Warning: link bracelet and MacBook very bad combination

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by pflau, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. pflau macrumors 6502

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    This is a public service warning, before the Inevitable Scratchgate appears. We know how anal Apple customers are.

    So here is the straight dope. If you work on a MacBook regularly and you wear a watch with a steel bracelet with a steel clasp. the bracelet and the clasp WILL scratch. There is NO WAY around it. I know. I wear a stainless steel Rolex for years and I work on MacBook Pro all the time. The clasp is all scratched up by the edge of the MacBook. I never had that problem when I was using a Dell in the past where the palm rest was made of plastic. But I've come to accept it. With a Rolex though, you take the watch back to Rolex every five to seven years for maintenance and they polish and refinish the case, the bracelets, and the clasp so they look like new, to the tune of over $500. This is not going to happen with the Apple Watch.

    So fair warning. If you own a MacBook and the aluminum case scratches your beautiful link bracelet don't be complaining how Apple should compensate you for it.
     
  2. comptr macrumors 65816

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    That is true with any StainSteel Watch I have seen it first hand with a StainSteel Watch I have. This is good information on the Issue.
     
  3. papa8706 macrumors 6502a

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    Any stainless steel watch is going to develop scratches against metal-to-metal contact. Most scratches are going to so minor as they are non issue, but this is nothing to blame apple for IMO
     
  4. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    This (and the price) is exactly why I didn't consider the link bracelet.
     
  5. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68000

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    Yeah those are really good points. The SS link is going to scratch like mad through every day use and knocks.
    That's why I am only going to wear my link strap when I go out in the evenings.
    I have ordered a sports strap for when I am playing sport and I have ordered the Milanese strap for every day use when at work
     
  6. stephen1108 macrumors 65816

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    I would be more concerned with it scratching my MacBook :p
     
  7. Bazooka-joe macrumors 68000

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    Well I only use a MacBook at home. It's Dell windows laptops with docking stations at work so I don't care how much I scratch the Dell :)
     
  8. SHNXX macrumors 68000

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    Yeah it's pretty annoying.
    I have to take off all my watches except when I'm wearing a Casio plastic strap.
     
  9. jafingi macrumors 65816

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    .. same problem as every other steel watch? Nothing new :cool:
     
  10. Alvi macrumors 65816

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    I usually take off my watch when I start typing a lot on my desktop or laptop, it's just more comfortable for me that way.

    But yeah, I didn't get the SS Model because I can't really afford to pay 1100$ every year or so, especially because I bet the Watch 2 or 3 will be much better than this one. Just compare the first gen iPad vs the 3rd generation iPad. (Retina display, front and back camera, added speed)

    I like to be an early adopter but I'll only spend 400$ instead of almost 3 times that amount.

    I don't really believe that gorilla glass is much weaker than sapphire anyway (I've owned plenty of watches with sapphire glass and they DO get scratched) and the price difference was just too big from the cheapest apple watch vs the one I would have loved to have (around 700$)
     
  11. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    It just means people use poor ergonomics when typing. Proper typing techniques require that you don't touch your wrists and keep them straight. You can't scratch it if you hover your wrists above the MacBook.

    Don't pretend that Apple has just invented the wristwatch.
     
  12. MarcoCapa macrumors regular

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  13. pflau thread starter macrumors 6502

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    For those who think, well just a few scratches, no big deal. Look at this. I've had this Rolex Stainless Steel watch for a total of five months. Look at the lower portion of the clasp and part of the first link right below it, they look like they've been gone over with a Brillo pad. And the second picture shows the way I type on my MacBook. Totally reasonable.

    So there you have it. I don't wanna hear nothing about Scratchgate or any non-sense like that. If I ever see anyone complained about how the link bracelet is susceptible to scratches from the MacBook, I'd be happy to provide a link to this thread.

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  14. ZombiePete macrumors 68020

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    Funny, I've worn a SS Fossil watch for nearly fifteen years and have never had this problem. I just push it up my wrist a little bit when I'm about to type on my MBP and never the two have met.

    Now, my steel band scratches when it rubs up against my desk at work when I'm typing on a keyboard, but that's a different story and is to be expected. Ultimately, the moral of this story is that you can't protect your Watch/band from wear and tear and you're better off just accepting that. My Fossil is pretty scratched up all over, but I frankly think it gives it character.
     
  15. edlex macrumors 68000

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    A little jeweler's rouge and a polishing cloth should do the trick
     
  16. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    You appear to be resting your palm on the MacBook. If you follow proper typing techniques you wouldn't have the scratching issue.
     
  17. pflau thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have been typing for 36 years. I have no issue.

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    No it won't. You see, the surface is brushed. If the surface is shiny, it would work. But if the surface is brushed, you need to refinish it using the same equipment that produced the original finish. That is why I need to take it back to Rolex.

    Also, the link bracelet, unlike the Rolex bracelet, is on the thin side and might not take too many refinishing. Besides, the cost of having it professionally done is probably not worth it. The Rolex SS band alone costs more than the entire Apple Watch, except for the Edition.
     
  18. edlex macrumors 68000

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    Sorry I was thinking of the SS watch not the band.
     
  19. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    36 years of improper typing technique doesn't make it proper. I was taught how to type properly way back in grade school. Fortunately for those of you who didn't have this opportunity, the link bracelet is brushed so it shouldn't be an eyesore like a polished bracelet should you induce some scratches on it.
     
  20. Attonine macrumors 6502a

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    You're going to get marks like that on your Rolex from general wear and tear. I have a Sea Dweller and the clasp gets scuffed up pretty quickly. I've had it serviced and polished a couple of times, comes back looking like new, but soon, especially the clasp, shows signs of scuffing. Even a dusty desk surface can do this. I'm right handed so can't comment about the effect of a laptop!
     
  21. genomez macrumors member

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    I wear a SS Movado and use MBP. That combination over the last year has caused some scratches, but they are very minimal and not very noticeable unless specifically looking for it.
     
  22. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    All the more reason to get the macbook to avoid the urge to rest your wrists on it. Technically that is bad form for typing anyway.
     
  23. StefanWolves macrumors regular

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    This thread comes across as an 'look at me I have a Rolex' brag thread to me.... here I can prove it I have pictures. Couldn't care less.
     
  24. bjdraw macrumors 6502a

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    Had both an MacBook pro and a watch with a SS link bracelet for 10 years, never had a problem. Guess that's the same reason I don't have carpal tunnel.
     
  25. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    This is a silly warning by a member who do not follow proper typing ergonomics and as a result, scratches the hell out of his Rolex (as he rests his palm on his MacBook). Perhaps this warning is useful for individuals who like the OP never learned proper typing techniques (and those same people might not want to consider the link bracelet), but it's really a non-issue for the rest of us.
     

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