Lets see those shattered Stainless Steel Apple Watch screens.


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Aug 30, 2010
I have yet to see a shattered Stainless Steel Apple Watch screen, has anyone come across any? If so post a photo of it!

*EDIT* being more specific about the screens shattering.
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macrumors 68000
Sep 25, 2014
"If you do run it over with a car, it's going to be completely ruined"

No kidding! Who came up with this as a an idea for a video? Sheesh!

Michael CM1

macrumors 603
Feb 4, 2008
Just FYI I think the sapphire screens are more prone to shattering than the glass ones due to the crystal structure of sapphire. But they're way less susceptible to scratches because of the hardness. These are very different properties!

Scratch resistance is highly important with a device that goes in and out of pockets and can come up against keys and other junk all the time. Also helps if you're good at knocking it with a seat belt buckle, as I am. But nothing will ever be scratchproof or shatterproof. Diamonds can scratch other diamonds, and enough force will break anything. If a meteorite were to come in and hit your Apple Watch, it will shatter the hell out of the whole thing and likely take your arm with it.

Newtons Apple

Mar 12, 2014
Jacksonville, Florida
Most of the screen breaks happen while putting your watch on or off so I always make it a point to do this over a soft surface like the bed or a towel. Letting it drop to a ceramic tile floor will break either type screen.

Three weeks now and my 42SS has not a single scratch! Loving it!


macrumors member
Jun 24, 2010
Mine shattered and had to spend $355 for repair/replacement, but Amex's purchase protection covered it for me.



macrumors 6502
Nov 16, 2012
Yeah, but the only risk is dropping it while putting it on. How many people drop a watch?
I dont think I've ever dropped a watch before *knocks on wood* but Im not surprised many others on here have with the pictures to show the damage too. :confused:

I guess another common thing would be someone while moving around accidentally swings their arm into a very hard surface. That also may cause it to shatter.

I was just asking about the shatter resistance because when I ask different apple store workers that if it's true that the sapphire is more shatter prone than the Ion-X they look at me like I'm crazy and say that's false.


macrumors regular
Jan 4, 2015
North Carolina

I try to be extra careful with devices, especially when I'm around concrete and brick surfaces. I feel like they're a magnet, drawing my watch in, waiting to destroy the screen... o_O but maybe I'm just paranoid. :D
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