Day 4: Sapphire Scratched!

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  1. ARTHURMCK macrumors newbie

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    Not sure how this happened but as I was driving home today I noticed this decently sized scratch on my 42mm stainless steel sapphire display. Didn't expect this to happen 4 days into having the watch since I payed for the display that's suppose to be more scratch resistant and i've been extra careful with not letting the screen touch anything... What a bummer

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  2. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68000

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    Apple provide 1 yr of free coverage. Get it replaced
     
  3. LxTxNx macrumors 6502

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    That's a bummer! Contact 1800MYAPPLE and see if this could be a defect since it's advertised as the second strongest to diamond and see what they tell you. Best of luck!
     
  4. rhyme macrumors regular

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    You're sure it's a scratch and not a smudge?
     
  5. ARTHURMCK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's what it looked like at first.. But i've used a microfiber cloth on it and even scrubbed the heck out of it in the sink... It doesn't come out
     
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    I highly doubt the actual sapphire is scratched. Looks like it's just the oleophobic coating that's scuffed.
     
  7. Photography macrumors 65816

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    Unless you purchased AppleCare+, the standard warranty does NOT cover accidental damage, and you will be charged the out of warranty (OOW) fee. (Former Apple employee here)
     
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    You could take it to the Apple Store and have them take a look. Better now than ever as it seems they are laxed on their replacement policy with this newly released product.
     
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    True, however Apple may choose to do an EFFA capture to assess the scratch. I would make a GB appointment and call AppleCare. I'm pretty sure this early in the game they will take it in. The hard part will be waiting for the replacement. But, do it soon.
    Apple employee here as well...
     
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    Day 4: Sapphire Scratched!


    Very true! EFFA (early field failure analysis, a program that Apple uses at new product launches to discover issues with new products early on) would constitute a replacement. I don't know for sure if EFFA for the Apple watch is still open, but it should likely be.
     
  11. ARTHURMCK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the tips.. I scheduled an appointment tomorrow at 630pm. I'll let you know how it turns out
     
  12. bidwalj macrumors 6502a

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    Can you feel the scratch? If it's not deep, might just be the coating. Still a bummer.
     
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    You can pretty much tell by the image that it's just a scuff on the oleophobic coating. The mark is too wide and it's a white-ish colour.
     
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  16. ARTHURMCK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So what's the point of having a scratch resistant sapphire display if its covered in oleophobic coating that scratches anyway? I feel like that defeats the purpose...
     
  17. lagwagon Suspended

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    Because the sapphire itself won't scratch. The coating is for fingerprints. Had that been a sport model it may have actually gouged the ionX glass.

    There's a guide somewhere on how to take that coating off the sapphire glass on the watches.
     
  18. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Reduces fingerprints and oil smudges. The coating is not permanent. It wears away over time. The more you touch the display, the more the 'scratch' will fade.

    It also happens to be more visible than on conventional watches because the display is black when powered off, versus a clear crystal with a reflective watch face underneath. So it's not that the Watch is more prone to scratches, but that the nature of the digital display makes them more apparent.

    Unfortunately, there's not much more that can be done to prevent scratches other than designing a display crystal out of diamond.
     
  19. redman042 macrumors 68020

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    It baffles me that I've seen some reports of people with the Sport model who say they've bumped the watch into things and have no visible damage, while others find damage on both the Sport and the Stainless but have no recollection of how it happened.

    I've got both types on order and need to decide which one to keep.
     
  20. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. As someone who has scratched many minerals in mineralogy labs, that does not look like a scratch in the crystal. way too smooth. If you took a hand lens to it, a scratch will be more irregular, thinner, and crevasse like. That is, IMHO, definitely a smudge of some kind. A hard rub up against paint or plaster, for example, will also really mar a surface making it hard to come off. Or it may be in the coating, but not a scratch. Again, IMHO, of course.
     
  21. imaginex20 macrumors 65816

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    Steel wool will buff that right out. Ask the forum member that tried it on his watch ;)
     
  22. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Lol
     
  23. NAYo2002 macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately diamonds are everywhere. Almost any woman in the U.S. who is engaged has one on their finger.
     
  24. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Rubbing alchol will take the coating off after a few goes.
     
  25. flur macrumors 68000

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    It seems simply not putting an oleophobic coating on the sapphire would solve the problem, no? Am I missing something?
     

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