Did anyone pass on Titanium model because it looks like the Aluminum model?

jp700p

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I have researched videos and images of the Titanium models and they all look like the aluminum models. Especially the Space Black Titanium model which is almost indistinguishable from the Space Gray aluminum model when I look at pics and videos of it.

Only when the image is zoomed in you can see the brushed texture of the titanium. I’m not going to spend $849 (44mm) when it looks like a $449 aluminum watch.

I decided to go with the Stainless Steel model as that looks more premium then the titanium model and more distinguishable.

Edit: I called Space Gray aluminum black.
 
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waw74

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the aluminum watch has ion glass vs sapphire for the rest of the watches.

I'm not a "fancy watch" guy, but people seem to like a bit of heft and "sturdiness".
for series 5 with LTE, aluminum vs stainless, is 36.7 vs 47.8 grams, (Ti and Ceramic are also 47.8)

photos, even when very good like the ones apple uses, are not the greatest for telling finishes, your assessment may be correct, but until you've held both, it's hard to make a final decision. (I understand it's impossible to do when they're not out yet, and if you wait till you can see in the store, shipping might slip)

I've had aluminum watches (S0 and S3) and really haven't had any problems with scratching the case, but as the watches get more expensive, scratching and damaging the case should be less of an issue.
I am in slightly physical work, and wear a rubber guard over the watch when I'm working.
 

Relentless Power

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I’ll make my reservations once I can see the titanium in person, compared to the aluminum. It’s too hard to tell from pictures at this point. But stainless will still be my ‘Go to.’
 

enrincon89

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I’ll make my reservations once I can see the titanium in person, compared to the aluminum. It’s too hard to tell from pictures at this point. But stainless will still be my ‘Go to.’
I currently have the Space Black stainless and I love it. I was thinking of getting the titanium but it looks so much like the aluminum watch. But I decided to go for the Silver stainless with Milanese loop.
 

canyonblue737

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I like the look of the Space Black Titanium but yes, I would pass on it for being to close to the Space Gray Aluminum. Part of the extra cost of an Edition is to have a unique look to your watch but instead in my opinion that finish looks nearly identical to the most commonly purchased color of Apple Watch in the world.

The normal Titanium looks significantly different and unique from the Silver Aluminum that I don't feel the same criticism applies. I'm strongly considering buying the normal Titanium to replace my SBSS S4. I love the SBSS finish but after several generations with it I'm growing fatigued with the look and want more of a "border" but I'm not thrilled with the fully polished look of SS so this is a nice compromise.
 
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for series 5 with LTE, aluminum vs stainless, is 36.7 vs 47.8 grams, (Ti and Ceramic are also 47.8)
fyi - that 47.8grams weight for the Ti is probably a copy & paste error in Apple's spec sheets.

Because of density, Ti should be lighter than the stainless. I have machined both Ti and Stainless.
I was trying to visualize how the weight of the Ti could in any version of reality be same as weight on stainless.
This could only be true if they used a lot MORE Ti somehow. But they are the same size, so they couldn't have used more material.

If they used an identical amount of Ti as stainless, the Ti will be lighter.

I posted in a different thread screen shots of Rene Ritchie tweets saying that the Ti model was "noticeably lighter"
 
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bevsb2

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I actually prefer the aluminum because of the lighter weight. I hardly notice I'm wearing it. I've never had a scratch on the watch face, but had plenty of scratches on the SS case of my Series 0. I update annually so also can't justify the cost of the stainless or titanium, especially now that the trade in value is so low.
 

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Yes. I have bought both aluminum and SS models in the past. My current one is SS. I just don't like the color of the titanium - personal preference. It looks dull, and I actually think the aluminum is prettier. The silver SS is my favorite, but it is fairly heavy.
 

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@bevsb2 , what band do you find the most comfortable?
I use the sports band. I find it comfortable and easy to put on and take off. It's the only one I've used except for a leather one on my series 0 that is no longer available. It was a nice band but either too loose or tight on my wrist depending on setting and a little harder to put on.
 

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And guess what, it does exactly the same things.
And guess what else....:D

Some of us are actually very particular about what materials we want, and being Apple expanded by returning the ceramic and introducing the new titanium, some of us want the aesthetic choice, even though they all perform the same functionality. There’s a reason why we have options, which is a good thing.
 

M.Rizk

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I just did. After placing an order for the silver Titanium yesterday I ended up canceling it now and ordered the stainless steel instead.
 

Korican100

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anyone think the black titanium looks like the aluminum are silly. Check out this video. ITs like 20 shades darker than the aluminum. Its basically a stainless steel matte black


everyone that opted for the Stainless Steel because they thought what OP thought is gonna have big regrets
 
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KPOM

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I just did. After placing an order for the silver Titanium yesterday I ended up canceling it now and ordered the stainless steel instead.
The titanium is darker than the aluminum. For $100 more I’d prefer the titanium if there were an Hermès version. (Yes, I pay the $161 premium for the watch faces).
 

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anyone think the black titanium looks like the aluminum are silly. Check out this video. ITs like 20 shades darker than the aluminum. Its basically a stainless steel matte black


everyone that opted for the Stainless Steel because they thought what OP thought is gonna have big regrets
exactly why i went with titanium!
 
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Problem for most people is that they haven't seen any good side by side close up photos of Ti and Alu models together. Separate photos will have variations in light throwing you off to some degree.

Most important for people paying a premium for an aesthetic material choice is whether is actually looks and feels premium. Clearly a lot of people aren't convinced Ti looks premium at this point.

Haven't seen one in person yet but hoping the black one looks great when I do. Thinking I'll switch from silver stainless steel to SBSS or Ti. I like matte effects, but alu looks cheap to me. Had an Alu model and returned it after a week. I think Apple could coat Alu models with something to make them look more expensive but they wouldn't want to cannabalise SS sales sadly.
 

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Problem for most people is that they haven't seen any good side by side close up photos of Ti and Alu models together. Separate photos will have variations in light throwing you off to some degree.

Most important for people paying a premium for an aesthetic material choice is whether is actually looks and feels premium. Clearly a lot of people aren't convinced Ti looks premium at this point.

Haven't seen one in person yet but hoping the black one looks great when I do. Thinking I'll switch from silver stainless steel to SBSS or Ti. I like matte effects, but alu looks cheap to me. Had an Alu model and returned it after a week. I think Apple could coat Alu models with something to make them look more expensive but they wouldn't want to cannabalise SS sales sadly.
I personally don’t class titanium as a particularly premium material to be honest. It’s hard, super lightweight which is why golf clubs are made out of it and at the very cheap end too. Seiko watches introduced titanium to the market 30 years ago too. From what I have seen you’d have to be close to the watch to see a brushed finish and make the connection it’s the titanium model. It’s a very clever marketing ploy by Apple to set a price structure the way they have for material finishes as it’s clear you’re not paying for the material itself but the fact you have that particular model.

Have any of you guys ever been asked what material your AW is made from? I know I haven’t but plenty are interested in the fact you’ve got an AW in my experience.