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mikedop

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Hello!

I often take discussion in other threads on here on the topic of Apple Watch bands, and over the past few months, I’ve learned a lot about different OEM bands that I never even knew existed. Unfortunately, this content often gets buried, and anyone who doesn’t see the Post before the next page is introduced misses out. That’s why I’m making this thread!

What counts as a “rare” band?
Great question! I define rare bands as the bands that you’d be surprised to find at retail value. For example, rare bands include...

- Discontinued seasonal releases that are now HTF, such as Ultra Violet or Marine Green.
- Employee releases, such as Close Your Rings 2.0 & 3.0
- Unreleased colors, such as the Chinese New Year
- Location based releases, such as the Rio Olympics collection
- Bundled bands exclusive to certain watches, such as Hermès Orange or Light Bone

These definitions are not absolute, and should only serve as a reference. Feel free to post any photos, links, articles, listings, or other content of OEM bands you consider rare!

Quick Links:

2018 Close Your Rings
2019 Close Your Rings
2016 Olympics Collection
2017 Chinese New Year
“Apple Park” Woven Nylon
 
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jwlbel

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Here are a few "rare" bands.
 

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mikedop

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What about these ones:

1) Hermes Medor Bands (super-limited)
2) Apple International Collection Bands (unique)
3) Apple Empolyee Rewards Band (Pride 2016, Close Your Rings Woven Nylon + Sport Loop)
4) Dual-tone bands - White/Pebble with white ceramic pin, Grey/Black with grey ceramic pin
Yep, yep, yep, & yep! Anything exclusive or relatively unknown is welcome!
 
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Sports Loop hyper grape is still my favorite, glad I got it before it became rare. Anything similar that has come out lately?
 
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Deep.sky

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I, being poor, resorted to a knockoff 😢 It’s actually not bad. Lugs fit nice, the loop looks pretty good, but the blue lug is a very pale blue instead of what it should be. Financial realities for me dictate that some of the super rare (and thus super expensive) bands will require either doing without or resorting to a decent knockoff.

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I have a ton of bands. Here’s a couple of my Hermès bands. The comments about the Hyper Grape Sport Loop got me thinking that I haven’t seen mine in a while. I moved recently so it’s probably in a box somewhere...I hope.
 

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mikedop

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I have a ton of bands. Here’s a couple of my Hermès bands. The comments about the Hyper Grape Sport Loop got me thinking that I haven’t seen mine in a while. I moved recently so it’s probably in a box somewhere...I hope.
Where’d you move from? Gonna go buy the place and hopefully get a free hyper grape loop!
 
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