Silver aluminum more 'pair-able' than Space Grey?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by satchmo, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. satchmo macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2008
    First off, apologies to long time watch owners, if this was asked in the past.
    I was looking at SS initially but it may be too expensive.

    Although the silver aluminum looks less premium than the space grey aluminium, I'm thinking it's more flexible and can match with most bands. The space grey seems to only work well with a black band.

    Would love to be proven otherwise.
    And yes, I know taste is all subjective.
  2. blwade macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2014
    I bought a space gray and i have no regrets.

    But I'm also buying alot of dark bands...

    That being said, I've seen pictures of space gray watches with silver Milanese and it looks fine to me. I personally wouldn't pick it though.

    Space Gray looks fine with just about all sport bands imo...

    I don't even mind the way it looks with steel lugs if you want to pair it with a leather watch.

    If you do care about the lugs, there are plenty of 3rd party bands with lugs to match your casing. Look through some of the 3rd party band posts in the accessories forum.
  3. silvermx5 macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2013

    well It's a matter of personal preference. for me the silver alum, can be matched with any color band (red, cocoa, black, white, etc. or even milanese or link. The space gray IMO matches better with black (not with midnight blue) or vibrant colors (like red) than can give the contrast to the set. Like I wrote It's a matter of personal preference.

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  4. Seamaster macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2003
    Yep, if you're going to be a serial strap swapper, skip the Space Gray. Only the black sport and gray woven nylon bands really match.
  5. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I have a space grey sports and think it works great with any of the sports bands or nylon bands.

    It also looks great with the black Milanese or Link bracelets, but I really don't like it with any of the straps with steel adapters - I hate the clash of the adapter against the body of the watch

    Here are some pictures of some of my straps

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  6. CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    Agreed. Many (though perhaps not all) of the sports bands can work. Nylon bands too. It's a matter of your personal taste. Having a shiny pin on the opposite side of your wrist does not distract - indeed, for lighter color bands, a black pin would be jarring. On the other hand, along the lines of what Phil said, there's a couple of the traditional leather bands that I'd be interested in, but I'm not interested in bright shiny lugs directly connected to a black watch, so no sale. I think that is an area where Apple has served Space Gray / Space Black owners quite poorly.

    A few samples below. The green and blue in the top row were launch colors, no longer available. The bottom center, I couldn't fit "Light Pink + Mint Sport", so you get a South Park reference (that amused me after I started wearing that combination). Oh, the Leather Loop looks better in person than in photos, which always seem to overemphasize the grain. They're nice in part because the size adjusts in very small steps. Same for the Milanese loops. (Oh, and "Red Sport" should be "(PRODUCT)RED Sport", oops.)

  7. Jaimmin macrumors newbie


    Jan 25, 2014
    Mumbai, India
    Can anyone show pictures of the Silver with diff. sports bands?
  8. silvermx5 macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2013
  9. appleish19 macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2014
    I was going to get the stainless steel as well. But decided on the silver aluminum. Have had it since launch day(Series 0) and has held up remarkably well to every day life and working out.
    Works well with the different sport bands and love it with the black leather loop has kind of a contrast. Looking to get a few other colors of both style bands.

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  10. pika2000 macrumors 603

    Jun 22, 2007
    If I were to buy an AW, I would pick black/space grey. The silver one to me is already jarring with the black screen and silver casing, and then you have the bands. Really clashing Imo. Space grey one at least have a uniform appearance on the unit between screen and body, and then it's a matter matching the bands (and to me they all look great).

    Of course, it's personal taste.
  11. CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    This is pretty much why I went for space gray. Nicer match between the screen and the casing (went aluminum rather than steel because I knew it was a first gen device). A lot of the sports bands, nylon bands, and leather loops look great with the space gray watch. The classic buckle leather bands _could_ look nice, if Apple would release versions with black lugs, but they don't (sigh).
  12. mellofello macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2011
    I seriously regretted buy my space Gray. The silver pops way better with a much larger variety of bands imo
  13. ibookg409 Suspended


    Apr 20, 2016
    Portsmouth, NH
    I'm rocking my silver AW2 with my old original AW black band. It looks awesome.
  14. Mr. Y macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    I got a first gen. Space Grey Aluminum and regret it. I'm contemplating buying either a Series 1 or 2 in Silver Aluminum. Above all else, it is a personal preference you must make for yourself. I personally regret it because of its lack of "versatility" in my own neurotic way.
  15. Jaimmin, Oct 26, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2016

    Jaimmin macrumors newbie


    Jan 25, 2014
    Mumbai, India
    Silver Aluminium it is, atleast for me.

    OP - Like everyone else said, its a personal preference. And it is true, the space black looks good in pics, but the aluminium is better on the eyes in real. What i did was go to the apple store and try on both the SB and AS with diff. sports bands(I have pics., will upload later) and I liked the AS with black band combo the best. So, i'm getting the AW S2 Nike+ AS with White/Volt band and getting a black band with sg button from my brother. Set.

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