At the Apple store recently and took a really close look at the Leather Classic Buckle in Brown, and it is exquisite. At $149, I'm still trying to talk myself into it.
Even at a $100 price point, I haven't seen any leather band that near the quality of that band. I mean there are some nice leather bands, but none nearly that nice for $100. Somebody had a $130 leather band that looked really good, but I figure for that money I may as well get the Classic Buckle.
I usually do a lot of research before I buy.. after a few hands on at the Apple store I have gone onto the wait list for a Series 2 42mm space gray aluminum with a black sports band. I have also preordered the Limited Special Edition 60 year old Lowry cuff from Pad and Quill. I ordered the one with the black metal buckles and that will ship about the same time as my watch (november).
Just got the JETech 42mm black stainless steel band from Amazon ($19.99). Really like the way it classes up the space gray Series 1 I have. Color of it matches the space gray aluminum look perfectly. A bit of work to remove some links to get it to size right but got thru it.
Between that and the other 2 I've recently bought - the Monowear genuine black leather band and Nomad's Modern Build band with black hardware - I'm real happy.
A quick look at Amazon for Nike+ bands shows basically two style choices– 1) apparently a Nike knockoff with their color options and 2) a stylized version that looks similar but is readily identifiable as not being a Nike+ band. There is at lease one non-Nike color.
As with many bands, there are multiple sellers of apparently the same band under different names. Some show a pic of the band and Watch that is probable lifted from Apple site, and captioned 'Not an Original nike band'. Gives me pause that what you see might not be what you get.
I'll wait for some first hand reviews. I'm talking 'bout YOU, ton!
This Jet Tech for $12 is an amazing deal. I don't know how they do it. I've got the black one and it is as comfortable as my original milanese loop from Apple, but has better magnetic power, so I sold my Apple one. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011CR8RZ4...mUvbUpU2841856
This Jet Tech for $12 is an amazing deal. I don't know how they do it. I've got the black one and it is as comfortable as my original milanese loop from Apple, but has better magnetic power, so I sold my Apple one. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011CR8RZ4...mUvbUpU2845698
I second this. I had the silver to go with my first gen aluminum Apple Watch.
I upgraded to a black stainless steel series 2 and needed a new one. I found another brand that matches my black stainless steel perfectly. It is very comfortable, and looks great.
Apple Watch Band, Penom Fully Magnetic Closure Clasp Mesh Loop Milanese Stainless Steel Bracelet Strap for Apple iWatch Sport & Edition 42mm - Black link