Apple Watch S4 Gold questions

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  1. RecentlyConverted macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I want to get the gold version, but have a couple of queries, is the gold on the straps and watch a plating, or does the color run through the metal? If a plating, how durable does it appear to be?

    Thanks
     
  2. akash.nu macrumors 604

    akash.nu

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    They’re plated and seems to be good enough for day to day use.
     
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

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    Plated for sure. Apple bands are high in quality so I would say the Apple band will last longer and look better longer than what you get on eBay or Amazon.
     
  4. Kermit262 macrumors 6502

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    I don’t know about the aluminum model but the stainless steel watch is not gold plated. It’s achieved through a PVD process.
     
  5. bhodinut macrumors member

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    The PVD process is a coating. It's durable but can be scratched and will show the bare metal below. Can't be buffed out. Not sure how tough the coating is. It's similar to the gold coating on the x-series phones in terms of durability.
     
  6. RecentlyConverted thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the replies. Much as I like the Gold color, and I don’t appear to have scratched my S0 SS watch and strap, I think I will opt for the S4 in SS so I can buff out any damage, should it occur.
     

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