Second AW (Aluminum) for workouts???

swandy

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For those who initially got a Stainless Steel AW, did you get (or seriously consider getting) a second Aluminum AW for working out?
I had the Series 0 SS AW and when we moved to our current residence - which has lovely outdoor/indoor pools - I decided it was time for a waterproof AW and got a Series 2 Space Gray. (BTW the SS Series 0 was replaced by Apple with a Series 2 SS which I am selling now in advance of the Series 4 coming out.)
Now seriously considering upgrading to the upcoming Series 4 - mainly for the LTE and from what looks like a larger viewing area - and debating whether to just get a Space Black SS Series 4 and use that for exercising also (primarily fast walking, bike riding and some swimming and gym workouts).
Just curious - I realize that the SS is a bit (though not much) heavier and the Aluminum - if others felt the same and got an aluminum AW to go along with a SS model.
 

Relentless Power

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For those who initially got a Stainless Steel AW, did you get (or seriously consider getting) a second Aluminum AW for working out?
I had the Series 0 SS AW and when we moved to our current residence - which has lovely outdoor/indoor pools - I decided it was time for a waterproof AW and got a Series 2 Space Gray. (BTW the SS Series 0 was replaced by Apple with a Series 2 SS which I am selling now in advance of the Series 4 coming out.)
Now seriously considering upgrading to the upcoming Series 4 - mainly for the LTE and from what looks like a larger viewing area - and debating whether to just get a Space Black SS Series 4 and use that for exercising also (primarily fast walking, bike riding and some swimming and gym workouts).
Just curious - I realize that the SS is a bit (though not much) heavier and the Aluminum - if others felt the same and got an aluminum AW to go along with a SS model.
The Stainless steel is actually much heavier over the aluminum model, 40% to be exact. But I don’t think it’s abnormal to want to have the aluminum model for working out the gym as a secondary device, some other forum members do what you’re considering as well. I do think though with the stainless in the gym, you do have the protection from the Sapphire display, which can be an asset.

Also I had multiple Apple Watches for different occasions as well, but I stopped wearing my Apple Watch in the gym, because of hitting it on the weights and against machines.
 
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GRT89521

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I have a series 2 ceramic for day to day and a series 3 cellular aluminum for the gym/workouts/sleeping. I’d probably be okay just using the ceramic all the time but with the extra watch I also have the ability to track my sleeping since I always have a charged watch.
 
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JackieInCo

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There is really no difference in the weight of the SS once you are actually wearing it. I have three series 3 watches, a Stainless steel, silver aluminum and a Nike+. I bought the silver aluminum first and within a week, bought the SS. I cycle through them weekly, When one needs charging, I put on another. During the summer months, I noticed the band tends to bother me the most as in interacts with sweat and that's my biggest concern.
 

swandy

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There is really no difference in the weight of the SS once you are actually wearing it. I have three series 3 watches, a Stainless steel, silver aluminum and a Nike+. I bought the silver aluminum first and within a week, bought the SS. I cycle through them weekly, When one needs charging, I put on another. During the summer months, I noticed the band tends to bother me the most as in interacts with sweat and that's my biggest concern.
Thanks. Two questions if you don’t mind.
(1) Why the Nike+ if you had an Aluminum? What’s the difference besides the band it comes with?
(2) Are your watches the cellular models? I have Verizon and was wondering if they charge you to add each watch even though you are not going to wear two at a time.
Thanks.
 

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Thanks. Two questions if you don’t mind.
(1) Why the Nike+ if you had an Aluminum? What’s the difference besides the band it comes with?
(2) Are your watches the cellular models? I have Verizon and was wondering if they charge you to add each watch even though you are not going to wear two at a time.
Thanks.
They're also different cases. The Nike+ is space gray. They are all also LTE models because I wanted the sapphire display.

I have T-Mobile and it costs only $10 per month for the watch to be activated. I have only one watch activated BUT if I switch watches one day and want to switch the LTE service to another watch, it's so easy to do with the watch app and takes less then a minute to do.
 

swandy

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They're also different cases. The Nike+ is space gray. They are all also LTE models because I wanted the sapphire display.

I have T-Mobile and it costs only $10 per month for the watch to be activated. I have only one watch activated BUT if I switch watches one day and want to switch the LTE service to another watch, it's so easy to do with the watch app and takes less then a minute to do.
That’s good know about switching between LTE models. Have to check that out. Thanks.
 

Jay-Jacob

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They're also different cases. The Nike+ is space gray. They are all also LTE models because I wanted the sapphire display.

I have T-Mobile and it costs only $10 per month for the watch to be activated. I have only one watch activated BUT if I switch watches one day and want to switch the LTE service to another watch, it's so easy to do with the watch app and takes less then a minute to do.
In bold part of your quote. I thought all aluminium and Nike+ version will be Ion-X Glass display for GPS only and cellular too. Only SS get sapphire glass display.
 

caligurl

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I have 2 watches... both are aluminum however.... An original series 0 SG, then a few months later I picked up the rose gold. I ordered a SS 4 and plan to add a SG aluminum cuz I'm spoiled after these past few years of wearing a watch 24/7 and don't want to go back to having to charge it overnight. I'll use the SG for workouts and yard work, housework, sleeping and the SS will be daily ware, at work, shopping, etc....
 

darthbane2k

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Pointless and excessive. All you need is a decent sports band. That’s the beauty of the Apple Watch, it’s versatile and there are suitable bands for all occasions
 
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Would you/do you wear a silver SS in the gym? Does the case hold up? Do people look at you funny?
 

supertomtom

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I’d personally say save that money for other gadgets. I’ve worn different SS (silver, black, and now gold) to the gym most days over the years since the Apple Watch came out and it’s fine. The weight isn’t really a factor and like others said, just put on a fitting sports band or loop and it’ll look the part (not that anyone else would care anyways). I haven’t scratched or shattered anything yet so far :)
 

md2433

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edhchoe

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my AW4 40mm aluminum is definitely heavier than my prev. AW3 38mm aluminum.
I can see how OP can feel AW4 SS's extra weight compared to AW3 aluminum...

I vote for getting a used AW3 aluminum on craigslist.
 

Bosechris

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Hello.

Are you using protection for your aluminum watches ?

I want to buy an Applewatch 4, but I am afraid to spoil the watch or the screen.

Thank you.
 

anthonymoody

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I’ve kept my S0 SS for a few reasons. First, it’s not worth much on the used market. Second, it bridges me between selling my S2 or whatever just *before* the next series is announced, and the arrival of that next series. So I’m never without an AW.

This time around I have a SS S4 with a very nice band (Hermes). I thought about using the S0 for workouts but swapping bands is so easy, and the S4 so vastly superior IMO, that I just swap bands.

As someone above posted, I’d save the $ from a second watch and just get another band or two. The weight difference is negligible in practice IMO.
 

md2433

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Hello.

Are you using protection for your aluminum watches ?

I want to buy an Applewatch 4, but I am afraid to spoil the watch or the screen.

Thank you.
No protection at all. Just wife & I Just Try To Be careful always! All four watches look new “Body & Screen”
 
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