1. Alex Rodriguez Jr.'s Avatar
    I’ve owned tens of phones over 18 years. Never have I even scratched one, let alone had to have one replaced. 3 months in with my watch, I had to get it replaced. I had an accident, the screen got dinged, it got a scratch less than 1/4 inch long, with some accompanying scratches. But, what forced the replacement was that the screen became erratic. Not responding, etc. so ultimately I had to use one of my two Apple Care replacements as I was 100% honest with them.

    How do you guys protect the face of your watch? I don’t see this thing lasting. I mean, it was the most gentle of bumps that caused that scratch.

    Here is the scratch that caused my screen to stop randomly responding.
    12-12-2017 12:27 PM
  2. Tartarus's Avatar
    I have many tiny and a few very visible scratches on my first gen Watch, but the screen is still as accurate as new.

    I’m sorry to hear this has happened to you.
    12-12-2017 12:32 PM
  3. doogald's Avatar
    When I bought the watch, I had a Zagg screen protector installed, but it came off in the summer after I swam with the watch. Since then, i have a scratch and a couple of gouges on the bottom of the display. Since noticing those, I put a Skinomi screen protector which I bought off Amazon ($7 I think?). The Skinomi is fantastic. Unlike with bare glass, the screen stays very clean (no more wiping off finger grease), it is not peeling, and was pretty easy to install (it helps if you use a hair dryer - this is one of the ones you wet to temporarily disable the adhesive, place and try to squeegee out - but a hair dryer really accelerates the process.)
    12-12-2017 12:57 PM
  4. wolfee48's Avatar
    I have a Spigen Tough Armor on my 42mm S3. It works well and doesn't add a lot of bulk in my opinion. Has a built in screen protector and the touch screen performs without fail.

    I’ve only been an AW owner for a couple weeks, so my experience should be considered rookie status.

    Might be overboard in some people eyes, but I live in the country/mountains. So I am rough on my devices (I should be a poster board example for Lifeproof cases). Will put it to the test this summer out on wildland fires.

    https://www.amazon.com/Spigen-Extrem...mUvbUpU3024896




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    12-12-2017 01:57 PM
  5. John Yester's Avatar
    No case on Apple Watch Series 0 since release

    Nothing to the effect on the screen or body.
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    12-12-2017 02:10 PM
  6. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    No case on Apple Watch Series 0 since release

    Nothing to the effect on the screen or body.
    Same here. Never had a screen protector or protective casing on it and it looked darn good when I finally gave it to my youngest son around this past Thanksgiving. My current Series 3 Apple Watch will not have any protection on it either, and I don't foresee any damages to it.
    12-12-2017 05:53 PM
  7. TripleOne's Avatar
    I don’t protect the face of my watches.
    Scratches are normal and are bound to happen
    For each scratch I have on my watches, it only brings back memories on where I was in the world.
    12-12-2017 06:03 PM
  8. ksassy's Avatar
    No protection here and my watch looks flawless. Not concerned about scratches when and if I ever get my first one. Sorry to hear that happened to your watch but glad you got a replacement with AppleCare.
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    12-12-2017 08:22 PM
  9. Jude526's Avatar
    I have armour suit screen protector on it. Can’t even tell a screen protector is on it. Lifetime warranty on it as well. I had it on first Apple Watch as well. Worth it.
    12-12-2017 11:08 PM
  10. doogald's Avatar
    Can’t even tell a screen protector is on it. Lifetime warranty on it as well.
    Right, I didn't mention that in my post, but the same is true with Skinomi. And it comes with six, in case it does peel, or you mess up installing the first time.
    12-13-2017 05:43 AM
  11. Alex Rodriguez Jr.'s Avatar
    Thanks guy, I’ll look into all of these suggestions
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    12-13-2017 06:53 AM
  12. tcuprof's Avatar
    3 months in with my watch, I had to get it replaced. I had an accident, the screen got dinged, it got a scratch less than 1/4 inch long, with some accompanying scratches. But, what forced the replacement was that the screen became erratic. Not responding, etc. so ultimately I had to use one of my two Apple Care replacements as I was 100% honest with them.

