Hands on with the ceramic Apple Watch Edition Series 5

Apple Watch Edition Series 5 in ceramic

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Ceramic has returned as a case material in the Apple Watch Series 5. AppleInsider checks out the new model, and sees what has changed since we last saw the material two years ago.

As the Apple Watch evolves, one differentiations has been new case materials. We saw the most expansive lineup yet in the Apple Watch Series 5 with the addition of titanium and the re-release of ceramic. These two are added to the aluminum, Nike, stainless steel, and Hermes models for six different options and a variety of colors.

The ceramic Apple Watch case is made from a fine powder that is highly compressed before being polished to a shine with a diamond slurry.

Apple Watch Edition Series 5 in ceramic
Apple Watch Edition Series 5 in ceramic

It has a clean, glossy white appearance — same as with the Series 3 — but now it has the larger screen and the updated body that was introduced in the Apple Watch Series 4. The rear of the watch has a dark ceramic back and the Digital Crown has the tell-tale red ring around the dark ceramic indicative of its cellular abilities.

Last time we saw the ceramic, it had a fully red Digital Crown. Now the dial is home to an electrode that is used for taking an ECG.

The ceramic case is highly resistant to fingerprints and scratches so it should retain that stunning exterior for a long time.

Apple Watch Edition Series 5 in ceramic
Apple Watch Edition Series 5 in ceramic

With the new Apple Watch Series 5, Apple also debuted several new bands in new color schemes. Aside from the band you choose, it also comes with an additional sports band.

This is great if you pick up something like the new Meyer Lemon leather loop and need that sports band for working out.

Otherwise, the contents are the same as you'd expect. A 5W charger and the stainless steel magnetic charging puck are included with the Apple Watch Series 5 Edition.

Where to buy

The ceramic Apple Watch Edition starts at $1,299, but those willing to opt for an aluminum or stainless steel case can find Apple Watch Series 5 styles on sale at Apple Authorized Resellers like Amazon and B&H Photo. For the latest deals and product availability, be sure to visit the AppleInsider Apple Watch 5 Price Guide.