Third Party Brown Leather Strap?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by joshuakrey, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. joshuakrey macrumors member

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    So I got an Apple Watch for my birthday (42 mm, space gray, aluminum) and I am looking to get a third party brown leather watch band to use during work days to go along with the black sports band included. I see there is a GREAT third party band thread above, and I am making my way through it, but I was wondering if someone has bought one they particularly liked and would like to suggest?
     
  2. rwilliams macrumors 68040

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    I have a Nomad brown leather strap for a 42 mm gold aluminum watch. I find it to be very comfortable and very nicely constructed. You should be able to find them at Best Buy for around $50.
     
  3. ifarlow, Oct 14, 2016
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    I purchased the Clockwork Synergy brown aged leather band and it arrived yesterday. I put it on my watch, tried it on, immediately removed it, and put it back in the box to return. Several issues for me:
    1. The watch band is thick. At 4mm, it's just too thick for me.
    2. The buckle is ginormous and it looks odd to me with how much wider the buckle is when compared to the band.
    3. The watch adapters didn't fit very well. They slid in well enough, but they were loose so I could rock them back and forth (pivoting around the spring locking mechanism if that makes sense).
    4. The watch adapters are a decent enough color compared to my space grey watch, but they are polished which makes them look strange to me when attached to a space grey case (which is matte).
    As a result of my disappointment with the Clockwork Synergy band, I ordered a Monowear Classic Leather band yesterday. According to Monowear, the bands are 2.5mm thick, which should be similar to the Apple leather bands, and their adapters and buckles are supposed to be matte versus polished. So, fingers crossed the Monowear band is a better option for me.
     
  4. yanki01 macrumors 68040

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    I opted for the brown leather loop from MoKo on amazon. So far i have the knockoff link bracelet, milanese and leather loop from MoKo. I have an OEM black leather loop that came with my 42mm SS watch along with an OEM black sports band. the magnet on the 3rd party leather loop is really good. good comparison to the OEM leather loop. I wear it to work the times i wear some brown. though at the moment, it doesn't look like the brown is available right now.

    https://www.amazon.com/MoKo-Premium...80994&sr=8-1&keywords=apple+leather+loop&th=1
     
  5. tromboneaholic macrumors 65816

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    I found the thickness of the band to be a plus versus the thin veneers that accessory manufactures like Nomad are pumping out. I don't know what your issue is with the buckle it's exactly what you would expect.
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    I have no affiliation with clockwork, but the squeaking sound the genuine saddle leather band makes when I'm putting it on is something everyone should experience.
     
  6. ifarlow macrumors regular

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    My issue is that I find it to be too big. I don't like it. It's as simple as that.
     
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    I recently ordered my wife a blue leather strap from Monowear and she really likes it. It's not as nice as the official Apple straps but considering the price it is worth it.
     
  10. sh0ebox macrumors member

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    Other than hazel nut I ordered the cobalt blue color. I was interested in navy but felt the cobalt was a little more interesting and distinguishable from black.

    I was pretty tempted by lava also, though!
     
  11. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. Strongly considering Navy, Lava, or Concrete depending on how flashy I want it to be. Alternatively, Espresso/Cobalt/Pumpkin. The problem is I like all of them!

    Looking forward to your impressions.
     
  12. joshuakrey thread starter macrumors member

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    The Monowear one looks nice. Let me know what you think when it arrives.
     
  13. ifarlow macrumors regular

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    It has arrived.

    Right out of the box, this band is clearly more of what I was looking for. It's not as thick (2.5mm according to Monowear) as the Clockwork Synergy band I tried, the buckle is hardly wider that the band itself, and the adapters fit much better in the case without wiggling. The adapters and the buckle are a flat black (charcoal, perhaps) which, while not a match for the space grey case, look much better to me than the glossy black buckle and glossy grey adapter that Clockwork Synergy used on their band I tried. The adapter and buckle color resembles the adapter color of the Apple black nylon band, if you've seen that one.

    I am very pleased with the Monowear band. So pleased, in fact, that I'm headed to the site to buy a black one to supplement the brown one I have.

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  14. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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    I have the same band and love it. I actually darkened it with brown leather polish and really like the look. It wears nicely.
     
  15. perezr10, Nov 19, 2016
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    Count me in as another happy Clockwork Synergy Leather band owner. I have a saddle brown leather band and I absolutely love it. My favorite part about it is that it IS thick. And the buckle looks awesome. It doesn't feel fake like some of the thinner leather bands. When you see this band it immediately looks like real leather.

    And you can order polished or matte lugs to match your watch. To be honest, the lugs don't fit as tight as the Apple lugs but I haven't seen ANY aftermarket company have lugs as good as Apple. They do the job though, and I'm not worried about the watch falling off.
     
  16. tromboneaholic macrumors 65816

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    Just got another of their bands, this time with gold adapters that match my aluminum gold Watch. It really does work well with the Watch. I agree that a thick band really works well with the thickness of the Watch itself. Also, I can't imagine buying a Watch band from a company that specializes in smartphone accessories, like Nomad, when I can buy a band from a company that actually specializes in Watch bands...
     
  17. maskiopt macrumors newbie

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    Hi. Can you post some photos of the gold adapter on the gold sport watch itself?
    I'm yet to find a company that matches the apple's gold tone and they say theirs is a match.
    It would be great if you could share some "real world" photos of the watch with the band and buckle.

    Thanks!
     
  18. 3lionsbecks, Nov 20, 2016
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    Here are some picture of the TRIMleather heritage leather band from Etsy.

    I've had it about two weeks now on my NIKE+ watch. Looks great. Love it for work and going out.

    Attaches very well and not loose at all. Leather is not too thick and the colour is great. I have the black hardware on it.
     

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    Does this need an adapter?
     
  20. rwilliams macrumors 68040

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    The gold adapter that comes with it is not a perfect match to the gold aluminum watch, but no one will notice it unless they're looking really closely at your watch.
     
  21. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    I like the tone of this strap. It's like a faded brown. Pairs nicely.
     
  22. Doodah7 macrumors newbie

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    For my Space Grey Series 2, my version was to buy a Fossil Q leather strap, take out the proprietary adapter and use a lug I purchased from eBay. Fits perfectly and looks brill.
     
  23. numberfour, Nov 29, 2016
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    http://www.islingtonwatches.com

    I've got both their bands. Very happy with quality and feel.

    edit: they've got a promotion running now, 10% off with code YN9IYRYQ
     

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  24. FrisbeeK9, Dec 2, 2016
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    Another poster introduced me to this company: Form Function Form.
    https://formfunctionform.com/product/button-stud-apple-watch-band/
    1. The watch band is the perfect thickness.
    2. The buckle is a button stud just off the side near watch allowing to type on a MacBook without scratching the finish on the band or the MacBook
    3. The watch adapters fit very well.
    4. The watch adapters are a perfect color compared to my space Black SS
    The band at first is tight (warning
    On website) but as you wear this product the leather loosened up and it is a perfect sized band. I just ordered my second, In dark brown. I'll post pictures once I get it.

    Hand made in Florida. I telling you the quality can't be beat. Simply fantastic! I'm not affiliated with this company in any way I'm just happy to find a designer that has a cool unique design and has extremely awesome quality /hand made workmanship with customer service as important. Take a look above.
    Pics attached are the black leather.
     

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