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Have you scratched an Apple Watch sapphire screen?

  • Yes

    Votes: 13 17.3%
  • No

    Votes: 62 82.7%

  • Total voters
    75

Gibson88

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 25, 2006
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United Kingdom
Just wondering now that the Ultra has a flat display if I should get a glass screen protector.

I know the sapphire displays are very scratch resistant but I’m just wondering if anyone has actually marked them?
 

yepp

macrumors member
Oct 20, 2018
76
71
It's possible to get sapphire scratched. My friend scratched the screen on her stainless steel series 8. I have seen/inspected it myself. There were definitely several small scratches on the sapphire.
 

tardman91

macrumors 65816
Oct 21, 2009
1,134
344
Tampa Area, FL
Theoretically, the only thing that scratches sapphire is diamond. 🤷🏻‍♂️
A lot of sapphire “scratches” on watches are really just marks in the anti-reflective coating that many watch manufacturers use.
 

antiprotest

macrumors 68040
Apr 19, 2010
3,971
13,832
Theoretically, the only thing that scratches sapphire is diamond. 🤷🏻‍♂️
A lot of sapphire “scratches” on watches are really just marks in the anti-reflective coating that many watch manufacturers use.
But when you work in a diamond mine...

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BenGoren

macrumors 6502
Jun 10, 2021
470
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To put yourself in the proper frame of mind, first imagine that you’re wearing the watch as they perform the various tests in this video:


Now, assuming you were wearing the watch at all times … which are you more worried about: whether or not your watch’s display is scratched, or how you’re going to begin your new life as an amputee with serious PTSD?

“You do you,” of course, but do so knowing that a screen protector for the Ultra makes about as much sense as putting a sports car bra on your bulldozer’s blade.

b&
 

MrGimper

macrumors G3
Sep 22, 2012
8,466
11,735
Andover, UK
Theoretically, the only thing that scratches sapphire is diamond. 🤷🏻‍♂️
A lot of sapphire “scratches” on watches are really just marks in the anti-reflective coating that many watch manufacturers use.
This. You have a very scratch-resistant material, and Apple coat it in a thin, easily scratchable oleophobic coating.
 
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parseckadet

macrumors 65816
Dec 13, 2010
1,489
1,269
Denver, CO
Not sure why the screen being flat would make you think you need a protector if you didn't before. The design of the Ultra makes the screen less likely to be scratched, not more.

But I will say this. I've owned watches with sapphire crystals for 20 years now. This includes wearing the Apple Watch every day since the series 0 came out (have always had the sapphire screen). I shell out the extra money because I saw what my dad's Citzen watches looked like without the sapphire, and they were always scratched to hell. In all this time, I've never scratched a sapphire crystal.
 

Jackbequickly

macrumors 68020
Aug 6, 2022
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I have a friend who came home very drunk and stumbled into his brick wall, just outside his front door. He must have really been moving as he must have tripped, glanced off the wall with the right side of his head, shoulder, right arm and hip where damaged by the rough brick surfaces.

His right arm and hand looked like hamburger meat from elbow to little finger. The only area that was not hurt was where his stainless steel Apple Watch with sapphire screen was buckled to his arm. The stainless had deep scratches along the side that contacted the wall and the sapphire screen had a tiny mark on the rolled edge of the screen where the stainless was nuked. The sapphire is very tough yet can be damaged under the worst conditions. He was not wearing an Ultra, it was a series 7.
 

Nhwhazup

macrumors 68040
Sep 2, 2010
3,450
1,697
New Hampshire
Not sure why the screen being flat would make you think you need a protector if you didn't before. The design of the Ultra makes the screen less likely to be scratched, not more.

But I will say this. I've owned watches with sapphire crystals for 20 years now. This includes wearing the Apple Watch every day since the series 0 came out (have always had the sapphire screen). I shell out the extra money because I saw what my dad's Citzen watches looked like without the sapphire, and they were always scratched to hell. In all this time, I've never scratched a sapphire crystal.
Same here. I have a Rado watch with sapphire crystal - worn it for close to 20 years - still don’t see any scratches on the face.
 

