Best Apple Watch Bands
Stand Out From the Crowd With These Unique Apple Watch Bands
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With additions by John Russell Jones
The Apple Watch Series 4 has been redesigned and reengineered to make all the things you love about Apple Watch even better. It features the largest display yet, even though the case is about the same size, while new technology improves power efficiency and prolongs battery life. The new and improved heart sensor provides an electrocardiogram reading that is high enough quality to share with your doctor.
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The crown now has haptic feedback, delivering a click-like feel as you scroll, and you can use that heart rate reading app simply by touching the top of the crown with your finger. A new watch face, the infograph, accommodates up to eight complications, so you’ll always know what’s up at a glance. What may be coolest is that the watch can now be paired with cellular service, so you don’t even have to keep your phone with you at all times.
What real watch junkies crave, however, is change. That’s why there are watch collectors and automatic winders. Once we’ve gotten addicted to the Apple interface, though, the only way to update the device’s look—besides the many, many watch face options—is to switch out watch bands. The good news is that there are even more companies getting into the Apple Watch band business, so there are more options to pick a band that fits your personal style, and that goes with your outfit.
The elements of watch band style include:
Classic Watch Strap: Mainly represented as a leather band, normally crafted from high-quality materials, elegant or rugged stitching and a classic buckle.
Custom Watch Strap: Bands featuring funky or personal designs that make your Apple Watch pop and is a great decision depending on wrist size, especially small wrists.
Milanese Loop Watch Strap: Woven stainless steel mesh that wraps around the wrist with an adjustable magnetic closure which make these metal bands perfect for almost any wrist size.
Nylon Watch Strap: Made from rugged synthetic polymers for elite defense against scratches and scuffs.
Sport Watch Strap: Sports bands are engineered for comfort fit during heavy fitness and outdoor activity and are often made from silicone or a silicone type material.
Steel Watch Strap: Metal straps that add finesse to the watch with a stainless and sturdy finish.
Wood Watch Strap: Handcrafted bands built for the environmentally conscious whom appreciate craftsmanship and want to wear something truly one-of-a-kind.
Link Bracelet Watch Band: The traditional link bracelet is a mainstay in the wrist wardrobe of any stylish man and can be adjusted easily to accommodate small wrists.
But what say you already have a favorite band for your old Apple Watch as well as other Apple Watch accessories and want to purchase the Apple Watch Series 4? Will the bands fit? Answer: Yes. Apple managed to keep intact the exact lug and groove connector from former models, making all bands fit any model you may have. Phew!
So be it for cocktail hour, EDC purposes or hitting the gym, there’s something out there for every guy. Unlock your screen and take a gander at the best Series 4 Apple Watch bands you can get right now.
Shinola fans are almost as loyal as Apple fans, so watch out when the two worlds collide. This genuine leather strap features the quality workmanship you expect to find from Shinola’s made in Detroit facility. With buckle available in either stainless steel or brushed gunmetal, the company also offers these vegetable tanned leather watch bands in other leather colors plus nylon, and even a special series that features a limited edition series, hand painted by Eric Lowry, the Detroit artist behind El Cappy Customs shoes.
$125.00 at Shinola.com
Apple Watch Sport Loop
If you’ve truly joined the Apple cult, stay true to the cause with Apple Watch accessories. This sport loop sports band (please don’t ever refer to it as the “iWatch band” because an iWatch band isn’t a thing…) is made of super soft and breathable woven nylon with tonal stitching which gives the lightweight strap depth and dimension. Available in eight colors, we think this Cape Cod blue looks sporty with jeans and clean at the office — much more versatile than those typical silicone bands.
$49.00 at Apple.com
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro
Sleek as it is sturdy, the Supcase gives your Apple Watch Series 4 and of course your Nike Sport style the G-Shock look. A uniform design consisting of a rugged rubber and plastic construction safeguards the Apple Watch from environmental conditions. Access all buttons, controls, sensors, and features without compromising wear uniformity. Add some flavor to your Apple Watch by selecting from different front accent colors including blue, gold, red, and white.
