• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps breaking

    This band has broken on me 3 times in the last couple of years. The first time, it was replaced because I had purchased Apple Care on the watch... and I had a couple of extra links that I have used to replace the broken ones. This thing might be precision machined out of stainless steel... but it doesn't hold up. I would expect that a $600 stainless steel band would last at least the life of the watch. I have had 7 other stainless steel banded watches in my life, and not one has ever broken just by wearing it. I now have to replace the band again, at my own cost this time. I am not impressed at all. I am very disappointed and I would not recommend this watch band at all. I wish I had never bought it in the first place.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    DO BUY THIS BAND

    For those who don’t understand stainless steel bands, YES!, they wear! And yes, they will show scratches. That’s the downside of stainless steel—even, or better I say 316L stainless steel. This is not Platinum or White Gold which do not scratch or much at all. Those are hard metals. Be glad that Apple chose to slightly brush this band rather than polish it to a high gloss—you would find scratches just blowing on it. Not really, but almost. The watch is polished stainless 316L Stainless Steel and it, too, will show scratches if you rub it up against anything. One solution is to purchase a stainless steel polish that will remove the small scratches with a soft cloth and a little rubbing.

    Try purchasing a Ceramic Band (Aftermarket) for a top class and elite band that goes well with the watch. It will not scratch. Otherwise, live with it. And no, Apple would love to put them in the store to try on, but theft is one problem and the other is making enough for every store in the world to have one.

    One other suggestion that a friend of mine did — he took his SS band to a jeweler and had it brushed further so it would not show as many scratches. It did not cost much and it really worked. It’s still very beautiful and it solved the problem.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I hoped I would hate it but I love it. Super comfortable!

    Silky like liquid metal this is smooooth and does not pull hair. Already put it on my 3.

    Amazing.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Read this before purchasing. Not worth the money.

    I bought this band a year ago and the band itself has now just failed, past the warranty period. Don’t get me wrong, it’s comfortable and stylish but with a short lifespan of just over a year, not worth it the money. I though that for the premium price, I would get a premium quality unit capibale of years of service that would allow me to upgrade my watch multiple times, sadly this is not the case. The extendable link system has failed and I have lost the whole unit. Luckily I did find it a short time later. I also found the closure touchy, at times it would pop too easily. My opinion, buy something aftermarket from amazon which I’m sure will last longer and not hurt as bad when you want to change.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sharp Edges Cut Your Wrist

    Do not guy this band. This is absolutely poorly designed product. I received this band for Christmas gift. I put it on and immediately felt the sharp edges all around my wrist. I could not believe Apple put this on the shelf. We were in different Apple store in various cities but could not find any store carried this band in the store to try it on. Now we understand the reason. Apple does not want you to try it before you buy it. This is not meant to be worn. Seriously!! It's over $450 for poor quality like this. I think it's a joke...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Apple Watch Band By Far, don't listen to anyone else

    I've had the Apple Watch since the very first day they were available. The Link Bracelet is an incredible piece of workmanship and as a Designer, CNC Machinist, and Engineer, I completely understand the engineering and manufacturing that were used to make it what it is.

    Many have complained that it scratches easily, but 316L Stainless Steel is a superb material and holds up quite well in harsh environments. Yes, it will scratch with daily wear and tear, but that is to be expected. Anyone that expects otherwise doesn't understand the material characteristics and must be expecting something like a band made of diamonds. I mean, yeah, they are $450, but things do wear out, even of the best of quality. Even the (most likely DLC coated) Space Black version scratches. You can refinish the bracelet with sand paper, which is, (crazy as it may sound to some), how Apple gets the finish on this product. By far, the best band for the Apple Watch in my opinion.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Unjustifiably expensive

    It is well made but the design is hardly new, but it simply is not worth this much money. Mine was gift and it broke when a link got caught- I had no intention of spending that sort of money on a bracelet and got another one from elsewhere that looks exactly the same to the last detail for one twentieth of the price. Sorry Apple but this one really is the Emperors new clothes. Even £200 would have seemed to much.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice SS band - Classy

    I bought my First generation watch with this SS link band. Like others have mentioned, it will scratch when contacting a hard surface but all SS bands do that. The scratching is no worse than my 10-year old TAG Heuer watch.

    Just ordered a watch 3 with the Milanese loop band and will use the link band on that as well. I also have several sport bands for rougher wear and save the SS bands for more dressier occasions.

    I like the band very much - pricy but it is one of best SS link bands I have ever owned. Easy to adjust and easy to keep clean (I use an ultra sonic jewelry cleaner and hydrogen peroxide to remove the detritus that collects in the links).

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    After 2 years, it's still my favorite

    Purchased my original Apple Watch with a Link Bracelet the day it first became available. I wore both every day for the first 18 months or so, then began swapping back-and-forth with a couple different sport bands for more casual times. For me, the Link Bracelet is the most elegant of the lot. It looks professional and is what I prefer when I get dressed-up to go out on the town.

    I've worn watches with all sort of band types every day for nearly 50 years. I personally treat most of my watches with a bit of care like any fine jewelry. I also don't wear my most expensive jewelry, including my Apple Watch with Link Bracelet, when I'm doing more involved yard work, home painting/repair or another activity where I may put it at risk -- If I didn't take the watch off, I'd go with a sport band if I were in those situations very often. Metal bands are not what I wear if I'm going to the beach or be too sweaty, as the watch will tend to slip from it's normal position an inch or more above my wrist. Like other stainless bands I've owned, no matter how careful you are, the Link Bracelet will scratch over time. I suggest for lite scratches, a little polish designed for stainless jewlery, and use of a Dremel Tool with an appropriate felt pad will remove all but the deepest scratches that develop over time, and make the band sparkle again like new. After 2 years, this week I spent 40 minutes doing that to my original Link Bracelet, and it is almost as good as new awaiting it's home with my new Series 3 arriving later today.

