Would Series 0 Stainless Owners Go Stainless Again?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by parseckadet, May 10, 2018.

  1. parseckadet macrumors 65816


    Dec 13, 2010
    Denver, CO
    Title pretty much says it all. I got the SS series 0 back when it first came out, and I'm still wearing it daily today. Still, dealing with the slow performance is pretty painful these days and I'm considering upgrading to the 4 when it comes out. The big question in my mind is whether I should go SS again, or go with aluminum this go around.

    I got the SS the first go around because I wanted the durability of the sapphire glass, but I feel like I'm paying the price now because I just can't justify spending $600 every 1-2 years on a watch. So I figured I would ask here to see what others have done. If you owned the series 0 SS, would you buy SS again?
  2. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    If you got the S0 when it first came out it would be over 3 years until your next upgrade assuming you wait until the Series 4. I had the S0 aluminum, S2 SS, and now the S3 aluminum again. I think I will likely continue on with the aluminum from here on out. While the SS looks a lot nicer and the sapphire is really nice I just cant justify it if I am going to be upgrading yearly or even every other year. In your case of going every 3 years I think getting the SS again would be worthwhile.
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I wouldn’t hesitate to pay the premium for the Sapphire/stainless model again. What you’re really purchasing is aesthetics with the stainless casing and the added weight, but the sapphire display is the ultimate protection against scuffs and scratches. I have no indications of any type of damage on my display at all due to the protection of the Sapphire display. And I refuse to use any type of screen protector when it’s not necessary for an Apple Watch with the Sapphire display, as its that resilient.
  4. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    I had a stainless steel series 0 watch. I skipped the upgrades until last year, when I got an aluminum series 3 LTE. I think the watch will continue to improve rather quickly, so I'm buying the less expensive watch knowing that I'll probably want to upgrade it again.
  5. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    Still using my SS series 0. I’ve gone back and forth on this subject and have been thinking about picking up a series 3 aluminum as it’s much faster. Looking at my watch compared to my partners sport that is covered in scratches and mine looking brand new (except for micro scratches on the metal that I buff out every now and then). I’m thinking I’ll still buy the SS version, probably series 4 and upgrade infrequently as I’ve done now. I buy a new iPhone every year. Don’t feel I need to do that with my watch.
  6. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    Agreed 100%. Had a launch SS S0. Zero screen scratches, and the casing scratches were removed with a stainless steel polishing cloth. Still looks brand new! Got the SS S3 at launch, and it’s faring similarly. Will only buy the SS model.
  7. Soba1 macrumors regular


    Jun 16, 2009
    I’m a new SSBLK I would do it again in a heartbeat. Besides to me logic dictates seems like it would be going from a Porsche to a Volkswagen if bought an aluminum. If u can still afford it go with the SS
  8. robertpatryk macrumors member

    May 28, 2013
    I've just got a new watch and again - stainless steel!
  9. Tikatika macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2012
    Northern California
    I have had the SS Series since launch. I had originally purchased the aluminum, but developed a horrific allergic reaction on my wrist directly underneath the back of the watch, so was forced to get the SS. Now, I’m looking to upgrade and not sure what to do.
  10. bradbomb macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have had the Series 0, Series 2, and Series 3 all in Stainless Steel. I would not get any other. I see too many people with the regular Aluminum and I see them putting on screen protectors and some of them even put on cases on them. I have never had to worry about my watch. I workout with it lifting weights, bike ride, did a triathlon with it, it has banged on walls accidentally, never have I damaged the screen. The Stainless Steel parts have scratches, but I know I could polish and buff those out. I feel like the glass and aluminum would have been damaged long ago on any of my watches had I had that instead and I would be more worried about damaging it.
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Makes sense. Especially being you know upgrade regularly, the aluminum on the used market holds it value just as well, if not better than the stainless in some cases. Either way, its all depreciable tech, given they all use the same WatchOS, its just aesthetics the customer chooses. (Aside from the sapphire display.)
  12. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    I had a S0 SS and switched to a S3 black aluminum with the black Milanese band. I really like that it feels lighter. Looks good. I haven’t scratched it yet. If it lasts 3 years or so I’m happy.
  13. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    I just want to add to my previous reply. My SS S2 had zero scratches on the face after ~1.5 years of use. My current aluminum S3 (3 months old) I just noticed has 2 scratches on the screen, one of which is pretty long in the middle of the face. I can only really see them in certain lighting conditions though. This is something that would've driven my 20 year old self insane. My 27 year old self has stopped caring about small scratches and making sure my devices are pristine. Just wanted to note how much easier it was to scratch the aluminum vs the SS.
  14. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Just Use caution with the black Milanese band, which has the DLC (Diamond like)coating, which if comes into contact with the watch, It can scratch the heart rate sensor or display if you’re not careful.
  15. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 12, 2014
    Monroe, Louisiana
    I think once you enjoy the stainless steel version and always having a flawless screen it’s REALLY hard to go downgrade to the aluminum. I know I’d rather have a new stainless steel every other year than a new aluminum every year.

    From my casual observation, most of the switching is people who start out with an aluminum and later upgrade to stainless steel. Going the other way is less common and mostly due to money.
  16. defn macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2015
    I have a first generation Stainless Steel and got an aluminium Series 2.

    I couldn't get used to the weight, slight allergic reactions and easily scuffed screen.

    So I switched back to a Stainless Steel for Series 3.
  17. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    What is Interesting, is most retail stores do not stock the stainless steel model in my area, and when I ask why, usually the response is because the stainless model does not sell as much because they are seemingly more expensive over the aluminum model. I think if Apple had the stainless model priced competitively, I think they would sell more of those units, and I also believe a lot of consumers are not aware that the stainless model has the Sapphire display either, which could be another selling point.
  18. gjamesm42 macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2017
    Yes, and I did. The aluminum watches look cheap to me.
  19. tarsins macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2009
    Went from S0 to S2 stainless steel and will be getting the next version in stainless steel too.
  20. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    I'm not sure if I will ever buy another Apple Watch but if I did it would have to be in stainless steel.
  21. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Maybe Series 4 will influence you more. Time will tell. (Pun intended). However, The best thing about the stainless watch aside from the Sapphire display is actually the weight from the stainless, which actually gives it more of a “Watch” feel if you will.
  22. barjam macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    The aluminum ones scratch way to easy. I tried one and had scratches on the screen within a couple of days. No thanks.
  23. RichardMZhlubb Contributor


    Nov 26, 2010
    Washington, DC
    I replaced my series 0 stainless watch with a series 3 aluminum watch a few months ago and I don't notice any discernible difference in wear or scratching. I doubt I'll buy anything other than aluminum models going forward.
  24. Sean006 macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2008
    yeah i feel the same way....i have the original SS also and i will wait for the 4..but will go aluminum this time around.

    recently had the A3 nike and loved it but we are too close to a refresh that i could not justify keeping it.
  25. justiny Contributor


    Jul 28, 2008
    Fairfield, NJ
    I fail to understand why some people think this. While the SS models certainly look and feel much nicer, especially with the sapphire glass, I’ve never thought of the aluminum watches looking cheap.

    This is my Series 2 silver aluminum with the Arrow & Board Reverse Shell Cordovan band and the Jetech stainless steel band (which is actually a very nice steel band for only $20 US).




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