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eddiexhart

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Hello! So I finally made the plunge and sold off my SS 42mm AW First Gen. I was able to sell for $260. I took a huge loss but understand realistic resale values specially on Craigslist.
Now that I've grasped the huge loss, I'm ready to purchase my next AW!

Considering I came from a SS model, I'm highly considering the sport model. Mainly for the fact of the resale value. I regretted ever buying the SS model, specially knowing myself, always wanting the newest thing and I always resale my products.

Has anyone made the downgrade switch from the SS to the Sport? Did you like or regret it? I honestly didn't care how crazy scratched my SS was, and never switched the bands. The sport band was the most comfortable to wear. But right now I'm having a hard time picking my next model. I am considering the Nike+ because I know it'll motivate me to take up Running.
I need some personal stories and thoughts on this pick. I know it comes down to my personal preference but I'm one of those people that heavily researches everything and always read everyone's post here on MacRumors.

Your input will be extremely appreciated! Thanks!
 

Dodgeman

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I'm in the opposite boat. I plan on selling my Sport model, and I have a Nike and SS SB on hand. Can't decide which one to keep.
Leaving toward the Stainless black model and hope I can hand on to it for 2 years due to the cost....
 

jbachandouris

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$260? Ugh. I'm trying to unload my SS 42mm with Milanese loop and I thought for sure they were worth more than that.

I've owned both Sport and SS. The weight is definitely noticeable. Also, the Aluminum allows you to feel the vibrations easier as it's thinner. With my SS, I barely feel the haptic at all. I've had it replaced and the new one is the same.
 
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Dodgeman

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$260? Ugh. I'm trying to unload my SS 42mm with Milanese loop and I thought for sure they were worth more than that.

I've owned both Sport and SS. The weight is definitely noticeable. Also, the Aluminum allows you to feel the vibrations easier as it's thinner. With my SS, I barely feel the haptic at all. I've had it replaced and the new one is the same.
$260? Ugh. I'm trying to unload my SS 42mm with Milanese loop and I thought for sure they were worth more than that.

I've owned both Sport and SS. The weight is definitely noticeable. Also, the Aluminum allows you to feel the vibrations easier as it's thinner. With my SS, I barely feel the haptic at all. I've had it replaced and the new one is the same.

That's not good. I have my current Sport set to the strongest settings possible. Hoping that if chose to go Stainless I can actually feel it. I think they need to increase the feel altogether. I had to go to max settings with initial pre setting.
 
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FrisbeeK9

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Aluminum sport watch gave me a bad rash. I used a screen cover to keep from irritating my skin. So the SS is my model of choice.
I feel all the Haptics and the weight difference isn't enough to bother me.
 

Closingracer

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That's not good. I have my current Sport set to the strongest settings possible. Hoping that if chose to go Stainless I can actually feel it. I think they need to increase the feel altogether. I had to go to max settings with initial pre setting.

I had a sports series 2 model for a few days and now the SS and I feel it's the same IMHO
 

onefish2

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Definitely go with the Silver AWN+. You get the cool band. Don't like it...sell it on ebay and buy 2 bands you like. You get the Nike watch faces. I like it over my Series 2 SB.

I chose silver because it goes with more bands. The SB and SG watches are very limited for band matching in my opinion.
 
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eddiexhart

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You guys are fantastic! I was able to pick up a 42mm Nike+ SG at the Apple Store yesterday! So far I see no massive difference from this downgrade upgrade. Except for the huge speed difference and the band which I love.
 

KarimLeVallois

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And feels like a toy in my opinion. Way to light. The stainless looks and feels More substantial. I would pay the extra money any day for the stainless with Saphirre.

I totally agree, the weight gives it a premium feel of a proper watch, rather than a gadget. However, I've always worn watches. Each to their own though, pick what feels best for you.
 
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Relentless Power

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I totally agree, the weight gives it a premium feel of a proper watch, rather than a gadget. However, I've always worn watches. Each to their own though, pick what feels best for you.

For runners, I completely understand why the Sport model would be suitable for the lighter weight. But I primarily weight lift and don't use the Watch for lifting. Like you said, whatever feels and works best.
 

KarimLeVallois

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For runners, I completely understand why the Sport model would be suitable for the lighter weight. But I primarily weight lift and don't use the Watch for lifting. Like you said, whatever feels and works best.

