Sapphire display scratch resistance

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by realtyknep, Mar 26, 2015.

  1. realtyknep macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2015
    How well will the apple watch sapphire display hold up to scratching... I would prefer not putting a screen protector on it at all costs.

    I have ruled out the apple watch sport b/c it simply does not come with the sapphire display. That is a deal breaker in itself. Ss is the only way to go.
  2. acctman macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2012
    it's a watch, i don't know anyone that has ever needed or purchased a screen protector for a watch.
  3. realtyknep thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2015
    Watches scratch, easily. I dont want my apple watch scratched lol
  4. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2010
    I have a quite a few watches with sapphire glass. They are extremely scratch resistant and I've never had a single issue. The only thing to worry about is shattering if your drop it since they are extremely hard. But how are you gonna drop a watch in everyday use if it's strapped on your wrist?

    Ugly and overkill IMO
  5. KauaiBruce macrumors 6502a


    Jul 5, 2007
    Kauai, HI
    Cheap watches with plastic 'crystals' scratch easily.


    I totally agree. We all drop phones all the time for many reasons. Mostly while fumbling with it to get it out of something while ringing. I have had mine on the car seat between my legs and forgotten it was there and then it hits the ground when I get out. This should NEVER happen with the watch. You usually take it off and put it on in the same place. It is always pretty controlled so we are a lot less likely to drop it.
  6. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2009
    I wear my watch 24/7 every day and in all conditions. The case is scratched up, even right around the rim of the screen from whacking it on things while working on the car, a little scuff from hitting the ground when I was hit by a car on my bicycle, and a bunch on the band.

    But the sapphire crystal is perfect. Not the tiniest scratch. Sapphire is very nearly as hard as diamonds. DIAMONDS.
  7. ksuyen macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2012
    There is a reason why good watch with Sapphire is expensive. You pay money for quality, and you won't regret it. Knowing Apple, they will use proper Sapphire crystal (not the cheap one) and I guarantee you won't have any concern for scratching the face watch.

    Now, the body on the other hand... I am not sure how scratch resistant the Stainless Steel is. I guess the tolerance might be pretty high.
  8. saving107, Mar 26, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2015

    saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
  9. pocketdoc macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2008
    In theory, sapphire is just under diamond in hardness so only a diamond can scratch it.

    I hope Apple has also made it less shatter proof, although I haven't heard of a sapphire watch crystal shattering.
  10. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Oh wow, sounds scary.
  11. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    I've had my Omega for 5 years now and there isn't a single scratch on the glass.
  12. profmatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    Every member of MacRumors should be made to watch that video repeatedly.
  13. EthanLMT macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2015
  14. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    It's the same for my 18 year old Junghans. The case is also totally scratch free because it's ceramic. :cool:
  15. profmatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    Indeed. The question is definitely not "will it survive an attack from a jack-hammer?" I started a very sensible thread asking that very question and it was shut down without so much as a bye-your-leave.
  16. Poochi macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    Those very same people who put "screen protector" on a sapphire screen probably put a plastic wrap on their diamond rings. LOL.
  17. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The watch will scratch but the sapphire crystal should remain looking like new.
  18. Soba1 macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2009
    I have a series 3 SS Space Black. I’m not hard on my watches but no scratches on my screen. I have maybe had a few light scrapes no damage to the screen. When I go to the gym I put a sleeve on it
  19. MacDevil7334 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2011
    Austin TX
    I have had the series 2 SS for almost 2 years and am one of the few who has managed to scratch the screen. I accidentally smacked it into the corner of a (granite?) countertop in the break room at work while walking by and it left a single scratch. However, I am fairly clumsy and have smacked the watch into metal/concrete walls, railings, etc. many other times over those two years with not a mark on the screen (the SS casing is another story though). In general, the sapphire screen is very scratch resistant. It’s not impervious to scratches though. I have heard that Apple uses a lower grade of sapphire that contains impurities, which may explain how my watch got scratched. I don’t think a countertop should have been hard enough to scratch it otherwise. Still, I can’t complain too much and it’s still better than using a screen protector in my book.

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