    How do you guys protect the face of your watch? I don’t see this thing lasting. I mean, it was the most gentle of bumps that caused that scratch.
    Would you mind elaborating a bit more on what caused the scratch? I'm curious just what it would take to do that. My AW0 and AW2 have never had a protector and they are scratch free.
    12-13-2017 02:07 PM
  13. anon(9602380)'s Avatar
    No protection on my Apple Watch 0. Now I do have the stainless steel watch which does have sapphire glass. I don't have a scratch on it and I use it at work so it does get the occasional bump. I have some micro scratches on the stainless steel but they polish right out with a jewelers cloth.
    12-14-2017 12:58 AM
  14. Garz's Avatar
    When I had the sport Apple Watch, I was scratching the you know what out of the glass. I’ll never go sport again for that reason. Now I have the stainless steel watch and it comes with sapphire crystal glass. Wow what a world of difference. Not even a single blemish on the glass with this one. It’s almost impossible to scratch this glass. Wish the phones used this same glass.
    12-14-2017 01:07 AM
  15. Snoweagle's Avatar
    I never have to use any form of protection on my SS original AW and current Series 2 as both are also sapphire crystal screens. I've brushed my screen across concrete walls but they just clean off without a single scratch.
    12-14-2017 01:46 AM
  16. doogald's Avatar
    I don’t see this thing lasting. I mean, it was the most gentle of bumps that caused that scratch.
    If there was one design change that I wish Apple had incorporated, it would be for some sort of protective bezel for the edges of the crystal. "Real" watches have bezels for some good reasons (in addition to protecting the edges, it provides a way to seal the edges of the crystal to the case to maintain water and dust resistance rather than Apple's method of a ton of glue.)
    12-14-2017 09:34 AM
  17. TripleOne's Avatar
    When I had the sport Apple Watch, I was scratching the you know what out of the glass. I’ll never go sport again for that reason. Now I have the stainless steel watch and it comes with sapphire crystal glass. Wow what a world of difference. Not even a single blemish on the glass with this one. It’s almost impossible to scratch this glass. Wish the phones used this same glass.
    Agreed!
    I’ve dinged and bumped my SB S3 everywhere, and it still looks brand new.
    12-14-2017 08:09 PM
  18. Alex Rodriguez Jr.'s Avatar
    Would you mind elaborating a bit more on what caused the scratch? I'm curious just what it would take to do that. My AW0 and AW2 have never had a protector and they are scratch free.
    I fell and landed on my elbow/arm. I didn’t even think the watch touched. As you can tell, that is an extremely awkward scratch for a fall. I checked the edges, no marks. I then went to check the time and saw that and yelled lol. I do have the lowest watch, not the ones with the sapphire glass.
    12-17-2017 08:17 AM
  19. TripleOne's Avatar
    I fell and landed on my elbow/arm. I didn’t even think the watch touched. As you can tell, that is an extremely awkward scratch for a fall. I checked the edges, no marks. I then went to check the time and saw that and yelled lol. I do have the lowest watch, not the ones with the sapphire glass.
    That’s very unfortunate.
    I think even a sapphire glass will scratch in this case.
    12-17-2017 08:40 AM
  20. Alex Rodriguez Jr.'s Avatar
    That’s very unfortunate.
    I think even a sapphire glass will scratch in this case.
    I’ve run into walls much harder. Like I said, I didn’t even think it hit from the angle I landed on my arm. It was very weird lol
    12-17-2017 01:40 PM
  21. Mac Guy's Avatar
    Might be overboard in some people eyes
    You know what works best for you better than anybody.

    I will say (as I've said before) that cases on watches can trap fine debris between the Watch and the case. This can cause fine scratches on highly polished surfaces.

    Bases on my experience, I can't recommend that any case be used on a SS Watch for the above reason. I tried one and got fine scratches in the SS with just one week's wear. I've tried buffing them out with limited success. I'll try again sometime, but given my success (lack thereof, actually) I'm not enthusiastic or hopeful.

    But on an aluminum Watch with its textured bezel, I doubt there'd be any damage whatsoever. To be safe I'd remove and wash the case and wipe the Watch down every week or two.


    I think even a sapphire glass will scratch in this case.
    The problem is in the more extreme incidents that would only scratch the Ion-X glass, sapphire might (and I emphasize might) break instead of scratch.

    The increased hardness of sapphire that resists scratches makes the display more brittle and subject to cracking or shattering where the the Ion-X glass would give some and merely scratch.

    Both can be scratched and both can be broken, but their properties tend to favor one over the other. Both my Apple Watches and my SS Watch run bare naked and none have the slightest scratch on the display. But I've worn watches every day for a very long time and being careful with them is second nature. The exception are my Casio G-Shocks. Even then their displays look pristine.

    All that said I say hard is better than soft and I prefer using protection when it doesn't get in the way. So I may look into the Armor Suit and Skinomi screen protectors.

    The important thing is most of us have not experienced any real damage to our Watches. My sympathies to those who have.
    12-27-2017 11:04 PM

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