Broken Milanese Loop

ditzy

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Has this happened to anyone else? The Apple rep I talked to on the phone said he hadn't seen this before.
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ditzy

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It looks to me like it was glue, but I'm no expert.
 
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GrumpyMom

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:eek: Good grief! Is that part where the magnet is or is the whole band magnetic? Glue? I hope not. I would have thought the parts would be welded together. Yikes. Keep us posted on what you find out. Sorry that happened to your nice looking band.
 
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ditzy

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Ironically the bit of the band that slides into the magnet, isn't magnetic.
 
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KojiH

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Sep 19, 2012
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Wow. Very sorry to see what has happened to your Milanese.

I'm surprised how shallow the groove is where the mesh is held into the magnetic buckle. I would have thought that the mesh would have been inserted much further in for strength.

I can't imagine that any glue would hold those pieces together when the contact area is so small.

Now I'm even more afraid to keep my Milanese.
 
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gsmornot

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My guess is its a bad solder joint. Looks like the solder is still on the end of the links but the interior of the magnet was not cleaned well making the joint weak. All a guess on my part.

(Is this what you guys mean when you say welded?)
 
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GrumpyMom

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My guess is its a bad solder joint. Looks like the solder is still on the end of the links but the interior of the magnet was not cleaned well making the joint weak. All a guess on my part.

(Is this what you guys mean when you say welded?)
Yeah. I wasn't sure what the term should be because when I think of solder I think of lead and I doubted they used lead on these.
 
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Archer1440

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Probably silver soldered. Then again it certainly could simply be superglued- there's a cyanoacrylate warning on the manual regarding that particular band, as well as some of the others.
 
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jimkraz

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Dec 14, 2007
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Wow!, I would expect that on a knock-off copy but not a band at £130, I bought a milanese bracelet with connectors for £19.99 and its better connected to the buckle that that.
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Newtons Apple

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Looks like it was glued to me and if done correctly this should not have happened. I would have like to see the mesh band go farther in the end piece to give the glue more surface area to bond to. Looks to be very shallow, not even a 1/8", more like a 16th which would not give a lot of bonding surface.

Apple will replace it without a question unless they detect abuse and i see none here.
 
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KojiH

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Looks like it was glued to me and if done correctly this should not have happened. I would have like to see the mesh band go farther in the end piece to give the glue more surface area to bond to. Looks to be very shallow, not even a 1/8", more like a 16th which would not give a lot of bonding surface.

Apple will replace it without a question unless they detect abuse and i see none here.
Exactly. Even if the end piece needed to be a fraction thicker I'm surprised that they didn't do that simply based on the fact that that is the only piece that is holding the entire thing together.
 
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xthine

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I should consider myself lucky that my watch didn't come flying off my wrist while I was swinging a bat. And it happened while you were tightening the band? Not good.
 
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OneMike

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that's not good. hopefully they swap it out easy, but that still doesn't seem too secure.
 
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Armen

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wow, how did you manage that? I had my Milanese Loop for 2 weeks before I exchanged it and was built really well.
 
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AppleWes

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(Not blaming you) Just curious- are you rough with the watch at all? Or like any other stress from work/etc placed on your wrist area?

This seems very rare. Hopefully it was just a manufacturing defect!
 
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honglong1976

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Jul 12, 2008
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Just curious. If you purchased a genuine milanese loop band from Apple and the strap broke causing the watch to get damaged. Where would you stand?
 
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