AW series 3 SSSB crown has resistance

kevinf1990

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I am a relatively new owner of an series 3 SSSB apple watch. I've had this for about 1 week already and I just noticed that my crown seems to have some resistance to it when turning. It's not sticking. It turns smoothly but has weight to it. I was not sure if this was just a quality improvement - to make it feel like a high end watch? My girlfriend's aluminum apple watch's crown turns very freely. In addition, I feel that the pushing action of the crown on my SSSB watch is also not tactile and clicky. It feels soft and 'mushy'.

I've read on other forums that there are slight variations to all the apple watch's of all different variations. I am debating whether it's worth it to exchange it and see.
 

ReeseATPH

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Yup, seems as if it varies from watch to watch. No guarantee you’ll get one exactly the way you like it.

But... I suppose you can try 1 or 2 exchanges.
 

fischersd

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It's been discussed in threads here before. It's completely random. If you're in your "return period" you could exchange it, but there's nothing wrong with your watch in all likelihood.
 

Relentless Power

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Yup, seems as if it varies from watch to watch. No guarantee you’ll get one exactly the way you like it.

But... I suppose you can try 1 or 2 exchanges.
Exchanging it is up to the OP, but I wouldn't even toy with the idea of just for the sake of the crown having a different resistance over the other Apple Watches. It's likely a Non-issue. None of them have the same consistency, which is been heavily discussed for months about all the Apple Watch models.

All the Apple Watch models I have experience with, none of the digital crowns have the same consistency. It's likely the same result even with an exchange, but it certainly up to the owner to do so if they choose.
 
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mzanker

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The crown was quite loose on my original watch but both my SBSS series 2 and 3 have more resistance. I think I actually prefer a bit of resistance - it was very easy for my sleeve to accidentally turn the crown on my first watch.
 

newellj

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Exchanging it is up to the OP, but I wouldn't even toy with the idea of just for the sake of the crown having a different resistance over the other Apple Watches. It's likely a Non-issue. None of them have the same consistency, which is been heavily discussed for months about all the Apple Watch models.

All the Apple Watch models I have experience with, none of the digital crowns have the same consistency. It's likely the same result even with an exchange, but it certainly up to the owner to do so if they choose.
This ^^^, plus I'd be surprised if it doesn't change over time. I don't know whether it'll get looser due to the gasketing wearing in, or tighter due to skin flakes, lint or other crud accumulating, but I bet it will change.
 
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Lennyvalentin

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I've read on other forums that there are slight variations to all the apple watch's of all different variations. I am debating whether it's worth it to exchange it and see.
If there's nothing actually wrong with it you shouldn't trivially exchange expensive, complicated gadgets just on a whim.

There are people in the world who couldn't ever hope to afford something like an apple watch even if they work their entire lives. Also, it's wasteful with our limited natural resources.

If your crown feels tighter than it did when purchased, try running the crown under warm tap water whilst spinning it back and forth to clean out any gunk that might have accumulated there. (Apple apparently says not to use detergents - probably to not mess with the seal).
 
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