SBSS Under Crystal Issue

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  1. BriceApp macrumors member

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    I have noticed a little silver spot, under the edge of the crystal on my series 2 space black ss watch. The watch has no damage to it and it perfect other than this. This defect is visible under sunlight and at an angle it can be seen.

    This watch is out of AppleCare + support (is an AppleCare + replacement for a SBSS series 0 watch). Should I be concerned?
     

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  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    It Almost looks like a chip in the display. If you rub your finger nail over it, can you feel anything?
     
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    No chip, all under the crystal. Whole watch body is smooth.

    More pictures in sunlight. I liked wearing the reverse crown which made this blemish very noticeable at the bottom, but when wearing it with the crown on the right places the blemish at the top and only noticeable at certain angles. So now I wear it with the crown on the right.
     

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  4. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816

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    Does the appearance of the 'anomaly' change by the angle you look at it and/or the angle of light hitting it? If so it could be a tiny crack in the sapphire crystal. It's hard to tell from your images, they're kinda fuzzy. You'd need a macro lens to take a good photo of whatever it is.
     
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    If the watch is held with the blemish at the bottom it is pretty easy to see, especially in sunlight. If the watch is held or worn with the blemish at the top it only shows at certain angles.
     
  6. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816

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    From your description I'd venture a guess and say it's a crack. When you turn your watch one way light hits it perpendicularly and bounces back to your eyes letting you see it, and when you turn the watch around the angles change and it doesn't show up - as much - anymore. Maybe. :)

    Get a magnifying glass or a loupe and take a look. If you can see stuff like rainbow color shifts in the thing, and especially if it appears sort of slightly wavy in shape and frozen inside the material (as opposed to appearing flat underneath the front crystal) then it's very likely to be a crack.
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    It’s really difficult to tell from your pictures exactly what it is. It might be a ‘sliver crack’, Basically what that is a crack that you can’t physically feel, but it’s actually under the glass, but the reflection shows it at certain lightning. You’re Best option is to bring it to an Apple store and see what they think. But ultimately, it would result in having replace your entire display replaced in all likeness.
     
  8. BriceApp thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, it could be a crack under the surface but I am unsure how it would have gotten there since the watch has never bumped against anything. I really don’t want to pay $250 for an out of warranty replacement if it is cracked, especially as the value of these watches is terrible.

    I am going to find a magnifying glass and take a closer look, might try taking a picture. I have tried the magnifier on my iPhone but it can’t focus on it.
     
  9. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816

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    We bump into stuff all the time without really registering it. Haven't you ever discovered a small scratch or bruise on your body with no memory of it happening? Anyway, stuff like this could potentially happen if there was stress in the material from manufacturing, maybe excarbated by temperature (like sun exposure) and so on. I had a watch crack in sunlight once.

    I doubt you'd need a repair/replacement, you don't say anything about touch functionality being affected, and as the crack (if that is what this is) is so far out to the edge and doesn't seem to even go through the material I doubt water proofness is affected either. Even the OLED (which does NOT like water) should be safe, since your flaw is in the bezel.

    Just continue using your watch as normal.

    The magnifier is a digital zoom; it doesn't really magnify anything (as in revealing previously hidden details), it just crops the existing image and then blows it back up to full screen size. :) Small things get larger and blurrier, not more detailed.
     
  10. BriceApp thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks everyone, I will just keep an eye on it hope it isn’t anything that will get worse.

    Watch works flawlessly, so not issues.
     
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    I went ahead on added it to my VPP insurance since my AppleCare+ has expired. Costs me an extra $5 a year for $700 worth of coverage.
     

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