Scratch Resistance - Sport Model Vs Stainless Steel

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by FrankySavvy, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. FrankySavvy macrumors 65816

    Mar 4, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    So after pricing and specs have been revealed. I am of-course torn.

    I know what size I want: 42mm

    I know what bands I want: Black Sports Band

    Does a $200 premium warrant the Sapphire Display and SS Look?

    What does everyone think?
  2. Binarymix macrumors 65816

    Nov 1, 2007
    The think the space grey sport looks better than the SS. More sleek.

    However, we already know how well the dark anodizing holds up on the iPhone...
  3. profmatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    In the UK it's a £180 premium.

    And, I'm with you on the decision, except I'm almost certain to go for the Sport. Everyone's talking about scratches and so on -- do they really think the Sport is going to be shoddily made and covered in scratches by the end of the first week?

    Are people's current watches covered in scratches?

    I find it very hard to justify the extra money for what I think is a dubious benefit.

    Besides, I actually genuinely prefer the space grey Sport.
  4. FrankySavvy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 4, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    I was trying to search, do most cheap to mid-range watches have regular glass covers? My armitron has held up very well, not sure if it has sapphire.
  5. freediverx macrumors 6502a


    Feb 19, 2006
    Scratch resistance has nothing to do with shoddy construction. An iPhone's aluminum housing is easily scratched and dented, which is the main reason people use cases.

    Conventional watches are made of steel, not aluminum, and even they get scratched. Aluminum is far softer than steel, and therefore more prone to scratches. If you get the black aluminum one, it will be even more scratch prone because the difference in color between the anodized coating and the underlying metal will make the scratches far more visible.


    Typical watch crystal materials, in order of quality, scratch resistance, and cost, include the following:

    1) plastic
    2) mineral glass
    3) sapphire

    You will not find sapphire crystal on any inexpensive watches. Typically it's found on $1000+ models.
  6. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    I was wondering - Is the grey applied on the Watch the same as the iPhone? On the phone it seems like a thin coating.

    But the Watch is a thick casting or milling of aluminum that may have the grey coloring mixed in.

    So, I'm wondering if you scratch the grey watch if it will be grey underneath anyway, in which case, it can be buffed out.

    Apple made the aluminum harder to resist scratches and nicks, that would be pointless if the grey was a weak coat.
  7. FrankySavvy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 4, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    This is a different aluminum then the iPhone, it's supposively much harder
  8. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2012
    The grey color is a surface treatment; the case is anodized. There are various processes for anodizing aluminum. Some give a hard, durable coating, but those tend to have limited color choices and a less uniform appearance. Bright anodized colors, like the iPods, are usually softer and easier to scratch. The thickness of the anodized layer can also vary; a thicker coating is more durable than a thin one using the same process.

    Since Apple hasn't described their process for the watch, we probably have to wait for someone to buy it and do some tests.
  9. MHenr macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2008
    It even warrants the sapphire alone.
    The difference in scratch resistance is amazing vs. regular watch glass. Only time will tell how well the ion strengthened glass is going to perform, but sapphire crystal is really really hard to beat on watches.
  10. bnorthro macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2010
    This right here. I have a few watches with Saphire and a few without. I have worn one with sapphire nearly every day for about 4 years and the crystal is flawless. That watch has a slight convex to the crystal as well, so the center sticks out above the watch face. My watches without saphire all have slight scratches on them, despite being worn FAR less.

    I can't say for sure, but I would be surprised if the anodizing is significantly different than what's used on the iPhones. They already have all the processes in place, it would be more economical to use their existing setups.
  11. FrankySavvy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 4, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    hmmm, decisions, decisions.
  12. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Let's put it this way, and it's pretty obvious if you think about it.

    The more smooth and shiny the finish is, the easier it will be to see any damage to the surface.

    This goes for most things.
    You won't see a mark on an old farmers pine table with rough wood, but you will in a mirror finished wooden table.

    The marks will still be there, but they won't be so noticeable.

    It depends if we are taking dents type damage, in which case steel is obviously stronger, or surface scratches, when highly polished steel will show find scratches way way easier than a matt aluminium finish will.
  13. nwlondonlad macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    UK London
    In the same boat trying to justify the £180 extra for ss. However after reading some of the arguments on here seems the SS is the one I'm gonna go for.
  14. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2008

    i have a $550 swiss army victoriniox watch that has sapphire glass.


    get the gold one, then you can be a cool kid.
  15. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    I couldn't disagree more. I think the aluminum version looks cheap and the stainless steel version has a classy elegance to it
  16. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I like the Stainless for looks and the Sapphire, though I think Sport is still very nice.

    The problem for me is that the black stainless is the "poor man's edition." It's so difficult to get, only one model at $1099, I really want it. ha :(
  17. FrankySavvy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 4, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    The Sapphire Glass is what really is pulling me in, I would hate to get a scratch on the watch :( Also the stainless steel is more stylish, in my opinion. I also think the watch will be something you won't upgrade every year although I would probably keep the first edition even if I get a 2nd or 3rd gen.

    I truly believe smart watches are the future and its a move in the right direction, so we are not phone screen zombies walking down the street.
  18. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    Without a doubt Sapphire glass is worth it. I've banged my Omega watch here and there over the years and there isn't a scratch on the glass.

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