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An Apple Watch Ultra user has modified their new device's casing to add a brushed finish and remove the orange color of the Action Button in an effort to make it more visually appealing.

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The Apple Watch Ultra offers the first complete redesign of the Apple Watch since the product line's announcement in 2014, and while the design has been met with praise from many users, some have criticized the size of the device and its bold new look. In a thread on the MacRumors forums, user "perezr10" gave their take on the Apple Watch Ultra's design:
First, I think there is nothing wrong with the way the Ultra looks for its intended market. Rugged sport watches should look like this. And they pretty much all do. The things I dislike about the Ultra have practical reasons for being. I used to wear a humongous Garmin sport watch for running.

BUT… I was never wanting to wear my Garmin to work or out on a date. And I don't think I'll ever want to wear this Ultra whenever I'm dressing up either.

There are five things I hate about the design when I consider wearing it as a normal everyday watch. The "tallness," the hunchback which is the crown guard, the holes everywhere, the orange button, and the finish which looked like Starlight aluminum. There is nothing that can be done about the first three but the last two are solvable.

Using a Dremel power tool, they set about making two key visual changes to the Apple Watch Ultra, starting with removing the high-contrast "international orange" color layer on the Action Button.

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The user then proceeded to give the Apple Watch Ultra's entire titanium casing a brushed finish using a coarse abrasive finishing buff, moving away from the uniform sandblasted effect of the original device.

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The resultant brushed titanium finish is very similar to the casings of some of the Apple Watch Edition models, which were available in a brushed titanium with the Series 5, Series 6, and Series 7. Apple discontinued the Apple Watch Edition line upon the launch of the Apple Watch Ultra.

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perezr10's modified Apple Watch Ultra compared to the titanium Apple Watch Series 5.


"It may not be to everyone's liking, but I gotta say, I'm really liking my Ultra more after this. I still won't ever wear it with a suit, but I'm more likely now to use it when going out and about in town in jeans," perezr10 added.

Article Link: Apple Watch Ultra User Mods Titanium Casing to 'Deuglify' Design
 

erikkfi

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I didn't realize until now that there are actual screws on the bottom of the Ultra! That's an interesting detail. I wonder if that makes it more repairable.
 
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w5jck

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The person just screwed himself over if he has to return it. Repairs might even be tricky to get if they see those mods, which of course they will. Must be a slow news day, maybe Gurman and his fellow guesser Kuo are sleeping in today and thus not spewing out their typical hogwash...
 

satchmo

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Brushed finishing generally feels more premium than sand or bead blasted.

I know traditional field/military watches have bead blasted finishing to give it a more tool and rugged aesthetic. Perhaps this is why Apple chose to go this route.

That said, I've always wondered why Apple has never gone with brushed stainless steel finishing on their regular non-Ultra watches.
 

MrENGLISH

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The orange button isn't what makes it look ugly to me. It's the body, specifically the way the screen lifts up from the body, that bothers me the most. I would like to see it in person though as the features and bigger battery are a big selling point for me.
 

DCstewieG

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Man I hope the titanium Edition makes a return. I’ve always worn a watch and I just never liked how the aluminum and stainless models look on my wrist. I finally got a Series 5 and plan to run it into the ground (about time for a new battery in fact) but this makes me wonder if I should get a 7 if it’s the last one I’m going to like for a long while.

But the Edition always did some alternating each year. If there’s no sign of it next year I’ll start worrying.
 
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Camwin

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Man I hope the titanium Edition makes a return. I’ve always worn a watch and I just never liked how the aluminum and stainless models look on my wrist. I finally got a Series 5 and plan to run it into the ground (about time for a new battery in fact) but this makes me wonder if I should get a 7 if it’s the last one I’m going to like for a long while.

But the Edition always did some alternating each year. If there’s no sign of it next year I’ll start worrying.
Ceramic has been missing since S6. 😭
 

twocents

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As someone who had the first titanium AW, I genuinely feel that the Ultra takes better advantage of the metal’s unique attributes. The brushed look of old was pleasing to the eye, indoors or in sunlight, but I remember many around here complaining that it looked too similar to the bead blasted aluminum.

The Ultra would weigh considerably more if the body were made from stainless steel. In contrast, the durability that titanium is known for plays into the more rugged and adventurous approach that went into the design.

Personally, the orange accents are much more pleasing to the eye than the big red dot on the crown of my old SB series 3 that I somehow managed to crack.

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