Silver Stainless Steel or Black Stainless Steel?

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Silver Stainless Steel or Black Stainless Steel?

Poll closed Apr 29, 2015.
  1. Silver SS

    14 vote(s)
    53.8%
  2. Black SS

    12 vote(s)
    46.2%
  1. JuNxXxReY macrumors regular

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  3. CaCohen0509 macrumors regular

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    I've been racking my mind between the two and ultimately it came down to looks with other bands, I feel like seeing the obvious color change when the band connects to the watch part will bother me.
     
  4. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a

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    I've been wearing a black-out watch for a couple years now (Citizen Stiletto) and sometimes love it, sometimes think it looks like plastic even though it's SS.

    Figured I'd go for the Space Black SS, but, this pic is reminding me of how it can really look like cheap shiny plastic. So I'm less sure and time is almost up. Yikes:

    https://instagram.com/p/1RqmUrJLWv/
     
  5. democracyrules macrumors 6502

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    Totally agree with the comment above.
     
  6. ajm222 macrumors 6502a

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    I went traditional silver. Wasn't sure until I stopped by the Apple Store today to compare. Happy I went with the silver. Love the look of mirror polished steel. Looks great with other bands. Looks a tad more like a traditional watch. Was considering the black for its scratch resistance but ultimately I think that won't end up being as important over time as I expect. And I did see some scuffs on the black in the store. Much more on the silver of course. But eventually it becomes more of a 'patina' and all the scratches and swirlies kind of blend together and create their own look. And it can be polished. I don't think you can go wrong either way though. They both look great.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 17, 2016 ---
    Dang this is an old thread
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    It is an old thread. But both stainless models are great.
     
  8. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    I have an issue with the silver SS being polished instead of brushed. Sure the black SS might look cheap at times because you can't tell what material it is, but IMO the polished can look cheap and gaudy because of the finish. They both look great, I'm not saying they look cheap, I'm just saying you can make an argument for either of them. If Apple released the silver SS in a brushed finish then it would be no contest, especially findings bands and adapters to match it.
     
  9. ajm222 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd love to see an example of an Apple Watch with a brushed finish. Couldn't find a mock-up online. But that would be a great option. I think the design of the AW lends itself naturally to the high polish finish, but i've always loved a brushed finish generally speaking, especially for its ability to hide scratches.
     
  10. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    I'm sure some brave soul somewhere has attempted to scratch the finish up on a AW. I'm almost tempted to go to a jeweler experienced in polishing and asking if they would make it a brushed finish, but am not that brave.
     
  11. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    And the brushed stainless does not have the high shine that the regular 316 L stainless has. But I agree, it would definitely hide scratches easier. 316 L stainless is a rather soft metal and scratches fairly easily. But the caveat, is it can also be buffed out if the scratches are not too deep.
     
  12. ajm222 macrumors 6502a

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    It's interesting that apparently Apple used a cold forging process to increase the strength by 80%. But maybe practically speaking that doesn't amount to much. And of course anything polished to a mirror finish isn't going to stay that way for long.
     
  13. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    If you're the type to change bands frequently, SS. It's far more versatile and looks "right" with far more bands.

    However, the BSS is really beautiful, and if you like the sport bands in particular it looks great with tons of different colors.
     
  14. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    High polished stainless defintely can lose its luster. But more so, can show scratches.
     
  15. Dodgeman macrumors regular

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    In a traditional Watch I probably wouldn't go all black. For this though it was the only way to go.
    Sport bands in wacky colors do look good.
     
  16. Bruce Joo macrumors member

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    I prefer all black. Black stainless steel, black leather loop, black Milanese loop.
    For leather band, I would pick brown.
     
  17. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    Agreed. The brown leather band would go really well the black stainless. I might have to pair that combination tomorrow.
     
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