Metal Link Bracelet Options

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  1. mightyjabba, May 8, 2015
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    I thought I'd make a thread for discussing metal bracelet options for the Apple Watch. As of this moment, I only know of two.

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    The Apple stainless link bracelet is the obvious first choice, but at $449 for the 42mm version, it is fairly expensive compared to other metal link smartwatch bracelets. Yes I know about the ingenious resizing mechanism and that it's not that expensive compared to luxury timepiece bands, but it's still more than a low-end iPad which is hard for me to get my head around. I'm still tempted by it.

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    The other is the Monowear "silver metal" band. At $99, it's a lot cheaper than the Apple version, but it appears to be identical to this band you can get for $less than $20 at Aliexpress, so it seems that what Monowear is doing is attaching Apple Watch compatible connectors to a cheap metal band. This doesn't really appeal to me that much. If I wanted to use an existing band, I could just get an adapter like the Click myself.

    Speaking of which... Are there any metal bands out there that would work well with the Click? Or any other metal bands that other manufacturers have announced? [EDIT: I see that Click is offering what appears to be the same band as Monowear for $14.99, plus the cost of the adapter.]
     
  2. antnee macrumors regular

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    Good thread to start on. I got the Milanese but I cant stomach personally spending 450.00 JUST for a band. Hopefully there is some traction on 3rd party options.
     
  3. mightyjabba thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I found one other possibility in this thread by Whtchdr. Although he switched the classic buckle over to this metal link from Amazon, I would assume there is nothing to stop us from using Click to do the same thing. Here's how it looks. Not bad at all!

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    My issue is the cost....hard for me to justify that price. I have the Milanese which is fine but I really prefer a link band. My wrist is small (140m). I've confirmed with mono wear their band is too big. I think I'm going to pick up the adapters being sold on Etsy...should arrive early June and then spend 50 bucks on a nice link band from our local Jewlery store so they can adjust it for me. I can handle 80 bucks but I can't justify 400.00.

    Cheers,
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    i am a click away trying to find videos on reviews but nothing :(
     
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    I thought about buying the Hoco metal link, but at the end I think I prefer the adaptor used in the monowear for the metal link. It's chunkier and IMO fits the look of the metal link better.
     
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    do you have a link to it?
     
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    It's the same one the OP posted in the picture.

    http://www.monoweardesign.com/shop/silver-metal

    Hopefully the actual product is as advertised...
     
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    As I mentioned in another thread, I ordered the Hoco band and will post when I get it, although it's possible it might not arrive before I leave for an extended trip at the end of the month.
     
  11. wileycoyote macrumors member

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    I would just be sure they can be sized and how big they are. Very rarely will a link band fit perfect, it's especially important with the Apple Watch as you want to avoid a lot of play in how the watch sits.
     
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    It's nice looking. Probably a high Nickel content so those with allergies should be cautious.

    I don't really like how any of the link bands attach to the watch though. They should be integral to the case design, not attached to a bar. But for $400 difference in price, I'm sure many people can get used to it.
     
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    One thing about the Hoco band is that it doesn't appear to have any fine-adjustment holes, which means that the smallest adjustment you can make is adding or removing a large-ish link. The original Pebble Steel band was this way, and it was a massive pain, as I was between links. I could get either too loose, or too tight, so I had to replace the clasp with a new one which had fine holes.

    In the Monowear, based on the picture, you've got a few holes to move the bar to, in order to adjust with more detail than single links.

    It's a tiny detail, but it's huge pain when it's missing and you need it. I'd be careful of bands without some mechanism for that.
     
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    I emailed one of the sellers for the Hoco Bracelet and I was told it comes with a tool to adjust it to any size you need......for the price I'm going to bite and try it - hopefully a decent adapter will be out soon and I can get a nicer bracelet still cheaper than Apple's version soon if the Hoco doesn't pan out. Monowear bracelet is too big for my wrist (140mm) - I've already confirmed with them so it doesn't seem as adjustable as Apple's or the Hoco.

    Cheers,
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  17. rhsmd1 macrumors member

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    Any 22mm bracelet or band will work with the click.

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    The picture of the Hoco clasp tells me it is a cheap-o. I have many years of high end watch bracelet experience.
    if you want to look at better quality bands and bracelets which will fit the click( needs to be a 22 mm), look at strapped for time.

    www.strappedfortime.com
     
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    Since you've got some expertise, what should we be looking for? What makes a good link bracelet? What do you think of the Apple model?
     
  19. tommyd75 macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone ordered the Hoco stainless steel "5 bead" version. It has a nicer lug that clicks into the watch. It doesn't have the large curved tubes coming out of it like some others or the leather band types. It is better looking in my opinion. I've seen them on Amazon for 39.99. [​IMG]
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    I love my HOCO.
     

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    That's the band that I have just ordered from eBay.
    It should be with me on Friday

     
  22. trek360 macrumors 6502

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    Please let us know how it looks when it arrives. Can you post a link to the seller you went thru?
     
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    Your watch is 38 or 42 mm?

    Can you post more photos?

    My HOCO is in transit
     
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    42mm. And I have a pretty small wrist. I think the 38 is way too small, even for me!
     

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