$16.49 at Amazon.com
Oittm Stainless Steel Metal
Nothing says professional better than a stainless steel watch. So for those fancying a more hardier, elegant look for their Apple Watch, at a bargain value, Ottim has the solution. This metal bracelet is light in density, yet doesn’t compromise durability with strong build quality. Refined adapters are found on both ends, along with a double-button folding clasp that secures the Apple Watch Series 4 in place for precise fitting.
$33.99 at Amazon.com
Kartice Leather Vintage Band
The Kartice band offers a warmer, Western or Native American feel, in either black or brown, perfect for trending Southwest or Navajo looks trending this season. It’s a more casual look, perfect with jeans or khakis, but also warms up the high-tech edge of the Apple Watch. Using the Toy Story watch face series is optional.
$18.99 at Amazon.com
Carterjett Sport Silicone Smartwatch Band
You’ll practically smell the gasoline and testosterone blend from the moment you put on this tire track watchband. Carterjett employs incredibly durable materials that make the accessory damage- and waterproof, along with evaporative channels on the back to allow for air circulation to keep you cool during that white flag lap or challenging dirt bike trail. The company also bundles its reliable screw-less adapters that use thick gauge spring bars for greater security while using a a classic buckle that looks sharp as hell.
$13.99 at Amazon.com
Castify Striped Nylon Band
This Casetify strap is among the nylon bands that embody modern prep style, bringing your newfangled Apple Watch up to Mummy’s conservative standards with this woven nylon wrist band that has an upscale grosgrain strap look. It’s water- and sweat-resistant, so perfect for a day at the club. “Siri…invite Bif and Bunny over for G&T’s.”
$40.00 at Nordstrom.com
Monowear Olive Nylon Strap
Styled specifically for the all-terrain urbanite who really appreciates the nylon bands, this retro military-inspired NATO strap gives Apple’s model a run for its money with a soft and durable design, plus adapters that come in a gold color finish and slid on/off effortlessly to swap out bands. Two-layered nylon makes for tighter, secure fit so that there are no ends for the woven material to erode. Sporting the olive green model with any utilitarian parka or military jacket is the move.
$35.00 at Amazon.com
WAfeel Double Tour Strap
Casually chic and far more affordable than Apple’s Hermès Etoupe band, WAfeel’s elegant offering includes a wide selection of color and texture for the distinguished gent on a budget, including several braided (and floral!) styles. Ensure the Apple Watch Series 4 stays wrapped around your wrist thanks to a resolute stainless steel buckle that supports full adjustability.
$17.99 at Amazon.com
Cocos Stainless Steel Mesh Milanese Loop
The Apple Milanese Loop style with magnetic clasp has become synonymous with the Apple Watch, and at $149, it’s not a bad style investment as far as steel bands and metal bands go. But while Apple’s version certainly stands out, the reality is you can achieve the same look for a fraction of the price. This alternative features a stainless steel wrist band and a the same strong magnetic clasp, and is available in nine color variations — perfect for small wrists.
$9.99 at Amazon.com
Lux Woods African Blackwood Band
African Blackwood is such an underrated piece of material. Lux Woods creates clean, modern watch bands with an all-natural look that rests on that fine line between eco-friendly and luxury. Using Indonesian Sandalwood or Gabonese Zebrawood, every piece is a unique update to the traditional link bracelet. These are a testament to the manufacturer’s intimate assembling and detailing. It’s the ultimate way to incorporate high-tech and high-touch elements into your accessories wardrobe.
$39.99 at Amazon.com
Apple Watch Sports Band
This sports band offers nine colors in a sturdy, soft-touch finish “fluoroelastomer” (a synthetic rubber even better than a silicone band that offers chemical resistance), that’s great for resisting sweat during your workouts with your Nike Sport Series Watch. We like the new Nectarine hue, but of course the Project (Red) shade does pair gorgeously with other products like iPhone cases, Beats headphones, or Alessi corkscrews.
$49.00 at Apple.com
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