SS or SB SS?

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  1. trnjackie23 macrumors regular

    trnjackie23

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    My S0 SS has held up pretty well, scratches here and there but polishing it does an awesome job in removing the scratches. I want to upgrade to the S3 and I'm torn on whether or not I would like the SS again or go for the SB SS since I know you can't polish it. How has it held up for you SB SS owners out there?
     
  2. Fireball Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Fireball Dragon

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    I just recently got the SS SB. Cannot comment on the longevity of it, but I'll probably plan to keep it until there's a decent update, be that 1 year or 3 years.

    Personal preference is SB, as it definitely shows fewer scratches from what I've seen.
     
  3. BSG75 macrumors regular

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    I have both S0 SS and SBSS models. My SBSS has held up very well, while there are a few micro scratches on the SS. There's a much wider band selection with the SS but my personal preference is for the SBSS as well.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The one benefit to the stainless steel, is that the scratches can be buffed out with a Cape Cod cloth.
     
  5. Neodym macrumors 68000

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    Out of curiosity: Do people actually really do this? I mean, in theory a desktop/tower PC can be upgraded easily, but in fact only a small (if not tiny) minority actually does it.

    I could imagine that most people don't bother to really buff out scratches on a stainless watch, so it's only a theoretical advantage and probably not more than peace of mind ("I could if I wanted").
     
  6. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

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    Yes. There Have been multiple threads on the Apple Watch forum where others have been using the Cape Cod cloth to buff out the scratches on the stainless model. I also encourage you to read reviews on the Cape cod cloth where many others have purchased it strictly for the Apple Watch to buff out the scratches.

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/cape-cod-a-must-for-ss-owners.2039747/
     
  7. Neodym macrumors 68000

    Neodym

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    Hmm, maybe I should have asked more precisely if people outside of these forums (and even here the enthusiasts) do this.

    Besides, the before/after pics in the thread you linked did not convince me. Rather reinforced me in my opinion that a standard stainless is not for me, because it scratches too easily. I'm now on my third aluminum AW and none looked as bad as the stainless from the forum thread _after_ buffing.
     
  8. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    In the tech world, it's a bubble where everybody shares their information. So naturally there will be word spread on what methods to use to remove the scratches. But given the reviews that I have read outside MacRumors, there are lots of individuals who use The Cape Cod cloth not just for the Stainless Apple Watch, but for other metals in their household as well.

    That said, yes, it does scratch easily. But given scratches can be removed within a few seconds using the cloth, it's seamless. But to each their on what some prefer for the casing, as I feel the aluminum feels cheap to me, but I like the weight and the shine of the stainless. But the largest seller of the stainless model is the Sapphire display, and to me, that's worth the price tag alone to protect the dislay.
     
  9. Neodym macrumors 68000

    Neodym

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    I do exactly dislike the shine and weight of the stainless :) Good that Apple leaves us the choice here! Hopefully it stays this way! Even though wouldn't mind if they used Titan as housing material, which I have and like on an older analogue watch of mine. But that may be prohibitively expensive.

    I‘m not sure I’d like the tradeoff of stronger reflections / lower brightness with a Sapphire display, though. So far my Ion-X glasses looked perfectly fine after 3/4 & 1 year of daily use. I simply may have been lucky there :D
     
  10. HeathH macrumors regular

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    Do you like James Bond (SS) or Batman (SSSB)?

    Seriously though, the SSSB is extremely durable.
     
  11. JoshVB macrumors regular

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    Cape Cod cloths are great, I buffed my Series 0 SS with one every three months or so. If I wacked the watch hard on something and it scratched, I’d buff it out right away with the Cape Cod cloth.

    I just bought a new Series 3 SS and briefly considered the space black. But my Series 0 has really gotten banged around over the years and I was worried about scratching the black outer surface layer. With the cloth my SS Series 0 still looks brand new. Also, and in my opinion there’s more band options with SS and in my opinion again found the SS to be more dressy.

    Josh
     
  12. Cogsworth macrumors 6502

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    Yep I have polished mine a couple times, Cape Cod cloths are amazing. That's why I'm sticking with SS over SBSS. After a few months or a year it can be polished back to like-new condition. Can't do that with SBSS or aluminum.
     
  13. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

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    The Black outer layer on the space black Apple Watch is known as the diamond like carbon coating. It's highly protective and very durable finish that protects the paint from scratching. It's very rare that It can scratch, but it's possible. But it is much more scratch resistant over the regular stainless model.
     

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