One of the best things about the Apple Watch is that it gives the user (or wearer, in this case) the opportunity to a lot of customization. Digital watches are made to be very utilitarian, but they’re definitely not appropriate for every situation, and with just a few swipes and taps, the Apple Watch transforms from the ultimate digital fitness band to an elegant analogue timepiece that looks perfectly suitable for a date night or even a job interview (depending on the date and the job interview — of course, your mileage may vary).
But the expensive price tag that comes along with Apple’s own Apple Watch bands keeps many of us from collecting too many extra bands, and that really limits when and where you’ll want to wear the watch, despite changing the watch face. If you’re not looking to spend hundreds of dollars on one of Apple’s official watch bands, there are some great third-party Apple Watch bands out there that stand up to Apple’s — but at a fraction of Apple’s retail price.
The MoKo Leather Cuff
If you’re really looking to make a statement with your Apple Watch (as if simply wearing a tiny computer on your wrist isn’t enough of a statement on its own), you can scarcely do better than Moko’s brown leather cuff Apple Watch band.
While the leather cuff hasn’t exactly been at the top of any fashion list since the early 2000s, now could be the time that it finally makes a comeback! Aside from the cuff’s fashion sensibilities, cuffs are comfortable to wear, and this one will hold your Apple Watch securely. Get some quality time in with your leather cuff now — this is not exactly a piece you want to wear in the heat of the summer. Gross.
The JETech Stainless Steel Band
Since the Apple Watch was announced, there have been those with Apple Watch tastes and sensibilities and Apple Watch Sport budgets. But one of the best things about the Apple Watch collection is its versatility. You can slide on a sport band or a link bracelet and the watch still looks amazing. (Try doing that with the Sport and a link bracelet. Again, gross.) But since Apple’s link bracelet will set you back $449.00, it’s easy to see why many people haven’t sprung for the stainless steel band yet. Well, JETech’s stainless steel watch band is about to change all of that.
This band looks remarkably similar to Apple’s own link bracelet. It has a neat and classy look, but it won’t cost you almost $500. Win. What’s more, the band actually looks quite good with the Apple Watch Sport, so if you’ve been dying for an affordable and aesthetically-pleasing stainless steel Apple Watch band for your wrist, JETtech has just the band for you.
The BlackForestAtelier Vintage Leather Strap
Talk about stylishness and sophistication, BlackForestAtlier’s Etsy store sells a beautiful vintage leather strap that puts virtually every other leather strap to shame. This strap is handmade, and they’ll even match the pins for your specific Apple Watch’s color. So if you’re worried about matching your Apple Watch with a nice leather band, this vintage leather strap takes the guesswork out of the equation.
While this leather strap definitely isn’t one you’ll want to wear every day, it is a nice addition to your weekly rotation.
The Spigen Rugged Band
If you’re doing anything remotely related to exercise (yes, I’m counting power walking, t00), it’s important to look the part. I don’t care if you primarily use your Apple Watch as a fitness tool, you don’t want to show up to the gym with a leather band around your wrist. That’s just not cool.
The Spigen Rugged Apple Watch band matches aesthetics with utility. The band looks much more sophisticated than your typical cheap digital watch, but it adds a level to edge to your Apple Watch. When you wear this band, you’re going to want to exercise more simply because you look the part. I can’t think of a better way to describe this band than to call it a sort of Batman-esque Apple Watch band. It sort of has the same look and texture as Batman’s suit, and if that’s your thing, crimefighter or office worker, I say go for it.
The Monowear Brand
You truly can’t go wrong with a single band from the Monowear brand. Specializing in everything from leather watch bands to nylon, Monowear is your one-stop-shop for everything anything you might want in an Apple Watch band. The brand even stocks rose gold mesh bands and silver ceramic bands, giving you access to a whole new way to think about your Apple Watch experience.
What are some of your favorite third-party Apple Watch bands? Which ones have you picked up for your Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments below.