Knockoff Link Band Opened: Watch dropped.

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  1. jimbo1mcm, Apr 26, 2018
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    jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

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    Put a knockoff link band on my Stainless Series 3. Doing a few chores and the watch dropped face down onto some gravel. No damage. Glad I got the sapphire screen. Getting a refund for the knockoff. Can't afford to take a chance again. Live and learn.

    Update: a link separated from another link causing the separation. PM me for the name of my knockoff.
     
  2. Endorphine88 macrumors regular

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    Which band was it if you don't mind sharing. I have quite a few knockoff bands just due to the color variety they come in.
     
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    The sapphire screen is actually more brittle and prone to shattering than the non sapphire screen.

    You are very lucky!
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The Sapphire display alone is worth the price for the Apple Watch stainless and ceramic model. Granted it’s not always guaranteed to survive drops, but for every day usage where we can advertently hit our wrist on things and objects, it’s almost impervious to damage.
     
  5. ftaok macrumors 603

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    Gravel is very forgiving to dropped objects. The gravel allows for energy to disipate, so shattering is not too common. Scratches would be a bigger issue with gravel.

    Plus, the AW is so light, that it would be hard to generate enough Force to shatter the small screen.
     
  6. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    I had this happen to a 3rd party leather band that I bought recently. I like to support people who hand make these but... the band fell apart and my watch fell.... onto the desk where I was typing. Yeah, I can't risk that. What if I had my hand out the window while driving?! Not worth it. So I've got a sports loop and ... loving it. I'm permanently done with ANY 3rd party bands. :(

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Relentless Power, Apr 26, 2018
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    The stainless model compared the aluminum model is much heavier for obvious reasons. But when the Apple Watch drops, I still think the display can be highly subjected to cracking, but it really depends on angle, impact and surface type. Those are the three key ingredients that will determine if the watch survives or not. I can honestly say I have dropped my Apple Watch multiple times, with no damage, but other members have dropped their watches in similar situations and their screens shattered. So it’s all variable, but relative.
     
  8. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    Sorry, but the above is simply not so.
     
  9. honglong1976 macrumors 6502a

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    agreed!
     
  10. TiggrToo macrumors demi-goddess

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    Think it's a bit unfair to lump ALL 3rd party bands into the same statement; for example, my Aluminum Rainbow Ligero Juuk band is as good as new since day one, as is the wife's newer Ruby version, and one can tell how much precision work is put into the thing when you first get it.
     
  11. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    Ok you have a point. All my third party bands have been $40 and below.
     
  12. ftaok macrumors 603

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    Regarding gravel, I'm just gonna have to disagree with you guys. I know I'd much rather drop my watch on gravel versus something unforgiving like a concrete sidewalk.
     
  13. honglong1976 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the only way to settle this is to drop your watch on gravel and then concrete!

    Post photos of what happens :)
     
  14. justiny Contributor

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    I’ve read numerous horror stories of third party bands with those specific lugs and the screws coming loose (and the WATCH falling to the ground in an epic moment of destruction and despair).

    I ended up purchasing lugs with the spring bars on eBay and swapping them out on my third party bands, however I still preferred the look of the lugs with the screws (to keep the genuine Apple look). After doing a little research, I ended up removing the screws from the lugs and applying Loctite Threadlocker (or any super glue would work the same) and now the screws are locked in.

    Six months later and no issues (knock on wood).
     
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Obviously being fairly technical here, but concrete, you have a flat hard even surface and I agree that it would likely shatter based on the angle and impact, with gravel, there might be some type of “Buffer” with the gravel and may not shatter depending how it lands/bounces because of the of the unevenness with the gravel itself. (That may not make sense to To others, but its how I envision it.)
     
  16. Arran macrumors 601

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    Yeah, the comments puzzled me too when I saw them this morning. But hey, it's the internet!

    Anyway, today I learned that there are various definitions of "gravel": Everything from a pebble/sand mix to baseball-sized rocks. So it makes sense now.
     
  17. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    My suggestion it to avoid dropping your Apple Watch on ANY surface. Physics can be very cruel.
     

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