I use my SB SS for running and still would pick it over the sports model without even a second thought. The weight you don't even notice and the sapphire screen is worth the premium.
 
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Relentless Power

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I use my SB SS for running and still would pick it over the sports model without even a second thought. The weight you don't even notice and the sapphire screen is worth the premium.

Once you adjust, you likely wouldn't even notice the weight difference after while. And the Saphirre is and has been my favorite feature on the stainless model.
 

lyutin

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You guys are fantastic! I was able to pick up a 42mm Nike+ SG at the Apple Store yesterday! So far I see no massive difference from this downgrade upgrade. Except for the huge speed difference and the band which I love.
It takes time, wait till you notice that stainless steel is more professional looking. I personally dont think its possible to pull off an aluminum model (no matter which band) with a suit. Thus the reason I decided to go with a stainless steel version. I sold my original Aluminum last week for $200, and picked up 1st gen (brand new) stainless steel for $269 from B&H. Couldn't be happier. Yes, they do loose value quick, and if you are not planning to keep them for a while, its not worth the $500-700 upfront cost, but in terms of actual material, I feel like watch must be stainless steel, especially if you are someone older, and wear it in a professional setting...
 

richard371

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SS all the way esp since I have a couple Swiss watches. 316SS, Sapphire, and Ceramic back just screams quality. The Black SS is nice but I chose regular SS as it goes with just about any band.
 

Dodgeman

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I'm think I will give the Black SS a try, but in all honesty these watches lose value quick. They also may seem to be made of premium materials but for something you replace every couple years I'm not sure it's needed....
I have the Sport now the look I could care less about with a suit. I do like the shinier look of the Stainless and the scratch resistant face. Only thing is, doesn't the sapphire face shatter earlier than the Ion-X Glass?
 

Relentless Power

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I'm think I will give the Black SS a try, but in all honesty these watches lose value quick. They also may seem to be made of premium materials but for something you replace every couple years I'm not sure it's needed....
I have the Sport now the look I could care less about with a suit. I do like the shinier look of the Stainless and the scratch resistant face. Only thing is, doesn't the sapphire face shatter earlier than the Ion-X Glass?

Yes, the Watches won't retain value when compared to an Omega/Rolex, but like anything electronic, it's replaced with newer Technology.

And the Saphirre display is more shatter prone than the Ion-X Glass.
 

Neodym

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316SS, Sapphire, and Ceramic back just screams quality.
Series 2 aluminum also features a ceramic back.

Optically the aluminum variant seems to have improved as well. The demo models at the Apple store last week looked definitely more refined (e.g. in edge precision) and less toy-like compared to my last visit about one year ago.
 

richard371

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Sapphire is not a problem. Ill take the scratch resistance over shatter resistance. Almost all high end watches use sapphire not ion glass.

Yes, the Watches won't retain value when compared to an Omega/Rolex, but like anything electronic, it's replaced with newer Technology.

And the Saphirre display is more shatter prone than the Ion-X Glass.
 

Relentless Power

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Sapphire is not a problem. Ill take the scratch resistance over shatter resistance. Almost all high end watches use sapphire not ion glass.

You must mis-understood my post. I was referring to sapphire as being likely to shatter if dropped, versus cracked or scratched with the Ion-X Glass. I realize Omega, Tag Heurer and Rolex use sapphire. I only own Watches in sapphire display for those very reasons. No high end Watch manufacturer would use cheap glass.
 

01silver4

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I ordered Nike+ edition and cancelled my order, after trying on one at the Apple Store, and on doing so I noticed the paint is chipped at the area where the the band slides in or out when changing it. This also confirmed what I was reading on this forum about the SG sports painting chipping on the watch after awhile. So I have the 2gen SS on the way instead.
 

Relentless Power

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I ordered Nike+ edition and cancelled my order, after trying on one at the Apple Store, and on doing so I noticed the paint is chipped at the area where the the band slides in or out when changing it. This also confirmed what I was reading on this forum about the SG sports painting chipping on the watch after awhile. So I have the 2gen SS on the way instead.

I think you made a good choice with the stainless option. Thats my preference.
 
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Neodym

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I realize Omega, Tag Heurer and Rolex use sapphire.[...] No high end Watch manufacturer would use cheap glass.
Those high end watches are intended for many years of use, though, if not decades. An Apple Watch will merely last a few years, despite being more high-end in certain ways.
 
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