Sapphire glass scratch

Any scratches on sapphire crystal?

  • Yes

    Votes: 6 20.7%
  • No

    Votes: 23 79.3%

  • Total voters
    29

robertpatryk

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Original poster
May 28, 2013
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Hi

do your Apple Watches have any scratches on the Sapphire Glass?
I feel like I'm the only one who has 2-3 markings on the glass. I don't think I've scratched that oleophobic coating but the sapphire... and I don't wear any diamonds!
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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Hi

do your Apple Watches have any scratches on the Sapphire Glass?
I feel like I'm the only one who has 2-3 markings on the glass. I don't think I've scratched that oleophobic coating but the sapphire... and I don't wear any diamonds!
No scratches on mine. And I have hit my Apple Watch on multiple objects and it still is in mint condition with the sapphire display. That said, sapphire is not impervious to damage, as it can scratch, but it’s very difficult to do. But it is possible that you did scratch the oleophobic coating.
 

Lennyvalentin

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Apr 25, 2011
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Hello :)

I feel like I'm the only one who has 2-3 markings on the glass. I don't think I've scratched that oleophobic coating but the sapphire... and I don't wear any diamonds!
It's certainly possible to scratch sapphire with something softer than diamond. You just have to work harder at it (read: be unlucky...) :)
 

960design

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Apr 17, 2012
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Destin, FL
Hi

do your Apple Watches have any scratches on the Sapphire Glass?
I feel like I'm the only one who has 2-3 markings on the glass. I don't think I've scratched that oleophobic coating but the sapphire... and I don't wear any diamonds!
I thought I had a scratch for about a month. I could even 'feel' the 'dent' with my fingernail. Happened while walking like an idiot and rubbed my arm down an exterior brick wall, watch face smashing the entire way.

Luckily only one scratch and not broken!

Fast forward a month. Grabbed a microfiber cloth, some spit and my fingernail and scrubbed the hell out of it. Literally scrubbed with way more pressure than I should have used. Oddly, the scratch looked fainter! Kept at it and after a bit, all gone. Shiny as brand new.

Apparently the brick did not scratch the watch, the watch scratched the brick.
 
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Resqu2

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Apr 23, 2011
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Had mine for months and not a mark, I do property maintenance plus Fire & Rescue and have hit it several times and was afraid to even look at it but all is well.
 

Newtons Apple

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Mar 12, 2014
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Hi

do your Apple Watches have any scratches on the Sapphire Glass?
I feel like I'm the only one who has 2-3 markings on the glass. I don't think I've scratched that oleophobic coating but the sapphire... and I don't wear any diamonds!
No scratches on mine but all you got to do it scrape it on a brick wall and it will scratch big time.
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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It seems that my watch is very unfortunate.
I can feel that scratch under my fingernail
If you could physically feel the scratch with your finger, then it’s indeed permanent. Which is difficult to do with the Sapphire, but nonetheless, it can scratch.
 

960design

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Apr 17, 2012
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If you could physically feel the scratch with your finger, then it’s indeed permanent. Which is difficult to do with the Sapphire, but nonetheless, it can scratch.
Not necessarily!
Read my post above. I had a 'permanent' scratch for about a month until I went psycho scrubber on it.
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It seems that my watch is very unfortunate.
I can feel that scratch under my fingernail
Try reading my post above. You may be correct or you may be wrong. My scratch from a brick wall looked permanent, but it now gone due to some spit and microfiber hard rubbing; used my thumbnail to see if I could scratch the scratch off.

I know that I probably just got lucky. But at least try. I did try to clean it pretty well the first time, but only just a bit harder than to remove oily fingerprints. The month later try was out of frustration of looking at the scratch. I figured, 'what is the worst I could do?'

Hopefully you will be just as lucky.
 

Relentless Power

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Jul 12, 2016
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Not necessarily!
Read my post above. I had a 'permanent' scratch for about a month until I went psycho scrubber on it..
I read your post. And I highly question that would be the case for the majority of those who can actually physically feel the scratch in the display when trying to remove it. In _Most_ cases when you scratch a display like the Apple Watch, it’s permanent. It also depends if the scratch would also be more superficial on the oleophobic coating (or) embedded deeper into the display.

I figured, 'what is the worst I could do?'.
Depending how new the Apple Watch is, scrubbing as hard as you’re claiming, would likely remove the protective oleophobic coating as well.
 
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960design

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Apr 17, 2012
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Depending how new the Apple Watch is, scrubbing as hard as you’re claiming, would likely remove the protective oleophobic coating as well.
Just to be clear. The 'scratch' my fingernail felt was actually part of the brick wall that 'chalk marked' the display. A little spit and hard rubbing with a microfiber cloth worked wonders. I am very lucky. Just wanting the OP to give it another try at it, just in case his was like mine.

I have no idea how hard you would have to rub to remove the OC from the glass, but I apparently rubbed at just the right strength to save it. Again, I was lucky.
 

Nell

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Jun 25, 2012
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I don’t have any scratches on my sapphire crystal but then it’s only six months old and it was nearly three years before I had any marks on the glass of my aluminium watch (and then only minor marks).
 
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