My sapphire screen has taken a beating in random bumps. It's flawless (at least to the naked eye, I guess with the right magnification you might see something). I've got the SS so the body isn't as clean as yours
Well I ended up ordering both from Sam's club online to compare both colors in person. I really liked the space black SS especially with a black stainless wristband. But yesterday when I was at work doing some minor plumbing in a kitchen, I noticed a tiny nick into the DLC coating next to the screen. Like a spec of dust that wouldn't wipe off. This was something I was worried about and have been researching for last couple weeks. So back it went thanks to Sam's 90 day return policy, they didn't even blink an eye. Looks like Plain SS will occupy my wrist.
I'm always surprised that retailers accept returns of items because customers damaged them outside of the warranty. But that's their prerogative.
As resistant as some coatings are, I consider most, and the AWSS to be 'dress' watches and not work watches. My daily drivers are either the Gold Aluminum (Sport or Series 2) or the Space Gray Sport. They're not really exposed to work hazards. A couple of times I've been aware of lightly knocking them agains something, but there are no dents, dings, or scratches. Not one. I'd never trust DLC or any highly polished surface to that extent.
I'm only somewhat resigned to the Live Happens philosophy, LOL! As most SS bands have a brushed finish, I can touch them up with 0000 and 00000 steel wool. I tend to avoid bands with mixed brushed and polished bands.