The Apple Watch SS scratch thread [MERGED]

Itsedstech

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Will the :apple: watch stainless steel versions scratch super easy like the original iPod touch, and iPod classic/nano backs did? I sure hope not! :(
 

apolloa

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It depends on the type and quality used, lots of watches are made from solid stainless steel, like my Tissot, and they don't scratch and are very hard wearing. In fact if I catch my watch on a door frame it tends to dent the door frame as opposed to the watch!
 

Itsedstech

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It depends on the type and quality used, lots of watches are made from solid stainless steel, like my Tissot, and they don't scratch and are very hard wearing. In fact if I catch my watch on a door frame it tends to dent the door frame as opposed to the watch!
awesome! i was just kinda worried!
 

fousfous

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I have a iPod Touch 3 with SS back, and personally I prefer the aluminum back of my iPhone 5S.
Aluminum is a better material than stainless steel, so I don't understand why you prefer SS.
 

illcoolz

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Apple Watch SS will use 316L stainless steel, which is the steel used in high end watches (except in Rolex models, they developed an even stronger steel). So don't worry about it.
 

Arran

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I have a 1st gen iPod touch. Was looking at it just yesterday. The back is very scratched and worn.

I don't think the watch will suffer in quite the same way because it's worn on the body. Unless the wearer is very clumsy and continually bumping their arms into things like walls, etc., then the watch shouldn't be coming into contact with much that can damage it.

An iPod, OTOH, is continually picked up, put down, slid across microscopically gritty surfaces, left in pockets with keys, coins, sand, etc.
 

virginblue4

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From the Apple page regarding the SS model.

"That’s why we took a refined 316L stainless steel — an alloy that is remarkably corrosion resistant — and cold forged it to make it 40 percent harder and less susceptible to nicks and scratches".
 

Piggie

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From the Apple page regarding the SS model.

"That’s why we took a refined 316L stainless steel — an alloy that is remarkably corrosion resistant — and cold forged it to make it 40 percent harder and less susceptible to nicks and scratches".
We use 316L every single day :)

In fact I'm sitting, right now, about 20 feet from racks of the stuff in our metal stores.

Perhaps I should get one of our guys, or myself, to polish it up on the buffing wheels, so it's exactly the same in look, and the same material as the watch, and see how it scratches.

I can assure you, though, it will take VERY little to put some marks in it.
 

illcoolz

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We use 316L every single day :)

In fact I'm sitting, right now, about 20 feet from racks of the stuff in our metal stores.

Perhaps I should get one of our guys, or myself, to polish it up on the buffing wheels, so it's exactly the same in look, and the same material as the watch, and see how it scratches.

I can assure you, though, it will take VERY little to put some marks in it.
Yup, just as stated in the above quote. Getting scratches will be quite hard, even dents. You'd have to really bang it hard to get any thing noticeable. I wouldn't worry about it at all. It will be years until the watch will start to look just a bit worn out. And I mean really just a bit.

If you own a steel watch, go look at it and see how it looks. If it looks fine, the Apple Watch will look exactly the same if you treat it the same way.
 

Itsedstech

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I have a iPod Touch 3 with SS back, and personally I prefer the aluminum back of my iPhone 5S.
Aluminum is a better material than stainless steel, so I don't understand why you prefer SS.
The only reason i prefer it over the aluminum one is because of the ceramic bottom and sapphire glass, and the way it goes with the link bracelet, otherwise id get the sport edition.
 

TS19

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We use 316L every single day :)

In fact I'm sitting, right now, about 20 feet from racks of the stuff in our metal stores.

Perhaps I should get one of our guys, or myself, to polish it up on the buffing wheels, so it's exactly the same in look, and the same material as the watch, and see how it scratches.

I can assure you, though, it will take VERY little to put some marks in it.
So you're saying that it will scratch easily....? Unless I have interpreted your post wrong...
 

Piggie

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So you're saying that it will scratch easily....? Unless I have interpreted your post wrong...
Well, if it's highly polished 316L, then yes.

You will get a great shine, but it's not very hard, and anything abrasive will very easily put surface scratches into the surface.

It's STRONG, not Hard.

We use it for Medical Implants and have to give it a flawless shine so no dirt! can be in a scratch when it's placed inside your body.

Obviously in your body you want it to be super strong, not hard and brittle
 

sk8mash

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I have a stainless steel watch with a sapphire crystal. I have scratches on both the steel and the sapphire. Don't expect miracles just because its Apple.
 
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Piggie

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The only reason i prefer it over the aluminum one is because of the ceramic bottom and sapphire glass, and the way it goes with the link bracelet, otherwise id get the sport edition.
I'm sure it will last a year, which will be enough till the next model comes out you will want to change to ;)
 

Julien

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The sport edition has a ceramic back too according to Apples website, and it uses a specially toughened glass front as its lighter then sapphire.
Actually it is ambiguous and the :apple:Watch site clearly stated that the Sport does't have a ceramic coating before it was updated. Also you can read this on the :apple:Watch backs. The Sport says "Composite" which means no coating.

Also the reason the Sport is lighter is because the case is made of aluminum. Any difference in weight between the sapphire and glass crystal is negligible and would likely be a fraction of a gram.