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When the Apple Watch Series 5 lineup was introduced earlier this week, tech specs on Apple's website listed incorrect weights for the new models based on Series 4 weights. Apple has since corrected the data, providing for an accurate comparison of the new titanium casing option with stainless steel.

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40mm and 44mm titanium Series 5 models weigh 35.1 and 41.7 grams respectively, according to Apple, which is up to 13 percent lighter than the 40mm and 44mm stainless steel Series 5 models at 40.6 and 47.8 grams respectively.

Meanwhile, 40mm and 44mm aluminum Series 5 models weigh 30.8 and 36.5 grams respectively, which is virtually the same as aluminum Series 4 models. And the 40mm and 44mm ceramic models weigh 39.7 and 46.7 grams respectively, making them slightly lighter than ceramic Series 3 models, despite having larger displays.

40mm
- Aluminum: 30.8 grams
- Stainless Steel: 40.6 grams
- Titanium: 35.1 grams
- Ceramic: 39.7 grams

44mm
- Aluminum: 36.5 grams
- Stainless Steel: 47.8 grams
- Titanium: 41.7 grams
- Ceramic: 46.7 grams

Apple Watch Series 5 pre-orders began earlier this week, with deliveries to customers and in-store availability starting Friday, September 20. Key features include an always-on display, a new Compass app, international emergency calling on cellular models, 32GB of storage, and the new casing options.

Article Link: Apple Watch Series 5 Titanium Models Weigh Up to 13% Less Than Stainless Steel Models
 
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SDJim

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How weird. I would have thought the titanium would weigh less than aluminum. No reason to choose titanium over aluminum for weight.
Not for weight, but most of the added weight of the higher-end models has always come from the sapphire crystal display, vs the glass display. I have owned both, and the sapphire is pretty bulletproof compared to the glass, which develops scratches fairly easily. I am disappointed at the price of the titanium model, since I was excited to get the sapphire screen with a lighter overall package.
 

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Interesting to point out the weight. I would think the interest in the Ti models would have to do with durability over that of other versions.

I like that there are more options, though I have never personally gone for anything over the Aluminum models, since the aging core components & features tend to set the lifetime for these watches (for most people) as compared to the case material.

Not for weight, but most of the added weight of the higher-end models has always come from the sapphire crystal display, vs the glass display. I have owned both, and the sapphire is pretty bulletproof compared to the glass, which develops scratches fairly easily. I am disappointed at the price of the titanium model, since I was excited to get the sapphire screen with a lighter overall package.

Interesting that you found the glass to be so scratch prone. I still have my Series 0, along with my Series 3 Cellular (both Aluminum). I tend to wear the 0 when I am working on home construction projects, and when I am in the shop working on hobby cars. The case for sure is scratched and dinged up, but the glass is next to flawless despite hitting all kinds of objects over the years.
 

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Not for weight, but most of the added weight of the higher-end models has always come from the sapphire crystal display, vs the glass display. I have owned both, and the sapphire is pretty bulletproof compared to the glass, which develops scratches fairly easily. I am disappointed at the price of the titanium model, since I was excited to get the sapphire screen with a lighter overall package.
I’m not sure why the Ti is an Edition model and the SS is not. Boosts the AppleCare price considerably..
 

eulslix

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Hey Apple! How about not cheating out on your „Saphire glass“ instead. My watch is full of scratches

Edit: Wait! The titanium model comes with real Saphire glass? That would be a compelling argument for me.
 

egodspeed

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Not for weight, but most of the added weight of the higher-end models has always come from the sapphire crystal display, vs the glass display. I have owned both, and the sapphire is pretty bulletproof compared to the glass, which develops scratches fairly easily. I am disappointed at the price of the titanium model, since I was excited to get the sapphire screen with a lighter overall package.

This is everything. Seems like titanium is the better option and I'm glad I ordered it.

Looking forward to September 20th!
 

DanRyb

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Not for weight, but most of the added weight of the higher-end models has always come from the sapphire crystal display, vs the glass display. I have owned both, and the sapphire is pretty bulletproof compared to the glass, which develops scratches fairly easily. I am disappointed at the price of the titanium model, since I was excited to get the sapphire screen with a lighter overall package.
Yep, this is precisely why I "splurge" for the stainless steel model. First AW I had was aluminum and I'm unfortunately a total klutz lol. Constantly bumping into things, especially my hand/wrist. The screen on that thing did not fare well at all haha. My series 4 SS screen though still looks new and I have certainly bumped it into things.
 

gsmornot

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I am happy with my Stainless 4 so I have not looked at pricing but if this is similar or close to SS and built the same way as SS, I would be interested. More than a finish, the SS has a more premium feel when you use the crown. I wore aluminum for several versions before SS and had no idea the difference. A lighter, similar quality, would be nice for me. Maybe next year if its still available I will consider it.
 

twocents

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I suspect the weight discrepancy for titanium, which is known for lightweight and relative to SS as much stronger, comes down to it being an ‘Edition’ model. Heaviness tends to be associated with quality watches, so Apple could be trying to give wearers a nice premium feel
 

Crowbot

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Interesting to point out the weight. I would think the interest in the Ti models would have to do with durability over that of other versions.

I like that there are more options, though I have never personally gone for anything over the Aluminum models, since the aging core components & features tend to set the lifetime for these watches (for most people) as compared to the case material.

I went with black Stainless to get the sapphire front crystal. 3 years later it's still scratch free. And the enamel coat is holding up well.

(waiting for my S-5)
 
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