The best aftermarket Apple Watch bands you can buy right now

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  • Reply 21 of 67
    wwchriswwchris Posts: 60member

    Funny you should say that, after looking through them all, the distressed leather is the exact one I ordered! I also notice that since I bough the bands from Amazon that I mentioned in an earlier post the prices have gone up from Friday. Must be all of the articles about bands this week.
  • Reply 22 of 67
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,407member
    lkrupp wrote: »
    And we already have an instant cottage industry building up around the ?Watch ecosystem. Where do I go to get an Android Wear third party watch band? I saw almost none on Amazon and those were like $12 cheapies.

    What's an Android Wear?
  • Reply 23 of 67
    cash907cash907 Posts: 893member
    rogifan wrote: »
    They all look like garbage compared to Apple's offerings. I wish people would come up with unique designs rather than just trying to copy Apple's but at a cheaper price.

    Wow. I really hope you were being sarcastic there. If that's not the case, however, you should be aware that watch bands like these have existed for over a hundred years. The only thing they "copied" were the mounting tabs at the end.
  • Reply 24 of 67
    cash907cash907 Posts: 893member
    lkrupp wrote: »
    $700 watch with a $30 band. Right, Jony would approve. NOT!

    I took one look at that Milanese loop band with the mechanical latch and noticed it was the same as my old $25 Casio. Then I looked at my newly purchased ?Watch Standard 42mm stainless steel with Jony’s Milanese loop band and thought, “Yeah, I like this better, a lot better.”

    BTW it was very pleasant buying experience. I walked into the Apple Store at the Galleria in St. Louis. Told them I wanted to look at the watches. Nice young man helped me try on the watch, showed me a few features. With my wife’s permission and encouragement of course I  said let’s do it. Paid for it with ?Pay on the spot, including AppleCare+ of course. They brought the box out in a nice white Apple bag and sent me over to another counter where a young lady helped me unbox it, turn it on, pair and sync it with my iPhone 6. Short, sweet, efficient, no issues, it just worked and I walked out of the store in less than 30 minutes. Couldn’t be happier.

    $700? Which version did you buy? The Apple Watch is 549/599, and the Apple Watch Edition is 10,000/12,000.
    Also, of course the band that costs three times as much is nice. An Audi A8L is a lot nicer than a Honda Accord. Not everyone can afford a $98,000 car, however.
  • Reply 25 of 67
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    What's an Android Wear?

    Where's Android Wear?
  • Reply 26 of 67
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    cash907 wrote: »
    $700? Which version did you buy? The Apple Watch is 549/599, and the Apple Watch Edition is 10,000/12,000.
    Also, of course the band that costs three times as much is nice. An Audi A8L is a lot nicer than a Honda Accord. Not everyone can afford a $98,000 car, however.

    Hey, it's his money. What's the big deal? What is valuable to one person may not be to another.
  • Reply 27 of 67
    philboogiephilboogie Posts: 7,675member

    Hey, it's his money. What's the big deal? What is valuable to one person may not be to another.

    Maybe Cash is so broke he can't pay attention?
  • Reply 28 of 67
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,557member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Cash907 View Post





    $700? Which version did you buy? The Apple Watch is 549/599, and the Apple Watch Edition is 10,000/12,000.

    Also, of course the band that costs three times as much is nice. An Audi A8L is a lot nicer than a Honda Accord. Not everyone can afford a $98,000 car, however.



    The ?Watch Stainless Steel Case with the Milanese Loop band lists for $699 in the Apple Store. Add $69 for AppleCare+ and sales tax and you’re over $800. I spent 34 years working for AT&T to raise a family and put three kids through college. Now it’s my turn.

  • Reply 29 of 67
    I ordered this one

    http://amzn.to/1I39qhR

    which I think is the same band.

    It is very nice, kinda heavy, about 90 grams.
    It also has a link pin removal tool which allowed me to take out two links in a matter of minutes.
  • Reply 30 of 67
    konqerrorkonqerror Posts: 685member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post

     

     

    How sad is it that Apple has innovated more on watch bands in their first try in this market than the watch industry has done in the last 100 years? I mean, ALL THESE COMPANIES MAKE is watches, and yet they couldn't be bothered to come up with a link bracelet that doesn't need tools to adjust. 