    My net: If you don't have the cash, sweat a lot, want to wear your watch while swimming, or are perhaps not as careful taking care of your finer things as others may be, skip the Link Bracket. OTOH, if you want something that looks more elegant and not as casual as the many sport bands that are available, with perhaps a bit more of a masculine overtone, give the Link Bracelet a look. If I could only have one band for my stainless Apple Watch, it would be the Link Bracelet.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    18 Months - Apple attention to detial - Still love it

    I have had my Series 1 42mm SS with Link Bracelet band for over 18 months & I would recommend it.
    It does wear with regular use. Stainless is a hard material that is difficult to polish.
    The amount of detail and ease of adjustment are qualities you would only get from Apple.
    Sturdy and reliable I've never worried about losing my watch.
    Thoroughly cleaning it takes some effort but is possible.
    My friends ask if I'm buying the Series 3 because they want to buy my Series 1.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    This thing better work with the Edition 3 watches or I will be very sad

    I bought my "edition zero" apple watch the first day it was possible to order them... thinking that it would last a lifetime. Well, the band at least still seems to work. The watch face of my 0th edition watch has popped out of its bezel and its currently held in place with scotch tape. Thankfully I should be able to order a new 3rd edition by Friday and have it within a few weeks. I HOPE that I can order a stainless steel one that will match my watch band that I paid $550 for brand news... if it doesn't match or doesn't fit I will be very disappointed. I cannot tell that they will be selling a stainless steel one, but I think the ceramic black one wouldn't look too bad.

    Anyhoo, once you own this band, you'll learn that you cannot just buy a watch without a band. So you're stuck shelling out at least $49 for another band that you'll never use if you own this one, which is a horrible customer experience, Apple. For a company that supposedly cares about user experience, forcing me to buy a cheap band after I bought your $550 one is pretty cheap on your part.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Low durability

    The space Grey link has low durability, and even if you get it replaced which costs 550, it'll still have issues. I expect something with this cost to have a longer life span than 4 months

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not Buy the Black Link Bracelet

    I used it for a couple of months and I realised that the parts of the bracelet that rest on my leather surface work desk has faded off. I didn't expect such a poor quality for a product of £578.48 in such a short period of time.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful

    This strap is truly a masterpiece of engineering, beautifully constructed with absolute perfection down to the nanometer. I've nearly had this bracelet for two years and it's showing no signs of wear. A perfect strap for any occasion.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The closest comparison is AP Royal Oak Stainless Steel Band

    I own few watches and honestly new to the smart watch game. And purchased a Link Bracelet to go with my Stainless Steel 42mm Apple Watch 2. I must say, the quality and finish of this band is high-end. As on the topic, I can only compare this with AP Royal Oak Stainless Steel Band; which has the similar comfortability on your hand. Great stuff Apple.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Function and Style, 4 stars. Value for $, 2 stars

    This is the nicest of the "Apple Bands" in my opinion. I like stainless bands, they can wear forever. Unlike many of the complainers here, I have not had problems with the finish, wearing, scratches other than what you normally expect. The look is sleek, the butterfly mechanism is okay, but honestly, I've worn better functioning bands - probably more expensive than this, though.

    So in the end, it's a very solid, quality band that will last as long as you want it to. It doesn't scratch nearly as badly as some people say, and overall, I'm pleased. Now... for the money? I think it's overpriced, but it's an quality product and I guess you just have to feel like it's worth it. I first bought a knock-off for a fraction of the cost, but it really bugged me because it wasn't quite "there" in terms of quality. No regrets buying this, but don't expect anything earth shattering - it's just a good, solid, stainless band!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    42mm Silver Link Bracelet expensive to buy on it's own £449.00

    I was very luckly to have received my Silver Link Bracelet with my watch as a present. This is the bracelet I would have chosen and it works well.

    Disapointed that a replacement clasp is not available to buy, one side of my clasp has broken and I do not want to pay £449.00 to replace the complete bracelet

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Still a great band

    I've had this band for over a year and it still looks good. It does has "personality" scuff marks on it, but it's what you'd expect from any other stainless steel band.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HORRIBLE

    This thing scratched so easily. My band looks like it has been used for 20 years and it is only 3 months old. Apple should be replacing these!!!!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks Nice, But Poor Design and Manufacturing

    The Link Bracelet out of the box looks like a fantastic addition to the Apple Watch. It's to be expected that a Stainless Steel band will scratch up over time. I have a TAG Heuer Link which is stainless and at the base of the wrist it does scuff up, but this band to getting close to what my TAG looks like after 16 years in only 3 weeks.

    While the cosmetics are annoying to deal with, it's the link attachment system that is the weakest part of this Bracelet. It's definitely a novel idea not to have to deal with pins, etc, and adjusts very fast and easy, it is not very sturdy at all. I do not keep me watch overly tight, I like a little play in there. It has already pulled apart once under minimal pressure at the wrist and after only a few week, some of the links are now clicking.

    If you want a Link design, there are much better and cheaper 3rd party options out there.

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