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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 30, 2016
No matter how careful i am, i still find the lightest scratch!! Wtf !??

Has anyone owned these and not have a scratch? Lol


macrumors 68000
Mar 7, 2015
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.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 28, 2017
yes I am normally careful but on my S3 SS model I swung my arms and scrapped it right up against a granite counter top. that was enough for a good scratch.


macrumors regular
Apr 5, 2011
Irvine, CA
Wife had aluminum model and glass was scratched. I’ve had SS and cracked once but never scratched. Contemplating on staying with aluminum on Series 4.


macrumors 6502
Jul 19, 2011
Central Florida
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.


macrumors regular
Feb 27, 2016
St Louis, USA
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.
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macrumors 65816
Jun 26, 2010
My aluminum S0 has a few light scratches on the glass. The body is fine.
My SBSS S3 had 1 scratch on the glass. The body was fine.
I traded it in on my SS S4. So far, so good.


macrumors 68040
Sep 2, 2013
North Vancouver
No matter how careful i am, i still find the lightest scratch!! Wtf !?? Has anyone owned these and not have a scratch? Lol

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.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 23, 2007
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.


Jul 12, 2016
No matter how careful i am, i still find the lightest scratch!! Wtf !??

Has anyone owned these and not have a scratch? Lol

You have to be more specific for discussion. What Apple Watch model are you referring to? Are you referring to the casing or the actual display that scratches?


macrumors regular
Nov 22, 2009
Sheffield, UK
I scratched my original watch quite badly whilst rock climbing. I've ended up scratching my S3 in 2 different places & I don't even know how I did it. I'm not even clumsy...

I do wonder whether it'd be wise getting a screen protector for my S4 when it arrives, but I've never really liked the idea of them. Hmm.

Scott G.

macrumors regular
Nov 23, 2016
Amsterdam, NY
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.


macrumors 68000
Jan 29, 2008
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.


macrumors regular
Dec 4, 2013
No matter how careful i am, i still find the lightest scratch!! Wtf !??

Has anyone owned these and not have a scratch? Lol
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 :)


macrumors 68040
Mar 24, 2006
Yep. My series 3 had a small nick in the screen - have absolutely no idea how it got there.


macrumors 68030
Sep 24, 2013
Doorknobs in hallways get me every time, must be a small black hole that sucks me in. Or the beer ;)


macrumors 601
Jul 30, 2007
Tokyo, Japan
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.


macrumors 68000
Aug 30, 2011
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


Jul 12, 2016
Space Black. No scratches to date. Mainly due to the protection of the sapphire dispay.
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