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*** The official Apple Watch Strap/Band Thread ***

Discussion in 'Apple Hardware' started by Feek, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. peige

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,335

    Location: Sussex

    I don't like straps that don't seem to join the watch, like the ones that have two loops on the watch and then that strap seems to clip onto those. So I pick one that seem more part of the watch, hard to explain but the below is exactly how I like them to join the watch body and my current choice.

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  2. Blackhawk47

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 17, 2007

    Posts: 10,956

    Location: West Yorkshire / Market Bosworth

    Glad you like it! I am really pleased with mine. For £15 you really can't go wrong... :)

    I wanted to try the Apple equivalent but every time I've been into the store then don't have any leather straps to try on (only sport band, nylon, milanese loop).

    Just ordered the simpeak space grey metal one which Feek posted.
     
  3. tweedbean

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 12, 2010

    Posts: 336

    Location: Balsall Common

    Genuine Apple Sport Band Soft White 42mm
    2nd most common used colour by me for my existing watches so expect this to get some use. I find it awkward to do up at first but slowly getting used to it.

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    Simpeak Apple Watch Strap 42mm Genuine Black Leather Strap
    I dont often have a call for a black strap, but when I do this one will fit the bill:

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    Jisoncase Apple Watch Strap 42mm Genuine Brown Vintage Leather Strap

    My favourite of the three and the one I plan to use most:

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  4. Blackhawk47

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    Simpeak space grey (black) metal from Amazon. As already said, it has a nice weight to it and quality feel.

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  5. Somnambulist

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 17, 2010

    Posts: 9,912

    Location: London

    Juuk currently have some of their steel/anodised aluminium straps on sale in their store, alas the silver aluminium one I want isn't included... hoping for a Black Friday offer or some such soon...
     
  6. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: Oct 16, 2002

    Posts: 28,211

    Location: In the radio shack

    My search for the perfect NATO style strap continues.

    I ordered this from the NATO Strap Co. along with this set of adapters from Amazon.

    It only took a week to get the strap which I thought was very good.

    The light makes the stripes look very bright on these first couple of pictures - It's not, it's a definite grey colour as can be seen on the next shots.

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    I could tell as soon as I opened it that I haven't got the perfect NATO style strap. The short side is too long because on a NATO, the buckle is supposed to sit fairly close to the watch itself, on the edge of the wrist. This is probably the best I've found, at least the long side is a decent length and can fold back on itself how it's supposed to but it's still not right.
     
  7. Feek

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    I found another NATO style strap, this time one which looked better online from Roobaya in Germany. It wasn't cheap at £49 from Amazon but I thought it was worth a punt.

    It was shipped via UPS and arrived this morning. I opened the package to find a very nice looking box.
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    Inside the box...
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    Looking very good - Long side is quite long and the short side nice and short...
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    Here it is fitted to the watch. I had to go with black adapters because they didn't have any space grey in stock but that doesn't matter.
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    It's great that the short side is nice and short, the buckle sits in exactly the right place, along the edge of my wrist, not the underside.

    However there are some issues.
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    The long side isn't quite long enough, it doesn't fold back in as far as I'd expect. The inside of the strap against my wrist is quite scratchy and uncomfortable and there really aren't enough holes for a fine adjustment.

    And the 'keeper' on the long side is utterly useless. I don't know why it's there, it's just all horrible and sticking out.

    If this had been a tenner, I'd have kept it but for £49, I expect far better than this. It's going back, not recommended.
     
  8. Somnambulist

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    Joined: Jun 17, 2010

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    Location: London

    Juuk Black Friday sales are live, just ordered my Ligero finally down from $129 to $90.

    If you buy from the store they're doing a referral program now, so please stick my name and Paypal address (in spoilers) in the 'Note To Seller' section of the Cart before you go to the Checkout!

    ** removed - referral links are not allowed **
     
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  9. Feek

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    Be interested to see whether you get stung for import duty and VAT on that.
     
  10. Purdy

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    Damn that Roobaya was looking promising @Feek, although the extra keeper I guess is to keep in look with your standard Nato strap?

    Trying to pick one at the moment and I was nearly sold on that until your last comments, although have read that taking a nail file to the itchy areas can solve for these types of straps, its a pity as most have the short side in the complete wrong place as you've said.
     
  11. Feek

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    When I opened the box and looked at the strap I was quite excited but once I wore it, that feeling very quickly wore off. I'd already decided that if I kept it, I'd remove the odd keeper because that was just unnecessary but everything else added up to a naff product.

    They were really good for the return, provided a pre-paid label for it to go back to Germany via UPS. My refund has already been confirmed.
     
  12. Purdy

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    Have you got a Nato strap that is your favourite to date?

    I'm still somewhat tempted by it as they do the best navy+red combo.
     
  13. Feek

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    I suppose this is the best so far.
     
  14. Somnambulist

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    Location: London

    Well they arrived in the post... no charges yet - might come later but typically I usually have to go and pay at the PO just to get the parcel. Supposed to be an xmas present so no photos yet...
     
  15. Somnambulist

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    Bought the rose gold 38mm one for my friend. Pretty easy to add/take away links and I was impressed with the tolerances. Perfect colour match and looks really good. Butterfly mechanism is pretty cool too.
     
  16. Junglist

    Mobster

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    Location: Bristol

    Really tempted by the Juuk Ligero
     
  17. Somnambulist

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    I was impressed by the quality - changing the links is a little fiddly but you only have to do it once - definitely a high end strap.
     
  18. Junglist

    Mobster

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    I did get a cheap one from Amazon, SimPeak or something I think. Only cost £15 and it looks OK until you touch it.
     
  19. Somnambulist

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    Finally got to open my silver aluminium Juuk Ligero. Build quality is excellent. The butterfly mechanism is stainless steel and the band the same sort of anodised aluminium Apple use for the watch. Removing links isn't very hard once you've watched the how-to video and apply the right amount of force with the provided tool. The parts are tiny though so do in on a table where you won't lose anything!

    Didn't get hit by customs (ships from Singapore). Took 3 links off each side and the fit is perfect.

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    I imagine it won't be the last one I buy (if I upgrade to a stainless steel series 5/6 or they come out with some different styles in aluminium).
     
  20. EVH

    Don

    Joined: Mar 11, 2004

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    Picked up a 3-piece silicone band from Amazon.

    I also have the official black woven Nike+ band and a knock-off Black Milanese loop and the 3-piece silicone band is lovely for gym/runs.
     

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