What’s the difference between ceramic and stainless steel models?

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  1. Norwegian_Imposter macrumors regular

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    What’s the difference. Does it have better glass or protection. Thanks.
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The ceramic Apple Watch Edition is lighter than the 316 L stainless and is highly scratch resistant. It uses a sapphire display just like the stainless model does.

    The Apple Watch stainless 316 L model comes in regular stainless and black stainless. It also uses the sapphire display. It is heavier than the ceramic Apple Watch. The Regular stainless model does scratch easier, but can be removed with a polishing cloth. The black stainless steel Apple Watch has a diamond like carbon coating, which is a protective layer and highly scratch resistant.
     
  3. Norwegian_Imposter thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh is there a big price difference? Really tempted to pick up a series 3 watch very soon. I love my SS original model but wanna see the speed boosts
     
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    Yeah, you're paying for the material (ceramic), the word 'Edition' and the fact its more scratch resistant.
     
  7. profmatt macrumors 68000

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    I bought the ceramic Edition in grey. Initially I thought it was great. Then I realised that it’s a psychological trap and I sent it back.

    I had the Series 2 Space Black and it didn’t scratch at all, either. So ceramic is not some miracle material.

    I found the whole thing rather flat. There’s nothing premium about the experience.

    Oh, and don’t forget, you get the Apple charging stand, too. Woot. I already had one.
     
  8. KarimLeVallois macrumors 68020

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    This is why Apple offers different models, to suit as many tastes as possible :)
     
  9. Norwegian_Imposter thread starter macrumors regular

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    the fact they don't come with a leather strap is a bit evil of apple imo
     
  10. KarimLeVallois macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, the ceramic should have come with the charcoal leather loop at least
     
  11. canyonblue737 macrumors 65816

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    The SBSS is at least as scratch resistant as the ceramics with its special DLC coating. The regular SS obviously scratches just by looking at it but is easily buffed out although most believe normal SS with lots of scuffs is an attractive patina. The ceramics are nice if you want the shiny gray or white colors but otherwise I don't see the premium nature of the material winning me over.

    The biggest bother I have with Apple and how they position their watches is the fact the Nike and Hermes versions have unique watch faces. I really think the Nike watch faces look great but I can't have them because I want a watch with SS and sapphire so thats frustrating. As for Hermes its not so much I want the bands as I feel Apple doesn't offer elegant watch faces for an evening out EXCEPT on the Hermes version. Why not offer some classier watch faces on the main Apple Watch? I just paid $650 for my SBSS and yet I don't have the Nike face from the $399 model nor an elegant watch face unless I pay $1000+ for a Hermes model. Hmmmm.
     
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    Yeah they shouldn’t gate lock it. I agree
     
  13. Relentless Power, Dec 11, 2017
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    When Apple first introduced the rose gold/gold Edition Apple Watch, they tried to market it as a fashion device at exorbitant prices, which failed miserably. They realized they wanted to keep the Edition lineup still alive, which is why they produced the ceramic model at a much cheaper price point to offer different models. Regardless, the majority of consumers will purchase the sport model, because they don't care about the stainless or ceramic.
     
  14. Norwegian_Imposter thread starter macrumors regular

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    True I am still weighing up which one I want. I am going to get it delivered to my parents so I can pick it up there.
     
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    I dabbled with the thought of the ceramic but couldn’t justify spending more than double the price on a device I’ll probably replace within a couple of years. Definitely check out the SS space black Apple Watch. Matches the SG iPhone X as well!
     
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    I'm doing that at the moment actually...
     
  17. Fireball Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    I was wondering if you got the ceramic in the end! Really do like the SB finish at the moment. Did you get the X?
     
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    I have both at the moment and seeing if I can justify the ceramic... No, not upgrading my iPhone 6s until it dies lol
     
  19. Fireball Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    I think you’ll lov the X once you upgrade. And extra £700 for the ceramic over SS can be well put to the X ;) haha
     
  20. KarimLeVallois macrumors 68020

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    I was thinking about getting a 4K TV actually lol
     
  21. Fireball Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely worthwhile! They’ve come down a lot in price as well.
     
  22. canyonblue737 macrumors 65816

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    make sure the 4k tv has HDR (many, or most do now) as the High Dynamic Range ability actually does far, far more to make the picture look better to the naked eye than does the 1080p to 4k upgrade.
     
  23. KarimLeVallois macrumors 68020

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    Awesome, thanks for the tip :)
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    Damn it, think I'm preferring the ceramic... looks more subtle and smaller on the wrist compared to the harsh black and love the colour shifts in the watch body...
     
  24. questionmarcus macrumors newbie

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    I'm the opposite of you. I waited to see one before I bought it. I fell in love the look of the the grey ceramic.

    The grey is definitely less flashy than the white.
     
  25. KarimLeVallois macrumors 68020

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    I agree, the grey is less flashy and changes colour nicely in the light. Also, looks better with work attire and for those not wearing white trainers lol
     

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