MartyCan

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I was hoping they'd come out with this and sure enough they announce it today. But once the store goes back on line I find out that the Space Black version is C$279 while the regular ML is still C$199.

If it had been the same price I think I would have ordered it on the spot. But for nearly $300 I can be content with the cheap 3rd party black ML I got for $50 on Amazon.ca

Apple's is nicer for sure but it's not THAT much nicer.
 

MecPro

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Its like the Steel Link Apple watch being cheaper than the Black Steel version

Unless there is an actual difference, otherwise looks like nothing more than a shafting
 

T-Will

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I assume more goes into the process of coating it with black. I might be wrong.
 

MartyCan

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It may indeed cost more to make but it's still more than I am willing to put out for one. If they'd been closer in price I would have been tempted.
 

BarracksSi

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I'm keeping an eye on this thread just to see if the black finish stands up to being dragged through the lug attachment every day.

No other mesh watch band I've ever seen is a "loop" style. I'd be amazed if the coating stays intact.

(on the other hand, I'm in the minority who feels that a black-coated tool, such as a sporty watch, looks even better as the coating gets smoothed away)
 

Karnicopia

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In my experience the DLC coating is really tough. After about a year I still can't find a mark on my SB watch or link bracelet. Not at the connector either or butterfly clasp. That's the biggest reason I haven't gone 3rd party I was hoping Apple would make a DLC version. I guess we'll have to wait and see but that has been my experience with DLC so I'm not too concerned that stuff has been incredibly durable for me, better than I was expecting honestly.
 

T-Will

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My OEM link bracelet had wear after just a few weeks.

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Karnicopia

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Yeah you should have taken that back for sure that doesn't look normal to me. I know some people had DLC coming off quickly and it was problems with how it was applied and they took the return. Hell I'd just give it a shot in case they can tell its manufacturing defect. Worst thing they could say is no. Haven't seen many OEM link with SG sport, they match up really well!
 
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h9826790

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I want to get one as well. This is what I want from the very very beginning. However, I already have the bracelet, and I have a silver watch with milanese loop. TBH, the bracelet is more comfortable most of the time. The milanese is just easier to adjust (both intentionally or unintentionally).

I may still buy this one as my 2nd band just in case sometime I want to use it. but I may hold until I confirm it's a DLC coating milanese loop.

Anyway, I wear my watch >20hr per day, and my DLC coated bracelet has zero damage as expected since day 1 (last July).
 

AppleFan360

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I was hoping Apple would release the black Milanese loop. Ordered it on the spot and it will be here tomorrow. I think it should look fine with my black sport. Will post pics here when I get it.
 

parseckadet

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I'm interested to hear how it holds up to scuffs as well. One of the major drawbacks of the original milanese loop was the magnetic clasp getting scratches easily. I got the leather loop because I wanted the ability to easily fine tune the adjustment, but I dislike having to take the watch off to do dishes and such.

Anyone get one yet who owns the SS AW? I'd love to see pictures of that combo.
 
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