I have had every Apple Watch that has been released except for the Series 2, and in each case I have bought the aluminum model. They were cheaper, looked attractive enough and never broke with me. However, I decided to change a bit last fall when Series 5 was released. I went with the stainless steel model to see if the differences justified the additional cost.
My first reason was purely cosmetic. I do not like the pink gold color available on the aluminum models. I bought both to start last year and it’s just not for me.
The darker, polished gold alternative for stainless steel models looks much better, in my opinion. I was a big fan of the original classic gold that was available on the original Apple Watch (a few months after the original release) and the iPhone before it. However, I must say that I like the stainless version of gold better. It is understated but beautiful at the same time.
However, $ 220 is extra to pay for a color scheme. The fact that I make a little extra change by writing about Apple products softens the blow, but money is far from available to me. I needed a little more justification for hanging on to a stainless steel Apple Watch, long term.
I knew that the stainless steel versions have a reputation for higher durability, which was very attractive to me. I work in a field where I am often in less than hospitable conditions for consumer electronics. Being on my wrist puts my watch in danger of being knocked around on metal, concrete and other things I am up close with in my job.
Although I have never damaged an Apple Watch, I have put my share on scratches and scuffs over the bodies and screens of previous models. I have always felt compelled to put screen protectors on my aluminum watches, and most of the scratches I accumulated there were because I had not followed it. Thanks to the much harder and more durable sapphire screen on the stainless steel versions, I decided to leave the Series 5 covered from the start. Despite several significant influences that made me check for immediate damage, the screen on the watch is still scratch-free.
The body of my stainless series 5 has been just as durable. I have hit it against metal, concrete and other hard materials several times in the last year. These influences would have been enough to leave traces in my previous watches, but this one remains undamaged. I know that the stainless steel version is not indestructible, but it seems to be better suited for my work.
As I said earlier, a better color choice alone does not justify $ 220 extra for a total of $ 749. But when I combine with the durability that my stainless series 5 has shown this year, I think the end result is worth the extra cost. Whether Series 6 shows up in a few days or next month, I will stick to the stainless steel version this year based on my experience with Series 5.