My screen and aluminum case were pristine after 18 months. I'm pretty careful with my things, though.[/QUOTE
Did you use a screen protector or just get AppleCare?My screen and aluminum case were pristine after 18 months. I'm pretty careful with my things, though.
I agree dressing it up is not hard at all. Throw on a black leather loop or gray leather loop and it looks awesome and dressy.It's a tough watch, especially for having a glass display. I have a few scrapes on the case, and I definitely have some scratches on the display. However, the scratches are really only visible in bright, direct light. They don't bother me whatsoever. And I can't see much of the case when the watch is on my wrist, so I can't complain about the case scratches. I've knocked it against door frames, walls, tables, desks, car doors, weight plates, etc. I probably hit it pretty directly against something at least once a week. I put it through hell and, given that it's my designated weightlifting buddy (Gymaholic FTW), it has done remarkably well.
Dressing it up hasn't been a problem either. In my office, which is still on the formal side, it's not uncommon to see sports watches. At least in my part of the DC area, people tend not to judge you by your watch. I'm able to match a sport band to whatever shirt or slacks I'm wearing on a given day and have no issues. I've also worn it in one wedding, as an attendee at a couple of others, and in my own engagement photos. I have a black Fossil 24mm leather band on ClockWorkSynergy adapters that works quite nicely for black suits ($26 total), and I bought a brown Fullmosa leather strap (~$20) for suits worn with brown belt/shoes. I highly recommend the Fullmosa - looks very similar to the official Apple brown leather band but has springbar adapters and two loops to keep the long end of the strap under control.