Might go Stainless...

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Mascots, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. Mascots, Apr 14, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2015

    Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    For the entire time since the watch was announced to literally a few minutes ago, I was leaning towards the Space grey model.

    But now, inexplicably, I'm wanting stainless. It's gorgeous and I think I'd appreciate a little pop of class.

    Plus I'm in the June list vs the 4-6 week delivery for the model I would purchase.
  2. bgro macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    South Florida
    Thinking the same. Ordered the space grey sport and think I'm gonna get the steel with classic band and keep whichever one I like better
  3. Notme90 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
    yea SG not good go for SS.

    this way i get to move up the line :cool::D
  4. chadrodgersLFD macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2014
    Preordered SG 42 on launch morning. Went to Apple Store tonight and now my wife says the Milanese stainless looks 1000x better on me. Now I'm so confused. Anyway... Then I found $5
  5. Mascots thread starter macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    Haha! I'm really torn - will probably make a decision tonight or not at all!
  6. sdiori macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2013
    I've ordered the 42mm SG Sport w/ black band. Got in the 4/24-5/8 group. After explaining the Apple Watch selection to my sis, I realized I should have gone stainless. Scratches and chips are inevitable to the aluminum, and it'll have a 'raw scratch' once marred. Not to mention potential scratches to the actual screen. Now I'd be at the back of the line for the SS. I can only hope for launch day stock.

    First world problems for sure.
  7. jk4lebron23 macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2010
    After seeing both in person I can say go with the SS, both sports models are alright but you can't really dress them up and you end up being very limited with options of bands.
  8. CharlieCat666 macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2015
    Minneapolis, MN
    The SS looks a million times better than I ever could have imagined.
  9. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    I went to store and saw them today. SS definitely looked better but Link band didn't draw me in. I'm getting SS with Sport band and then figure out dress up band later. Probably will add classic buckle down the road. But also may go with third party bands just like I usually get third party cases for the iPhone.

    Hopefully delivery will come sometime in May and that June date is ultra conservative.
  10. Jordan921 macrumors 601


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    I always wanted the space black with link til I seen the price. Then I decided stainless with loop is my next favorite so that's what I ordered.
  11. jbromer macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    MD, USA
    SS is also worth it for the Sapphire glass. You won't regret it.
  12. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    I'm going SS during 2nd Generation. Maybe they will drop the price by $50 to $100 dollars next year on all the models. I think the SS looks hot, but I'm too scared to invest $600 in a watch that I may or may not like in the long run.
  13. mac.cali macrumors 65816

    Mar 16, 2012
    I have the SG coming during the first batch. However after my try on experience I can't stop thinking of the SS. I have the SS on preorder, but it's not till June. Not sure I'm willing to wait or willing to keep my 42 SG. Dam you apple for giving me choices.
  14. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I thought the Stainless looked incredible, but the Aluminum looks good too. And since it's a first generation product, I decided to go with the Sport to save some money. $200 is an expensive upgrade, but certainly worth it for those that want a classy looking watch and the superior sapphire display.
  15. vikingjunior macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2011
    I agree the SS is nicer and more versatile but I got a 4/24-5/8 space grey aluminum coming so I'm going to wear it and like it.
  16. Gooberton macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2010
    I waffled back and forth for weeks. I finally knew I HAD to get SS for the sapphire screen and likes the shine. Next it was between white sport and Milanese. I ended up going 42 SS Milanese. I feel vindicated because the more I see them, mostly on Instagram, it looks soooo good. Aluminum looks like entry level and scared to dent it if I had it
  17. JPIndustrie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2008
    Queens, NY
    I've learned through years of returning/exchanging products to just buy the one you want.

    I'm very happy I just went for the 42 MM stainless.
  18. Wallabe, Apr 14, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2015

    Wallabe macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    I went with SS because it's more polished and have a bit of a weight to it, making it feel like a real watch. Aluminum makes it feel like a cheap fitness device. And from my iPhone experiences, aluminum dents easily. Stainless steel watches scratches, sure, but no dents from normal day-to-day use, even if you bang it against a table or a door frame. Sapphire glass holds up very well against bumping into objects and is very resilient to scratches.

