Confused over models and pricing

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by andyp350, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. andyp350 macrumors 6502a

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    I am looking at maybe getting an Apple Watch. I've got my eye on on the 38mm model with the silver link bracelet priced at £819
    http://www.apple.com/uk/shop/buy-wa...e-link-bracelet?product=MJ3E2B/A&step=detail#

    However i've noticed the silver link bracelet is available on its own for priced at £379. This combined with buying the Apple Watch with sports bracelet at £299 makes a total of £678, significantly less than the £819 for the getting the silver bracelet with the watch.
    I'm guessing I am missing or not understanding something here, as far as I'm aware the straps are all interchangeable? Is the actual watch different/not as good if I buy the sport edition?
     
  2. DougFNJ macrumors 6502a

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    I can only go by USD, the pricing here is $949 USD for 38mm SS Apple Watch on SS Lind band.

    They are selling it for $549 USD for 38 mm SS on Sport band and the 38mm SS Link is $449 which totals $998 USD for a $50 increase buying them separate.

    If you are seeing that in UK you would get the separate package at much less, go for it, big win for you
     
  3. handsome pete macrumors 68000

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    The sport and stainless steel models are two different housing materials. First you have the obvious stainless steel vs. aluminum and in my opinion this is mostly an aesthetic decision. The sport model features ION glass which is less susceptible to shattering. The stainless steel model features Sapphire glass and is less susceptible to scratching.

    The straps are interchangeable, so you can put the link bracelet on the sport model. I would just make sure you like the way the two look together before buying. I paid the premium for the stainless model simply because I like the look better (I don't have the link bracelet though). I did recently see someone wearing the Milanese strap with a sport model and it looked fine.
     
  4. andyp350 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah ok makes sense now, thanks for explaining. I didn't realise the actual watch part was different so that clears everything up. I suppose I have to try and decide which actual watch to go for as I'd be planning to use it as both a 'normal' and sport watch.
     
  5. handsome pete macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, the internal components of each are identical, so it comes down to the look and build of the housing. As I mentioned, I went with the SS model simply because I like the look better. I do use it as a sports watch, but mostly for running and biking. If you engage in more strenuous activity that would put the watch at more risk then the sport version may be the way to go.
     
  6. TxWatch macrumors 6502

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    I bought the Watch Sport to minimize my initial investment in case I did not like it. It was my first smart watch and I was not sure I could justify the cost of the SS model / link bracelet without owning one for a while.

    Now that I have had mine for almost a month, I like it and I will probably wait for AW2 to buy a Space Black SS model.

    TxWatch
     
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    The Sport with the link bracelet looks bad in real life pics.
     
  8. nicho macrumors 68000

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    it's all a matter of opinion of course, but i had the sport and the milanese loop which i thought would look nice. my wife said it did. but something was amiss, the disconnect of the aluminium and shiny stainless steel was just too wrong. in the end, i had to go out and buy the SS (with which i'm much happier, i really should have just got it in the first place)

    if someone wants the link bracelet they should probably go for the SS, because it was designd to be that way.
     
  9. nicho macrumors 68000

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    at risk of what? scratching would be less likely to the watch screen than the sport. if the watch is at risk, it's arguably the sort of sport you shouldn't be wearing a watch anyway - basketball, football etc.

    unless you're thinking of replacement cost, in which case applecare+ is probably the best option.
     
  10. handsome pete macrumors 68000

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    At risk of being damaged obviously. Applecare+ isn't just an automatic replacement after replacement or repair after repair. You may not want to endanger the watch during certain activities, but I'm sure there are many who bought the sport model simply because they want to wear it during those activities.
     

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