Apple Watch 4 Gold Milanese Loop half dull band

tafmasterpl

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Hello recently i bought used AW S4 SS with original Stainless Steel Milanese Loop(always wanted this configuration!) its been barely used as i saw, when i bought it back in April, warranty said it was activated in January so it was just 3 months old, it looked and still looks perfect not a single scratch on it but...
I've got a very strange discoloration on right side of the "inner milanese loop" band i tried to take pictures(its very hard to take a good picture of it because its really hard to notice) But i think i finally made it work.
I marked it with the arrow take a look:
https://imgur.com/a/sqwSYCe
It's been like that since i bought it and its NOT progressing further, stays the same for like a month but its not a big issue for me because like i said its "inner part" so when i wear it, its unnoticeable as u can see on pics, but i thought hey maybe i will get rid of that somehow, do u got any ideas? Its almost perfect on other side(one single "band" i marked it with an arrow)
I saw people suggesting dishwasher but im not sure if its good option for a gold stainless steel it might be good for silver but not for gold i think. What u think?
 

jaybar

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Does the watch have AC plus? If so is it transferred? Is the warranty transferred? Apple might decline to replace the band, but you never know.
 

holysmokesbatman

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My gold Milanese loop also has this discoloration (it's down the middle though, on the outside). I wonder if Apple will replace it if we bring it to their attention.

Edit: Given that the nearest store to me is over 4 hours away, I had to speak with someone over the phone and through chat support and they basically said that discoloration falls under wear and tear and is not covered by warranty or eligible for exchange. Maybe the sales associates in the store might be able to help you out if you live close enough, but it seems that I am out of luck unfortunately.
 
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jaybar

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My gold Milanese loop also has this discoloration (it's down the middle though, on the outside). I wonder if Apple will replace it if we bring it to their attention.

Edit: Given that the nearest store to me is over 4 hours away, I had to speak with someone over the phone and through chat support and they basically said that discoloration falls under wear and tear and is not covered by warranty or eligible for exchange. Maybe the sales associates in the store might be able to help you out if you live close enough, but it seems that I am out of luck unfortunately.

There is an astronomical variability in how our bodies react to watch bands. I can see Apple’s point.
 

tafmasterpl

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Jan 27, 2014
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But maybe there is a way to clean this off without exchanging? Im not sure a toothpaste or something else to clean jewelerry? What u think? Someons suggested a dishwasher but i think its about silver milanese not gold. But im afraid i could damage the gold anodization or paint im not sure how to proerply call this.
 

iamasmith

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Personally I'd drop that in my ultrasonic bath for about 10 mins with a spot of detergent (WITHOUT the watch body!!!)
If it's grime then that will sort it and if not it's some kind of reaction.
 

holysmokesbatman

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Personally I'd drop that in my ultrasonic bath for about 10 mins with a spot of detergent (WITHOUT the watch body!!!)
If it's grime then that will sort it and if not it's some kind of reaction.
Do you think it would mess with the gold coating?
 

iamasmith

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Do you think it would mess with the gold coating?
I don't think so unless the coating is really coming off, I put all kinds of stuff in including spectacles etc. t's great for getting the hard to reach grime out from round the screws etc.

Alternatively you could go to a jeweler that has one, show them the strap and ask their opinion,,?
 

tafmasterpl

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What you think guys about toothpaste or this baking soda trick? Will this work for gold stainless steel or its dangerous and can damage the paint/anodization on it? I don't know any jeweller(i might start looking for it haha) and dont have ultrasonic bath in house.
 

annk

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My silver milanese loop looked a bit like that at one point - washing with soap and water fixed the problem. I haven't tried it with my gold milanese loop yet. I haven't gotten around to getting an ultrasonic bath, but I'd try that if I had one.