1. James Falconer's Avatar
    Now that I have an Apple Watch on order, time to think about bands. Since we're all probably well versed in the bands available from Apple (and Hermes), thought it'd be fun to put together a running list of some of the BEST third party Apple Watch bands.

    I'll get this party started. Below are a few I've had my eye on:


    Add your own choices (with links please) below!
    09-23-2016 08:36 PM
  2. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    I'm wearing Pad & Quill's Lowry Cuff and it's a really nice, high quality leather band from a very well known leather accessory maker.

    Check it out here.
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    09-23-2016 08:45 PM
  3. James Falconer's Avatar
    Gotta love P&Q gear. Always quality.
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    09-24-2016 02:36 AM
  4. Jtshurtleff's Avatar
    I second the Eoso Link bracelet as well as their Sport Band knockoffs. They are all pretty good quality. $70 for a link bracelet is a whole lot better than $500. P&Q makes good stuff but I haven't tried their bands, sure they are fine. I would like to recommend the Case Mate leather bands. They are a little small for my wrist but aside from that they seem to be good quality.
    09-26-2016 08:33 AM
  5. Mac Guy's Avatar
    I second the Eoso Link bracelet as well as their Sport Band knockoffs. They are all pretty good quality.
    I just took a look at some of their stuff and it does look decent.
    09-26-2016 04:06 PM
  6. James Falconer's Avatar
    If you have any others don't be shy. Share them here!
    09-26-2016 04:17 PM
  7. Mark Guim's Avatar
    I'm also looking at Lucrin. I like that you can choose the color of the connector: silver or black.
    09-27-2016 10:52 AM
  8. James Falconer's Avatar
    Those are really nice. Such nice colors, and like you said love that you can choose the color of the connector.
    09-27-2016 11:15 AM
  9. Stephxieh's Avatar
    I'm also looking at Lucrin. I like that you can choose the color of the connector: silver or black.
    I really like those bands!

    My S2 watch is arriving shortly and I'm looking for another band.

    Gentleman in the apple store mentioned that the bands for slightly different with the series 2 so should I hold off ordering until it's been updated? I previously heard the bands are compatible.
    09-27-2016 03:24 PM
  10. tcuprof's Avatar
    For sports bands, you can't beat Moko brand, available from Amazon.com. Other than the fact that the material is ever so slightly thinner, these are the closest thing you'll find to an Apple sports band. I don't have EVERY color Moko offers, but almost. My wife and I have an agreement - she has different shoes for every outfit, I change watch bands to match shirt color. No judgment.

    For nylon bands, I just bought a pink one from Kartice and it seems identical to the one Apple nylon band I own.
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    09-27-2016 03:34 PM
  11. Mac Guy's Avatar
    Gentleman in the apple store mentioned that the bands for slightly different with the series 2 so should I hold off ordering until it's been updated? I previously heard the bands are compatible.
    This is absolutely the first I've heard about that S2 or any bands being different from the first versions.

    I expected that there would be different bands available, but not incompatible. Maybe somebody with an S2 can speak to the compatibility with original bands. Given the number of people who have a number of bands, I'd expect we'd have heard about any incompatibility with the S2 (or S1) already.
    09-27-2016 04:07 PM
  12. Mac Guy's Avatar
    I'm also looking at Lucrin. I like that you can choose the color of the connector: silver or black.
    I looked at their Classic Buckle and it looks every bit as nice as Apple's CB. But I was hoping to find a good leather band for a little less than what Apple wants.
    09-27-2016 04:11 PM
  13. Stephxieh's Avatar
    This is absolutely the first I've heard about that S2 or any bands being different from the first versions.

    I expected that there would be different bands available, but not incompatible. Maybe somebody with an S2 can speak to the compatibility with original bands. Given the number of people who have a number of bands, I'd expect we'd have heard about any incompatibility with the S2 (or S1) already.
    That's what I thought as well so I figured i'd take the risk on a couple of the sport bands on amazon. At 12 dollars it's worth the inconvenience if i have to return them.
    09-27-2016 09:42 PM
  14. James Falconer's Avatar
    I don't have EVERY color Moko offers, but almost. My wife and I have an agreement - she has different shoes for every outfit, I change watch bands to match shirt color. No judgment.
    No judging here. Ever.

