Surprised at Milanese loop price

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by bniu, May 11, 2015.

  1. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    I ordered the Milanese loop band with my watch and I'm honestly surprised that it's priced the same as the classic buckle and leather loop. I tried the classic buckle and it just felt cheap, and the leather loop was kind of boring for me. Given how expensive the link bracelet is, I thought the Milanese loop would be something like 249-349 as a metal alternative to the link bracelet. Many others that I know who also have the Milanese loop comment how it makes the watch look classier and more dressed up at the same price.

    Anyone else think the same?
  2. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    In my opinion the 42mm Stainless Steel pricing should be as follows:

    Sport Band $549
    Classic Buckle $599
    Leather Loop $649
    Milanese Loop $699
    Link Bracelet $899
    Space Black Link $999

    All 38mm versions $50 less as is. 38mm Modern Buckle $699

    Or simply eliminate the Sport band from the Stainless Steel version, start pricing on the 42mm as it is now at $599 but with the Classic Buckle included and then those that want a Sport band for their SS model can get it for $50.
  3. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    In the real watch world SS bands are not necessarily more expensive than leather. What is surprising is that Apple can price any of its bands at such multiples over what a similar band would cost at a good watch shop.

    For example a replacement 3rd party SS link bracelet at a watch shop runs about $60. A nice faux crocodile leather band is maybe $10 less at $50.

    Now the OEM bands for the high end brands are in the multiple hundred, but the quality over what Apple is selling is also infinitely better too. For example, the leather used in Apple's bands is really equivalent to a cast of remnant used for a $599 leather couch sold at a discount furniture shop. No quality there at all.
  4. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    Steel doesn't mean expensive, and leather doesn't mean cheap.

    Just because the Milanese Loop is made from the same material as the more expensive Link Bracelet, doesn't mean it should also be expensive.

    The link bracelet is a feat of engineering, right up there with some of the best link bracelet designs around. The Milanese Loop is not.
  5. rosario1990 macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2015
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    That's right! Many of them think about it.
  6. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Apple must be making s killing selling those leather loop bands at $150 a pop, probably cost them $5 to make
  7. hallidc macrumors 6502


    Sep 26, 2013
    Especially the link bracelet - selling for $599 here in Canada...:eek::eek:
  8. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    For $599 you can buy a Swiss made sapphire crystal display watch, but in apples pricing you get a made in China link bracelet
  9. Denmac1 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2007
    Lost in Space
    I thought the leather and classic bands were somewhat overpriced. Also where I live gets very hot in the summer and thought that any sweat would not be a positive thing for the leather. I had decided on the SS because of the Sapphire & back. Pricing against ordering with the Sports band against the Milanese worked out to be about the same, so ordered the Milanese and am now waiting for my BS for a change out. I thought the Milanese would sell out quickly so ordered that combination first. Still waiting for my BS.

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