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Weights: Titanium vs Aluminum vs Stainless

MareLuce

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Am curious to see what using Ti does to the weight.
Did they say at any point in the keynote it will be the "lightest Apple Watch ever?"

I'll update for the 44mm when I receive it...
Series 5, Titanium: < x > g (40mm), < y > g (44mm)
Display material: ?

Series 5, Aluminum: 30.1g (40mm), 36.7g (44mm).
Display material: Ion-X strengthened glass

Series 5, Stainless Steel: 39.8g (40mm), 47.8g (44mm) .
Display material: sapphire crystal

Data from this iMore article.

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Trivia...
This watch is almost half as much as the higher end Thinkpad X1 Extreme Gen 2 (32GB, 1TB ssd, 4k display) ordered during Labor Day sales...

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MareLuce

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Qualitative feedback about the Ti model from searching Twitter:

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... though it's not clear what is being compared.

And this...
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gorkt

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Hrmmmm this has me reconsidering.


Ehhhh. Not really. I don't really care for the bronzish look that the titanium gives. I'll stick with the aluminum I ordered and get a glass screen protector.
 
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Zxxv

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Titanium is sapphire crystal. You don’t need to rely on someone else just check the apple store and look at the watch and choose specs
 
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deeddawg

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Titanium is sapphire crystal. You don’t need to rely on someone else just check the apple store and look at the watch and choose specs

You've been to the store now? They have the series 5's out on display?

FWIW - both SS & Ti models spec sheets say "Sapphire crystal front".
 
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Zxxv

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SS should be the same crystal.

You've been to the store now? They have the series 5's out on display?

Gee dude you know you have the internet right. Go to apple.com or open the apple store app and see for yourself.

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deeddawg

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Zxxv

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Yep, as you point out - both the SS and Ti list as sapphire front on the Apple site.

Gee dude you know you don't have to be a jackhole to be on the internet, right?

Being lazy is being more a jack hole.
 
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deeddawg

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Being lazy is being more a jack hole.
I'd looked up the specs on both SS and Ti models on Apple before posting. How is that lazy?

Surprised you've not noticed Apple also lists the case weights the same for SS & Ti
 
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Zxxv

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I'd looked up the specs on both SS and Ti models on Apple before posting. How is that lazy?

Surprised you've not noticed Apple also lists the case weights the same for SS & Ti

Why would a more expensive titanium model have a less desirable screen on it? Only the cheap version has ion glass.
 
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deeddawg

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Why would a more expensive titanium model have a less desirable screen on it? Only the cheap version has ion glass.
It wouldn't.

I suspect you think I was saying something other than what I wrote.

My post was merely to (a) clarify to folks reading this thread that both SS & Ti have the sapphire front and (b) to ask if stores there have the AW5 models in stock for people to look at. Since you're in the UK and thus the stores are open where you are, as they're still closed here in the US.
 
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MadCar

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SS and Titanium are both the same weight on the apple site, Identical. If you want lighter got for the Aluminium.

Stainless


  • Height: 40mm
  • Width: 34mm
  • Depth: 10.74mm
  • Case Weight: 39.8g

  • Height: 44mm
  • Width: 38mm
  • Depth: 10.74mm
  • Case Weight: 47.8g
Titanium


  • Height: 40mm
  • Width: 34mm
  • Depth: 10.74mm
  • Case Weight: 39.8g

  • Height: 44mm
  • Width: 38mm
  • Depth: 10.74mm
  • Case Weight: 47.8g
 
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deeddawg

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SS and Titanium are both the same weight on the apple site, Identical. If you want lighter got for the Aluminium.

Stainless


  • Height: 40mm
  • Width: 34mm
  • Depth: 10.74mm
  • Case Weight: 39.8g

  • Height: 44mm
  • Width: 38mm
  • Depth: 10.74mm
  • Case Weight: 47.8g
Titanium


  • Height: 40mm
  • Width: 34mm
  • Depth: 10.74mm
  • Case Weight: 39.8g

  • Height: 44mm
  • Width: 38mm
  • Depth: 10.74mm
  • Case Weight: 47.8g

Saw that yesterday.

Per Apple the case weights between SS & Ti are identical to the tenth of a gram.

Yet titanium is substantially lighter than steel given the same volume of each material, specifics vary by alloy but on the order of 40-45% lighter.

Even though the metal case is a small portion of the overall watch weight, I'd wager that Apple's spec sheets are incorrect. We'll probably find the Ti is lighter than the SS, and heavier than the Aluminum.

This is why I'd like to see them in store -- but won't be near an Apple store until tomorrow. (I'm also not confident they have the new models on display yet)
 
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supertomtom

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Saw that yesterday.

Per Apple the case weights between SS & Ti are identical to the tenth of a gram.

Yet titanium is substantially lighter than steel given the same volume of each material, specifics vary by alloy but on the order of 40-45% lighter.

Even though the metal case is a small portion of the overall watch weight, I'd wager that Apple's spec sheets are incorrect. We'll probably find the Ti is lighter than the SS, and heavier than the Aluminum.

This is why I'd like to see them in store -- but won't be near an Apple store until tomorrow. (I'm also not confident they have the new models on display yet)


I also find it hard to believe that it’s the same weight and wondered whether the spec sheet is incorrect. Apple’s own site even emphasised how titanium is lighter than stainless steel.

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MareLuce

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Even though the metal case is a small portion of the overall watch weight, I'd wager that Apple's spec sheets are incorrect.

Agreed.

Could someone post the link to where the weights are quoted ?
 
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deeddawg

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Could someone post the link to where the weights are quoted ?
See below. Scroll down to Tech Specs.

Anyone find anything on relative weights between the two?

Apple site seems to claim same case weights of 39.8g / 47.8g for the 40 & 44mm watches whether choosing stainless or titanium?

https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-watc...M/A&preSelect=false&product=Z0YQ&step=detail#
https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-watc...M/A&preSelect=false&product=Z0YQ&step=detail#
 
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Relentless Power

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I also find it hard to believe that it’s the same weight and wondered whether the spec sheet is incorrect. Apple’s own site even emphasised how titanium is lighter than stainless steel.

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That’s a huge perk Apple is using DLC [Diamond like Coating] on the black titanium. Anyone that’s owned the space black stainless will attest that DLC is extremely durable, and add the sapphire display makes this watch well-rounded for protection.
 
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