It's better to buy a watch with sports band first, then buy a second premium band

EdisEdward

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if you want a second band, buy the sport band with your watch, and if you buy a second premium band separately, u will get a nice case with it!! If u but the watch initially with a premium band, and get the sport band separately, it doesn't come in the nice plastic case :)
 

bunnicula

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if you want a second band, buy the sport band with your watch, and if you buy a second premium band separately, u will get a nice case with it!! If u but the watch initially with a premium band, and get the sport band separately, it doesn't come in the nice plastic case :)
That's true unless you're buying a band that you cannot buy (Modern Buckle) separately (also, Black SS with Black Link). Then, you just have to buy the watch.

The MB will be available... sometime? No clue when. I have a case for my ML and my hubby has one for his Link band because we were able to order them that way. The cases are nice.
 

NotSafeForWork

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Question is where to sell an old band you no longer want? I have a Milanese I am thinking of selling and going with a Link.
 

jasie02

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The only thing to consider premier band with original AW purchase is if you plan on getting a Applecare+.
Apple has been very good on included original accessories as part of Applecare/Applecare+. I had replace several Mac accessories items was part of original purchasing in the past, after 1 years and before end of warranty, like power supply, DVI adaptor, Ethernet adaptor, and each time Apple genius will open a new box, give me a new one from the new box without package, then put defective one into new box to process as defective "new" item.
Not sure how apple will handle watch band damage between 1st and 2nd year for sports and watch edition, but if needed there is always possibility they could do the same as they did for me with defective Mac original accessories as part of Applecare/Applecare+ .

From footnote of AppleCare+ for Apple Watch support page:
"1. Service coverage is available only for the Apple Watch and its original included accessories that are defective in materials or workmanship…."
 

EdisEdward

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The only thing to consider premier band with original AW purchase is if you plan on getting a Applecare+.
Apple has been very good on included original accessories as part of Applecare/Applecare+. I had replace several Mac accessories items was part of original purchasing in the past, after 1 years and before end of warranty, like power supply, DVI adaptor, Ethernet adaptor, and each time Apple genius will open a new box, give me a new one from the new box without package, then put defective one into new box to process as defective "new" item.
Not sure how apple will handle watch band damage between 1st and 2nd year for sports and watch edition, but if needed there is always possibility they could do the same as they did for me with defective Mac original accessories as part of Applecare/Applecare+ .

From footnote of AppleCare+ for Apple Watch support page:
"1. Service coverage is available only for the Apple Watch and its original included accessories that are defective in materials or workmanship…."

hmm thats a great point, however, for the apple watch, it is less likely to "break" bc it is not like some sort of electronic accessory like a charger or something. i think the case is worth the opportunity cost
 

NM08SRT8

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if you want a second band, buy the sport band with your watch, and if you buy a second premium band separately, u will get a nice case with it!! If u but the watch initially with a premium band, and get the sport band separately, it doesn't come in the nice plastic case :)
It's cheaper to buy the nice band first. I could give two shi%s less about a "nice case".
 

CharlesShaw

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Last week I canceled, then re-ordered the 42mm SS with sport band and the link bracelet separately this time. I figured there's a chance that Apple will offer an updated SS watch in a year or two that still fits this year's link bracelet and I won't be able to resist, but will want to keep my link bracelet. The watch will sell for a higher price on eBay (or make a nicer hand me down) if it includes all the original, unused accessories (I've already purchased a 1 meter charging cable to use instead of the 2 meter cable, and I don't like the black sport band, so leaving the original accessories in the box will be easy).
 

EdisEdward

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It is if you don't want a sport band at all.
Uhm ok...and it is also cheaper to get a moto 360. We are not talking about getting a watch with one premium band, we are discussing buying 2 bands (one premium, one sport)
 

KojiH

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Actually I think that the most cost effective to buy the Watch with a Sport band and then go with aftermarket bracelet/strap options if you want additional choices.

