Original Apple watch bands - not from Apple!

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by lympero, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. lympero macrumors 6502a

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    I'm trying to find authentic Apple watch bands but I cannot purchase directly from Apple. Are there any online retailers in Europe which sell Apple watch bands?

    I have tried Amazon, handtec, mobilefun with no luck so far.
     
  2. Jmona macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately it sounds like you're best bet would be eBay since I haven't seen OEM Apple Bands on Amazon or any other site for that matter in exception for eBay.

    Now if it is a Sports Band you're looking for, there's several vendors whom have clones that range between $11-30.00 per silicone band which tend to be half the thickness, lighter, some have said even softer and although not the strong quality of Apple's, they're still good enough for the super affordable price compared to the almost $50 you must pay for Apples Branded Sports Bands.
    The same goes for Milanese, Leather Loops and even the Link which you can actually look at the Non OEM thread and you'll find answers to this question. Bearing in mind that that info is solely relied on clone products. Some good and some bad and also will tell you what eBay sellers are safe to buy from and in your case since you're in Europe, you'll be able to interact with other forum members whom are European and have dealt with third party sellers that may ship to your country of destination.
    But again, that's for clones from the Originals, I doubt that you'll be able to find OEM Apple bands anywhere else but Apple or eBay for that matter.
    I hope this helps!
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    ebay, I don't even think amazon sells them.
     
  4. lympero thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the help! It seems that I'll have to wait for Apple to officially launch Apple watch in Greece!
     
  5. broadbean macrumors 6502a

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    I know Apple has appointed certain retailers in countries that offer the Apple Watch. Not sure if they are able to sell just the bands. If so, they might be easier to get than from Apple directly.
     
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    What band is it your after?
     
  7. lympero thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Leather loop and classic
     
  8. batristain macrumors 6502

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    Can you purchase from Bestbuy.com - they are selling OEM Apple bands now - in store and on their website?
     
  9. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    Yep! Saw them yesterday. Still the same high prices though unfortunately.
     
  10. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

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    Looking for a stainless steel 3rd party band is proving to be a pain. Lots of mixed reviews :(
     
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  12. silvermx5, Aug 28, 2015
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    Hi
    I live in Portugal and we also don't have any date for AW and bands
    This is how I got an AW Sport 42 with white band+ 1 Sport Black band + 1m cable charger; from Apple Store Germany to Portugal (arrived June 1st :) )

    Best way:

    Create an account at an online shipping forwader (SF), like this: Mailbox.de (mailboxde.com)
    This will give you a mailbox address in Germany.
    Log to Apple Online Store Germany (www.apple.com/de)
    Buy online with your Greek credit card and your Apple ID; the billing address is of your greek credit card.
    Set the delivery address for the german address given by the shipping forwarder (be carefull about the rules to compose the address lines, this info is at the SF page).
    As soon as the package arrives at the SF, they'll send you an email, asking how you want (and the cost) to get it delivered to Greece (Deutsche, Post, UPS, etc.) insurance included.
    You pay the SF to get it delivered to Greece and you can track the parcel online through (UPS, etc.) website.

    I advise a german SF, because some people had trouble with french and uk SF, and some AWatch were lost.

    If you need to know the size and weight of an AWbox (Sport and Watch have different sizes and weight, and size of Band box, do a search here at the AW Forum)

    Good luck
     

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