How does swapping bands wear the watch over time?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by manyelski, Jul 30, 2019.

  1. manyelski macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2014
    Hi all had the watch S4 for over a week now and love it. The swapping bands thing is a little tricky, it looks wobbly and insecure, the mechanism that swaps the bands look a little iffy and as something that will break down over a short period of time. Please share your experience so far, perhaps show a video with a certain technique of swapping bands in a harmless to the watch way, Thank you!
  2. mfram macrumors 65816

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    I've worn an Apple Watch for years and changed the band hundreds of times. I've never damaged the watch with genuine Apple bands nor with high-quality third party bands. If you have a low-quality third-party band, then I could see how the watch might get damaged. Don't use low-quality bands.
  3. Mw0103 macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2014
    Same as above. I had the original for over three years and changed bands at least once a day. Same with my series 3 and now series 4. Never had an issue with the watch or the Apple bands.
  4. ruslan120 macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2009
    +1 to OEM bands.

    I would be wary of off-brand bands, particularly the metal ones that can scratch up the display.
  5. Relentless Power, Jul 31, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2019

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    “Over a short period of time”? No, not even close. I’ve switched bands probably over 1000 times [I’ve probably owned 25 bands, both OE/third party]on my Apple Watch(es), and the mechanism has never failed in the slightest or even glimpsed like it would. All you’re simply doing is pushing down on a button, sliding the band until the lugs connect and waiting for it to securely click into place. That’s it. Can the connector fail? Sure. But I don’t think I’ve ever read a case on this Apple Watch forum that it actually happened or even remotely heard anything of such.
  6. Hi Tek macrumors regular

    Hi Tek

    Sep 27, 2015
    Canada, Hali
  7. KeanosMagicHat macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2012
    As far as technique goes, I’m right handed, wear the Watch on my left wrist with the Crown top right.

    I personally find it easier to remove the band going away from the Crown and replace it by pushing toward the crown.

    As usual though YMMV.
  8. pdxmatts macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2013
    Portland, OR
    Are you talking about the button you need to push to remove the bands?
  9. manyelski thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2014
    Thanks all. So I wear bands that cost like $5-10 look and feel the same as the original ones?? Should I goo deeper and buy original one?
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  10. Akrapovic macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2018
    I only have 1 real Apple band but I swap mine constantly. No issues. I’ve never read of any issues to be honest.
  11. mizmimi02 macrumors 6502


    Feb 27, 2014
    Dayton, Ohio
    I have all Apple branded bands, and I swap mine regularly (maybe 4-5 times a week). I haven’t noticed any issues with removing them, the button, or wear in the watch itself. I’m a habitual band switcher. My daughter has knockoff bands, and she hasn’t noticed an issue either. Some of the cheap bands are really nice.
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The cheaper third-party bands look like the OEM Apple bands, but they don’t feel the same at all. Apples bands are much thicker and use better quality materials than third-party bands do, even though they do resemble each other. And that’s not to say anything bad about third-party bands, but it’s a difference of quality in the materials used.
  13. tarsins macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2009
    The problem with cheap bands is not so much that they may damage the watch but they may - and often do - break causing your expensive watch to plummet to the floor.
  14. ericwn macrumors 68030

    Apr 24, 2016
    Had one third party band that just didn’t fit well I to the watch body. All others are original Apple bands. Still using the same watch from 2015 with no problem from the bands whatsoever.
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Haven’t had that happen. I owned quite a few third-party bands, none of which failed on me. But I also make sure I read reviews before purchasing these bands to see what others were saying about the durability/reliability as well.

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