1. nmburns's Avatar
    I am planning on buying an Apple Watch later this week. I am curious how your screen has been holding up against scratches and other wear and tear. I'm trying to decide if I want to step up to the Watch version for the sapphire screen or if the screen on the Sport version is sturdy/resilient enough.

    Any input is greatly appreciated!
    08-10-2015 12:21 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    It's been fine for me... Sport...
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    08-10-2015 01:10 PM
  3. andrwstw's Avatar
    I'm so clumsy, knocking my apple watch sport on door frames, walls, etc. Still looks like new though with no scratches/damage
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    08-10-2015 01:45 PM
  4. rayzaname's Avatar
    No surprise here, but the sapphire screen on mine is flawless after being dropped, bumped, scraped, and worn during workouts. I'm doubtful it'll get scratched/damaged at any point in time, but still got AppleCare+ if anything were to happen.
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    08-10-2015 02:02 PM
  5. Bigeric23's Avatar
    Sport - I have had no issues with the screen, and I still don't have any scratches. (I've had my Apple Watch from launch day.)
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    08-10-2015 03:10 PM
  6. nmburns's Avatar
    Thanks everybody! I think I'm going to get the Sport and buy Apple Care instead of spending the extra few hundred bucks for the Watch version. Sounds like the Sport screen is pretty tough and well-made (not surprising since it IS an Apple product). I initially heard sapphire and immediately thought I had to have it to prevent scratches.

    I can't wait to buy it!
    08-10-2015 03:19 PM
  7. kataran's Avatar
    Sport users with no issues on screen which seems impossible to me with all the camping I do
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    08-10-2015 04:06 PM
  8. akar33's Avatar
    I have the sport and it seems to have held well for the 2 weeks I've had it and I went hiking, dinner and work with it.

    The one thing I am concerned about though is the back - the heart rate monitor. The back seems to catch scratches fairly easily. I have a link bracelet for the sport and if I let the links rest on the composite back, I do see minor scratches. I don't know if the ceramic back fares any better.
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    08-10-2015 07:29 PM
  9. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Sport. No issues I'm aware of.
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    08-10-2015 08:27 PM
  10. Garz's Avatar
    I've had my Sport since launch day 4/24. Not a single scratch.


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    08-10-2015 10:02 PM
  11. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    No surprise here, but the sapphire screen on mine is flawless after being dropped, bumped, scraped, and worn during workouts. I'm doubtful it'll get scratched/damaged at any point in time, but still got AppleCare+ if anything were to happen.
    Agreed. I have a few superficial scratches on the steel if I look closely but the sapphire score is flawless.
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    08-10-2015 10:19 PM
  12. Flow39's Avatar
    I've had a Sport since launch day, and it has 5-6 small hairline scratches on the display that are only noticeable when placed in direct light.
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    08-10-2015 11:47 PM
  13. nmburns's Avatar
    Sport users with no issues on screen which seems impossible to me with all the camping I do
    Awesome to hear bc I camp a lot too!
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    08-11-2015 09:42 AM
  14. nmburns's Avatar
    I have the sport and it seems to have held well for the 2 weeks I've had it and I went hiking, dinner and work with it.

    The one thing I am concerned about though is the back - the heart rate monitor. The back seems to catch scratches fairly easily. I have a link bracelet for the sport and if I let the links rest on the composite back, I do see minor scratches. I don't know if the ceramic back fares any better.
    Do all the sport ones come with the same type of back material? And you only get a diff material if you upgrade to the Watch edition?
    08-11-2015 09:51 AM
  15. RobtRoma's Avatar
    To the best of my knowledge, the sensor area on the back of the Watch is the same on all models.

    I've had my sport since early June. I wear it with a screen protector and a slim case. There are no scratches on the screen (thanks to the protection) or the back of the Watch. I do have 2 small scratches on the body just below the screen. This happened on a day where I was playing with my nephews and nieces at a family BBQ. The cover I had on my watch fell off and was lost while I was playing Frisbee. I still have no idea how the scratches happened. I don't remember bumping the watch on anything. My best guess is it got hit by the Frisbee at some point. I personally don't think the Space Grey finish is that durable. If I had it to do again, I'd probably go for the silver aluminum because I don't think it would show the scratches as much.
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    08-11-2015 10:26 AM
  16. nmburns's Avatar
    To the best of my knowledge, the sensor area on the back of the Watch is the same on all models.

