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Video: The Apple Watch’s sapphire display survives an insane power drill test

Apple Watch Scratch Testing

iPhonefixed, a site which specializes in iPhone parts and repairs, recently got its hands on a sapphire Apple Watch display. Sapphire, being the second hardest substance on earth behind diamonds, is a mainstay on high-end timepieces on account of its durability and scratch resistance. Not surprisingly, Apple went with sapphire for its Apple Watch models, save for the Sports edition models that feature Ion-X glass.

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The video starts off with the Apple Watch display being rubbed aggressively against a stone wall, before being roughed up by a parade of items including coins, keys, and abrasive paper. At one point, the sapphire display is even hit with a hammer and a damn power drill! Prospective Apple Watch buyers will be glad to know that the display survived 100% intact, with not a scratch or scuff to speak of.

iPhonefixed’s video can’t be embedded, but it’s definitely worth checking out over here.

Saving the day, though, is Benjamin Mayo of 9to5Mac who managed to put the video up on YouTube.

If you have a thing for watching expensive electronics get abused, you might want to check out this Galaxy S6 Edge torture test as well.


Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.