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Apple Watch Bands/Bracelets Reviews & Recommendations

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Most people buying the Apple Watch aren’t seasoned watch experts who understand the nuances of choosing and evaluating watch straps and bracelets. If you are a seasoned watch lover, you might want to pay closer attention to what Apple has done because their watch band options are actually quite impressive – even if the Apple Watch isn’t for you.

At launch, Apple made it clear that the Apple Watch was supposed to be something each owner personalizes for themselves, and thus offered a range of Apple Watch band colors and options. The problem is that aside from a few obvious hints, Apple hasn’t made it easy for consumers to know what straps and bracelets are right for them, or how to choose among the many available options.

Apple Watch bands are also one of the more confusing parts of the Apple Watch buying experience. While you can get bands separately from the Apple Watches, not all bands can be purchased separately, and not all bands work with all watches (or for all wrists). The purpose of this guide and review is to discuss each of the Apple Watch band and bracelet options while also reviewing them and sharing with you our own recommendations based on your lifestyle, needs, and of course, budget.

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For generations, watch lovers have known that a quick and cheap way of getting the feeling a “new” watch is to change the strap. This process hasn’t always been simple because changing straps on most watches requires special tools and, of course, finding the right sizes. Some watches make it easy to change straps with various “quick release” systems. However, most of these system make for proprietary strap ends which limit your options. Apple’s system for attaching straps to the Apple Watch is proprietary, but I think we can forgive that, given what Apple set out to create. Also, let’s face it – if Apple can make something that was one generally universal proprietary system… they will.

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In any event, the ability to easily change straps on the Apple Watch is a good thing, and consumers benefit from the amount of choices which exist. More so, in addition to the style and look of your Apple Watch changing with a new strap, consumers should think of them like “shoes.” Different shoes are good for different occasions, just like watch straps.

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A Note About Apple Watch Band Sizing

There are two primary concerns when it comes to choosing the size for your Apple Watch band. First is making sure the band is designed for your Apple Watch case (either 42mm or 38mm), and second is the length of the strap. The first size consideration is very easy to determine because all you need to do is know the model size of your Apple Watch. The second consideration might require you to measure the circumference of your wrist (in millimeters).

Depending on the strap or bracelet, there will be various size options available. The Apple Watch Modern Buckle, for example, has three length sizes, the Apple Watch Sport Band has either a Small/Medium or a Medium/Large length size, and some are “one size fits all” because of their built in adjustability (such as the Link Bracelet). I, for example, wear a 42mm Apple Watch, and because of my smaller men’s wrists, wear a S/M size band. All I am saying is that use Apple’s watch band sizing guide before buying a new strap or bracelet sight unseen.

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Sport Band

Overview

Directly inspired by the rubber strap design Marc Newson developed for Ikepod, with the Apple Watch Sport Band, Apple was able to create one of the best sport straps around using a custom “fluoroelastomer” material that, in my opinion, is easily to superior to even the best rubber straps.

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The strap closes in a manner that is a bit different from most watch straps, but once on, the slightly elastic and smooth-to-the-touch material is both comfortable and secure. Apple is able to produce the Apple Watch Sport Band in a range of colors which, initially, is black, white, green, coral, and blue. With that said, there is no reason why Apple is not able to come out with any number of new Apple Watch Sport Band colors in the future.

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Even though the Apple Watch Sport Band is the least expensive (though still not cheap) of the Apple Watch straps, it is still a very high-end experience and doesn’t need to be “merely” sporty if paired to the right watch in the right way. For instance, the Apple Watch Edition in 18k gold happens to look quite nice on the Sport Band in white.

Apple offers the Sport Band for both the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch in two lengths – and each length has a good amount of adjustability.

Best Uses

In my opinion, the Apple Watch Sport Band is the most versatile of all the Apple Watch bands and is probably the most all-around comfortable strap. If you are using the Apple Watch for exercise purposes, you are certainly going to want a Sport Band because it is perhaps the only Apple Watch strap that is safe (or desirable) to sweat in and get wet. The Apple Watch Sport Band can be cleaned rather easily, which is a good thing because these will get dirty (especially the white one).

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Given the color options, the Apple Watch Sport Band is also very versatile from a fashion perspective, which can make the Apple Watch anything from more visually assertive to playful. Consider the interesting move to purchase Sport Bands of more than one color and then mix and match the strap ends for two-tone bands. Okay, maybe that is just for the rather brave – but it can look cool. If you had to own just one Apple Watch strap, the Sport Band would not be a poor option (but you might want more than one color). The Apple Watch Sport Band is good for any version of the Apple Watch.

