In Europe SS S5 44mm model is around 70 % more expensive than Aluminium model (470 eur vs 800 eur). Is it worth to pay extra or is it better to just get some screen protection for Aluminium model? What is your experience comparing both models?
I think it also depends on how long you plan on keeping...if you intend on upgrading every year i wouldn’t bother with the SS.In Europe SS S5 44mm model is around 70 % more expensive than Aluminium model (470 eur vs 800 eur). Is it worth to pay extra or is it better to just get some screen protection for Aluminium model? What is your experience comparing both models?
I had a SS0, currently a SS3 and have got an SS5 coming. I’ve scraped both down walls numerous times and yes the steel is scratched but the face is perfect.YES, for all the reasons above.
I run a yard trimmer with mine and mulch kicks up and hits the screen.
Also, banged it into the steel strikeplates on door jambs in my house.
Not a single mark-----
I think the OP is more concerned with opinions, as yes... "worth it" is entirely subjective.It’s entirely up to the individual and what they want. You can’t really answer this factually.
This is another reason to go Sport Upgrade more often (for same outlay over time), keep the old one as a secondary. I'm doing this with my S2/S4 combo at the moment.Having two Apple watches, one constantly on charge and ready to go would be sweet!
Actually, in fairness, I will amend this statement. While stainless steel is very hard and tough compared to aluminium, the watch body can sometimes exhibit 'buffs' on its super shiny surface if it's knocked about a lot. But in the same circumstances the aluminium would be scratched and chipped, so I guess it's personal preference to an extent. Either way I feel that, on balance, the stainless body is more hardwearing.Stainless steel is far harder and more durable than aluminium.
To be fair, i do this reasonably often with my sport models - and not a single mark. Again, apart from the S2 crack which i am sure is apple-defect related, as per the service program/replacement they announced.Also, banged it into the steel strikeplates on door jambs in my house.
Not a single mark-----
Minor scratches will buff out.I had a SS0, currently a SS3 and have got an SS5 coming. I’ve scraped both down walls numerous times and yes the steel is scratched but the face is perfect.
I do always take care not to take it off on a hard floor though for fear of dropping it on an edge...
Durability is one of the primary reasons to get SS over aluminum if you don’t upgrade every year or two. The sapphire screen is highly scratch proof. The SBSS has the diamond like coating which is very hard to scratch. The bright SS scratches (mainly micro scratches) but, most all scratches buff out. I can attest to this as I have both and have owned only SS since series 0.Make no mistake. The Aluminium screen is VERY durable. I've used mine every day since S4 launch. No protector, no being crazy careful. If im knocking down walls then yeah, I take it off. But I've worn it for workouts, weights, putting it in and out of bags with keys and more. Just the usual, barely visible in direct sunlight hairline scratches.
The case is in A1 perfect condition which is a problem with the SS models. Screen is always perfect but the case gets scratched easily enough, even with the new diamond touch coating. Its a weird trade off. An alu with sapphire would be so durable but hey ho. (hmm, given the titanium looks like the alu but has sapphire I guess thats the best model for me... apart from that price. There is no way the materials have that much added value).
I plan on upgrading every 2-3 years and an apple watch is NOT an investment like a fine Rolex or Omega is. People moan all the time how their Ceramic is now worth the same as a SS model.
What to go for? I wouldnt make a decision on durability but purely looks and what you want to go for.
I wanted light, barely there and cheap.