Johnly

macrumors regular
Sep 15, 2022
123
228
All my watches with sapphire screens remain perfect. Never used protection on them. It’s more likely it would shatter vs getting scratched and that would take serious abuse of the watch.
 

mavis

macrumors 601
Jul 30, 2007
4,734
1,452
Tokyo, Japan
Only one of my SS Apple Watches had scratches on the screen when I sold it - multiple deep but small scratches. So IMO it depends on the batch of sapphire you happen to get.

S0: perfect after 3+ years
S3: multiple deep scratches after <1yr
S4: perfect after two years
S6: perfect after one year
S7: still perfect.

So one of my five SS/Ti had inferior sapphire.
 
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jaymc

macrumors 6502a
Nov 10, 2012
502
261
Port Orchard, WA
My experience ...

S0: no scratches
S2: no scratches
S4: no scratches
S6: no scratches

So, no problems for me.

P.S. - didn't feel the need for the S8 since I have no need for temperature readings or the 1mm larger display.
 

BB.King

macrumors regular
Jun 29, 2012
199
42
London UK
My aluminium S5 I had since release have few deep and surface scratches. No scratch on a week old ultra yet. Hit exposed brick wall few times while installing Ring cameras on the weekend. Not a mark on the screen or Ti body after washing off the dust.

Personal I will get a screen cover for the ultra couple years down then line once the oleophobic coating wears off. I have done the same with all my older ipads.
 

applestein

macrumors member
Nov 4, 2021
43
76
Indiana
i've put two small scratches in my ss s7. i had an aluminum s6 before that though, and the sapphire is leaps and bounds better than the ion glass in my opinion. my s6 had chips and scratches all over it. it looked awful. my ss s7 has held up much better. just two very shallow scratches. pretty sure i got them from sand while golfing.
 
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Cosmo M3

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Sep 4, 2010
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If you're wearing your watching everyday and you're able to damage or scratch your sapphire glass watch, you have worst things to worry about (like the rest of your body).
 
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risenphoenixkai

macrumors 6502
Oct 14, 2008
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One year and one day ago, my motorcycle hit an oil slick and went over on its side. I was travelling 100 kph at the time. I impacted the road on my left side and slid down the road for 80 metres before I came to a stop.

My Series 6 Apple Watch must have made contact with the road surface at some point, because there were extremely faint scratches on the screen from where the leather on my gloves had worn through against the asphalt. The scratches were only visible in bright sunlight at certain angles and did not impair screen readability at all.

Sapphire is much, much tougher than most people realise.
 

mavis

macrumors 601
Jul 30, 2007
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Tokyo, Japan
One year and one day ago, my motorcycle hit an oil slick and went over on its side. I was travelling 100 kph at the time. I impacted the road on my left side and slid down the road for 80 metres before I came to a stop.

My Series 6 Apple Watch must have made contact with the road surface at some point, because there were extremely faint scratches on the screen from where the leather on my gloves had worn through against the asphalt. The scratches were only visible in bright sunlight at certain angles and did not impair screen readability at all.

Sapphire is much, much tougher than most people realise.
Forget the watch - I hope you were ok! That sounds intense!
 

risenphoenixkai

macrumors 6502
Oct 14, 2008
287
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Forget the watch - I hope you were ok! That sounds intense!
Thanks. It wasn't a good day.

The bike was totalled, and everything I was wearing got shredded to various degrees… but I walked away with a very mild concussion and a bruised butt. I got very lucky (and I was wearing the right kind of gear to make sure I had more than luck on my side).

I thought for sure I was going to be dealing with a dead Apple Watch that day too, but it survived almost as unscathed as I did. I was extremely impressed with how well it held up under literally the worst conditions I've experienced.
 

DSTOFEL

macrumors 6502a
Feb 11, 2011
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…..“You do you,” of course, but do so knowing that a screen protector for the Ultra makes about as much sense as putting a sports car bra on your bulldozer’s blade.

b&
Or….about as much sense as putting a sports bra on a pair of over-the-ear headphones. Oh wait….Apple actually did that 😊.
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