Coolest Feature

The custom material Apple was able to formulate for the Apple Watch Sport Band is amazing and something even watch lovers will want to get their hands on. The legacy of the Marc Newson design is also a welcome detail.

Price: $49

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Classic Buckle

Overview

There is a good reason Apple decided to call this strap the “Classic Buckle.” That is because it is the most traditionally designed of all the Apple Watch bands. Produced from a high quality Dutch leather, the “milled” texture of the Apple Watch Classic Buckle strap is very nice, and I appreciate the no stitch, sealed edges of the strap.

I have mentioned that the Apple Watch Classic Buckle is perhaps the Apple Watch’s least “exciting” strap option, but that is merely because it is something people have seen before. With that said, an oldie is a goodie in this regard because not only is the Apple Watch Classic Buckle comfortable, but it also won’t loosen on your wrist and looks pretty good.

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Unlike most of the other Apple Watch bands, the Classic Buckle doesn’t attach directly to the Apple Watch. Instead, the strap attaches to metal loop-style lugs which attach to the Apple Watch case. This lug system allows for the strap to freely move up and down, making for a very secure and comfortable fit.

Apple designed their own very curvy buckle to go on the natural leather strap which looks unique but works rather well. Oddly, even though the Apple Watch Classic Buckle is a very competent and marketable strap, Apple only offers the black version for sale. There is a blue leather version of the Apple Watch Classic Buckle as well, but it only comes with one of the Apple Watch Edition models… with gold hardware.

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Best Uses

Those looking for the most traditional watch wearing experience will likely prefer the Classic Buckle on the Apple Watch. Apple offers the Classic Buckle for either the 38mm or 42mm Apple Watch, with just one size meant to fit all wrists. That is a positive testament to the versatility of such straps. The Apple Watch Classic Buckle is very secure as well, given the belt buckle strap system, and even when tugged, will not loosen. This is important to note, given that some of Apple’s other bands which use magnetic attachments can loosen if tugged hard enough. Overall, the Apple Watch Classic Buckle is a great default option if you want something safe, simple, and proven. It also works well on any version of the Apple Watch.

Coolest Feature

Great quality leather and very comfortable fit.

Price: $149

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Leather Loop

Overview

Easily one of the more innovative bands for the Apple Watch, the Leather Loop is a forward thinking means of adopting the traditional leather strap for modern times. I like the Apple Watch Leather Loop in terms of its style and the very cool magnetic attachment system that Apple developed. Apple used a different leather for this strap than the “Dutch Ecco leather” used for the Classic Buckle. The Apple Watch Leather Loop instead uses Italian Venezia leather which has a different feel and texture.

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Inside the Apple Watch Leather Loop is a series of magnets which allow for a buckle-free securing system. The strap folds over itself to size, and one is advised to select the proper length, else the Leather Loop strap end might flop right over your Apple Watch screen. Apple makes the Apple Watch Leather Loop exclusively in the 42mm size for the larger of the two Apple Watch case sizes.

With that said, Apple does offer a nice amount of color variety with the Leather Loop coming in black, light brown, blue, or a stone colored gray. Style wise, the Apple Watch Leather Loop is handsome when you properly match the color to your Apple Watch case as well as your wardrobe.

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The Apple Watch Leather Loop doesn’t have a totally secure strap because of the magnets, and that means if tugged, it can loosen or come off. That means you should make sure nothing gets snagged on the strap or it might come off your wrist.

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Best Uses

Aside from the space black version of the Apple Watch Sport, the Leather Loop has a more formal appearance that best suits the Apple Watch in steel or the Apple Watch Edition in gold. Here, you also have the brightest color leather options which helps these become more fashionably versatile. Given the ability for the straps to loosen, I don’t recommend the Apple Watch Leather Loop for any sports-related activity.

Coolest Feature

Magnetic closure system throughout entire strap is a very clever design for this Apple Watch band. It is perhaps the most fun band to simply put on and take off.

Price: $149

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Milanese Loop

Overview

In some ways, the Apple Watch Leather Loop is simply a leather version of the traditional Milanese watch bracelet. That is, if traditional Milanese “mesh metal” watch bracelets had magnets. Using a magnet to secure the band when closed is perhaps the most innovative element of the Apple Watch Milanese Loop. While this bracelet has the potential of pulling arm hair, it is perhaps bit more pragmatic than the same-priced Leather Loop band. The Apple Watch Milanese Loop also benefits from a “security system,” as the strap end will not come out of the loop, preventing the watch from totally falling off your wrist or being difficult to put on.
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While the style of mesh metal bracelets isn’t for everyone, Apple was correct in considering that it looks good on the Apple Watch. Even though this style is classic, being attached to a smartwatch makes it feel fresh again, and the Apple touch is certainly there in the design. Apple produces the Milanese Loop in just one finish, but for the 38mm or 42mm Apple Watch.