    I've had my sport since early June. I wear it with a screen protector and a slim case. There are no scratches on the screen (thanks to the protection) or the back of the Watch. I do have 2 small scratches on the body just below the screen. This happened on a day where I was playing with my nephews and nieces at a family BBQ. The cover I had on my watch fell off and was lost while I was playing Frisbee. I still have no idea how the scratches happened. I don't remember bumping the watch on anything. My best guess is it got hit by the Frisbee at some point. I personally don't think the Space Grey finish is that durable. If I had it to do again, I'd probably go for the silver aluminum because I don't think it would show the scratches as much.
    Which screen protector do you use?
    08-11-2015 10:35 AM
  17. JakePleasants's Avatar
    I have a Stainless Steel Watch with the Milanese Band and have had it since 9:05am on launch day. I use no protection whatsoever and the screen is absolutely flawless; however, the casing and the steel magnetic piece of the band that latches have a few light scratches, but those are easily buffed out.

    Good luck with you purchase.
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    08-11-2015 12:12 PM
  18. jimkraz's Avatar
    nmburns - The stainless steel and gold come with ceramic rear to watch, the sport comes with composite, it makes for a lighter watch, I have had mine since late April, no scratches, no dings and no problems.
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    08-11-2015 02:13 PM
  19. lackster2's Avatar
    To the best of my knowledge, the sensor area on the back of the Watch is the same on all models.

    I've had my sport since early June. I wear it with a screen protector and a slim case. There are no scratches on the screen (thanks to the protection) or the back of the Watch. I do have 2 small scratches on the body just below the screen. This happened on a day where I was playing with my nephews and nieces at a family BBQ. The cover I had on my watch fell off and was lost while I was playing Frisbee. I still have no idea how the scratches happened. I don't remember bumping the watch on anything. My best guess is it got hit by the Frisbee at some point. I personally don't think the Space Grey finish is that durable. If I had it to do again, I'd probably go for the silver aluminum because I don't think it would show the scratches as much.


    Apple lists the back material as "composite" (whatever that means) on the Sport model, and "ceramic" on the other two models.
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    08-11-2015 02:27 PM
  20. Dafter's Avatar
    I have own the 42mm Apple Watch Sport for few months and it's still like a new. Zero scratches. I'm really impressed, even that it get bumped to doors and corners, it's still like new.
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    08-11-2015 04:43 PM
  21. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    I have both the SS and Sport watches and both are pristine. Not a scratch on either face and the SS casing has normal wear marks that you get in a polished SS finish.

    Either will be fine, just treat them well, like any good jewelry.
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    08-11-2015 05:32 PM
  22. akar33's Avatar
    Yeah. Nobody know what "composite"back means but it does seem to be easier to scratch than the front face. Perhaps its just transparent plastic. If somebody with watch/edition can respond, it'll be great.
    08-11-2015 06:30 PM
  23. lackster2's Avatar
    Yeah. Nobody know what "composite"back means but it does seem to be easier to scratch than the front face. Perhaps its just transparent plastic. If somebody with watch/edition can respond, it'll be great.
    Sport model here. I don't know why Apple chose to use a different back material other than maybe price point. Plus, the fact that the back can be scratched, whatever the material, is probably not critical, as the biometric LEDs would probably work just as well with a few scratches.
    08-11-2015 08:30 PM
  24. qbnkelt's Avatar
    No surprise here, but the sapphire screen on mine is flawless after being dropped, bumped, scraped, and worn during workouts. I'm doubtful it'll get scratched/damaged at any point in time, but still got AppleCare+ if anything were to happen.
    Ha....interesting. Your post reminds me of the person who said his grandson's watch spontaneously cracked and a piece broke off overnight while he was sleeping.

    I considered that doubtful. Reading your post makes me think something was wrong in that whole situation.
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    08-12-2015 07:50 AM
  25. Bigeric23's Avatar
    Ha....interesting. Your post reminds me of the person who said his grandson's watch spontaneously cracked and a piece broke off overnight while he was sleeping.

    I considered that doubtful. Reading your post makes me think something was wrong in that whole situation.
    I remember that "grandson story."
    08-12-2015 08:40 AM
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