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wmy5

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I am thinking about buying Titanium series 5, but I find it doesn't look well with the stainless steel link bracelet. I wonder if Apple will sell Titanium link bracelet. I won't consider third party ones because their quality never match Apple's. Anyone are thinking about the same?
 

Donnation

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I doubt it. They haven’t done anything with the link bands since they were launched years ago. I’ve always worn Apple’s link band with the Stainless Steel watch. This time I went with the regular Ti and I think it matches with the link band exceptionally well.

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Strangedream

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Apple link bracelet is already close to perfection. Same goes for the Milanese loop. I have a genuine SBSS link bracelet from Apple and a knock-off SS link bracelet. While I can confirm the original quality is better, third party brands with their own design (not trying to replicate Apple) can have solid products too.

You should check out Nomad's Ti link bracelets and try for yourself. They don't look like Apple's and are good quality according to the reviews.
 

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I am thinking about buying Titanium series 5, but I find it doesn't look well with the stainless steel link bracelet. I wonder if Apple will sell Titanium link bracelet. I won't consider third party ones because their quality never match Apple's. Anyone are thinking about the same?

So here’s my thoughts:

Another member asked the same question you did in another thread. I don’t think Apple will make a titanium link bracelet, why? Because the link bracelet is such an expensive accessory to the Apple Watch, it’s for a very select few individuals that actually would purchase this. Not to mention, the manufacturing process it actually takes to create the stainless steel link bracelet is up to nine hours per strap. (Apple touched on this in 2015 and there’s even articles on the Internet supporting it.)

If you look at it from a manufacturing standpoint for Apple, it’s probably a pretty expensive process to do, is the ‘risk versus reward’ worth it in a sense for how many bands they would actually sell when they already offer two other link bands, which have amazing quality and are very innovative with the removable links. [It was actually the first two bands they purchased for the Steelers Apple Watch in April 2015.]
 

danmart

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I agree, the niche is too small. The only way this would happen if the strap and watch came bundled together as a mandatory pair (like the original SBSS did) to ensure sales. But the price would be very high and they have moved in the other direction with their ‘Apple Watch Studio’ concept.

The steel link bracelet on its own is already notably more expensive than an entry level S5 Watch!
 

wmy5

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Apple link bracelet is already close to perfection. Same goes for the Milanese loop. I have a genuine SBSS link bracelet from Apple and a knock-off SS link bracelet. While I can confirm the original quality is better, third party brands with their own design (not trying to replicate Apple) can have solid products too.

You should check out Nomad's Ti link bracelets and try for yourself. They don't look like Apple's and are good quality according to the reviews.

Thank you for the suggestion. It does look quite good, and very cheap! I might try it out. I still prefer Apple's design. I don't mind spend $600 or so for an Apple Titanium link bracelet. Apple, please give us a titanium band!
 

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. I don't mind spend $600 or so for an Apple Titanium link bracelet.

There’s no logical way Apple Would charge $600 for a link bracelet, not when the stainless steel bracelets don’t even venture over $475 when they first launched.
 

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There was no logical reason for Apple to charge $15,000 for a gold S0 and yet they did.

It’s called rudimentary marketing 101. The difference being, Apple actually advocated the 18 karat gold Apple Watch, they wanted to market this product as big as they could get it when it first launched in 2015. Have you ever seen Apple market the link band the way they did the first GEN Apple Watch? The answer is they didn’t. Was the 18 karat gold Apple Watch Edition a logical decision to have it manufactured? No. But Apple still is offering the link band almost 5 years later at a faction of the cost. See the difference?

But to the point, I think the trade-off is that the manufacturing process to actually create a link band made out of titanium would come at a higher cost, and probably wouldn’t have much of net profit for Apple.
 
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