Last minute decision... Stainless vs Black Stainless

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by tantantheman, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. tantantheman macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2015
    So, I've read all the posts talking about Stainless Steel and the Space Black Stainless steel. However, my mind still cannot decide which one to get...... cost is not an issue right now, so I'm trying to consider the other factors.

    Stainless (Silver) Pros
    • Band compatibility
    • Nice "two-tone" finish with the black screen and silver case
    • May possibly fit more with any outfit?
    • Brighter, more noticeable (subjective)

    • Scratches more easily?

    Space Black Stainless Pros
    • DLC Coating harder to scratch?
    • Unique color
    • More exclusive (subjective)?

    • Color not perfectly black, so may seem off compared to screen
    • No actual review samples to see
    • Band incompatibility

    Basically, the most I'm concerned about is the fear that the Space Black SS will look too "plasticky", as the photos I've seen for the SBSS have depicted a gray-ish look that may seem off-putting for me (when paired with the black of the screen), as opposed to a very high-contrast two-tone finish of the normal SS and black screen.

    However, I've seen the Verge's photo of the underside with the scratches on the normal SS, so I didn't know if the SBSS would be much harder to scratch with the DLC coating.

    Any advice?
  2. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2009
  3. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Last minute decision... Stainless vs Black Stainless

    I had the same dilemma but ultimately decided to get the space black link bracelet and a secondary black sport band. Maybe I'll even get the classic buckle in the future.

    So in the future I'll have all of these as possibilities:



  4. majestyk1123 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2015
    I am in the exact same boat. My eye was first drawn to the SS black when the watches were all announced, but the price really put me off. But after weeks of looking through the models, I really do like the look of the black body most. It is the lack of band options that is really stumping me at this point. I think a few of the leather bands will look quite decent (blue and black most notably), and so I will likely pick up one or two of those after launch. Although I certainly don't have the funds to buy two watches, I am heavily considering preordering two watches - the black and any regular stainless that is available so that I will have time to go to the store and check them out first hand.

    I'm really frustrated and a little puzzled apple isn't offering more compatible band options for the SGSS. Perhaps in the future?
  5. cwosigns macrumors 68000


    Jul 8, 2008
    For me at this point, it comes down to availability. In my order of preference:

    1. Stainless Steel w/Milanese Loop
    2. Stainless Steel Link Bracelet
    3. Space Black Stainless Steel.
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I prefer the space black stainless steel and plan to buy that version.
  7. parallax33 macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2012
    Chandler's Ford, UK
  8. vanimal macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2014
    I didn't even realize the SS came in a black until today :eek:. Still I'm going with the space gray Sport with black sport band because I'm in the gym 6 days a week. Would be NICE to leave my iPhone 6 plus in my small gym knapsack next to me. Always afraid the screen will break in my pocket. Actually not a big watch guy for daily use, but i bring out the big boy watches when i take the wife out. I have some 50mm plus diving & aviator watches in my collection

    But man that Black SS is NICE, can't go wrong with that. Sometimes LESS flash is better. That black SS with that black metal band is a HEAVY HITTER for sure.

    Quick off topic question. The extra bands will be compatible with the sport edition like the metal ones? As long as its the 42mm correct? Would be nice to "dress" the sport watch up a bit with a band when needed. I primarily am buying the sport for daily wearing and workout activities.
  9. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    I say get the space black because it looks amazing.

    And you still have 1,483 minutes to decide before pre-orders open up :D.
  10. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68040


    Apr 7, 2012
    I'm with you, just hoping one of the two are available for launch day. Not feeling confident though.
  11. Pug72 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2012
    I prefer the look of the Space Black too.
    Initially the price scared me a bit, can afford it but worried about the DLC.

    If I could be assured it is super scratch proof I'll go for it. Just don't want to find noticeable marks on it at that price.

    Otherwise I'll go for the plain stainless steel as small scratches/marks won't stand out as much and can mostly be polished out.

    I have a black Pulsar watch that has held up pretty well, so am leaning toward the black.
  12. tmiw macrumors 68000

    Jun 26, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Rationally I should just buy the Sport this time around in light of the reviews. In all honesty though I'm thinking I'm going to go with Space Black. There's always the return policy if the shortcomings start bugging me, right?
  13. mike1726 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2014
    Last minute decision... Stainless vs Black Stainless

    These are my favourite watches the first one being my absolute favourite but there is a big difference in price. I realise that you can purchase the straps seperately but when you look at the price of the strap on its own, that's a lot of money for a stainless steel strap I don't care how well it's constructed. I will get the watch eventually but I think I might wait till there have been tested buy a few guinea pigs just to iron out any problems cos you just know there will be some smart arse that comes up with s security glitch or something such like. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1428613730.335856.jpg or this is the one I will probably buy ImageUploadedByTapatalk1428613747.225185.jpg . But I find this hard to justify ImageUploadedByTapatalk1428613779.722435.jpg . I have no doubt in my mind that the watch will be amazing & develop with time as more apps come on board. Probably no new iPhone this year though, I'm glad I bought iphone 6 plus last year & what a fantastic phone that is.
  14. bobTX10 macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Get the space black. You'll regret it if you don't :p
  15. hemolyzer macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2015
    The black SS has always been my favorite but recently I've been bouncing back and forth between it and the regular SS with link bracelet. I think I probably will end up just going with my gut and getting the black SS.
  16. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    The black SS looks amazing, but it is out of my price range.
  17. Andy0568 macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2010
    I'm in the same position as you

    I wish there were more in-the-wild photos of the space black. With the controlled lighting at the Apple events sometimes it looks deep black, sometimes it's much lighter....:confused:
  18. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    I was leaning back and forth on the black one ... what it is going to come down to is stock. I will order the black one if it's available for the 24th, otherwise I will get the normal SS.
  19. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    Unless they did some super crappy job putting the DLC finish on, it should be pretty durable. I can't imagine Apple doing a poor job with it.
  20. tgara macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    Connecticut, USA
    Meh. Reminds me of my old Texas Instruments LED watch from the 1970s. :eek:
  21. tmiw macrumors 68000

    Jun 26, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Gah. I took a look at the "actual size" images of the Apple Watch on the Apple Store app and now I'm wondering if I should go 38mm. For some reason the 42mm Apple Watch seems a lot bigger than the 46mm or so Moto 360 that I used to wear. Thoughts?
  22. pmau macrumors 65816

    Nov 9, 2010
    I would never buy the black SS. It's way too expensive for a 1st gen device and all other bands do not match. Also, stainless steel matches all shirt sleeves.

    If you have a big black watch it always catches attention.
    If you like that, fine. I do not.

    I would also not buy the milanese loop, it looks too thin.
  23. Alessandro23 macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2013
    price made my desicion i couldnt swallow 1459 plus tax here in canada not gonna happen, i am going with SS/Milanese.
  24. mchoffa macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    A small part of me wants the regular SS now, only for the ability to get a Milanese loop. I REALLY wish that was available in black. Maybe later? Still 99.99% sure on the black SS

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