I’ve had three Apple Watches, all SS. I’ve had them since the beginning, 2015. The case of the first got micro-scratches over time. The other two haven’t. None of the screens have had scratches despite occasionally bashing them into walls.
Yup. My first Series 2 the screen got cracked. I guess I hit the corner just right so it got replaced via Apple Care and now about a year later my second one has scratches and is going in for repair for the Force Touch no working. I have started using a bumper on it to protect the edges of the screen from cracking again.
I had an aluminum S2 that was gold with a brown band. I was careful for the first 6 months and decided to not take any precautions. After the next 18 months I used the heck out of it and was amazed that it had only one minute hairline trace of a scratch on the glass and zero on the case. You had to use lighting at the right angle just to find the hairline.
So now with a new shiny silver stainless steel (AKA: S4) and sapphire crystal, I’m in the 6 month cautious phase, which will end when lawn maintenance starts early next spring.
My S0 (A1554) 2015 - does not have any scratches - must be luck - am not careful, wear it everyday, and often work on heavy equipment with tools and still not a scratch (knocks on wood!) battery is still good too!
The screen is tough - has been banged a quite a few times but has not been scratched at all. Still looks like new.
I've had my black stainless steel AW3 with sapphire crystal for a year. It's been banged around, and it has no visible damage to either the crystal or the case. It's not bullet proof, but that configuration is remarkably rugged.
Yup. It seems to be inevitable. I was going to use a screen protector, but I'm just going to use the watch and not worry about the scratches. The display is too nice to have to look at a screen protector being visible on it, especially if it isn't edge-to-edge.
Stainless steels sapphire screen is difficult to scratch. My series 0 had virtually none despite being banged against walls and even dropped on tile a few times (luckily it didn’t crack).
The casing had many micro scratches which aren’t visible unless you look for them in the light.
My philosophy is if scratches worry you to the point of wanting screen protectors and what not then just buy the stainless models, and if scratches on the casing bother you go with the DLC coated black.
A few hundred bucks extra sure but you’ll enjoy your device a lot more. Worth it if you will keep it a few years, like I plan to.
Day one, like literally before I left the shopping center, but it’s lived in now, I’ll replace it in 1 year and then another year after that at £49 each, it’s all good, means I just use them instead of coddling them
I've been extremely careful with my S3 stainless - unlike the S0 it replaced, it's never been smacked against a wall, never been worn on the beach, etc ... and yet somehow it has about a half a dozen tiny (but DEEP) scratches in the sapphire (after less than a year of ownership - my S0 OTOH was absolutely perfect after 2.5 years) ... I'm happy to post pictures (again) but yeah - very disappointed in the strength/durability of my S3's sapphire. Still ordered a stainless steel S4, lol, because if Apple's current "sapphire" scratches this easily, I hate to think what that Ion-X Glass would look like after a year of daily wear.
ps. before anyone else says 'they're probably just scratches in the oleophobic coating' - they're not. The coating is only a few microns thick, but these scratches are deep enough to feel with a fingernail. They're short (<1mm) but deep.
If I'm doing work that would tear up my hands, scratches, draw blood, i wear appropriate gloves.
Machinery I always remove the watch (rings too) after getting spot welded to a capacitor in a 3 phase power supply.
Other non apple stainless watches always have micros scratches , one a dented bezel when the wind caught a hatch.
My last S2 SBSS was perfect when traded in. I don't expect the S4 SBSS that replaced it to be any different.
Check back in a year