    That's awesome.
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    09-28-2016 09:49 AM
  15. Mac Guy's Avatar
    I change watch bands to match shirt color.
    I might do that and see if anybody notices. But my sartorial splendor is somewhat limited in range, and it's not the right time of year to find a turquoise YSL or Ralph Lauren polo shirt, is it? I'd even settle for an iZod, but that's so '80s. <looking around for the October GQ>
    09-29-2016 04:16 AM
  16. tcuprof's Avatar
    I might do that and see if anybody notices.
    On a study abroad trip last May, I wore a different color shirt every day with a matching watch band. I wasn't sure if anyone noticed. One day I wore a long-sleeve shirt and one of the students walked up to me and pulled up my sleeve so she could see the watch band. "Just checking," she said.

    By the way, here's today's combo - pink long-sleeve Columbia shirt with pink Kartice nylon band.

    Best third party bands for Apple Watch-2016-09-29-13.02.14.jpg
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    09-29-2016 12:07 PM
  17. afctee's Avatar
    Some have recommended these to me: Black Leather - Monowear or http://forums.imore.com/e?link=http%...token=sW6X7asK
    I've not ordered one, yet...
    09-29-2016 04:53 PM
  18. MCube74's Avatar
    This is absolutely the first I've heard about that S2 or any bands being different from the first versions.

    I expected that there would be different bands available, but not incompatible. Maybe somebody with an S2 can speak to the compatibility with original bands. Given the number of people who have a number of bands, I'd expect we'd have heard about any incompatibility with the S2 (or S1) already.
    You can check from the apple store. I have 3 bands from my previous apple watch and they all install fine with my Apple Watch series 2.

    1) Apple Milanese SS Loop
    2) Apple SS Link Bracelet (you can check from Apple's site that all 42mm size watches are compatible with the strap)
    3) 3rd Party Brown Leather Cuff strap
    10-04-2016 10:42 AM
  19. James Falconer's Avatar
    Love all the suggestions (and links) here folks! Keep them coming, I check all of them out
    10-04-2016 11:00 AM
  20. Mac Guy's Avatar
    You can check from the apple store. I have 3 bands from my previous apple watch and they all install fine with my Apple Watch series 2.
    Thanks for the confirmation. Changing the design of connectors is an Apple hallmark, but I really didn't think they do it for the Watch, at least not this soon. So I can continue to buy bands with abandon. Or as much abandon as my wallet permits. When that fails, there's always- plastic! LOL
    10-04-2016 07:23 PM
  21. James Falconer's Avatar
    It's an expensive hobby, but a hobby nonetheless
    10-05-2016 01:24 PM
  22. Hiri89's Avatar
    Best third party bands for Apple Watch-img_0009.jpg

    I have two sports band, the leather one and the Milanese loop. All from apple. I don't trust the third party ones when it comes to quality.
    10-09-2016 12:43 AM
  23. Mac Guy's Avatar
    I have two sports band, the leather one and the Milanese loop. All from apple. I don't trust the third party ones when it comes to quality.
    It's a pricey way to go but there's no doubting the quality of the bands. Those are also the two bands highest on my Buy Next list. I'm thinking the Black Milanese though.
    10-09-2016 07:03 AM
  24. Hiri89's Avatar
    It's a pricey way to go but there's no doubting the quality of the bands. Those are also the two bands highest on my Buy Next list. I'm thinking the Black Milanese though.
    I spent a lot of time at the store looking at the black milanese but I didn't know if it matched well with the aluminum watch so I ended up buying the grey one. I really hope apple doesn't change the apple watch any time soon... I want to keep using these bands with the next gen of watches lol
    10-09-2016 12:37 PM
  25. James Falconer's Avatar
    Yeah I hear ya! Would be nice to (eventually) have the choice between a new round design and the current one. Would open up a new world of accessories for Apple and others as well.
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    10-11-2016 11:21 AM
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