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Best Uses

Similarly to the Leather Loop, the Apple Watch Milanese Loop can loosen if pulled on. It would have been interesting to see Apple design a locking system so that once sized, the strap will not loosen if it snags on something. Again, that is more an issue for sport reasons if you need a totally secure watch that fits snugs and won’t loosen. So the Apple Watch Milanese Loop is perhaps best for formal or casual wear occasions, but matched with either the Apple Watch in steel or even the Apple Watch Sport in aluminum.

Coolest Feature

Affordable and high-quality means of enjoying the style of a traditional Milanese style watch bracelet.

Price: $149

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Modern Buckle

Overview

Exclusively available for the 38mm Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition, this is the contemporary analog to the Apple Watch Classic Buckle. The idea here is a magnetic locking buckle. Magnets are used to ensure that upon near contact that buckle closes securely without having to play around with it and wait for a click. One closed, you need to press the pushers on the outside of the buckle to release it – which is a very necessary safety system.

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Once again, Apple uses a different kind of leather for this band. The Apple Watch Modern Buckle uses French Granada leather which is the most soft and supple available in any of the Apple Watch bands. The supple nature of the strap is perhaps one of the reasons why there is a $100 premium over the other leather bands for the Apple Watch.

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Apple offers three sizes of the Apple Watch Modern Buckle because each version has a limited amount of adjustability – so buyers need to make sure they select the right one for their wrist. Apple does, however, offer four color versions as well as the gold hardware straps for the Apple Watch Edition.

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Best Uses

The fun-to-use buckle system will make men jealous of this female focused Modern Buckle, but the style is a bit more decidedly feminine overall. Stuff like this should also make the traditional watch industry a bit jealous, given the very slick visual look and engineering. This is perhaps the most formal and elegant of the bands for women, and is a logical “step up” from the more basic Apple Watch Classic Buckle if something more colorful and interesting is needed. This is also a premium option, given that compared to the $49 – $149 prices of the other Apple Watch straps, the Apple Watch Modern Buckle is $249. Consider this the “lifestyle” strap for women who want their Apple Watch to look classy.

Coolest Feature

One of the best buckle designs available in any watch today. Brands like Cartier would love to have something like this.

Price: $249

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Link Bracelet

Overview

If anything about the Apple Watch is a clear sign to the traditional watch industry that Apple is serious about picking up where they left off, then the Apple Watch Link Bracelet is that. No, it isn’t the back of the Apple Watch case, but rather the thing which you see most and actually touch when you are putting the watch on and taking it off. Easily just as engineered as the Apple Watch case, the Link Bracelet is a very impressive and very modern interpretation of the traditional steel metal bracelet.

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At first glance, the Apple Watch Link Bracelet looks like something designed between minds at Ikea and Porsche Design. There is a modern minimal elegance to it, for sure, but there is also a deep sense of complexity which is gracefully hidden from the eye. The Apple Watch Link Bracelet is made up of over 100 parts, according to Apple, and each one is apparently produced after many hours of careful machining. Apple even claims that the bracelets are hand brushed (the type of polishing on the links) – which is something that happens in the traditional luxury watch industry.

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I actually believe Apple’s claims because the Apple Watch Link Bracelet uses 316L quality steel with pieces that are individually CNC machine milled. This is what gives the parts their excellent, crisp, sharp look. Most of the best cases and bracelets are the product of CNC machining which takes longer and is more expensive than stamping, but produces really accurate parts. In my opinion, the Apple Watch Link Bracelet – more than any other Apple Watch strap – looks as though it was intentionally designed to go with the Apple Watch product.

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Then there is the engineering, which is what really makes the Apple Watch Link Bracelet something the traditional watch industry should be jealous of. I am speaking of the brilliant and secure no-tool link removing system which is how you size it for your wrist and how you remove the bracelet from the case. This is something the traditional watch industry should have done so long ago.

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There is also the matter of the deployant clasp. Apple opted to go with a butterfly-style deployant (probably because it is more symmetrical), and designed a solid-feeling mechanism that, when folded, is virtually flush with the bracelet links. I’ve never seen anything like this, and I am also irritated that no one in the traditional watch world (to my knowledge) ever created anything like it. Stuff like this makes it painfully obvious how stuck in the past most people in the luxury watch industry are. It’s literally only been a few years that even Rolex has been producing deployant clasps on their bracelets that I would say belong in the 21st century.

