Apple Black Leather Band Longevity

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macrumors 6502
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Nov 30, 2015
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Texas
I am considering buying an Apple Black Leather loop band for my 42mm AW S0, so I would like to know how they hold up to daily use? Has anyone had issues with the leather, connectors or magnets over time?

I do not mind paying the Apple premium if the band is worth it. :cool:

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Gav2k

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I've got the original classic leather band and it's still going strong. All the parts work as new and the band still looks like new.
 

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macrumors 6502
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Nov 30, 2015
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Is the leather on the classic the same as the leather on the loop?

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mhoutman

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Feb 8, 2016
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Is the leather on the classic the same as the leather on the loop?

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@Gav2k Nope, he leather is not the same, period ! Just read the description to see the differences.

For the Loop: The Venezia leather for this band is handcrafted in Arzignano, Italy.

For the Classic Buckle: This traditional design is made from a calf leather that ages naturally over time to acquire a beautiful patina. FYI The Classic Buckle is already in Gen 3. Gen 1 was made at Ecco, the Netherlands, after that it became unclear which company is responsible. Read here https://superphen.co/2016/10/02/comparing-the-three-generations-of-apples-classic-buckle-watch-band/ for a nice comparison

For the Modern Buckle: A small French tannery established in 1803 produces the supple Granada leather for this elegant band.

I own a leather loop and have several CB's in Gen 3. I prefer the CB but that is just a matter of taste. Only downfall i that both types do not smell like leather;)

I you want to buy a CB, get the gen. 3 (latest) as it has some nice additional stitching.

PS is the Apple Leather loop band stil available in black ? Must be old stock as it currently is only in Stone and Midnight Blue. I have latter and ir is a nice band to use with both a SS AW and SB SS AW :)
 
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Gav2k

macrumors G3
Jul 24, 2009
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@Gav2k Nope, he leather is not the same, period ! Just read the description to see the differences.

For the Loop: The Venezia leather for this band is handcrafted in Arzignano, Italy.

For the Classic Buckle: This traditional design is made from a calf leather that ages naturally over time to acquire a beautiful patina. FYI The Classic Buckle is already in Gen 3. Gen 1 was made at Ecco, the Netherlands, after that it became unclear which company is responsible. Read here https://superphen.co/2016/10/02/comparing-the-three-generations-of-apples-classic-buckle-watch-band/ for a nice comparison

For the Modern Buckle: A small French tannery established in 1803 produces the supple Granada leather for this elegant band.

I own a leather loop and have several CB's in Gen 3. I prefer the CB but that is just a matter of taste. Only downfall i that both types do not smell like leather;)
I stand corrected. Having the original black and new brown the feel very much the same
 

WilliamG

macrumors G3
Mar 29, 2008
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Seattle
I am considering buying an Apple Black Leather loop band for my 42mm AW S0, so I would like to know how they hold up to daily use? Has anyone had issues with the leather, connectors or magnets over time?

I do not mind paying the Apple premium if the band is worth it. :cool:

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The black leather loop is totally worth it. Had mine since day one of Apple Watch release and it still looks brand new, and I wear it just about every day!
 

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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Nov 30, 2015
439
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Texas
Is there any (old) stock of the black Apple loop yet ?
I placed my order today for the Black Leather Loop and the Black Nylon for my Watch, and a Royal Blue nylon for my wife's 38 mm AW S0. I used the Best Buy 25% discount on Apple accessories, so the leather loop was $112.50 and the two nylon bands were $37.50. :)

They will be at my door in two days and I am looking forward to the upgrade from our original sport bands.

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