This isn't a case of affordability, just wisdom. I am not really a watch person - so it has taken a lot to convince me to wear something on my wrist again after so many years. I absolutely love the stainless steel models, but they are pricey. Not unaffordable pricey, but pricey none the less. I feel though I will have to settle on the sports model simply because is it wise at all to invest in a first generation Apple product. We know how it goes, it will be replaced and replaced fast. What disappoints me is Apple have said nothing about whether pricey bands will remain compatable with future models. If they were then I would be happy to spend on a link bracket for example. What say you?