Quality of refurb/replacement AWs

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ajm222, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. ajm222 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2012
    I've heard conflicting things about refurbished/replacement Apple Watches. Some suggest they don't seem to go through the same QC as replacement iPhones and have arrived with lots of surface imperfections. What has been your experience, those of you who have received replacements?

  2. jaymc macrumors 6502


    Nov 10, 2012
    Port Orchard, WA
    Picked up a Series 2 SS for $509 a few months back and have had no problems.
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I think the results vary. I have read where some forum members have received newer Watches in flawless condition and others have said there replacement Watch arrived used with scratches on the casing. Apple will stand behind it either way and make it right if something were to not be on par with your expectations.

    Here is a thread discussing more in detail of other members results and feedback with their replacement Apple Watches.

  4. ajm222 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2012
    Thanks. I had heard a few stories
  5. arman94 macrumors regular

    Jul 1, 2012
    I had 4 replacements for the first gen Space grey model. All replacements had a some paint issues around the display. Finally got a new one
  6. ajm222 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2012
    not cool. heard several similar stories. guessing that because of the cost to make the watch and the smaller number that are out there and the difficulty repairing them, compared to the iphones, they may be trying to recycle more returned watches without replacing all of the exterior parts.
  7. panangi macrumors member


    May 25, 2016
    Norwalk, CT
    Not sure about others but when my 1st gen AW died on me last week, apple replaced it with a new Series 1.
  8. sboychuck macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2014
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    About six months ago I picked up a refurbished Series 2 SB SS and it was perfect. I saved $90, which was nice. Helped to pay for some extra aftermarket bands. I have also bought refurbished iMacs, MacBook Pro's, iPads, Time Capsules and never had a problem with any of them. Even if I did, Apple will stand behind them. I also buy AppleCare. I see they just put up a bunch of refurbished watches up today. I have to say though, the Series 2 SB SS looks great and is tough!
  9. SoN1NjA macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2016
    the pool
    The one time I had my watch repaired the glass and case weren't tight and there's light bleeding around the display

    Just my experience, but you asked so I shared

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