Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by rjflyn, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. rjflyn macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2007
    Am the only one or is the watch face going to be an accident waiting to happen. I spent many years working as a paramedic and destroyed more watches than I can count. Now I work elsewhere in healthcare and don't wear a watch as anyone I have ever worn has been bumped or bashed within a short period or time that the crystal has been scratched or chipped. My fear is with this device Apple is going to be replacing these at a high rate..
  2. TheDeviceUser macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2014
    Yes, probably. That's why I'll be getting AppleCare+ of it's available. I suspect there will be Screen protectors avaliable for it which should help the situation somewhat.
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    If you already wear a watch, it is a non-issue. I wear one everyday and cannot think of the last time I hit the face on something.

    When I first started wearing a watch it was a problem though.
  4. Technodynamic macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2012
    I've been wearing the same Mavado for 11 years and have had no issues. yes I've hit some walls here and there with it on, but it's sapphire glass has not scratched or broke in all this time. I don't see durability as an issue unless you are some small unique percent of the population.

    If it's a concern, I'm sure someone will be releasing some watch-case thing to buy.
  5. telefono macrumors 6502


    Dec 17, 2007
    Ive owned many watches over the years and can tell you I have never scratched a Sapphire Glass on any of my Watches.
    I wore one watch with a Sapphire Glass at work/sport etc for about 10 year without scratching the Sapphire Glass, the stainless steel case didn't look too healthy
  6. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    This is my one concern. I have been wearing watches as long as I can remember but have a tendency to knock or bump my watch on something quite often. My Pebble smart watch currently has a lot of scratches. I'm sure there will be a screen protector available and I will definitely be getting one of those if I get the watch.
  7. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    I'm sure the Watch will be very shock proof.

    What will be interesting is something no one has spoken about.
    How heat proof is it?

    As it's an outdoor product, what is it going to be like when you are laying on the beach, or sitting in the sun reading a book for hours at a time, and it's getting hotter and hotter.

    Most consumer grade electronic gadgets hate being in the sun unless they are designed specifically to withstand high temperatures and still work fine and the screen still work fine.

    Be interesting to see if Apple watch stands up to a few hours of direct midday sun somewhere hot.
  8. kdarling macrumors P6


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Yep, that's one reason to encase the electronics in resin, which was common back in the 50s and 60s.

    Knowing Apple, it'll look something like this:


  9. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Very Good
  10. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    So everyone works as a paramedic and destroys watches like you? Talk about distorted reality.
  11. rjflyn thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2007
    No, just I know medics, police officers and fire fighters are very hard on equipment. If somethings going to get broken their the ones who will break it.

    Beyond that a watch isn't like a phone, its going to be out on the end of a pendulum i.e. someone arm getting bumped and bashed all the time. Its going to have to certainly be able to handle a whole lot more abuse than any phone screen ever has.
  12. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Wristwatches have been around for over a century longer than smart phones. ;)

    Also if you buy the SS or Edition it will have a sapphire crystal. If you buy the cheaper Sport than you get the same Gorilla Glass (except probably gen 3) as on the iPhone.
  13. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    The vast majority of the population do not work as medics, police and firefighters so Apple isn't going to be replacing them at a high rate. If anything shattered screens is going to be far less common than with iPhones on average.
  14. csixty4 macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Somerville, MA
    I imagine the sapphire screen will hold up to daily abuse. But if not, Swatch solved this problem in the 80s


    Available in all your favorite gnarly colors!
  15. bunnspecial macrumors 603


    May 3, 2014
  16. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Nothing that cannot be solved with AppleCare+ where the price you pay plus the deductible, covers labour and twice as many crystal displays, yet you'll only get one of them! ;)

    This makes apple and their investors happy so pony up on stock now I am!

    PS: public announcement : I'm back to apple and loving it. Now to convince those at work that only BES12 is worth it due to competitive costs and just use Apple products now.

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