My SS survived a big drop

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  1. mbhforum macrumors 6502a

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    So I was picking up my 2 year old son who was kicking and screaming and my watch came flying off and landed face down on ceramic kitchen tile. All 4 adults and 2 toddlers paused in silence as I went to go pick it up to assess the damage.....not a single blemish. I've heard sapphire can crack on a hard drop, but if it didn't shatter on this drop, I am fairly confident it can survive most. If you are on the fence between getting a Sport or SS, definitely factor in potential screen damage. If you elect to go with the Sport, I would purchase AppleCare. I don't feel AC is worth it for the SS.

    Another observation was I was very disappointed with how easily my leather loop band came flying off my wrist. Anyone who wants to steal this type of band, shouldn't have much of an issue....
     
  2. McDaddio macrumors 6502a

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    Two drops for me with the sport.
    both face down from the height of a table.
    landing on hardwood floor, face down.
    no scratches either.
     
  3. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's promising as well. I would think hardwood is softer than ceramic though. I couldn't believe his loud the crash was...
     
  4. OneMike macrumors 603

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    Good info. Luckily my kids are past the kicking and screaming stages. I can't recall ever dropping a watch in my life, but I'm sure it'll happen at some point.
     
  5. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's that magnetic loop, it as secure as a traditional strap...
     
  6. trek360 macrumors 6502

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    does the leather loop totally disengage into two segments?
     
  7. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

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    Seems about right. I read a report saying sapphire's shock resistance is higher when they cover a smaller surface area (watches). This was in regard to iPhone 6 being rumoured to have sapphire display but performed far worse than ion-x during drop tests because of the larger screen.
     
  8. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My SS survived a big drop

    On second look my bezel did suffer a slight blemish (see the small circle)[​IMG]

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    Yes. Flew right off my wrist. Was disappointed.
     
  9. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    How did you drop it?
     
  10. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    Apple should be liable for damage caused to a watch if the band is defective and unlatches under normal use. Problem is convincing them that it was the band to blame and not just user error.
     
  11. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    In this case I am not going to fault Apple too much since my son probably caught his finger under the magnetic strap which started the process of it unraveling. I guess my point is, a traditional strap watch (like the classic buckle or sport), would have prevented this...
     
  12. McDaddio macrumors 6502a

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    Total user error.
    It on top to my shirt that was on the table.
    I grabbed the shirt, forgetting the watch was on top of it, wasn't paying attention.
    I guess next time I will wear it in the shower ;)
     
  13. MaulRx Suspended

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    Sell the kid to replace the watch. Only option.
     
  14. dannyyankou macrumors 604

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    Lol, this is why I leave a couple foot gap between my phone and clothes when showering.
     
  15. frogstir macrumors newbie

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    Extremely minor ding on my SS is the only way I can describe it. It's not a scratch. Took it off to take a swim and wrapped it in my towel. Finished swim, yanked my towel off of the chair and watched my watch fly out of my towel and land on the cement. I picked it up and didn't even see the tiny ding at first. I was so happy. Only until later I felt it, looked closer and then saw it.

    Pic is shown with the BSB but I had my Milanese at the time of the fall which I think actually took the brunt off the landing and also suffered a minor scratch. I can't see it but can kind of feel it.

    Probably could have just swam with it but all in all I'm not too bummed. First scratch always hurts the most.
     

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  16. dannyyankou macrumors 604

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    :rolleyes:
     
  17. frogstir macrumors newbie

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    Caught in denial :eek:
     
  18. trek360 macrumors 6502

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    Not sure if 'design flaw' is too harsh for what happened, but it brings up a good point that the leather loop band can be ripped off a wrist more easily than the other bands. I think even the ML does not totally disengage if I remember correctly.

    sorry about the ding.
     
  19. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I believe that's the only band that comes off that easily (perhaps the Modern Buckle with the clasp, as well). The Milanese Loop does not, as the metal piece at the end does not go through the slot. So for that one, you need to slide the watch over your hand. I'm a bit surprised that Apple didn't design the leather loop in the same way as the Milanese Loop (i.e. have the end a little bit wider than the slot).

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    The dent is there to stay, but my guess is that a little polish will make it a lot less noticeable. At least it still works and the crystal didn't shatter.

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    Is it a dent or a gouge? If it's the latter, some polish might smooth it out.
     
  20. mbhforum thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It seems to be a dent. If I put my finger through it, it feels rough. I tried weggmans stainless steel cleaner which polishes and it didn't seem to do anything. Any other types of polishes or methods to try?
     
  21. kinster macrumors 6502a

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    That's why I didn't even think about those magnetic straps
     
  22. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It's not an issue with the Milanese Loop. It doesn't come completely undone. You'd have to slide the watch over your hand (not that easy) for it to fall off.

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    You might ask a jeweler.
     

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