The Gold SS 44mm and Longevity

Mondayz

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As it stands, I currently have an order placed for the Gold SS, but I have been going back and forth about cancelling it because of my concerns regarding durability. I know the regular SS holds up to scratches quite well because it can be buffed out and the black SS has the DLC in order to help prevent scratches, but it seems as though the gold is the most risky since there seems to be little in the form of protection and no way of buffing it out once damage does occur.

Any input from anyone? It seems as though the coating is the same as was used on the sides of the iphone X which did scratch over time. How bad will this look after a year of normal use? Am I just overthinking things, or will this be an issue? I want the watch for use in dress shirts and nights out, but I also want to be able to use it for working out.
 

musicpenguy

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Only time will tell I guess - hopefully Apple considered this in creating it and it holds up pretty well.
 

KarimLeVallois

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As it stands, I currently have an order placed for the Gold SS, but I have been going back and forth about cancelling it because of my concerns regarding durability. I know the regular SS holds up to scratches quite well because it can be buffed out and the black SS has the DLC in order to help prevent scratches, but it seems as though the gold is the most risky since there seems to be little in the form of protection and no way of buffing it out once damage does occur.

Any input from anyone? It seems as though the coating is the same as was used on the sides of the iphone X which did scratch over time. How bad will this look after a year of normal use? Am I just overthinking things, or will this be an issue? I want the watch for use in dress shirts and nights out, but I also want to be able to use it for working out.
It has a PVD coating which should protect in some ways.
 

Mondayz

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It has a PVD coating which should protect in some ways.
Thanks for the input. So I've looked around a bit at other watches (high-end ones on other websites) that use a PVD coating and generally the results are not so good. Most people , for example, recommend against buying a luxury watch with a PVD coating. Now, the AW isn't exactly a luxury watch, but I wonder how big of a concern this really will be.

I just really love the look of the gold, and the black will really clash with most of my work outfits since I tend to wear brown shoes/brown belt or burgundy shoes/belt a few days a week.
 

Relentless Power

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As it stands, I currently have an order placed for the Gold SS, but I have been going back and forth about cancelling it because of my concerns regarding durability. I know the regular SS holds up to scratches quite well because it can be buffed out and the black SS has the DLC in order to help prevent scratches, but it seems as though the gold is the most risky since there seems to be little in the form of protection and no way of buffing it out once damage does occur.

Any input from anyone? It seems as though the coating is the same as was used on the sides of the iphone X which did scratch over time. How bad will this look after a year of normal use? Am I just overthinking things, or will this be an issue? I want the watch for use in dress shirts and nights out, but I also want to be able to use it for working out.
I think you might be overthinking it, you have 14 days with the Gold stainless Apple Watch if it’s not for you, then simply return it. I think that’s an ample amount of time to see how it holds up for daily usage. And I’m sure once it’s released, there will be ‘damage tests’ conducted on it as well.
 
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rnangie

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I think you might be overthinking it, you have 14 days with the Gold stainless Apple Watch if it’s not for you, then simply return it. I think that’s an ample amount of time to see how it holds up for daily usage. And I’m sure once it’s released, there will be ‘damage tests’ conducted on it as well.
[doublepost=1537296519][/doublepost]I doubt 14 days will be long enough to judge if the finish holds up. I have the same concerns but I've opted to keep my gold SS order because I'm not hard on my watches and I won't be keeping it forever
 

meikdunj

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This is my concern with the Gold SS. I’m always opted for the SS version but do like that gold finish!
 

musicpenguy

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Here is what Rene said in his review!!!!!

“Apple is using a physical vapor deposition (PVD) process to achieve the gold look. It's similar to what Apple's done with the Space Black Watch since launch. That model uses a diamond-like carbon (DLC) type of PVD, which makes for an incredibly hard, scratch resistant finish. Not all PVD is DLC, but this one is supposed to be just about as tough. And, If PVD isn't your thing, you can also still get the steel watch with its polished silver finish.”

https://www.imore.com/apple-watch-series-4-review
 

OllyW

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Thanks for the input. So I've looked around a bit at other watches (high-end ones on other websites) that use a PVD coating and generally the results are not so good. Most people , for example, recommend against buying a luxury watch with a PVD coating. Now, the AW isn't exactly a luxury watch, but I wonder how big of a concern this really will be.

I just really love the look of the gold, and the black will really clash with most of my work outfits since I tend to wear brown shoes/brown belt or burgundy shoes/belt a few days a week.
Remember real watches are expected to last a lifetime while the Apple Watch is only going to be used for a few years.

I haven't heard what the actual processes they are using but if Apple have gone with a TiN PVD coating it should be very durable as it provides a hard surface coating.
 

Cnasty

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The gold looks brown/copper in some videos and then in your face bling like yellow gold in others.

I have it on order and cant wait to see for myself. Looks amazing either way.
 

danmart

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We’ll only know for sure once the YouTube brigade start doing scratch tests, but the iPhone X Space Black has a PVD chassis and it was previously scratch tested:


The bottom line was that it’s nowhere near as durable as the DLC used for Space Black.
 
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