Wiggly adapters on 3rd party straps (4th gen 40mm)

iyiyi

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Jan 13, 2013
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Hey guys.
So I have never liked any of Apples own bands. I always go with 3rd party, specifically leather.

I've noticed that on really every 3rd party strap I have tried on my 4th gen 40mm, the adapter (or whatever the metal thing that connects the strap to the watch is called) jiggles around slightly on both sides. I also noticed a very very tiny amount of movement on the stock silicone strap that came with my watch (only on the upper side)

Anyway, is this normal with 3rd party straps? Should I be worried about the bands popping off?

Thanks
 

jazz1

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Aug 19, 2002
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Hey guys.
So I have never liked any of Apples own bands. I always go with 3rd party, specifically leather.

I've noticed that on really every 3rd party strap I have tried on my 4th gen 40mm, the adapter (or whatever the metal thing that connects the strap to the watch is called) jiggles around slightly on both sides. I also noticed a very very tiny amount of movement on the stock silicone strap that came with my watch (only on the upper side)

Anyway, is this normal with 3rd party straps? Should I be worried about the bands popping off?

Thanks
No, I have Pad&Quil, Sena and Nomad. No loose metal adapters on my 1st Gen. or 4th Gen. 44mm. Nothing loose on my Apple Mesh.
 

iyiyi

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Jan 13, 2013
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No, I have Pad&Quil, Sena and Nomad. No loose metal adapters on my 1st Gen. or 4th Gen. 44mm. Nothing loose on my Apple Mesh.
I’ve had nomads for both my 1st and 4th and both were loose, along with every other leather strap brand I have tried. Either I have no idea how to install the straps haha or I’m incredibly unlucky with straps
 

iyiyi

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Jan 13, 2013
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Does anyone else have this issue? Even with cheap amazon leather bands? Or am I going crazy? Just really confused how I could be the only one. Thanks
 

bigboy29

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May 19, 2016
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Hmmm I bought only one 3rd party sport loop, SYRE, from Amazon, for my 40mm aluminum watch, and there is no wiggling.
 

bigdog5142

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Jul 13, 2008
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I have had wiggling with many 3rd party bands. My Arrow & Board that I just purchased has a bit of wiggle in it. Nothing too bad, though.
 

jazz1

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Aug 19, 2002
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Are we talking about a poor fit of the adapters when installed in the watch? Or are we talking about the band moving within the adapter?
 

bigdog5142

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Jul 13, 2008
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Are we talking about a poor fit of the adapters when installed in the watch? Or are we talking about the band moving within the adapter?
For me it's the adapter moving within the watch mechanism. It fits great when first installed...but as I wear the watch, the adapter moves within the watch canal a bit. That may be an Apple design so the adapters don't break. However I'd say I see it more in 3rd party adapters than I do with official Apple Watch bands.
 

jazz1

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Aug 19, 2002
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For me it's the adapter moving within the watch mechanism. It fits great when first installed...but as I wear the watch, the adapter moves within the watch canal a bit. That may be an Apple design so the adapters don't break. However I'd say I see it more in 3rd party adapters than I do with official Apple Watch bands.
Well I have a couple of additional third party bands coming. I'll see if my luck holds. The wiggle thing would bother me to no end!
 

iyiyi

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 13, 2013
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Are we talking about a poor fit of the adapters when installed in the watch? Or are we talking about the band moving within the adapter?
For me, it's the actual adapters moving back and forth. I find it hard to believe this isn't an issue for everyone and 3rd party bands. I've tried over a dozen, they all do it. I must just be more sensitive to it than others. But it is very annoying
 

7thson

macrumors 6502a
May 13, 2012
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Six Rivers, CA
I’ve had hit or miss experiences with the lugs on 3rd party bands. I can tolerate a modest amount of play but some have been so sloppy that I sent them back because I felt like the connection could actually fail at the lug. It doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to dial this detail in but I guess some (too many) manufacturers are more content with subpar specs.
I have a 3rd party Milanese loop and a Carterjet nato band that are excellent in their fit and finish. They were both sub $20 and at this point that seems like what I have to pay to be satisfied with the quality, which is fine with me.