well get the cheapest version.

    About 5 days later, I realized I was afraid of rubbing the watch against anything for fear that the screen would scratch. I also realized that stylistically, my instincts about preferring the aluminum were wrong and that I should have gone for the stainless steel.

    That day, I placed an order for the 42mm stainless steel. The 6th day, the watch was on Craigslist and that night I sold it. I made enough profit on that that I'm getting the SS for $60 more than I paid for the Sport, making it a no brainier.

    I know many people are incredibly happy with the Sport, and that's awesome. I realized after a few days that I should not have cheaped out, and am anxiously awaiting my SS Apple Watch.
  3. Lambo The Jambo thread starter macrumors member

    Lambo The Jambo

    Jun 13, 2012
    Edinburgh, Scotland

    Interesting. Your right cheaping out isn't always the best option.
  4. GeorgiaPower macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2009
    I questioned whether I should've ordered the SS instead of the SG Sport. I ordered a second watch, the SS, in case it shipped sooner. SG Sport arrived first and I'm likely going to hold onto it.

    SS is definitely more versatile, but SG is sleek and looks really good. All that bs about it feeling and looking cheap are from people trying to impress the Internet.
  5. nasa25 macrumors 65816

    Apr 11, 2010
    I'm happy with the sport but am wondering if I'd be happier with the SS. I love how light the sport is and since I'm using it while playing sports the weight of the SS might adversely affect my performance.

    Last week I was considering ordering a SS due to the short shipping times, but I've already purchased apple care for the sport so I'm kind of snookered (unless I can transfer my apple care for the sport to a SS which is probably unlikely since I can't return the sport anymore)
  6. msb3079 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    collingswood. nj
    I think it really depends on the use. It's like comparing a Suunto (outdoor) watch to a Citizen -- Citizen is a "nicer" watch and "better" when dressed up/business/etc. The sport watches (aluminum) are better looking for active use.. hence "sport". And personally, I also don't like the SS for a sport situation.. too shiny, but that's just me. Just as the sport model can be too "dull" for a dressy situation.

    I'd say it all comes down to what you use it the most for, and that crossover. I run 50+ miles a week, mostly on trails, and I run trail ultra marathons. I also do mountaineering, camping.. lots of outdoor things. Sport is for me. Obviously even the gold watch will FUNCTION the same way, but I prefer the look and feel of the aluminum for what I do. The other part of it is that I am ok with using the sport outside of sport situations. I don't have to wear a suit for work (or even a tie)... and even my "professional" dress.. I still end up having a bit of an outdoor look and am ok with that. Others would not be ok with that look. I'd be ok with wearing a Suunto watch at any time.. just like a Apple Sport at any time. However, many would not be. I think it comes down to that, and one answer certainly does not fit all. It really comes down your style and lifestyle.
  7. roddenshaw macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    No regrets! I am quite active, and do a fair amount of manual work as well as sports, so the watch will inevitably be damaged. A full face screen protector should be perfectly effective against scratches, and the ion x is less likely to shatter than a sapphire crystal (which I have managed to break on a traditional watch in the past).

    The aluminium body is very nice, and when it is inevitably damaged I won't be bothered by it. I would likely be a little upset if I damaged a s/s watch.
  8. zumpy macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2008
    Personally, I tend to make a purchase based on how it makes me feel, as opposed to how it makes me look! In a world where literally millions of people might be wearing the same item, the way it looks on anyone is open to interpretation. Therefore how it feels on me, and how it makes me feel, are often my most important criteria in the decision making process.
  9. rsxmachine macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2007
    I think if you are in the USA get the SS it's only $200 more. In Canada forget it, it's 300 more after tax.
  10. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2008
    its a watch. scratches will happen. i have a swiss army watch that was about $550 thats ss with sapphire. guess what, after a few years it has scratches. even one little one on the glass. i don't know how it happened. but it still looks fine. anyone even if they have a expensive watch will bump it into something from time to time.
  11. supertomtom macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2007
    Gold Coast, Australia
    I had the SG sport originally. Wore it for a week and while I quite like the look, I knew at the back of my mind I was really enticed by the SS after my try on. I tried to talk myself into believing that I've made the right decision to 'cheapen out' for 1st gen with the SG sport, but as much as think it looks nice, I do find the SG to be quite a one dimensional looking watch whereas the SS has proven to be much more versatile in mixing and matching the bands for various occasions.