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Paired with the Link Bracelet, the Apple Watch looks even more modern. I might even go so far as to say “futuristic” looking. If you want the appearance of wearing the ultimate “today” gadget, then the Apple Watch Link Bracelet is what you need with your Apple Watch. You simply won’t get the same wearing experience with any of the bands – matching the same steel as the case of the Apple Watch, the Link Bracelet is a very tempting yet pricy addition to the Apple Watch.

Apple produces the Apple Watch Link Bracelet in both Space Black and natural steel. You can purchase the natural steel bracelet on its own, but for some reason, not the black one. There is also a $49 premium for the Space Black model over the natural steel. Is it worth it? Apple needs to use a complex chemical bonding process for each of the many parts of the Apple Watch Link Bracelet to make them deep gray in color. That adds time and expense. In the traditional watch world, a black case or bracelet might demand a several thousand-dollar premium, and a few hundred dollars at the least.

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I actually found a rather cool and surprising combination for the Space Black Link Bracelet when I matched it to the Apple Watch Edition in 18k yellow gold. I’ve always been a fan of sport watches that combine black and gold colors, and it actually worked out rather well. Highly recommended. The natural steel Apple Watch Link Bracelet works well with the steel-cased Apple Watch, but one issue is that while the case is polished, the bracelet it brushed. That makes for a harsh transition between finishing styles. It doesn’t look bad, but it is something that might have possibly had a more elegant solution.

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What I did find is that the Apple Watch Link Bracelet looks equally good on the Apple Watch as it does the Apple Watch Sport (both in the Space Black and natural versions with corresponding case colors). In a sense, the Apple Watch Sport looks a bit better with the Link Bracelets because the matte finishing on the aluminum cases is a bit more harmonious with the brushed finishing on the bracelet. Perhaps the most epic combination is the Apple Watch Sport in black with the Space Black Link Bracelet. With all that said, those people who can afford to spend the extra money for the bracelets will likely get the Apple Watch versus the Apple Watch Sport because of the better case material, the ceramic parts, and of course, the sapphire crystal. Perhaps Apple needs to add even more Apple Watch versions (and, naturally, run the risk of confusing even more consumers who haven’t taken the time to understand the new and admittedly complicated Apple Watch universe).

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While the Apple Watch Link Bracelet looks cool with the Apple Watch, it isn’t going to be the type of bracelet you can likely get a super snug fit with. That means you probably don’t want it for sport purposes. As a style item or dress piece, the Apple Watch Link Bracelet is the top choice. Oh, and an important word for watch lovers like me who wear both a traditional mechanical watch and the Apple Watch: it looks weird when you wear the Apple Watch with the Link Bracelet on one wrist and another watch with a bracelet on the other. I recommend two watches with straps or only one with a bracelet.

Coolest Feature

Tool-less sizing is an amazing feat of engineering – as is the thin deployant clasp. Expensive, but worth it given the effort.

Price: $449

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  • With mechanical watches becoming more magnetic resistant, I wonder who will be the first to offer a mechanical watch which has a case that accommodates Apple style straps. I expect 3rd party straps to be widely available as after-market items, so these A/M mechanical watches could tap into this emerging eco-system of straps. And if you have an Apple watch with a strap you really like, you could slip it off and put it on your mechanical watch or vice versa. The Apple Watch as a gateway drug into the mechanical watch world (without giving up one’s investment in Stapples)?

  • cheerss

    Forget straps. Have they improved the battery life?

    • tiger

      Wait till early 2016…when new straps will come out.

      • So Apple is waiting until new straps are available to improve battery life? Right…
        Looks like the extra sensors in the rumored new straps will consume more juice, not improve battery life.

        • tiger

          I can get 36 hr battery life with my 42. Not too bad.

          Do you have one? What size?

          • The 138 mm. Battery life is even longer than the 36 hours you get.

          • tiger

            But mine don’t bend.

          • This one “don’t” bend either. I fail to see your point. You do realize this was meant to be humorous don’t you?

          • tiger

            Hint: I have iPhone too!

            It was a joke! Maybe look in the mirror. Geez

          • Since you stated that you had an Apple Watch, it was logical to assume that you had an iPhone also. So no “hint” needed. Maybe your humor loses something in translation. What’s with all of the mirror references?

          • tiger

            You don’t know why? More hint?

          • Spare me. I will be happy to live without any more of your hints. I think we’re done here.

          • Boogur T. Wang

            Be nice to the little tiger lad.
            His friend/sister just made ¥96,000 last week working for Hon Hai Industries herding the slave labor who make Apple products in Guangzhou.

            He’s just trying to make his nut on the Internet this week-end.

          • tiger

            I am sure that you do not own anything made in China or Vietnam.

          • I’m sorry Dan, but you’ll need to re-phrase that as a hint.

