Does Anyone Have Series 4 Gold Stainless Steel If Yes Does It Scratch Easy

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  1. Soba1 macrumors regular

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    I currently have the series space black stainless I would like to know if the gold stainless finish is as durable as the space black

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  2. ihonda macrumors 68000

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    It’s not as durable. It scratches like the SS.
     
  3. nrvna76 macrumors 6502a

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    First time I’ve heard this. Is this personal experience?
     
  4. ihonda macrumors 68000

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    Saw with my own eyes today
     
  5. Soba1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I saw the gold one today it looked awesome. Apples website says the gold watch is PVD which depending on how it’s done is quite durable.
    I don’t think u can compare it to the SS silver because the silver isn’t coated.

    From what I have read DLC is more durable than PVD but I’m sure Apple PVD should be quite durable
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    Its not gold and it’s not Apple
    But here is a scratch test on a black PVD
    watch not too shabby
    http://youtu.be/6Eww5Ic-7fk
     
  6. dandrewk macrumors 6502

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    I don't get this thread. Stainless steel WILL scratch, no matter the color. The huge advantage is the scratches easily buff out. There are several years of threads in this forum that bear this out.
     
  7. nrvna76 macrumors 6502a

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    Seems pretty straightforward.. seems that the Space Black is more scratch resistant than the regular stainless, however if scratched cannot be buffed out. The OP is asking is the good similar to the Space Black, or to the regular stainless.
     
  8. mkstewartesq@co macrumors regular

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    While it may be accurate to say that the stainless, no matter the color, can be scratched, it’s not accurate to say that it can be buffed out no matter the color. The gold is a coating over the stainless, and buffing a scratched SS gold phone would likely wipe with the gold coloring right off.
     
  9. Stingfello macrumors newbie

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    Indignant much? The PVD coating on the gold watches is definitely more durable than the raw silver stainless. It is certainly not as durable as the DLC PVD process of the SB, but does afford some additional protection over the raw metal. That said, it is unlikely that any scratches in the gold PVD watches could be buffed out either.

    "Several years of threads" are irrelevant with regard to a PVD process for the watch that's been introduced in the last couple weeks ;)
     
  10. Renjo2007 macrumors regular

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    Agreed!
     
  11. Soba1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks
     
  12. LCAU macrumors newbie

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    The iPhone X and Xs are coated with PVD so you can use that for comparison.
     
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    There is a PVD coating over the gold stainless, if you use a polishing cloth, it would not remove the color, but would actually remove the coating itself. You would have to rub really hard with an abrasive cloth, with a lot of force to remove the actual gold coloring itself. It wouldn’t be as easy as you’re making it appear in your post.
     
  14. sirenized macrumors 6502

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    I’ve had it for a week and there isn’t a single scratch yet. But I am sure in time there will be
     
  15. Soba1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks please keep us posted.
    Because it will be the gold stainless or space black
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    I’m thinking the PVD coating might be pretty good. If apples comes reasonably close the their dlc on the space black it might not be too bad
     
  16. mjpearce023 macrumors 6502

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    I've had a gold SS since launch day and I haven't gotten any scratches yet. I did have a glass door close quickly and the metal edge of the door banged against watch pretty hard so I was expecting some kind of scratch but fortunately the was no mark on the watch at all. I was pretty surprised. I think the gold PVD might actually be pretty tough but again time will tell.
     
  17. Soba1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks
     
  18. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    I have my gold stainless since launch day and it’s perfect. Not a single mark or scratch even when examining against the light. Haven’t really banged it anywhere yet but it’s bound to happen.

    My old stainless (generation 0) had a ton of micro scratches visible when you look closely and/or against the light but they never bothered me (and I’m super pedantic about things like that in other devices).

    Let’s see where we are in a few months and a year or two.
     
  19. odanrot macrumors newbie

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    Probably still too early to tell. Had a gold SS since launch and worn all day, every day. No scratches at all. I also have a SS Rolex and the band and case have scratches. Unless the watch is ceramic, good chance it will eventually get some micro scratches. Part of living!
     
  20. Soba1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I got my ss space black a few months ago. I put a bumper on it when I go to the gym I I have maybe scraped it a few times on wood or something like that very light scrapes and no marks.
    Unless one seriously abuses it I think it will do well.
    That gold looks really nice. Thanks ss good owners please keep us posted
     
  21. abdulkar.im macrumors 68000

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    Aaaaaaaaaaaw, sad times with no ceramic Series 4...
     
  22. Soba1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thought I would bump to see if there are more gold stainless owners out there that care to respond
     
  23. treellama macrumors newbie

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    I have a GSS 40 mm but it hasn't really been long enough to see whether it scratches easily. I've accidentally run into a wooden door frame and it survived with no scratches. It's not like I'm going to try to scratch it on purpose to see how durable it is :)
     
  24. Soba1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks good to know, and yes I realize you've figured out a way to cradle it as you go about your day :)
     
  25. canyonblue737 macrumors 6502a

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    that simply isn't correct. the normal silver SS does scratch like crazy but as you said it buffs out. the space black SS uses a special coating that is very, very, very different. it is as scratch resistant as anything apple has ever made. in a year of wearing my watch and beating it up badly the black coating doesn't have a single mark, not one. there HAVE been people that had scratched it in the rarest of rare circumstances and if it does happen (and again, its highly unlikely) you will NOT be able to polish it out like the normal SS. the question the first poster is asking which hasn't be adequately addressed yet is: does the new gold color scratch more or less than the base SS color, and if it does scratch can you buff it out. we can't assume either based on the fact the space black is so different from the normal SS, maybe the gold is different too?
     

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