     

    Because, if you think about it, they need to make up for a lower quality and cost DIY experience. If you buy any watch from a jeweler or even the counter at Macy's, the clerk is expected to adjust the band for you. In fact, if you get something that's more than a Casio, they will make sure it fits comfortably before you buy. After sales, our local guy who sells watches will adjust anything for free, and replace batteries for free.

     

    Apple, at best has $15/hr retail sales clerks selling the non-Edition watches, and therefore needs to adapt their designs to a self-serve e-commerce environment.

  • Reply 31 of 67
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,407member
    konqerror wrote: »

    Because, if you think about it, they need to make up for a lower quality and cost DIY experience. If you buy any watch from a jeweler or even the counter at Macy's, the clerk is expected to adjust the band for you. In fact, if you get something that's more than a Casio, they will make sure it fits comfortably before you buy. After sales, our local guy who sells watches will adjust anything for free, and replace batteries for free.

    Apple, at best has $15/hr retail sales clerks selling the non-Edition watches, and therefore needs to adapt their designs to a self-serve e-commerce environment.

    Yeah, THAT's the reason!

    /s
  • Reply 32 of 67
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post

     

    And we already have an instant cottage industry building up around the ?Watch ecosystem. Where do I go to get an Android Wear third party watch band? I saw almost none on Amazon and those were like $12 cheapies.




    Android will make it possible to make $12 "smart" watches.

    Well, almost $12, here's one for $18:

    http://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-WristWatch-Android-Smartphone-Samsung/dp/B00KW70WAY

     

    Here's the description:

    Quote:


     

    • Imported

    • can be use as 120 M U disk. Case material:Stainless Steel

    • 2.5D curved sapphire touchscreen,2.5D curved sapphire

    • Note: If the touch does not work, please press the reset button available at the back of the watch.

    • It has become the high-end product's representive process in the mobile phone industry,you feel is soft and smooth transition TPSiv safe and anti-allergic watch strap



     

    Priceless LOLs <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" /><img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 33 of 67
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wwchris View Post

    I also notice that since I bough the bands from Amazon that I mentioned in an earlier post the prices have gone up from Friday. Must be all of the articles about bands this week.

     

    Algorithm. Any uptick in sales will trigger an automatic price hike.

  • Reply 34 of 67
    konqerrorkonqerror Posts: 685member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post





    Yeah, THAT's the reason!



    /s

     

    It's true. Apple pays attention to the whole experience, which means ordering online, getting it at home, and putting it on. The end-user experience for a Rolex is getting it custom fitted in a store. The first requires more complicated, potentially less secure moving parts, the second means a traditional, solid design. The disadvantage to Apple's design is obvious from some of my older metal bands where dirty black gunk has accumulated around each tiny slot and corner and some of the links have become stretched and rattly.

  • Reply 35 of 67
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,407member
    konqerror wrote: »
    The disadvantage to Apple's design is obvious from some of my older metal bands where dirty black gunk has accumulated around each tiny slot and corner ......

    Your inability or unwillingness to keep the Watch and its bands clean (ew!) does not constitute a problem on Apple's part.

    But, just in case, here's some help: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204522
  • Reply 36 of 67
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    cash907 wrote: »
    Wow. I really hope you were being sarcastic there. If that's not the case, however, you should be aware that watch bands like these have existed for over a hundred years. The only thing they "copied" were the mounting tabs at the end.

    Yes I know Apple didn't invent the link bracelet or a milanese loop. But would some third party be selling cheap milanese loop bands if Apple wasn't offering one? I doubt it.
  • Reply 37 of 67
    rp2011rp2011 Posts: 159member
    For women I love both of the thinner link bracelets. Look much modern and stylish than the traditional links.I I would magine more women would go this route.
  • Reply 38 of 67
    rp2011rp2011 Posts: 159member
    wwchris wrote: »
    You want to some really cool and custom Apple Watch bands, check out these:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackForestAtelier

    Great link. I will definitely check these when I get my watch. I can even see apple showing these and other custom straps on future commercials, much like the "stickers" commercial for the Macbook. Makes so much more personal.
  • Reply 39 of 67
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 3,212member

    IMHO Apple's Milanese Loop is totally worth splurging for. It's the most comfortable, infinitely adjustable and waterproof.

  • Reply 40 of 67
    bluefire1bluefire1 Posts: 1,304member

    It didn't get 77 "reviews". The 42-millimeter version may have been rated 4.5 out of 5, but it didn't have a single written comment which is highly unusual.

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