You bought a $350 watch? You want to protect it. It's a solid bumper, offers good protection and protects it from bumps on the side. It's easy to install and it looks nice. This is what you need to keep in mind: Bumpers make your Apple watch bigger, there's no avoiding that. If you have big wrists, you probably won't care. There's no doubt it looks better without the bumper, but then again you don't get protection. The other thing to keep in mind is that bumps don't always happen from the side; sometimes you hit the face of the watch which can cause scratches. This case does not protect your screen because it's not meant to, so you'll need a screen protector if you choose to. If you have one, it won't affect this case at all, so you can totally have both on at the same time.