How often do you bang your watch face?

iBighouse

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I've got a few times during the day when I inevitably hit my watch face on something. Like, for instance, when I take my safety belt off when I get out of my car. It seems the metal clip on the belt is JUST the right length so that the clip bangs against my watch face each time I take it off.

So far, no harm done...but I have to train myself to remove my safety belt differently to keep it from happening somehow.

So, does anyone else have their typical collisions with the watch face in their day to day activities?
 
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acctman

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a few times a week. I think it was silly for Apple to not to design a protective frame around the watch face. The glass is raised up with zero protect of course it's going to get scratched and knocked.
 
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iBighouse

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a few times a week. I think it was silly for Apple to not to design a protective frame around the watch face. The glass is raised up with zero protect of course it's going to get scratched and knocked.
Although I think the watch is beautiful and I enjoy looking at it, I do have to confess that at times, when I bang it on something that MUST hit the glass, I wonder..."What was Apple thinking?"

Maybe the glass, though, is so tough that it can stand up to the "thousand natural shocks that watch flesh is err to"?
 
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JayLenochiniMac

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Although I think the watch is beautiful and I enjoy looking at it, I do have to confess that at times, when I bang it on something that MUST hit the glass, I wonder..."What was Apple thinking?"

Maybe the glass, though, is so tough that it can stand up to the "thousand natural shocks that watch flesh is err to"?
That's been true of all wristwatches since their invention. There have been many times when I banged my $1000 watch but was surprised to see no damage when I was pretty sure I'd see something.
 

anez

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This wasn't as much of an issue in the colder weather when I was in long sleeves all the time, but since I've switched into short sleeves, I've knocked it about a lot more.

I was doing some DIY last week. It got a few knocks and bumps, but seemed okay.

It got two really good wallops yesterday: one off a table, and one off a wall, face-on at reasonable force. Both times the Watch survived unscathed, so I was pretty impressed. Must try harder to be more careful until it's sweater season again!
 

mcdj

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I love when people shoehorn their own experiences into a "how many people xyz?" question.

Why does some random thing you do need to become a national poll?

"How many people's pit bull Dachshund mix puppy took a dump on their girlfriend's Apple watch the second day she had it, and now she wants you to give the puppy to your uncle Tony?"

"How often do you accidently scrape your watch against the NO PARKING sign in the Chipotle drive thru on Sunset and Main in Chippewa Falls, and wonder why they put the sign so close to that one good parking spot that's wide enough for your silver 2014 Chevy Suburban?"

Why people? Just say what happened to you and others will commiserate or not. It doesn't need to become a Gallup poll.
 

BillyTrimble

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a few times a week. I think it was silly for Apple to not to design a protective frame around the watch face. The glass is raised up with zero protect of course it's going to get scratched and knocked.
I would never want the watch design ruined with some protective frame. Buy a third party solution if that's what you want. All watches are exposed to the same issue, an occasional bang. I have zero scratches on my watch. If your very concerned about this and don't want a third party protective tank on your watch, you might consider not wearing a watch. Apple did the right thing. They created a beautiful design and thankfully didn't ruin it with your suggestion.
 
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dwfaust

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I have hit it several times - on door jambs, etc when moving quickly through a doorway or in crowded areas. I have, however, become quite conscious of my Watch, and often find myself sticking out my elbow so as to tuck my wrist and Watch against my body where bumping/scraping/hitting it is a possibility. It probably looks a bit dorky, but at least it helps protect my Watch!
 

mattopotamus

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I use to do this all of the time when I first started wearing watches. I actually broke a watch clean off my wrist my hitting it on a door.
 

OneMike

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The first week I got it I hit it once. No damage. Put a screen protector and didn't hit since then.
 

Night Spring

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That's been true of all wristwatches since their invention. There have been many times when I banged my $1000 watch but was surprised to see no damage when I was pretty sure I'd see something.
But traditional watches had a little more protection because they have raised rims. You tended to hit the rim more often than strike a direct blow to the watch face.

I also bang my watch a few times a week. I got a screen protector for it.
 
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iBighouse

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[Why do some people get all bent out of shape when someone asks a question they think is useless and pointless? If that's how you feel, just move along and ignore the post. It's a useless and pointless thread for you- unless, of course, you use it to show your need to control the thought and actions of others. Do we really need thought police? If something doesn't concern someone- just move along and if it's a pointless thread, it'll die on its own without someone's help.]

I asked the question originally because I am concerned that the many minor collisions my watch crystal has with objects in my day to day activities. I wondered if I was inside the bell curve of normal use for potential damage and wanted to gauge the collision rate of others. I also wanted to know if anyone has done any chronic damage to their watches from this type of minor, incidental collisions.

I'm sure if I'm typical of others, then we're all typical of the research Apple must have done with their testing when they had people wear them in day to day activities to measure the amount of wear and tear the watch crystals were subjected to.
 
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JayLenochiniMac

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But traditional watches had a little more protection because they have raised rims. You tended to hit the rim more often than strike a direct blow to the watch face.

I also bang my watch a few times a week. I got a screen protector for it.
My other $1000 watch actually has flushed rims, although it's surrounded by stainless steel.

So far, all the shattered screens we've seen (including the sapphire crystals) were damaged from dropping the Watch as a result of not wearing them rather than banging into objects. Except for one particular case where it fell off because of a defective, improperly attached band.
 

iBighouse

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Yeah, fortunately most of the things I bang against are wood, or softer materials than concrete or rock. I'm glad to hear that others frequently bang theirs into something and no one has sustained any damage from doing so really.

I do agree with the other poster, most SERIOUS damage I've seen online seems to occur when the watch is dropped onto a hard surface.
 

Joshoon

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I am a DJ, and it happened that I hit the flight case I have my DJ set in with my hand or wrist usually when going fist pumping and jumping, but now when I'm wearing the Apple Watch I am more cautious with having my wrist too close to the DJ set when jumping and fistpumping.

Didn't bang my Watch into anything in the 1st week so far :)
 

iBighouse

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I am a DJ, and it happened that I hit the flight case I have my DJ set in with my hand or wrist usually when going fist pumping and jumping, but now when I'm wearing the Apple Watch I am more cautious with having my wrist too close to the DJ set when jumping and fistpumping.

Didn't bang my Watch into anything in the 1st week so far :)
Oh no, I hope the watch doesn't interfere with you delivering your normal performance to the people you're playing for.
 
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