You can get some really amazing aftermarket bracelets and straps for much less than what Apple charges for theirs. And with a set of $15 strap adapters you can use almost ANY traditional wristwatch aftermarket strap or bracelet. For example, the solid 316L stainless steel multilink SuperEngineer II bracelet from StrapCode is well under $200. I am currently wearing my 42mm SS Watch w/ strap adapters on a 24mm aftermarket polished tungsten bracelet with a hidden dual deployant clasp that I bought for under $100. There are many online retailers that specialize in watch straps and bracelets.
 

EdisEdward

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Actually I think that the most cost effective to buy the Watch with a Sport band and then go with aftermarket bracelet/strap options if you want additional choices.

You can get some really amazing aftermarket bracelets and straps for much less than what Apple charges for theirs. And with a set of $15 strap adapters you can use almost ANY traditional wristwatch aftermarket strap or bracelet. For example, the solid 316L stainless steel multilink SuperEngineer II bracelet from StrapCode is well under $200. I am currently wearing my 42mm SS Watch w/ strap adapters on a 24mm aftermarket polished tungsten bracelet with a hidden dual deployant clasp that I bought for under $100. There are many online retailers that specialize in watch straps and bracelets.

Link to all items u mentioned. Hesitant on third party adapters until they are apple certified...I read on a thread that some guy claims the stainless steel on the watch may rust or something if it is in contact with certain chemicals used on the adapters. I'm not a scientist tho
 

KojiH

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Link to all items u mentioned. Hesitant on third party adapters until they are apple certified...I read on a thread that some guy claims the stainless steel on the watch may rust or something if it is in contact with certain chemicals used on the adapters. I'm not a scientist tho
I think you are referring to the electrochemical reaction of galvanic corrosion when bare aluminum is in contact with steel.

The aftermarket strap adapters are stainless steel like the Watch so corrosion shouldn't be an issue.

But if you are that concerned about it you can get an Apple Classic Buckle strap and use the adapters from them as they're the same design.

As far as links I suggest you type in Super Engineer II and Strap Code into your favorite search engine or Amazon/EBay.
 

NovemberWhiskey

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A SS watch with the sport band is $652.91 after tax in CA. A SS watch with a Milanese or BCB is $761.91. So it's about $109.00 difference between the two to upgrade to either the BCB or the Milanese Loop.

If you buy the Sport band separately, it's $53.41. So the total for both if you start with the Milanese or BCB is 815.32.

If you buy the Sport first, then the Milanese of BCB, you end up at $815.32, but you get the case that band came in.

So yes, it should be better to start with the most basic model and buy nicer bands later assuming you buy everything at full Apple retail pricing and don't sell any bands for a profit.

In other words, if you buy a Milanese loop now, and sell the loop separately for a profit, then you go back and buy a sport band at a discount from a third party (ebay, CL), then you would end up in a better place than buying sport to start.
 

Mkuzmenko

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Feb 26, 2013
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It's actually better to buy the more expensive band if you purchase AppleCare+.

The serial number registered is for the SKU (watch and band) that was initially purchased. When I called to request an express replacement, I was sent another package of the same watch and band that I initially purchased. I purchased a leather loop band that I wanted to ensure would be covered in the event that it was involved an accidental damage incidental, and was initially told that only the original band shipped with watch was covered.

Talking with a SR support specialist after considering retuning my SS WSB for SS BLL, I was told that the accessories are similar to how non-serialized accessories would work for a Mac. In this case, an additional Mac book charger purchased would be covered under the original AppleCare+ purchased for the Mac book.

I said that I would love to just take him at his word, but there is so much misinformation on what is and isn't covered. He noted my apple account and apple watch hardware in the system so that the information remained true if I ever had an issue.

Hope this helps.
 
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Mkuzmenko

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I misspoke. I just receive my express replacement under AppleCare+, and all that is in the box is just the watch portion.
 

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flur

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Wouldn't have been better for me. I wanted an SS watch with a black leather band and a colored (not white or black) sports band. As they don't sell the SS watch with non-black/white bands, I would have ended up with a sport band I didn't want.
 
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