  • SuperStrapper

    Thanks goodness we have another Apple Watch article. It’s been far too long.

    • Joel Schumann

      A 3 week interval publication schedule? Why don’t we turn it around and make a small competition: Predict the subject of the next Apple Watch article! Even Ariel should approve as it might provide him with some fresh ideas for articles and it will help ABTW to feature prominently in search engines for keywords related to the watch in question.

      • I can’t wait for the charger/box review post.

        • tiger

          Did someone put a gun to your head to force you to read this article, much less comment on it?

          • Lighten up Apple fanboy. I read (and usually comment upon) every article here. I don’t just come for the Apple posts.

          • tiger

            Well, doesn’t that apply to you for bitching about this blog coverage? Look in the mirror Francis.

          • You fail to see the distinction between “bitching” and sarcasm. And who is Francis? Not me, I still have my hair, ha ha.

        • mtnsicl

          Don’t forget the packaging review. What about the Chinese sweat shop manufacturing review?

  • why you dont talk about moto 360 ? its a serious watch blog , or a gadget cheap blog ?

    • tiger

      Who has one? It is irrelevant.

    • The Moto 360 is a year old and about to be replaced. Besides, it only has a handful of official strap choices, and there isn’t a lot of variance.

  • JC

    Great review and some really good information here. Apple has worked hard to be very innovative with their bands as well as respectful of traditional and proven designs.

  • tiger

    FYI: http://appleinsider.com/articles/15/08/21/rumor-apple-working-on-smart-bands-for-apple-watch-to-add-new-health-tracking-functions

    There are more innovative bands coming out…stay tune! Early 2016, we will see where Apple truly takes Apple Watch to the next level.

  • BIG CHRONO

    Where is the strap made of actual apple skins?

    • DanW94

      Apple has recently purchased all the apple orchards in the state of Washington so they can harvest the skins for that single purpose……

      • BIG CHRONO

        And, I do not get royalties for publicly making the suggestion before the actual products come to “fruition”.

        • egznyc

          Now that was funny – and if your suggestion gets picked up, I’ll eat my (non-apple) watch band!

          • BIG CHRONO

            Thank you. I don’t want you becoming ill from ingesting toxic materials, but I wish my second notion about receiving compensation for putting forth such brilliance would become reality.

          • egznyc

            I appreciate that. As for compensation, assuming it is as stellar an idea as you hope, then I must counsel you against offering free advice, as Apple – or others – may steal your idea and not owe you a cent. Ideas cannot be protected very easily, unlike some other forms of “intellectual property.”

          • BIG CHRONO

            I’ve got several top flight ideas but do not go public, & cannot patent them due to the exorbitant fees. Since greed is a addictive disease, it’s even more important to hide below sonar, but so many are poking into our personal matters using everything from drones to pimped out
            spatulas capable of emitting gamma rays.

  • FrankD51

    I don’t own an Apple watch, and have no plans, ever, to get one but this article is pretty good in sorting out the various options. What continues to strike me, however, is how ugly this item is when on the wrist with the screen off. It is just not attractive and no one would wear a mechanical watch that was so dowdy and old fashioned looking. But it seems most people will overlook the blahness of the watch because it is an Apple product.

    • tiger

      What do you wear?

      • FrankD51

        Right now I’m wearing a yellow gold skeleton Audemars Piguet perpetual calendar. I’ve been collecting watches for over 35 years and have owned and worn many watches over the years, yet never wore one so plain and frankly, ugly, as the Apple watch. That is just my opinion, if people like it and choose it over a mechanical watch, good for them. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but, psst, the Apple watch is ugly with the screen off.

        • tiger

          Do you have iPhone? If so, try one for two weeks. If you don’t like then return it for full refund. Apple return policy is very good. Try one before critiquing.

          • FrankD51

            I don’t wear ugly watches so that isn’t going to happen, if it blows wind up tiger’s skirt go ahead and enjoy it. One doesn’t have to wear a watch to critique it. It’s ugly.

          • tiger

            But that is just ignorant.

          • FrankD51

            It’s ignorant to wear an ugly tech item on your wrist? Get real. Wear it if you wish, I’m not interested.

          • tiger

            Then why are you here and even commenting??

            Closet type person?

          • iamcalledryan

            Love it. Step 1, ask them why they don’t like it. Step 2, tell them they are ignorant. I quite like Apple but trolls of your caliber damage the brand more than promote it.

          • tiger

            Is Apple Watch not a watch? How different is it from an Omega X-33? Both tell time; both electronic (for most part). Why discriminate?

            You are not a troll? I see Omega trolls ruining Rolex forums. Vice versa. There are trolls everywhere.

            Here’s the strange thing…if you do not like something, then why take the time to put a negative comment?

