Decision time. Regular or Space Grey Titanium

mrpetebojangles

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I prefer the color of the original Titanium finish more but I’m weary of scratching. I’m Upgrades from a space black SS and am pretty much only upgrading for Always on haha.

Any reason not to get the original finish?

also the space grey doesn’t ship for over a month.
 

techno-Zen

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Always on isn’t worth it if coming from a series 4. It’s almost distracting and impossible to see. To raise to wake for me
Seemed slower and the batter life was almost 40% less for me.

worth a two week trial I guess.
 

thomasover

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I prefer the color of the original Titanium finish more but I’m weary of scratching. I’m Upgrades from a space black SS and am pretty much only upgrading for Always on haha.

Any reason not to get the original finish?

also the space grey doesn’t ship for over a month.
I’d highly recommend the natural Ti over space grey. In my opinion, if you’re buying based on looks, the space grey looks too similar to aluminum for the price. Natural Ti, as you can see in my pic below, has a distinct look somewhere in between aluminum and stainless steel - I think it looks super sharp.

Regarding scratches, I’ve owned the natural Ti for over a month now and it’s still in pristine condition.

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the future

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Always on isn’t worth it if coming from a series 4. It’s almost distracting and impossible to see. To raise to wake for me
Seemed slower and the batter life was almost 40% less for me.

worth a two week trial I guess.
I disagree completely. I used to think so as well, but once I tried the S5, it made the "black hole" look of the S4 seem very old and wrong. Visibility depends on the watch face and the chosen color.

As to the OP question, the natural TI is unique and distinct, the black TI significantly less so (but still beautiful).
 

mrpetebojangles

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Awesome, thanks for the feedback.
went with the original titanium... now the wait for shipping begins! Can’t wait to slap my saddle brown leather loop on there!
 
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Otflyer

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I picked up a natural titanium yesterday at my local Apple store. I like this one so much more than my previous SS. I’m not concerned about blemishing it. I looked at the titanium demo watch at the apple store which was well worn. Its starting to develop a patina that doesn’t look bad.
 
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breezyf808

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The natural titanium matches well with the classic bands/buckles.
I’ll probably look into getting the SG titanium when the series 6/7 comes out.
I believe the SG will go well with my tungsten wedding band. image.jpg
 

Strangedream

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Original is easier to match and takes scratches fine. Space black is gorgeous out of the box but when it does take scratches it will look cyberpunk. That's something some people can appreciate more than others.
 

The Game 161

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AOD is very useful and would miss not having it now. Even just seeing if there’s a text is nice
 

brentc133

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I held off upgrading from S4 to S5 and finally took the plunge 2 weeks ago. I just love the AOD and honestly wouldn’t want to be without now. It’s great to just glance down and see the time without having to lift my wrist up or tap the screen. Take mine off the charger at 7 am with 100% charge and where it to bed with theatre mode on. It’s usually 40 to 50% charge at 5:30am.
 

Relentless Power

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Space gray.

For two reasons:

1.] I think space gray for the Apple Watch is probably the one color that I don’t see in public for the stainless or titanium. I think the aluminum and natural titanium kind of conflate with each other, they have some similarities, but there’s something about the space gray that makes it a bit more exclusive, because it’s kind of a rarer color to see.

2.] The DLC. It’s protective finish is pretty much unmatched, and I’m _very_particular about seeing scratches, (even though I realize it’s a watch) but if there is a solution to prevent scratches, DLC is it. [Which obviously is only exclusive to the space black stainless and space gray titanium.]
 

Coltaine

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I've owned the natural Titanium Apple Watch Series 5 for four weeks now. Since I do not care much about scratches or resale value, I simply use the watch as an everyday item. I do not handle it with particular care. I've bumped it agains all kinds of things already, for example door frames or table edges. So far I can't make out any scratches on the case or the display. It is still in pristine condition.
So I wouldn't consider it particularly prone to scratching.

As for the always on display: this is indeed a game changer for me and was one incentive to upgrade from Series 0 to Series 5 (in addition to the obvious speed gains and gains in functionality). As I have pointed out in postings in another thread battery life has been fine for me (at least the promised 18 hours, on most days much more than that).
 

xraydoc

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My own personal take is the nicest black/gray Apple Watch is the black stainless. Something about that shine. The others, IMHO, look best in natural.
 
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garethjs

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there is something about the natural Ti and the light grey band that it comes with that makes it look great.

I went from the space black titanium that I was going to keep but wanted a diff band and I had to return the whole thing.

so I figured I’d try the ceramic and titanium and bought both

never got a complement about the ceramic but so many with the titanium so I returned the ceramic.

the only thing about the titanium is that out of the box some are coming with scratches
 

maka344

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there is something about the natural Ti and the light grey band that it comes with that makes it look great.

I went from the space black titanium that I was going to keep but wanted a diff band and I had to return the whole thing.

so I figured I’d try the ceramic and titanium and bought both

never got a complement about the ceramic but so many with the titanium so I returned the ceramic.

the only thing about the titanium is that out of the box some are coming with scratches
Perfect choice. I purchased natural Ti 3 times and all suffered with scratches out of the box - I don’t mind gaining a scratch but not out of the box at that price point. I gave up in the end and went for SBTi which I also love - it does look similar to Alu in some light but boy when that light hits it, it’s beautiful.

How is yours holding up?