Classic Buckle band feels fake & cheap

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  1. gusping macrumors 6502

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    So having had my watch for well over a week I can't help but think the classic buckle band feels almost fake and like plastic. Anyone else feel the same?
     
  2. jbachandouris macrumors 68040

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    Mine comes tomorrow and that isn't what I wanted to hear.

    The more I think about it, the more tempted I am to buy a Citizen Ecodrive instead...not.

    Hopefully others will chime in and re-assure me.
     
  3. willismac macrumors member

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    Classic Buckle band feels fake & cheap

    I have only tried it in store but thought this band was the best.
     
  4. DreamPod macrumors 65816

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    Feels like leather to me. Note that the two pieces of leather are glued together, not stitched together, so maybe that affects the feeling of it?
     
  5. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    I disagree. Personally, I feel the leather is soft and supple and nothing like most stiff, thick, chunky new leather bands. Feels as soft as a well-worn band but otherwise new and pristine.
     
  6. Techchic macrumors newbie

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    I totally disagree. I just received my 38mm SS with BCB today, and there is nothing plasticky about it. If anything the feel is a bit 'cardboard-y' but that is totally NORMAL for a brand new leather strap. Leather gets better with use/age.

    As a woman, I was a little bit afraid that the classic buckle would look too masculine (I am too far from a store to have done a try-on), but the buckle on the 38mm is nicely proportioned.

    Its quite comfy!! Of course its only Day One and I'm over the moon!!
     
  7. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It looks fairly plain and mass-produced, but I wouldn't call it "cheap" or plasticky. To be fair, it's made by ECCO, and if you've ever had a pair of ECCO shoes, you'd recognize it instantly. It's the same type of machine mill-pattern leather (i.e. uniform from watch to watch) you'd expect. It's definitely made in multiple pieces and glued together. The smooth strip along each side feels somewhat rubbery. However, I think it will hold up well, and it feels comfortable to me. Most leather bands I've bought, including ones of comparable price, have fallen apart after about a year. I think this one should last 2 years easily. The Classic Band is plain, but functional, and the actual buckle part is better than on any other watch I've had.

    That said, I do have a Milanese Loop on order for when I want something a little dressier.
     
  8. Extoll macrumors member

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    yeah it doesn't feel like leather i am use to. but wouldn't say its fake. also you guys see u can easily put any 22mm band on since we have classic leather one? video on unbox therapy page.
     
  9. flur macrumors 68000

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    Nope, they're stitched, at least on mine. They are very tiny stitches (as they should be), making it hard to tell, but they're there. Same on the strap holder.

    I love mine. Looks like leather, feels like leather, stretches out like leather. I've no complaints.
     
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

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    To the second poster, be aware that it has a soft, matte finish, and not a shiny polished finish like some leather band. Perhaps some people find it "cheap" looking because of that, but I don't.
     
  11. gusping thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I do like it as a band, I'm just questioning the durability.
    Anyway, I'm returning my watch.
     
  12. Smartdrive macrumors regular

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    That's what you get with a 1st gen product.
    A new breed of cow needs time. Get more software updates into them and it will be better.

    Oh wait...
     
  13. Techchic macrumors newbie

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    You are returning your watch because you don't like the black classic band? Why don't you just exchange the band?
     
  14. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I think the durability is the last question for this band. It should last quite a while.

    Why are you returning the watch?
     
  15. gusping thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Although I was really looking forward to the watch, I can't justify £600 on something I don't need in my life which is also a bit buggy (I know they will fix it with updates). I will definitely get version 2 and in the meantime I might sell my iPad and use the watch money to get the new macbook.
     
  16. mbhforum macrumors 6502

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    My co worker got the Classic Buckle and it felt like styrofoam to me. I was unimpressed and felt for $100 cheaper, the sports band was a better value.
     
  17. KPOM macrumors G5

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    The sport band feels cheap to me, and is difficult to put on. I was skeptical of the classic band and bought it only so that I'd be in the initial shipping window, but now that I have it I think it's a good choice. There is barely an indentation on it after 10 days of usage. With most other bands it's pretty obvious early on.
     
  18. gusping thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Exactly, it feels weird.
     
  19. KPOM macrumors G5

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    For those who don't have it, a close approximation of the actual leather feel is halfway between the aniline leather iPhone 5S case and the iPhone 6 case. The band itself is thicker than most, with a smooth surface along the side. It's a bit "springy."
     
  20. wit4breakfast macrumors member

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    You need to check again my friend.

    These are bonded leather bands, a hallmark of low cost production. There is absolutely no doubt that the band mark-up is astronomical.

    I was very disappointed when I saw/felt them. I'm going with a sport strap until there is a proper 3rd party alligator leather option.
     
  21. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    I tried on the classic buckle band in store, and while it does feel like leather, it was thicker and heavier than the watch bands I used to wear back when I used to wear watches. Just to confirm my memory, I stopped by a watch store this weekend and asked to see some leather bands. They were light and thin, like I remembered.

    I think it's a matter of taste and preference. Some people will love the classic buckle band, and others won't.
     
  22. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020

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    It has a weird texture- like others have said above; it's like cardboard or styrofoam.

    It is comfortable though and looks relatively conservative. With the visible grain, it doesn't necessarily look cheap.
     
  23. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It's mass-produced. However, I've had higher-end bands that have fallen apart after a year. Apple was going for durability and ease of production with this one.
     
  24. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a

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    The leather band seems to be laminated 3-ply. That is, a thin synthetic inner layer with a laminated thin inner and out covering of leather. I don't think it is leather through and through. I think the inner liner is needed to assure good, safe attachment to the watch fittings that would too hard to get from leather alone. I pulled a binocular microscope out and you can see the build by focusing in on the punched holes for the buckle tongue. It is clearly three distinct layers bonded together. Which is fine, it's an engineered material. Nothing wrong with that. I like mine, but am getting a sport band too for active wear and leaving the leather for work and such.
     
  25. StophMac24 macrumors 6502

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    If you don't like it, change the band.....classic buckle might not be a bad buy after this:

    http://www.macrumors.com/2015/05/04/apple-watch-classic-buckle-band-parts-disassemble/

    Given that the 38MM versions are shipping very fast (ordered one for my wife Thursday, charged and shipped Saturday, be here tomorrow), isn't a bad buy at all for someone who wants it quick and wants the ability to use almost any 22MM band.
     

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