Why does my watch get scratches and dings so easily?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Jacoblee23, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. Jacoblee23 macrumors 65816

    Nov 10, 2011
    I have the 38mm white aluminum. I am not hard on it at all. I just got it on Friday. Should I return it?

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  2. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    Can't see anything remarkable on these photos, they're not really sharp anyways. It's a watch and it will get scratches and dings. We had this topic a 100 times here.

    Buy Apple Care+ or get rid of it.
  3. LS3 POWER macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    Charlotte, NC
    I had the sport for a month and never had a single scratch on it, I returned it and bought the stainless and now in 3 weeks I have 2 scratches lol. It happens.
  4. jds4300 macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2008
  5. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    I don't see any scratches in your pictures, but I did notice you are in a car. Do you think about returning the car when it gets scratched?
  6. atlatnesiti macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    Rubbish, SS Apple watches scratch more easily than AL, but cost significantly more...
    BTW; If you have ever own the watch, you should know that this will happen regardless...
    All watches scratch easily.
    It is just a matter of learning how to live with this... ;)
  7. CellXor10 macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
    Connecticut, USA
    ............huh? Can't see anything in the pictures and the Sport doesn't really show scratches that easily. Mock thread?
  8. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If you bang it into something it will dent or scratch. You can return and get another but that will not stop you banging it into something again. It is not the watches fault.
  9. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    I could see the scratch in the first pic, but not second.

    Get a screen protector (bestbuy has a good one for $20), and body cover if you're that paranoid (best buy has them too).

    Or - skip the cover (def get screen protector though) and accept that you're going to get scratches.
  10. linhromrom macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2015
    1. Can't see anything (scratches) from the pictures
    2. Watch get scratches is like shoes get dirty. Its a watch, what do you expect. My friends' Tag Monaco got scratches like crazy after a year or two and he hardly wear it anywhere unlike Smart Watch, you probably wear it all the time.
    3. Its your watch, whether you wanna keep it or not should be entire your decision, why would you ask such personal question to some random ppl on the internet . Funny :D:D:D
  11. jasonklee, Jul 14, 2015
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    jasonklee macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    A $6,000 Les Paul guitar will age with use. Which will then sell for $240,000, if you're the Edge.

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  12. applewatch macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2014
    I'm not sure what I'm looking at here, but you have nice wrists?
  13. paul.p macrumors member


    Apr 26, 2012
    Tulsa, OK
    So pay more get more scratches? I agree
  14. telefono macrumors 6502


    Dec 17, 2007
    It was worth clicking on this thread just for the photos of the Les Paul guitars :)

    Watches scratch.....its normal
  15. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    You could return it if you want probably as the damage looks very minimal, if at all. Don't put a metal band on the aluminum watch as that will cause nicks as you line it up.

    The aluminum is going to get nicked up with contact, but it won't get the micro-scratches the SS gets from simply touching it.

    Both have pros and cons, as does the DLC watch (Space Black). However, Space Black main drawback is the $1100.
  16. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
  17. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    It's normal wear and tear. Get over it.
  18. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I have clanked my SS version with my seatbelt and normal belt buckle a bunch by accident and have zero scratches or anything. If you're scratching sapphire, stop carrying loose, sharpened diamonds in your pocket. If you're scratching the stainless steel, about the same.
  19. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Return it. It's not for you.
  20. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Usually, but "scratch resistant," much less "scratch proof," is not one of those things when it comes to jewelry. Fact is gold and platinum, two of the most expensive metals used in fine jewelry are among the "softest" ones, and most prone to scratching.

    SS and AL each have their trade offs too. SS is more durable, but also heavier. ( AL has a higher strength:weight. One reason why car makers use it to make engines instead of regular steel these days). It's also less corrosive.

    There are reasons for choosing each, but its a stretch to say SS or AU is superior to AL as far as scratching goes. All 3 metals scratch.


    OP: I don't see any horrific scratches either. But Apple only warrants the operability of the AW, not the aesthetics. So even if you had lots of scratches they aren't going to do anything for you unless you have Apple Care, and even then there is a sizable service fee. So based on your pics I wouldn't worry about it.
  21. Azzin macrumors 601


    Jun 23, 2010
    London, England.
    Try being more careful.
  22. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    Well, aluminium is really MORE corrosive than iron/steel, however if properly treated, its oxide byproduct (IE, rust) forms a surface layer which is impervious to oxygen, so the oxidation cannot spread deeper into the metal. That's what happens during an industrial anodization process. Essentially, the aluminium forms a ceramic with oxygen, protecting the rest of the metal...

    Acids and impacts/abrasion and so on can ruin this surface of course, but it's pretty durable on the whole. :)
  23. Gjwilly, Jul 17, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2015

    Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Durable and harder than the naked aluminum.
    There was a flashlight maker that used to promote the hardness of their anodizing by using the anodized knurling on their aluminum flashlight body to saw through the inferior anodized aluminum body of a MagLite.
  24. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    You're weaing it wrong.
  25. jds4300 macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2008
    Because the Apple Watch is a toy. It's just that simple.

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