          • Why not? Why should there be only positive comments? Why do you take the time to comment negatively on the comments by others then?

          • iamcalledryan

            It is a watch – astute observation, sir.

            No negative comments from me, I quite like it. And no, I am not a troll I am a badge-wearing “top 10 commenter” of abtw, pleased to meet you.

          • tiger

            Likewise.

          • Likewise? As in you are a top 10 commenter on ABTW, ha ha ha ha. Unlike you, we know who we are. And a troll is as a troll does.

          • tiger

            Do I have to be in the top 10? Are you proud to be in top 10? Pathetic existence, no?

          • I_G

            What’s pathetic is your denial of being an Apple troll and coming up with laughable cover stories about having mechanical watches too as a reason to come here. You come strictly when there’s an Apple article to stir the shit, you are Tim Cook’s little bitch. We know it, you know it, why don’t you embrace it? You’ll feel much better.

          • tiger

            What is your view point on Apple Watch bands?

          • iamcalledryan

            They are great but I would love to see a Tiger skin variant.

          • tiger

            That would be great too…or for you, a Tampon laced band.

          • I find the bands technically interesting (which is why I read and commented in the first place). I’m a bit unsure how some of them will work in the real world but many of them are a fresh take and while I have limited interest in the Apple Watch, I will continue to read about it and more so the bands which may well influence the 3rd party strap market both for Apple and real watches.

          • tiger

            Personally, the leather ones look kinda cheap. Not especially thick, but they are soft. High end leather bands from Swiss feels and looks better.

            I have sport (TPU type) band and Milanese loop. The Sport band is really great…nothing aftermarket can match it. I have tried them all with my other watches. I am interested in the new Rolex rubber band and see how it compares to Apple Sport band. Apple Sport band is soft, smooth, and does not pick up dust/dirt. You can mark them though if you put a pen to it.

            Milanese Loop is really well designed. Not as comfy as Sport…but close. Fairly light weight. Infinitely adjustable…this is the MAIN reason to get it. Breathes well.

            For me, I prefer Sport band because it is so damn comfy…but if I go somewhere fancy, I put on Milanese.

          • Thank you for finally responding with an on-topic comment (and one that is free of personal invective).

          • tiger

            My response is tailored to the person I respond to. I am flexible that way. 🙂

            Again, criticism is not what I am against…blind criticism or criticism simply because they hate Apple or feel that Apple Watch is a threat to their watch blog is where I respond in kind.

            Even though I have no way to “prove” it to you, but I am a big mechanical watch lover. I have owned several Omegas (including the very first Deville with 2500 caliber; and first to be delivered to Florida!) to several Rolexes…currently having 2 (Yachtmaster and TOG)…to Seikos. I can probably argue mechanical watches with the best of you guys.

            Do I make comments on other articles? No. Why? Because my Swiss is collecting dust in my closet…why comment on something that I have little interest in at this time. When I am tired of Apple watch (doubtful bc I do find it useful daily), then yeah, I will “troll” the other articles…so, watch out! LOL

          • iamcalledryan

            Could you be any more self-aggrandizing? Yawn

            Oh, and because you don’t like the leather strap, you are ignorant.

          • tiger

            Nah, no leather strap for me…but did you get the Tampon-laced super-absorbent strap for your watch yet?

          • I_G

            Seemingly the magnets in them pull in the Apple trolls nicely.

          • tiger

            True…it pulls in the idiots like you too! Strange, no?

          • iamcalledryan

            We got a free watch for it, what do you get for being a pathetic troll?

          • tiger

            You seem bothered by me. Sensitive gal I see.

          • tiger

            I hope that you got a nice watch.

          • egznyc

            I have been quite amused by all the commenting here. But really, do you think the right to express oneself means anything at all if one cannot express a negative opinion of something? We are watch lovers and we have opinions, both good and bad, depending on the watch. You are entitled to your opinion but don’t tell us you’ve discovered the gospel according to Apple. No one is infallible. Share your opinion if you like but don’t disparage others’ opinions.

            Interestingly, this isn’t even a review of a watch. But why should that stop us from making comments that concern a watch?

          • iamcalledryan

            Quite right. And I love how the premise of his argument is some kind of freedom of speech for abtw to talk about the apple watch – when the article is about straps and he is totally freaking out about people expressing their own opinions.

          • egznyc

            I couldn’t agree more. Freedom for me but not for thee …

          • tiger

            Have I complained to editors to censor you?

          • tiger

            Your understanding of my premise is wrong. Try again.

          • iamcalledryan

            LOL – now you need me to write for you? Even for a troll you are a lazy and garbled fool. Go get some fresh air and stop hogging your mother’s bandwidth. I would buy an apple watch just to have your plug pulled.

