Sapphire glass scratch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by robertpatryk, May 9, 2018.

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Any scratches on sapphire crystal?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    23 vote(s)
    79.3%
  1. robertpatryk macrumors member

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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!
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    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.
     
  3. baldachin macrumors newbie

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    I have the non-sapphire glass and no scratches.
     
  4. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816

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    Hello :)

    It's certainly possible to scratch sapphire with something softer than diamond. You just have to work harder at it (read: be unlucky...) :)
     
  5. 960design macrumors 68030

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    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.
     
  6. Resqu2 macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Just for clarification, you have the aluminum model with the Ion-X Glass.
     
  8. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    No scratches on mine but all you got to do it scrape it on a brick wall and it will scratch big time.
     
  9. robertpatryk thread starter macrumors member

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    It seems that my watch is very unfortunate.
    I can feel that scratch under my fingernail
     

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  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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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.
     
  11. 960design macrumors 68030

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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.
    --- Post Merged, May 11, 2018 ---
    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.
     
  12. Relentless Power, May 12, 2018
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    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    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.

    Depending how new the Apple Watch is, scrubbing as hard as you’re claiming, would likely remove the protective oleophobic coating as well.
     
  13. 960design macrumors 68030

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    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.
     
  14. Nell macrumors 6502a

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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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