Black Milanese with shiny silver SS? & Going from SS to aluminum AW?

Luba

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Anybody here wear their shiny silver SS with the black Milanese? What do you think of that combo? Good? Acceptable? Clashed? The reason I ask is because I currently have AW2 in SS and I'm thinking about getting either Space Grey, Rose Gold, or Gold in the future to save money. I think the black Milanese would look good with Space Grey, Rose Gold, or Gold, while the silver Milanese would clash with the above 3 AWs.

Anybody here worn both the SS and one of the aluminum AWs? Function and feature-wise they are the same. But what did you miss going from the SS to one of the aluminums? Perhaps you missed the scratch resistance of the SS as compared to the aluminum? Or maybe you missed the heavier weight of the SS?
 

Brien

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If you've grown used to the SS don't even consider stepping down to aluminum, unless the SS is too heavy for you. IMO, no real benefits other than cheaper. And if money isn't an issue, even less reason. Better screen, more band options (that match), etc.
 
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If you've grown used to the SS don't even consider stepping down to aluminum, unless the SS is too heavy for you. IMO, no real benefits other than cheaper. And if money isn't an issue, even less reason. Better screen, more band options (that match), etc.
Agreed. And it feels premium with a nice weight and it looks great dressed for any occasion.
 
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Luba

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I like the weight of the SS, feels like a watch. :) The aluminum is feather light but I'd get used to it. So here's the dilemma: I feel too much of a spendthrift if I got the SS every year (or every time a new version came out), but I'm fine getting the aluminum every year.

Then again if AW3 essentially only adds cellular I'd probably skip version 3.

Another consideration is how long the battery lasts. For example my iPhone is two years old and it's definitely not as good holding a charge when it was new--very noticeable. Since AW is small I may need to update every year for the battery capacity. I did experience a strange battery capacity issue a couple of weeks ago. Normally, I charge it up every day after using it for about 20%. So you would think I could get 5 days from one charge (5*20%=100%), but one day I didn't recharge at night and in the morning it was at 50%! During the next day I used my AW for about 25 minutes of walking navigation and after that it put my AW in Power Reserve mode. AW at idle overnight used up 30% sound right to you guys? The AW was dark the entire time, so I would think it would be like 5-10%, anyway I wake up and AW is at 50%. I didn't realize using walking navigation is a battery hog as I almost never use it. So maybe an AW battery is good for 1 year or two at the most, if you use the AW every day?
 
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I had my fist watch (an aluminium one) for two and a half years and it still got me through the day without an issue. My S3 watch is stainless steel and I’m enjoying the change but I’m not sure whether I’ll stay with stainless steel or go back to aluminium when I buy another (in a couple of years, I would think). I use my aluminium watch for sleep tracking a few times a week and occasionally wear it during the day (I’d wear it a lot more but for the cellular function of my S3). In my opinion, the two are different but both are good. I’m enjoying the shininess of the stainless steel and I like how it looks with darker straps (although I don’t like the combination of stainless steel watch with black Milanese loop at all)
 
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I sold my series 0 SS and bought the series 3 aluminum. I took it back and bought the series 3 SS. It was impossible for me to go to aluminum from SS.
 
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I often wear my black Milanese with my SS watch. I really like the combination -- the black band pairs well with the black screen (and, on mine, the black dot on the crown).
 
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barjam

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Anybody here wear their shiny silver SS with the black Milanese? What do you think of that combo? Good? Acceptable? Clashed? The reason I ask is because I currently have AW2 in SS and I'm thinking about getting either Space Grey, Rose Gold, or Gold in the future to save money. I think the black Milanese would look good with Space Grey, Rose Gold, or Gold, while the silver Milanese would clash with the above 3 AWs.

Anybody here worn both the SS and one of the aluminum AWs? Function and feature-wise they are the same. But what did you miss going from the SS to one of the aluminums? Perhaps you missed the scratch resistance of the SS as compared to the aluminum? Or maybe you missed the heavier weight of the SS?
I recently tried this. Went from SS to the aluminum series 3. I absolutely abused my series 0...I worked on cars, did yard work and so on. In 2 years I had zero scratches on the screen. After owning the aluminum for 3 days and being easy with it the screen picked up light scratches. The scratches came from rubbing up against a normal painted sheetrock wall.

If you care about scratches on the screen, the aluminum version isn’t an option.
 
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PatrickNSF

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I think the black Milanese would look good with Space Grey, Rose Gold, or Gold, while the silver Milanese would clash with the above 3 AWs.

Anybody here worn both the SS and one of the aluminum AWs? Function and feature-wise they are the same. But what did you miss going from the SS to one of the aluminums? Perhaps you missed the scratch resistance of the SS as compared to the aluminum? Or maybe you missed the heavier weight of the SS?
I had a S2SB SS with the Milanese and passed the watch off to a family member when I purchased my S2 Nike+. The black Milanese looks great with the Space Grey. I primarily use one of the black Speidel link bands.

I've gone back and forth with stainless and aluminum and although generally prefer the aluminum will likely end up with a combination of both at some point. I prefer the aluminum for running (I run about 50-60 miles a week) and sleep tracking, but agree with the others that the stainless has a nicer fit and finish. I've sold or given to family members my old watches in the past – I've upgraded with each generation – but will likely hold on to my current S3 if/when I add an S4.

If I only was able to own one, I'd personally stick with the aluminum as I find it more comfortable, and the talk of scratching, damage, etc. seems overblown based on my use the past couple of years.
 
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