Watch being a very personal thing like your phone, we all love to change the bands/straps from time to time to make it look new or when you did not like the pre-configured band that came with the watch. When Apple announced its watch yesterday, it also showcased its offering for bands which anybody can change, and is being sold on standalone basis.
So in this post we are looking at various bands being offered to get an idea on how much you can spend to make the entry-level Apple Watch (costs $349) look closer to a premium version. Apple has made sure that there is a band for every pocket and fits your choice of style. How much you want to spend is totally up to you. We take a look at the list of bands available for the watch.
Sport Band: ($49 / 38 mm & 42 mm)
This is the cheapest band you can buy for your Apple watch and you need to shell out $49. It comes in Black w/ Space Gray pin, Black, White, Pink, Blue, and Green. If you happen to buy the Sport version, there are two bands included i.e. 38 mm and 42 mm. It is made up of fluoroelastomer which supports colors, and is very flexible. It has wide chemical resistance and superior performance, especially in high temperature application in different media.
Leather Loop ($149 / Only 42 mm / Two Length Sizes)
This is the next upgrade after the rubbery finish Sport band available for $149 and available for only 42 mm Apple Watch. It is made up of Venezia leather and is handcrafted in Arzignano, Italy.
The strap looks better than the Modern Buckle band because of the pebbled texture, and comes with magnet closure to keep your watch safe. It is available in stone, light brown, bright blue, and black. I am guessing it will find more appeal in the market than any other band.
Classic Buckle ($149 / 38 mm, 42 mm / Two Sizes)
If you don’t like the pebbled texture, Apple got you covered with this classic buckle, which is close to Modern Buckle Band and is made by renowned ECCO tannery in the Netherlands using the Dutch leather and is milled to give the grain a subtle, distinctive texture.
Milanese Loop ($149 / 38mm, 42mm)
If you prefer something in metal look and with design, Milanese Loop is a good choice. Woven on specialized Italian machines, the smooth stainless steel mesh wraps fluidly around your wrist. What makes it even more appealing is the completely magnetic strap which can be adjusted to any length.
Modern Buckle Band ($249 / Only 38mm / Three Length Sizes)
If the price of watch looks good to you, I am sure the band prices won’t make you comfortable. If you aren’t comfortable with rubber like look and feel of the Sport band, the next option is the Modern Buckle band and that will cost you $249 extra. It comes in Brown, Black, Soft Pink, Midnight Blue.
It’s a Granda leather band which gets you close to how leather strap gets on traditional watches. This strap is actually a two-piece magnetic closure with an inner layer of Vectran weave for strength and stretch resistance.
Link Bracelet ( $449 / 38mm, 42mm )
If you thought the Modern Buckle Band was expensive, check out the Link Bracelet which is the most expensive of all and it even costs more than the basic watch type. Priced at $449, it is crafted from the same 316L stainless steel alloy as the case, and is made up of more than 100 components. The links increase in size as they approach the case, and each link can be removed if required to adjust the size.
It’s important to view these bands as fashion accessories instead of tech accessories. probably that will help in making some sense out of these prices.