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Pug72

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Yeah it's metal, it'll scratch. I kinda new it would happen but thought being extra careful would stop it happening, but this scratch caught my eye this morning. I don't know how it happened and I'm now a bit torn on whether I want to keep it.
I've had Space Black watches from the start until Graphite replaced it and am used to my watch staying pristine.

I feel a bit silly as it's a metal watch that will scratch and mark but it's a new £850 watch that I'd prefer to look mint.
Anyone else scratched up their Ultra yet?
 
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Pandyone

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Do you wear a lot of jackets or shirts with metal buttons around the wrist?
I wear a 40mm, and really like how flush it is around the wrist. But I have noticed some small hairline scratches around the same area on the screen.
Maybe the Ultra protrude to much compared to the other watches?
 

bhall110

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I haven't scratched min yet but I do own other tool washes that cost literally 20x what the ultra costs. Those watches have been scratched. I wear them what they are meant to do. The scratches are like a nice patina that can only be earned. The scratches make it unique.
 

Pug72

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Haven't worn any shirts or jackets with it, I even covered it with a sweat band as I always do when I weight trained yesterday.

You can only see it in bright light at certain angles.
My dilemma is that I have an unopened identical watch here too that was ordered as a backup & was to be returned.
Do I send this one back and start again? As the scratch is only seen at certain light/angles it may have been there from the start meaning it might not scratch so easily, so starting again from scratch (lol) might be a good idea.

Or do I live with it and accept that more will happen and not to be such a precious fool.
 

Jackbequickly

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Haven't worn any shirts or jackets with it, I even covered it with a sweat band as I always do when I weight trained yesterday.

You can only see it in bright light at certain angles.
My dilemma is that I have an unopened identical watch here too that was ordered as a backup & was to be returned.
Do I send this one back and start again? As the scratch is only seen at certain light/angles it may have been there from the start meaning it might not scratch so easily, so starting again from scratch (lol) might be a good idea.

Or do I live with it and accept that more will happen and not to be such a precious fool.

‘it is really up to you.
 

Pandyone

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Well, its up to you then :)
If you ordered a backup Watch and that one is unopened, I would have sent the unopened one back.
Not sure if they accept the opened and scratched one back without issues?

On a side note, is ordering multiple watches common? Seems a bit unnecessary to make others wait longer for their deliveries haha.
 

Kylo83

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I said this since day one this is not a rugged version titanium scratches like hell my last titanium Apple Watch looked horrible about a few months and now my series 7 stainless steel is flawless after months, this ultra is a not made for rugged use
 
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Pug72

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I'll give it the weekend.

I've read that small scratches in titanium can oxidise over time and be less apparent, it might heal itself. 😄
 
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drew0020

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That’s a noticeable scratch, but if it happened once it will probably happen again. To me the options are 1. Return both ultras and get a SS (scratches can be buffed) or 2. Keep the ultra with the scratch.

Good luck!
 

adamjackson

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The Apple Watch Ultra is my first Apple Watch that is NOT DLC coated. I’ve owned Series 0 - 7 with either Stainless Steel or Titanium with ‘space black‘ which has a diamond like coating. Looking at one year old silver SS or silver Titanium watches, I definitely never had the level of scratches any of those owners did. I fully expect the Ultra in bare titanium to look very beat up after a year but my hope is next year we get an AWU in space black titanium with a carbon alpine strap and I’ll buy it without pause.
 

Johnly

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Getting a little character, good. 1st scratch is always the hardest, but it’s all fun and games from there! Enjoy!!. i Don’t see how one could expect a watch to not develop some wear over time. they all do, unless you are collecting them for resale. That scratch almost looks like wall paint? Any way, mine hasn’t scratched yet, but I am not holding my breath. Even my SS watches get scratched over time. I am clumsy though ha ha.
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gdjsnyder

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I owned the natural titanium series 6 and 7 watches. If you don’t like scratching and won’t be able to live with it, return it now. The natural titanium is brushed and that will come off easily exposing the natural titanium color underneath. So expect more over time honestly.
 

justinf77

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Wonder if the Scotch Brite green pad would work on the Ultra like it did with the natural Ti of previous series? Not sure because the finish seems different.
 

0906742

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As the scratch is only seen at certain light/angles it may have been there from the start meaning it might not scratch so easily, so starting again from scratch (lol) might be a good idea.
For this reason I tend to inspect my new Apple toys with a LED flashlight and magnifying glass so that I know if I notice some cosmetic issues later I know for sure where it is from.
 

Toratek

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Watches in general, and titanium watches in particular, are a poor choice for people with high levels of ocd.

The bezel on the Ultra has a fine chamfered edge that will absolutely get chewed up in normal use.

My Omegas, any one of which is worth more than all the Apple Watches I have ever owned combined (every series from 0 on, in stainless or DLC stainless) are all scratched to some degree. Except for perhaps a RADO, this is universal and expected.
 
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