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DIY: Transform your LG G Watch R into a Watch Urbane using a little sandpaper


LG G Watch R Urbane conversion 2

After scoping out the recently announced LG Watch Urbane, some LG G Watch R owners may have been left with feelings of buyers remorse. With a smooth metallic finish, our own Quentyn Kennemer felt the watch was the best looking smartwatch to date. But did you know that underneath the LG G Watch R’s matte black exterior was an Urbane just waiting to be revealed?

LG G Watch R Urbane conversion 1

After seeing images of the Urbane, one resourceful G Watch owner took matters into his own hands. A sheet of fine grit sandpaper and a little elbow grease later, this brilliant do-it-yourselfer managed to successfully convert his G Watch into the Urbane — well, for the most part.

The Urbane does have a less prominent ring without the dial around the watch’s glass, as well as a slightly less chiseled exterior. But hey, this is damn close and we think it looks great.

What do you guys think? Anyone else thinking about doing something similar with their LG G Watch R?


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I wonder if one could just get it anodized..

    1. That would cost more than the watch just in the prep work.

      1. How do you figure that?

  2. Can you post a before and after?

    1. Yea. I’m too lazy to go look up a before, but I can take the time to type this comment. =.P

      1. I could do it, I’m just saying it would be a nice complement to the article to be able to see both side.

  3. I’m not sure taking sandpaper to a $300+ watch is something most people are likely to do….

  4. Is that supposed to look good?

  5. So remove the protective coating? Uh huh….sound advise!

  6. pretty gutsy move

  7. Not bad at all, may be worth picking one up to experiment on.

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