          • tiger

            Criticism is fine. Criticism just for the sake of criticism is stupid. If you are interested in Apple Watch, then critic away! But if you hate Watch or wonder why this blog even talks about such an abomination, then why even bother to post?! That is retarded.

          • Ryan is not a troll (at least not here). Can you say the same?

            If only positive comments were posted then watch brands would falsely believe that their products are perfect. Criticism is part of the process of progress. Hopefully some of it is constructive criticism. How to you improve a product by just gushing over it? There have been a half dozen new posts since this train wreck started. I have not seen you comment in any of them. Seems like your only interest is in Apple Watches.

            BTW – when you wrote: “Yes, i do own an Apple Watch along with 3 other mechanicals” it means you either think the Apple Watch is a mechanical watch or else your command of English leaves something to be desired.

            And you know, calling everyone else “old” really just shows your youth and immaturity. This does not make your “voice” more convincing in anything you say. Old age is the mark of survival. Means the stupidity of youth didn’t kill you.

          • tiger

            Lol. Old man is sensitive. Want to compare education level now? My command of the language is decent enough. Thanks for commenting on that.

            I find it funny at the amount of butthurt around here.

            Criticism is fine. Criticism just for the sake of criticism is stupid. If you are interested in Apple Watch, then critic away! But if you hate Watch or wonder why this blog even talks about such an abomination, then why even bother to post?! That is retarded.

            Excuse me old man for bad use of our language. See, I respectfully ask for your forgiveness if I made any grammatical error ahead of time.

          • Well that would be first respectful thing you’ve done here. But since it did not come off as a respectful request, forgiveness denied.

            Go back and read what I’ve actually written in this post. Where is the Apple Watch hate? Where do I call it the coverage of it an abomination? You are grasping at straws when anyone and everyone does not share your unconditional love of the Apple Watch. Not very tolerant of you…

          • iamcalledryan

            LOL, the biggest butthurt I am picking up here is from that muppet.
            Mark, don’t expect him to respond to the content of your post, he is not in the habit of reading them. The first rule of trolling is you don’t respond to the content of any post, you just rehash the same old beans.

          • FrankD51

            Sir, are you insane? ABTW is NOT a tech site, it is a site that highlights MECHANICAL watches. The Apple watch is a new tech piece from Apple that ABTW has covered in detail (too much for my taste), but the idea that if people here don’t agree and own an Apple watch they can’t comment is just plain foolish. You are obviously an Apple fanboy and there are plenty of geeky sites that you can troll on, but you aren’t going to get very far here.

          • tiger

            How do you know how far one can get? That’s is pretty funny.

            You guys gonna gang up on me and word me to death?! LOL

            I visit this site because it talks about watches. Yes, i do own an Apple Watch along with 3 other mechanicals.

            But, the bigger question…if you love mechanical watches, then great! Why even bother CLICKING on a clearly-labeled article…and then couldn’t resist temptation to comment…a negative comment at that. That’s dumb.

          • For someone so hellbent against negative comments, you make plenty of them…

          • tiger

            I go down to their level.

          • Doesn’t that wrinkle your turtleneck?

          • I_G

            “Interestingly” you only comment on the Apple watch articles. You are a shit-stirring Apple troll.

          • tiger

            Is that something required before posting here? I must comment on other articles too?

          • tiger

            Where does this blog say that it covers ONLY MECHANICAL watches? Can you show me?

          • tiger

            Where does ABTW say that it covers only mechanical watches? Still waiting….

          • iamcalledryan

            It covers watches – and this an article about watch straps. This particular watch has been given many many articles both before and post launch, so don’t worry, it is getting covered. This site focuses on quality watches, which tend to be mechanical. The attention given to the Apple watch is fine because it is a big deal and poses interesting avenues for the future, but quite rightly is tedious for people who come to this site to read about watches and find that there is a weekly article about apple watch. As you say, they can just move on, but don’t forget these are people who visit this site daily and comment on most articles. You however have just barged in wearing an apple t-shirt and are shouting very loudly and generally making an ass out of yourself.

          • tiger

            Your post is full of contradictions!

          • iamcalledryan

            Your comments are unfounded and totally worthless.

          • tiger

            Read your post again. Not very good.

          • iamcalledryan

            Thanks, I read it again and really enjoyed it. Anything I can help you understand better? You seem a little lost.

          • tiger

            Tell your step mom to buy looser underwear!

            See, I can stoop down to any level of idiocy. Want to play more?

          • iamcalledryan

            You’re not stooping.

          • I believe you buy every single car you have an opinion about right?