    Sure, it's a first generation, and I thought about going aluminum, but I want my watch to feel like a watch. Even if I keep it for 2 years, it'll be worthwhile.

    I think it's really personal preference and what the watch intents to convey to you. Utility (sports tracking, time) vs Fashion (do all that, with better look, feel, and material quality).
  19. itsMacTonight macrumors 6502


    Feb 9, 2013
    Oregon-Go Ducks!
    I ordered 42mm SS Milanese and a black sport band with a space gray pin. I think the SS dresses up and can play the active part just as well as the sport. The tougher material, ceramic back, and sapphire screen really are the reasons I'm willing to shell out the extra bucks. I just think the watch casing and finishing is more beautiful, more versatile, and all around better. I hope things work out for you and your order.
  20. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I don't know what you people do to your iPhones and MacBooks, but mine have never dented...

    Anyway, the SS is very nice, but so is the aluminium. I'm not prepared to spend almost £200 on different materials this time round, may consider it for the next generation. Every SS watch I've had scratched very easily though, so that would be the only thing holding me back.
  21. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    Have you actually tried the watch on? If so, you would know that the aluminium does not look or feel cheap. If you haven't then you are grossly misinformed.
    Not sure how rough you are with your belongings but I have never dented an aluminium product yet. What's the old saying? Opinions are like.......
  22. Wallabe, Apr 15, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2015

    Wallabe macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    I have tried them on, and I prefer the polished stainless steel over the matte aluminum.

    I have an iPhone 5s, so the aluminum surface would be similar. It looks great, but it dents easily, even from small dirt particles.

    Have you ever tried bumping your iPhone against tables or door frames and see how it would look? It's usually in your hand or in your pocket, so you're most likely not going to have to deal with that. Those kinds of bumps happens to watches on a normal, daily basis.

    The next time you walk thru a door, try sliding your iPhone against the door frame or rub it against the edge of the table. Do that for a week or two and tell me how it looks. You wouldn't think of your wrist doing that, but it happens very often. You reach your hands into closets, drawers, cabinets, boxes, or whatever; the watch is going to bump or rub against something. iPhones are different, it's usually in your pocket, in your hand, or on a table. It doesn't take much abuse unless you drop it. I'm certain you've seen enough tests videos to know what will happen to gorilla glass and aluminum.

    I have stainless steel watches and I've bump them too. They may have micro scratches, but there's no dent. The Ion-X/gorilla glass will scratch. The aluminum will dent. That is why after a month or two of ownership, the aluminum watch will look terrible, even with it's matte finish. You'll see scratches on the screen, and dents on the aluminum case. So much for saving the $200 difference. The only thing that might help is the space gray aluminum. It'll make scratches and dents less noticeable, you'll still see it when looking at it closely.
  23. melb00m macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Same for me. I actually had pre-ordered the 42mm Space Grey, but I cancelled it two days ago to switch to 42mm stainless steel.

    After trying both in the Apple Store, my impression with the Sport model was that, while nice, heft and looks tend to be more in the direction of a fitness tracker than an actual watch.

    I never wear my Fitbit (which was given to me as a present), but I always wear my stainless steel automatic watch.

    My original thought was to spend no more than necessary on a first generation Apple product, especially because I'm not sure I'll actually like it long-term. However, after spinning that thought for a while, it became clear that I would almost certainly regret going the "rational route" with the sports watch, because it's just not my thing and I tend to judge what's on my wrist emotionally and not rationally.

    So I bit the bullet and spend the additional money for SS. If I won't get a grip to it after two weeks, I'll simply return it.
  24. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    I think space grey looks the Apple watch in a case
  25. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    I was torn for a while as well. Mainly because it is a first gen product. But then I decided to go for the stainless steel. From my past experiences it just takes a while before there is a big improvement. I actually wouldn't care if the next gen has 24 hour battery life because that doesn't change a thing. I actually needs 42 hours before it makes a difference and that means more then doubling from today. What I actually really would want is a battery life of about 120 hours or 5 days. Actually thats more or less the only point that bothers me and maybe a much better water proofing.

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