Space Grey - finish coming off

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  1. tschangrx7 macrumors newbie

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    If the finish is anything like iPhone space grey then not so long after purchase we would expect the finish to start coming off, from scratches or rubbing from contact. Anyone considering space grey watch concerned about this?
     
  2. technosix macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's very hard to predict.

    Apple has been rather inconsistent over the last few years, a new trend for them. A distinct departure from the many years of great consistency.

    A very frequent buyer of nearly all Apple products, and one who is very careful and detail oriented when it comes to handling, cleaning and maintenance, my iPhones from 2012 forward have had quite sketchy finishes from one to the next.
     
  3. betabeta macrumors 6502a

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    I never wore a watch, but I'm thinking im not going to be banging it up? Maybe I'm wrong, I do a lot of working outside, I never seem to hit my wrist, but you know now that I'm thinking...when I cut some trees, or bushes, move cinder blocks around.

    Crap, now that I think about it, I reach for things all the time that could scratch the crap out of this thing:mad:

    Hmmmm interesting, I guess I'll find out.

    You know what, I could just put a wrist band over it when doing something like that.

    The more think about this, I'm probably gone hate this dang thing:D
     
  4. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    I'm curious if they'd switch to type III (hard anodizing) rather than type II anodizing used on the iPhone for this reason. However, I don't have high hope as they've said nothing of this sort, only that they're using a stronger alloy of aluminum.
     
  5. briankeith513 macrumors 6502a

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    I've had the space grey on 2 of my ipads, and iphones, and never had the finish to come off.
     
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Same here, but I did get worn anodized coating especially at the edge on the slate iPhone 5 and if Space Gray is any darker on the watch than it is on the iPhone/iPad, that's bad news unless they use stronger anodization.

    Also much easier not to inadvertently bang around with the iPhone due to swinging arms.
     
  7. briankeith513 macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting I didn't have that problem with my slate iphone 5, either. I prefer the slate color.
     
  8. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    I've worn the finish on all my iPhones. Silver/White simply hid it the best.
     
  9. Lucifer666 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know, but do you wonder if a little wear on this might actually be kind of cool.

    Like worn jeans :D

    I'm thinkin WTF is a possibility (actually, WTF is always a possibility)
     
  10. FlatCable macrumors member

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    No.

    You are confusing iPhone 5 black to Space Gray.

    Space Gray doesn't come off, it's anodized aluminium, it takes an huge effort to "come off"...
     
  11. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    The black and slate iPhone 5 was also anodized aluminum. It just showed worse because of the darker slate color.
     
  12. 8CoreWhore macrumors 68020

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    I'll bet they use the same process as they do for the new MacBooks. Imagine the gray or gold just rubbing off of those. That would be a huge issue.

    Whatever they are doing to the MacBook, they'll do with the Watch.
     
  13. FlatCable macrumors member

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    I thought it was PVD.
     
  14. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    No, all iPhones since the iPhone 5 have been anodized aluminum (including the silver and gold ones).
     
  15. capitanbuzo macrumors 65816

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    I'd be more concerned by the stainless steel band, not the actual watch. I own a nice black watch and the bottom black started to come off eventually, I figure it could happen with the black stainless steel band (space grey, whatever).
     
  16. rywen macrumors member

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    I was wondering about this too. I think I'd prefer the space grey watch, but it seems like every few months I bang the watches I have now off of something... the silver color would definitely hide scratches better because scratches will just show the silver aluminum underneath.

    The Apple watch is anodized I believe. Anodize is durable enough you don't have to worry about it rubbing off in your hand like some painted/coated plastic parts do. However, it doesnt take much of an encounter with another hard object (eg, brushing the watch against a plaster or brick wall while walking) to put scratches in it. Even hardcoat anodize scratches fairly easily.
     
  17. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    But, you are not wearing trhem on your wrist.

    Every watch I have owned gets banged into things sooner or later.

    The Apple watch would be no different!:apple:
     

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