Composite back scratched already

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Mvatlarge, May 7, 2015.

  1. Mvatlarge, May 7, 2015
    Last edited: May 7, 2015

    Mvatlarge macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2015
    #1
    My Sport composite back has multiple light scratches in the center, not obscuring the LEDs. On close inspection the charger had a black dot in the middle, maybe metal debris, maybe random. Way less durable than I expected. Anyone else?
     
  2. NM08SRT8 macrumors 6502a

    NM08SRT8

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Location:
    New Mexico
  3. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

    mightyjabba

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2014
    Location:
    Tatooine
    #3
    How on earth do you scratch the back of the watch anyway?
     
  4. NM08SRT8 macrumors 6502a

    NM08SRT8

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Location:
    New Mexico
    #4
    With as many ridiculous threads that are being created on here, do you really have to ask?
     
  5. deadworlds macrumors 6502

    deadworlds

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2007
    Location:
    Citrus Heights,CA
    #5
    Yea, like the person who put their watch in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner......
     
  6. lagwagon Suspended

    lagwagon

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2014
    Location:
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    #6
    I'm waiting for a thread to pop up about someone pulling their digital crown off with pliers......by accident.

    A lot of people seem to be way rougher on their things than they think they are, and then blame the product being defective. But I never expected someone to scratch the back multiple times. When it only touches either your wrist or the charger.
     
  7. Mvatlarge, May 7, 2015
    Last edited: May 7, 2015

    Mvatlarge thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2015
    #7
    Because the scratches are centered, guessing it's hard debris on the plastic charger. I plop the watch onto it from half an inch above.

    I also see a pinpoint black dot centered on the white plastic charger, anyone else see it? Thought it was debris but now seems like part of the charger.

    Photo makes them look worse than they are, they're shallower than I thought at first.

    [​IMG]



    ----------

    Done.
     
  8. The Tuck macrumors 6502

    The Tuck

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    #8
    I'm afraid that salt from my sweat is starting to scratch the composite back on my Sport... Either that or I'm getting paranoid- which is definitely a possibility.

    Tuck
     
  9. Mvatlarge thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2015
    #9
    Hmm. Is salt from sweat hard enough to scratch it?
     
  10. The Tuck macrumors 6502

    The Tuck

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    #10
    According to this website and the MOHS Hardness Scale, salt is on par with aluminum in its hardness.. But I don't know if it's enough to scratch a composite plastic. But I'm seeing little speckles from salt. They're either little scratches or perhaps I just haven't cleaned my watch well enough.

    Tuck
     
  11. foxkoneko macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2011
    #11
    Life will find a way #
     
  12. Mvatlarge thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2015
    #12
    Yeah I see speckles too, they're in the photo covering some of the circular text.

    This is starting to feel like the mirror-back iPod touch which scratched if you just breathed on it.
     
  13. roddenshaw macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2006
    #13
    Does this really matter? I would be surprised if it impeded the functionality of the sensors, and you won't see the scratches when wearing the device.
     
  14. Mvatlarge thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2015
    #14
    If they spread, they'll impair the pulse tracking. Can still exchange for a ceramic backed model.
     
  15. Cheule macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2009
    #15
    I highly doubt that. Scratches would affect a lens, but if you look, the glass covering the LEDs are actually diffusers. They aren't looking to focus light at all, they are diffusing it. Bring on the scratches = more diffusion.
     
  16. BarmyGnome macrumors 6502

    BarmyGnome

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2015
    #16

    I believe the composite is slightly speckled to begin with. Maybe it's worth wiping the back of your watch and making sure nothing is on the charger, then gently placing it on it instead of 'plopping' it.
     
  17. TenTwelve macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2011
    #17
    So, you excrete actually salt granules? Might want to see a specialist about that. lol

    Anyhow, the pic posted looks like something was in between the wrist and watch while being worn. I know when I bring my watch near the charger it just hops straight up off my dresser and attaches. *shrugs*
     
  18. nasa25 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2010
    Location:
    canada
    #18
    You guys must have razor blades on your wrist. I've worn my sport during multiple contact sport activities and there's not a scratch on it.
     
  19. clibinarius macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2010
    Location:
    NY
    #19
    Not so uncommon. If you sweat and it dries in a certain period of time with enough volume you will have enough salt granules coat your skin. My girlfriend runs marathons, and I bike long distances, and it happens to us when we push ourselves that hard and immediately get under circulating air (fans).
     
  20. roddenshaw macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2006
    #20
    Yup, when I run outdoors in hot weather the parts of my body that perspire the most become coated in salt as a result of perspiration. It's very unpleasant, but there you go.
     
  21. DannyT2011 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2011
    Location:
    Liverpool, UK
    #21
    I discovered 2 teeny tiny dents in the composite back almost right in the centre of the 4 lenses. Brought it up to an online chat advisor as the surface of the charger wasn't perfect and I thought it had done the damage. They booked me in for a genius appointment and I took it in yesterday. I really didn't think it was a big deal but the advisor was saying how Apple are interested in any manufacturing defects etc so I went along anyway.

    Got there and the member of staff checked over the watch and charger, on closer inspection he discovered the charger was also dented, meaning something hard had gotten between both the charger and watch, and with the magnetic snap, had dented both sides.

    He went off to talk to another member of staff and came back to say I could continue using it as it was unlikely to cause further damage or I could go for an out of warranty replacement. Let's just say I walked away quickly!

    I'd just like to say that I didn't go in expecting a new watch, it was due to the insistence of the online staff, and had it actually been a charger defect, to bring it to Apple's attention. I was actually more concerned they would take my watch, I've already grown attached!
     
  22. mr99 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2014
    #22
    I baby mine too and it has hairline scuffs all over the composite center part.
     
  23. Mvatlarge thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2015
    #23
    Genius Bar staff's theory is my scratches are from debris in the charger's central depression.

    Suggest to wipe it down before laying the watch on it.
     
  24. The Tuck macrumors 6502

    The Tuck

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    #24
    Thanks for this. Good suggestion!

    Tuck
     
  25. baller1308 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2009
    #25
    Probably tried to wipe it down with sandpaper.
     

Share This Page