i have had both stainless and I use aluminum watches and would like some thoughts and opinions on what metal to go with on a Apple Watch series 4
The day that I'm confident that I'll keep the Watch for 5+ years is the day I'll go stainless. Until then, the cost savings by going aluminum (and without LTE) are substantial - $399 vs. $699 means you've practically bought two Watches simply by choosing the Stainless Steel model. I've only had two models thus far, a Series 1 and a Series 4, but that means upgrading to a Series 6 or 7 will be "free" with the "savings" from having chosen aluminum for both, instead of paying an additional $200-300 for the stainless steel model.
The Watch is still new enough technology that I'm not confident I'll hold onto it that long. New features aside, part of the reason I went to a Series 4 from the Series 1 was because the Series 1 was becoming unbearably slow.
Yes, we The stainless doesn’t hold value once you buy it and if you decide to resell it. But if you’re somewhere that truly enjoys the aesthetics and the advantage of the Sapphire display, I think the stainless pays for itself, because it does have a whole new look to it over the aluminum. I owned the aluminum watch in the past, I personally thought was rather cheap feeling, that’s not to say it was not a good watch, I just prefer the weight and look of the stainless in general, which for me, that pays for itself. (And I also don’t care about the resale value.)
I'd rather buy a less expensive Apple Watch and put the savings toward a nice mechanical watch that won't depreciate as quickly.
Yeah, I think that’s kind of the point someone made earlier. I already sold off all of my nice mechanical watches (Rolex, Omega, etc.,) so spending a bit more for the nicer Apple Watch is no big deal, especially since I don’t upgrade every year. If you’re still wearing mechanical watches most of the time, the aluminum makes even more sense.
Granted, we have no idea how long mechanical watches will remain desirable. I have a heirloom, gold pocket watch that is 115 years old, and it’s worth relatively little today. Who knows how long the recent, vintage mechanical watch bubble will last?
Very good points. I have two Omegas and a vintage Heuer. I love those watches but when I put on my Apple Watch, I remember how useful it is. It’s the ultimate tool watch.
I went backward and forward between stainless and Aluminium but settled on the stainless. I much prefer the premium feel of the ss and don’t see much change, design wise in the upcoming 5, so will get 2 years out of it before upgrading.