Accessorizing your Apple Watch with bands for every occasion is an expensive sport, more so if you’re the type who prefers Apple’s own high-quality, expensive straps. Many third-party options out there offer replacement straps ranging from Nomad’s version of Apple’s link bracelet to options for budget shoppers. Today, we’re taking a closer look at nearly a dozen stylish replacements for nearly every official Apple band from a company called Supwatch.
Say hello to affordable Apple Watch bands
Made of a mix of real and faux materials like leather, metal and wood, these bands look surprisingly attractive in person, even if build quality isn’t on par with straps from Apple. I liked most of the bands Supwatch sent me, especially their take on the high-end link bracelet from Apple and several versions of Apple’s elegant Pride-themed bands.
Best of all, Supwatch is offering iDownloadBlog readers a fifteen percent discount on all purchased made on the site with a coupon code “sup15” entered at checkout.
Supwatch is a Shenzhen-based company so I’m happy to report I haven’t had any skin reactions to their leather so far. The company says all their leather straps are waterproof, but I’d keep them away from water drops which can lead to stains and color changes.
I’ve found Supwatch’s sport and leather loop imitations especially believable. Supwatch isn’t just about copying Apple wholesale, they also offer many band styles that Apple doesn’t.
And with such ridiculously low prices, you can get a watch strap for literary every fashion occasion without taking a huge bite out of your bank account. For example, Supwatch’s version of the woven nylon loop from Apple can be had for less than half the price.
Bands for shoppers on a budget
Let’s be honest here, these are watch bands for budget shoppers who don’t mind lower build quality and faux materials. But that doesn’t mean they don’t bring anything to the table.
Unlike Apple’s styles, each Supwatch band offers a range of color options to choose from so that picky customers can really personalize their Apple Watch to their style and mood.
Like with Apple, Supwatch bands are easy to attach and detach. You can easily adjust your band to nearly any size wrist with the included jeweler tool or manually, by hand.
Thank to companies like Supwatch, people who can’t or won’t afford Apple’s expensive first-party watch straps can still get a taste of the exotic and the premium. They also offers bags for carrying your electronics around, watches, iPhone cases and more.
I like it how their accessories look stylish without costing a fortune.
Give them a visit, see if you can find something you like.
Summing it all up
Ultimately, you get what you pay for.
If you’re a sophisticated watch wearer who wants to enhance their appearance, spend your money elsewhere – Apple itself sells truly gorgeous bands that combine craftsmanship with high-quality materials while established companies such as Nomad (and other accessory vendors) offer high-quality watch straps costing far less than Apple’s.
But if money is the primary deciding factor and you couldn’t care less if people will realize you’re wearing an imitation of the real thing, then by all means check out Suppwatch’s offering, maybe buy a strap or two to get a feel for their quality and take it from there.
Pros and cos
Here’s what we liked and disliked about these Apple Watch bands.
- Nice takes on Apple’s official bands, and then some more
- Cost a fraction of the real thing
- Available in a plethora of colors and styles
- Build quality could be better
- Faux leather, stainless steel and other materials
- You get what you pay for
Pricing and availability
These bands are offered in all the sizes and styles you can think of, with prices ranging from as low as twenty bucks for nylon loop bands to $30 for leather bands to $40 and more for Hermes-like straps and those resembling Apple’s link bracelet, only with fake diamonds.
For example, their Hermès-style band that features a butterfly clasp hidden underneath the band (with handy holes for adjusting the size) is less than $40. Or take Supwatch’s elegant bracelet with its mix of stainless steel and wood that will set you back less than $50.
As mentioned earlier, Supwatch is offering iDownloadBlog readers a fifteen percent discount on all purchased made on the site with a coupon code “sup15” entered at checkout.
The Supwatch bands come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty and they promise a 100 percent refund to those who happened to be unsatisfied with their purchase.
What do you think of these budget straps for your Apple Watch? See something you like?
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