    Also, having sapphire gives me that peace of mind.
  12. SLQ03 macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale
    No regrets here. I prefer the look of my matte space gray sport, compared to the shiny SS. Also, the idea of having to have the SS polished every so often due to tiny scratches would drive my OCD up the wall.
  13. NavySEAL6 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2006
    I have slight regret, I got the Space grey sport and I love it, but the SS is just a little sharper and its aesthetically compatible with more bands.
  14. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    I had initially placed an order for a Sport, but changed my mind and decided to spend a little more for the Stainless Steel version to avoid any regrets. My watch will arrive Monday.
  15. Mvatlarge macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
    My sport back has light scratches already. Might have been better to get ceramic back.
  16. Lambo The Jambo thread starter macrumors member

    Lambo The Jambo

    Jun 13, 2012
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Cheers guys great variety of useful responses.
  17. TenTwelve macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2011
    How are you scratching the back of it?
  18. trek360 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2011
    I also originally 'cheaped out' with the sport thinking it was a first gen product. I ordered a SS which was supposed to come after the sport but came before. They are both nice but I think the SS looks sharper and feels more durable so I'm keeping it.
  19. Mvatlarge macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
  20. Cyberpower678 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2015
    My opinion and summary of thread combined

    Okay so here's my take. I received my SS BSB 42mm about 10 days ago, and am quite happy with. It's true while Sapphire, normal and edition models, does tend to shatter more easily, it still takes quite a bit to do it, but does offer second to one scratch protection. While the Ion-x glass, sport models, was designed to take more shocks by being more flexible, it does come at the cost of scratch protection. Just yesterday, I tripped and accidentally slammed my watch into a door frame, and my watch came out without a scratch.

    Also people compare the weights of the watch as a factor to buying which really shouldn't be one, because the difference between the weight of the 2 cases is 15 grams, for 38mm, and 20 grams, for 42mm. It's ultimately the bands that differ in weight sizes and the sports band weighs the same for both sport and normal models. Your arm, if anything, will hardly feel it. I forget that I have it on sometimes, it's that light.

    So it ultimately boils to how you treat your watch and what your preferences are. Here are my recommendations. If you are prone to dropping your watch a lot, especially when putting it on, then I would purchase the sport with Ion-X which is more shatter resistant. If you are more prone to banging your watch into something then go for the SS as that is more scratch resistant.

    If you care about looks and are prone to dropping it, then you will will need to think whether you should take the sport, or take more proactive measures to prevent the watch from being dropped, such as securing it better and putting it on over a soft surface, or a table not too far down.

    If you want to use something other than sports bands, then please dear god do NOT buy a sport, as that will just look hideous. :p

    I hope this helps.
  21. pooleman Suspended


    Jan 11, 2012
    Eastern CT
    For me I know I'll be happy with the Sport once it arrives. Whatever model I ordered I knew I'd be putting a case on it to prevent scratches. I currently wear a G Shock so having th watch be a little bulky was not a big deal
  22. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Ha! Yep, the 20 gram difference (in the 42mm version) is going to make such a tremendous difference. :rolleyes:
  23. nasa25 macrumors 65816

    Apr 11, 2010
    True. I paid $507 for my 38mm sport. The same SS version would be $790. So $283 difference


    The sport is so light it feels like I'm not wearing a watch at all. I used to wear a citizen nighthawk with full stainless steel link band before the apple watch so I'm used to heavier watches. In any event the fact that the sport is more shatter proof than the SS is helpful to me. An errant throw that hits my wrist could do some catastrophic damage to the sapphire crystal.
  24. Javabird macrumors 6502

    Apr 27, 2015
    I have a 15-yo Swiss Army watch with a sapphire crystal and SS band which looks almost as good as new (jeweler does give it a little polish every few years when they change the battery). I like the quality of the SS but not sure I want to spend the extra $ on a first-gen product, and the aluminum SW does look great.
  25. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    You realize that Canadian dollars are worth 80% of American dollars, and Canadians pay an extra 5% GST.

    So that $100 difference is really about $25. Still more, but not $100 American more.

    $80 + $80 + $80 -$15 = $225

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