Series 3 composite back hardening/sealing?

Lotusr

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Hey,

I've read several times that the composite back of the aluminum apple watch gets scratches rather easily.
So I wondered whether there are ways to effectively harden/seal the composite back? Maybe similiar to liquid "nano" protectors for glass screens?

Thanks,
Lotusr
 

ftaok

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I wonder if this kind of coating would interfere with the HR sensor.

Honestly, I can't imagine that the back of the watch would get scratched. When you're wearing it, it would be pressed up against your wrist, so it couldn't get scratched, unless you got sand all over your wrist.

ADDED - and if you're really worried about it, just spend the extra money for the LTE version. You don't have to activate the $10/mo LTE plan.
 

xray scatter

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I wonder if this kind of coating would interfere with the HR sensor.

Honestly, I can't imagine that the back of the watch would get scratched. When you're wearing it, it would be pressed up against your wrist, so it couldn't get scratched, unless you got sand all over your wrist.

ADDED - and if you're really worried about it, just spend the extra money for the LTE version. You don't have to activate the $10/mo LTE plan.
That’s what I did. For the extra money I got the ceramic back and double the storage. I haven’t activated LTE yet but it’s nice to know that I have that option.
 
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axantas

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Hey,

I've read several times that the composite back of the aluminum apple watch gets scratches rather easily.
So I wondered whether there are ways to effectively harden/seal the composite back? Maybe similiar to liquid "nano" protectors for glass screens?

Thanks,
Lotusr
Don't do it. You will not really have to see it very often, because it is the back of the watch. Besides that, it will be micro scratches, which can be polished away easily - just use a bit of that polish stuff for the old plastic mobile phone "screens".

Furthermore: Think about the people who buy REALLY expensive watches. Ever seen any of them Rolexes etc. wrapped in a protection thing or having a back-protection? You would laugh about it...
 

newellj

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Don't do it. You will not really have to see it very often, because it is the back of the watch. Besides that, it will be micro scratches, which can be polished away easily - just use a bit of that polish stuff for the old plastic mobile phone "screens".

Furthermore: Think about the people who buy REALLY expensive watches. Ever seen any of them Rolexes etc. wrapped in a protection thing or having a back-protection? You would laugh about it...
Yeah, although you see expensive watches that have been poorly or even mezzo-ly polished, and if you really knock one, or give it a light knock just right (just wrong), the damage can cost more than several Apple Watches. Speaking as the owner and daily wearer of a bunch of Rolexes...
 

Relentless Power

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- and if you're really worried about it, just spend the extra money for the LTE version. You don't have to activate the $10/mo LTE plan.
Good advice here. Why jeapordize the back of the Watch with unknown sealers, when it would be more sensible to spend the extra money for the LTE, with the option of activating or not activating it.
 

axantas

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Yeah, although you see expensive watches that have been poorly or even mezzo-ly polished, and if you really knock one, or give it a light knock just right (just wrong), the damage can cost more than several Apple Watches. Speaking as the owner and daily wearer of a bunch of Rolexes...
Breguet here ;)
Its wear and tear then - they live with you and get wrinkles as well as you. I don't like the scratches either, but thats life :) - and yes: servicing and polishing is not that cheap...
 
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newellj

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Breguet here ;)
Its wear and tear then - they live with you and get wrinkles as well as you. I don't like the scratches either, but thats life :) - and yes: servicing and polishing is not that cheap...
Nice. Very nice!!!

When I send my watches out for service, I tell them on the phone that I don't want them polished. And I write it on the letter that goes with the watch. And I put a tag on the watch that says "don't polish." Even so, sometimes they just blow through all the instructions. I think it's a pride thing with watchmakers? :) To me, the dings and scratches and wear & tear are part of my life with the watch.

But I don't expect I'll ever feel that way about an Apple Watch. The Sub on my wrist right now is 45 years old. Can you imagine an AW going even an eighth of that? If nothing else, parts unavailability will catch up with it.
 

axantas

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Nice. Very nice!!!

When I send my watches out for service, I tell them on the phone that I don't want them polished. And I write it on the letter that goes with the watch. And I put a tag on the watch that says "don't polish." Even so, sometimes they just blow through all the instructions. I think it's a pride thing with watchmakers? :) To me, the dings and scratches and wear & tear are part of my life with the watch.

But I don't expect I'll ever feel that way about an Apple Watch. The Sub on my wrist right now is 45 years old. Can you imagine an AW going even an eighth of that? If nothing else, parts unavailability will catch up with it.
...one of the brands I own has a surcharge for polishing (costs half an AW) - I always skip that.

Imagine the price of an original wristband for your Sub in "Apple Watch"-currency. Even my leather ones make me :confused:. So skip a replacement and get a new AW ;) ... from time to time.

But I really like the AW very much - a fine alternative.

...spoiling thread :cool:
 
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...one of the brands I own has a surcharge for polishing (costs half an AW) - I always skip that.

Imagine the price of an original wristband for your Sub in "Apple Watch"-currency. Even my leather ones make me :confused:. So skip a replacement and get a new AW ;) ... from time to time.

But I really like the AW very much - a fine alternative.

...spoiling thread :cool:
Yes to all, especially liking the AW very much, which is something I hadn't expected, after scoffing at it for a few years. Series 3 and wOS4 really bring the AW into its own as a useful device, in my opinion.