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Best Fitting Watch Band Adapters?

iBighouse

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I'm interested in getting some additional bands for my watch. I have seen many on etsy that I like and even the hoco SS band is enticing. However, often the adapters for these don't seem to fit very well in the photos I've seen. So, does anyone know of a third party seller for the stainless steel adapters that fit as well as the Apple original bands do?
 

linhromrom

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Apr 23, 2015
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not sure what you meant by adapters dont seem to fit very well. I have 3 cheap adapters and they fit exactly like the classic leather buckle adapter from Apple. Its just i need to get the cheap ones cause the Apple one only comes with shiny silver.
 
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iBighouse

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Well, I've seen some like the hoco adapters that come on the hook watch bands that are really bad. There seems to be a big gap in how the adapter seats in the groove and it doesn't appear to be very flush with the watch's case.
 
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chillg8r

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Apr 16, 2015
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Well, I've seen some like the hoco adapters that come on the hook watch bands that are really bad. There seems to be a big gap in how the adapter seats in the groove and it doesn't appear to be very flush with the watch's case.

Admittedly I've only received 3 different sets of adapters from 3 different suppliers on eBay and Amazon but none of them fit the way Apple adapts fit. The apple bands I have slide on "like butta", the three adapters I've received all have to be forced on and off. And none of them are a perfect match for my SG Sport watch. I am anxiously awaiting the Click adapters and am hopeful that they are a perfect mach and that they go on smoothly, but i don't expect to receive them until mid to late July. If those don't work then I'll keep waiting. JMO
 
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linhromrom

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Apr 23, 2015
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hmmm. I must be the lucky one then. All the ones that i've got from Ebay flush so well with the case and taking it on and off is so easy. Just slide it in and out in 2 seconds.

Except when i purchased a cheaply made leather band (just to use an adapter) it wasn't good. But all those that i bought by itself (from 3 different sellers) are all good. I can upload more pictures if you guys want.

ps: the style of Click Adapter just doesnt work for me, i have a very small wrist, so with the design of click, the adapter blends in with the watch, gives it a slightly bigger face which makes the watch bigger ....

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Javabird

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Apr 27, 2015
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I've had the same concern as the OP. I really want to try some 3rd party bands but I've been hesitating because I'm worried about buying an adapter that might mar up my watch.
 
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Mac2me

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Look forward to your review and whether the visible part of the adapter located under the tubular bar when installed is polished stainless or not. Doesn't sound like it from the description or picture: "STAINLESS STEEL: Made of premium stainless steel. Please note this is not a polished steel. It's brushed steel. The adapter goes inside the watch and not visible once it's on your watch."

FYI. I hate to disagree with them on not being visible. I posted under the freedomoclock adapter thread photos of the ones they are selling, and the tubes and outer length of the adapter and sides, which are all visible, are all polished stainless. Take a look at the 2nd photo for the classic adapter: https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...om-freedomoclock.1892681/page-2#post-21536589
 
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iBighouse

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I'm anxious to see what you think before I buy!

Well my LUVVITT adapters arrived today. I'm very happy with the fit and finish on them.

Sorry about the iPhone fuzzy photo, but you'll get the idea I think.
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mavis

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Awesome! Do they slide in as easily and nicely as Apple's?
Great question!! I'd like to know this too, because both of the adapters I bought (one from China, one that came with my Hoco band) SUCK. The China one is really tight and the Hoco one is loose and doesn't sit flush in the slot.
 
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iBighouse

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Awesome! Do they slide in as easily and nicely as Apple's?

I only have my sports black band that came with the watch to compare it to. So I don't really know how to respond to this. When I look at the sport band, it has plastic surfaces that glide effortlessly into place. The LUVVITT band has a bit more resistance and "catches" but it does move into place with minimal effort and removes as easily. I don't feel like I'm force fitting it at all. And the tubes as well as the outer case surface matches the watch case nicely. I can't detect any difference visually in the polish or the color of the metal. The inside surface of the adapter isn't polished, it's more of a matt stainless steel.
 
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Seth Matthews

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I only have my sports black band that came with the watch to compare it to. So I don't really know how to respond to this. When I look at the sport band, it has plastic surfaces that glide effortlessly into place. The LUVVITT band has a bit more resistance and "catches" but it does move into place with minimal effort and removes as easily. I don't feel like I'm force fitting it at all. And the tubes as well as the outer case surface matches the watch case nicely. I can't detect any difference visually in the polish or the color of the metal. The inside surface of the adapter isn't polished, it's more of a matt stainless steel.

Thanks so much! I ordered.
 
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jasie02

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Sep 18, 2014
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I just got Clockwork Synergy premier nylon 2 pieces with AW adaptor for $20. It was on sale so not bad.
I think the band itself is a little stiff, but not bad after wear it for awhile.
The adaptor is just ok, specially compare with Apple CB adaptor. CB adaptor does not move at all, regardless how many time I remove, & I swap band almost daily with SB when exercise. CWS adaptor does move slightly, similar movement as Apple SB.
Both my Apple CB and ML adaptor are rock solid on my SS AW, zero movement at all.
 
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