          • tiger

            I make a comment/opinion on things i am INTERESTED in. If something is stupid, then i don’t even bother to read about it…much less scroll to the bottom to make a negative comment.

          • mmkay

          • tiger

            That’s the best you can do? Pathetic old man.

          • Thank you. Now we know that, besides being a troll, you’re also a bigot.

          • tiger

            Truth hurts? Why should he be bothered? Nothing wrong with AARP.

  • cgriffer

    What is Apple paying to shill the watch? Pretty good marketing scheme on their end if they can buy articles pitching their products every couple weeks.

    • tiger

      That’s Samsung. Do you have proof of this?

      • TornyiBarnabásazIsten

        Pull your head out of Tim Cook’s arse, Appletard.

        • tiger

          Do you have something intelligent to say or just an idiot?

          • iamcalledryan

            Pot calling the kettle black

    • Ariel Adams

      Apple isn’t paying us nor do I imagine that they are paying anyone else. I found a lot of interesting things to say about the Apple Watch straps and discovered that really no other website out there was saying it. This strap swapping experience is not only very similar to what traditional watch lovers enjoy doing with many timepiece, but Apple’s own take on the practice of strap swapping should be understood by those in the watch industry as there are some welcome innovations in their straps, etc…

  • fer

    I got the leather loop in blue and it’s nice and comfortable, but the rubber strap is awesome. Probably the most comfortable rubber strap I’ve worn and it goes with anything in any occasion.

    • HollywoodF1

      Calling it “rubber” would be a fair use of an inaccuracy most of the time. This forum is aiming to be specific about Apple Watch band details, so it’s better to refer to it here by it’s proper material name. It belongs to a class of synthetic elastomers made of about 2/3 fluorine known as fluoroelastomers. Fluoroelastomers are generally chemicaly stable, but they don’t like acetone or vinegar. I find the white one cleans very well with Oxyclean, which is basically like using peroxide.

  • mtnsicl

    Yuk, yuk and………….yuk!

  • Ulysses31

    Only Apple have the know-how to make a leather strap look like that cheap embossed plastic you find on car interiors. The metal bracelet is the only decent option, but overpriced as f$%k.

  • Robinoz

    The Apple company has brilliant staff. Even though the watch is issued in a small number of variations (and there are more for the screen), the variety of straps is very impressive. The sports band struck me as being suitable for a redesign of the standard NATO strap. The watch straps provide Apple with a Unique Selling Proposition probably not common to traditional watchmakers.

  • Warning: slow weekend click bait article detected!

  • Boogur T. Wang

    That black metal bracelet reminds me of armadillo hide.

  • Carol Galiano

    Great article! Just one point of clarification– Newson didn’t create the adjustable loop closure. It first appeared on Rolex watches in the 60’s and was a “famous” feature of Westend Watches as well. Very cool design but not Newson’s!!

  • spiceballs

    Interesting article on Apple watch straps.

  • Raymond de Mystère, fils

    This watch has all the charm of a Lada. And it will last about as long. Good grief, Charlie Brown (or rather John McEnroe) you CANNOT BE SERIOUS. This is not a watch. Repeat après moi: ceci nest pas one montre. It’s a throwaway computer on a piece of rubber. I recommend you do a McMahon and erase it from history. Remove every trace from this site. Remove Trotsky from the picture; send Terry Bollea back to where he once came from…nowhere.

  • Pascal Leers

    I prefer real watches over this. This is just a piece of cellphone extension that will be outdated in just a couple of years.

  • Lamavido
  • Geo

    Your Apple Watch articles are the very best on the net! Thanks for going that deep into the design details.

  • Alex Krebs

    Are like the articles about the Apple Watch here. Because they see the AW more as a watch, what it really is. The tech world sees them different and that is why the reviews are sometime quite bad. Thank you. Do you own more than one model? I consider getting a silver one to change it with the space grey model i actually own . . . 10 years ago I stopped wearing watches because of mobile phones showing the time.

    Regards.

  • Kateland Vu

    Well, most of the kids at my school have small wrists. And also a lot of them can fit the modern buckle band perfectly, which is the smallest band for Apple Watch. That kind of band looks classy, and I would want that for Christmas.
    As to be honest, your review for Apple Watch bands are cool.

  • lyana

    I prefer this one from the third party.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B010DLW5R6/

  • Is anyone aware of “long term” data on reliability of the Apple Watch Sport Band design? Anecdotally, people seem to swear by the reliability of the peg-hole-tuck approach, and I haven’t read of anyone saying they’ve experienced a problem with a strap unexpectedly coming loose. But it just looks so tentative to me.

    By the way, I’ve personally tried it some and never experienced a problem (to add another anecdote).