The Black Classic Buckle Looks Great on the Sport

perezr10

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Just out of curiousity I took the black classic buckle off of my Apple Watch and put it on my wife's Sport. It looks great. I thought maybe the shiny lugs would clash but they are hardly noticable. It gives the Sport some gravitas. I wouldn't hesitate at all to wear it in a business setting.

I have the Milanese Band and a blue sport in addition to my black leather and the BCB is fast becoming my favorite band. It never needs readjusting. You set it in the morning and it's good to go until you go to bed at night. It's also looks and feels very high quality once it's broken in. Some of the initial reports of it "feeling cheap" were probably because when it's brand new it's flat and stiff. I like that I don't have to worry about it getting scuffed on the bottom. It also feels comfortble resting on other things. Sometimes when I'm typing, I don't like the feel of metal resting between my arm and my desk or laptop. But the leather is not nearly as noticeable.
 

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Shanghaichica

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Just out of curiousity I took the black classic buckle off of my Apple Watch and put it on my wife's Sport. It looks great. I thought maybe the shiny lugs would clash but they are hardly noticable. It gives the Sport some gravitas. I wouldn't hesitate at all to wear it in a business setting.

I have the Milanese Band and a blue sport in addition to my black leather and the BCB is fast becoming my favorite band. It never needs readjusting. You set it in the morning and it's good to go until you go to bed at night. It's also looks and feels very high quality once it's broken in. Some of the initial reports of it "feeling cheap" were probably because when it's brand new it's flat and stiff. I like that I don't have to worry about it getting scuffed on the bottom. It also feels comfortble resting on other things. Sometimes when I'm typing, I don't like the feel of metal resting between my arm and my desk or laptop. But the leather is not nearly as noticeable.
Thanks for the pics and feedback. I'm thinking of picking up the BCB for my sports watch too. It looks very nice here.
 

placidity44

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It looks great OP. I'm looking at getting the 42MM stainless steel watch with the milanese loop. Haven't played around with that model yet.
 

perezr10

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Looks exactly like my USAMS band. Except I only paid $26 for it on amazon prime.
Congrats. That does look very similar.

But I disagree that they look "exactly" alike. This won't matter to alot of people but I dislike the texture and grain of the leather on that Amazon band in your picture. I'd be all for buying a third party leather band if I could find one for a fraction of the price but I haven't seen one with the same look, thickness, and construction of the Apple band.

The Apple band really does look and feel great.
 

perezr10

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Totally overpriced.. took mine back today.
Ha! I'm with you on that. It is so expensive. I mean, the leather iPhone cases cost how much? Around $50 and it's more leather. I could buy a decent leather jacket for $150.

I gotta think the majority of the cost is the metal lugs. You're not paying for the leather, you're paying for the lugs. The high sheen lustre and the tolerances required for the release mechanism probably required some expensive manufacturing techniques.

If I'm right about the lugs, than don't hold your breath on sub-$50 bands using the "official" Apple Lugs. So the question is how important are the lugs to you?
 

DynamicSausage

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This looks great! I've ordered a Space Grey sport with the black sports band but definitely want to upgrade. I was unsure about how they would look but I'm definitely going to be trying both the Milanese loop and the leather bands.
 

boy-better-know

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Just out of curiousity I took the black classic buckle off of my Apple Watch and put it on my wife's Sport. It looks great. I thought maybe the shiny lugs would clash but they are hardly noticable. It gives the Sport some gravitas. I wouldn't hesitate at all to wear it in a business setting.

I have the Milanese Band and a blue sport in addition to my black leather and the BCB is fast becoming my favorite band. It never needs readjusting. You set it in the morning and it's good to go until you go to bed at night. It's also looks and feels very high quality once it's broken in. Some of the initial reports of it "feeling cheap" were probably because when it's brand new it's flat and stiff. I like that I don't have to worry about it getting scuffed on the bottom. It also feels comfortble resting on other things. Sometimes when I'm typing, I don't like the feel of metal resting between my arm and my desk or laptop. But the leather is not nearly as noticeable.
You mention that you have the blue sport band? If you don't mind doing requests, would you please take a picture of your stainless steel watch with the blue band attached? I have just ordered a blue band for my SS Watch and have no idea if it'll look good.
 

Shanghaichica

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Thanks again for the pics OP. I did take the plunge and picked up the classic buckle for my sports watch. It looks very elegant. I think it might have over taken the Milanese loop as my favourite band.
 

Shanghaichica

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I honestly don't get how people thinks this looks good. The matte and shine are so ugly together.
Different strokes for different folks. The metal on the classic buckle is very minimal imo. Much more subtle than the Milanese loop for example.
 
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