No free fix for my cracked Apple Watch

From Apple “Screen Replacement Program for Aluminum Models of Apple Watch Series 2 and Series 3“:

Apple has determined that, under very rare circumstances, a crack may form along the rounded edge of the screen in aluminum models of an Apple Watch Series 2 or Series 3. The crack may begin on one side and then may continue around the screen as shown in the images below.

Apple watch replace screen

No other Apple Watch models are part of this program.

My take: In other words, my space gray 42mm aluminum Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS+Cellular) is shit out of luck. What’s odd is that when I called Apple Support last week to inquire about buying AppleCare retroactively, the young women I reached told me that my two-month grace period had expired two months earlier. And besides, she added, Apple does not replace Watch screens.

See also: I’ve cracked the screen on my Apple Watch, again


  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    “In my case, Apple missed out on extra $$$.”

    Or they avoided profit earring expense from Apple Care policies purchased AFTER a covered break has occurred.

    September 1, 2019
  2. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    I bought in on the first go-around of Apple Watch, yet did so with some hesitancy as I needed the watch to be extremely durable because of my line of work.

    Both because of its cost and the everyday utility of what it offered, I wanted to end up wearing only one watch and not have to switch out. I admired its clean looks, which would be fine for casual dress all the way up to formal, yet I worried about it getting an everyday thrashing while at work.

    As I had success with screen protectors on my iPhone, I thought I might have the same success with a screen protector skin for my Apple Watch. From the get-go I’ve been using them luckily with much success. Although this subtracts from the absolute clean-lines look a bit, given my line of work, the protection is well worth that small loss of beauty.

    I unwillingly, yet truly beat the living crap out of my watch at work and I am regularly amazed at how it doesn’t show even one scratch. My first Apple Watch was stainless steel. My current watch is Series 4 aluminum. I’ve even haphazardly smacked it against metal with such force that I immediately knew I must’ve cracked the screen or deeply scratch the aluminum.


    Being hooked on the Apple Watch means that I’ll probably be paying out as the years roll by for the newer series so it’s comfortable to know that while you have it…it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

    September 2, 2019

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