How to tell if band is real or fake?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by Jeremy12345, May 17, 2016.

  1. Jeremy12345 macrumors regular

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    How do you tell if the space black link bracelet is real?
    Pics?
     
  2. Dino F macrumors 68020

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    ...well, if you bought it from Apple, then its real, if not, its fake!
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  3. Jeremy12345 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not from Apple :( I'll post some images if that helps
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Where did you buy it? Did it come in the apple packaging?
     
  5. Jeremy12345 thread starter macrumors regular

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    On a website like eBay I talked to the seller and the watch band came with the watch but the seller sold the watch so I bought the band it came with the original box u buy with the stainless steel apple watches and the link cloth and pouch
     

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  6. Dino F macrumors 68020

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    ...not being funny but there's no way of knowing if your band is real or fake from them pics! I have 2 fake steel bands, bought from Amazon, and they both look EXACTLY like yours.

    ..and on another note - why would the seller sell the watch and not the steel band, if thats the band which came with the watch when he bought it?? Makes no sense??!?!
    :confused:
     
  7. Jeremy12345 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does your 1 have the engraving inside ?
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Agreed, and that leads me to think its not an authentic band. I don't think images really help in terms of confirming (or denying) the authenticity of the band.
     
  9. Jeremy12345 thread starter macrumors regular

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    she told me her husband keept the watch and switched to another band
     
  10. Binarymix macrumors 6502a

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    It's real. It has the engraving and the box says it came with the link bracelet. Plus the clasp is slightly different than the knockoffs.
     
  11. chuyn macrumors 6502

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    Agreed, it has the same engravings as mine (SS though). As far as I've seen, none of the knock-offs have the engravings. Plus, their clasp buttons look more rounded edges and seem more spaced out. I've always noticed the clasp looking a bit different on any of the different generations of knock-offs vs the original. Also, on the replica space black bracelets I've seen, the ends are not polished. They're brushed like the rest of the band. The genuine one is brushed on the front/back but polished on the sides to match the watch.
    As for why he'd sell the band, I've actually heard of a lot of people who didn't really like the link bracelet, but had to get one at launch because it was the only way to get the space black watch.
     
  12. Jeremy12345 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks also does it have assmbled in China on it ?
     

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  13. chuyn macrumors 6502

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    Yes, it does
     
  14. Jeremy12345 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Any other markings ?
     
  15. chuyn macrumors 6502

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    No, just the Assembled in China on one end and the 42mm 316L Stainless Steel on the clasp.
     
  16. Jeremy12345 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just checked my band sides match my watch ?
     
  17. chuyn macrumors 6502

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    For the space black, they should match. Front/back are brushed, while the sides are polished like the watch.

    The stainless steel link bracelet is brushed all around.

    And as far as I know, knock-off space black link bracelets are brushed all around. Don't hold me to that though, as any new generation of knock-off may have been modified to have polished sides as well. But so far, it looks like they're all brushed on the sides.
     

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