• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous band!!

    I've now had the link bracelet over two years (bought the space black watch with link bracelet at launch). Wore it every day for the first six months, but I'm up to a dozen bands now, so I swap them out a fair bit. I now reserve the link band for events I want to class up the watch.
    My "daily drivers" are Apple sport bands or nylon bands from Clockwork Synergy.

    Those complaining of the coating on the watch - you can tell by looking at it, that the coating isn't as thick as that on the watch body (so you certainly wouldn't expect it to be as durable). I have no doubt that it's using the same PVD process to apply the coating, but, no, it isn't going to be as durable as the watch body.

    It stands up fine to regular use. I think those that managed to wear theirs have exposed the band to repetitive wear against abrasive surfaces (or garments). Most people (obviously) won't have an issue - millions of these purchased, only a handful of complaints here.

    Looking forward to using this band with a Series 3 and beyond!!! :)

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great bracelet, LOUSY finish

    This finish is NOT Diamond Like Carbon (DLC). The bracelet looks great when new, however, within a week or so, the finish starts to rub off. This happens just from wearing it at the office. It runs off where your bracelet rubs against your desk and keyboard. I complained to Apple and they replaced it. I immediately sold this bracelet and the watch and bought a stainless steel watch. I will be ordering the stainless bracelet because the construct is great. I like the clasp and the ability to adjust the links. However, stick with the all stainless version, Do NOT waste your money on the black bracelet. You will be sorry.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great attention to detail and like any coated metal it will show wear!

    Based on several reviews, let me start by saying if you're concerned about wear and scratches then avoid coated/painted metal. Go with the plain stainless steel one. However, the space black link bracelet is in a class of its own not just compared to other smartwatch or Apple bands but any band for any watch. Period. So what set this bracelet apart?

    1. The clasp fits flush with the rest of the band. Based on my experience that is a unique design feature.

    2. Being able to adjust the links by just pressing the buttons on the back and each link just sliding in and clicking into place is innovative and makes it easy to create a comfortable fit all the time.

    3. The build quality is exceptional. Perfect spacing and smooth edges with a solid feel. The bad itself is perfectly balanced.

    4. The band has a slightly matte finish to it and looks great with the black stainless steel watch which has a more shiny finish. To me, this combination is currently the best-looking smartwatch you can buy today. Metal on metal edges out metal on ceramic.

    If you're looking for a more dressy version of an Apple Watch get this band. A stainless steel Apple Watch with the link bracelet holds its own from a design perspective against any mainstream luxury watch. Just be aware that metal and sapphire crystal can scratch and coated metal can wear and get grazed. So start witht he right expectations.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The only Apple product I have ever been disapointed with.

    Band finish started wearing off within the first week of wearing the watch. Apple Store replaced band as a one time goodwill. Same thing with new band. No abuse, just from normal work activity, computer work. This band was advertised as having an indestructible finish. Don't waste you money.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding

    I have had this bracelet for close to a year, there has been no wear and still looks brand new. I also purchased some extra links as I like a fairly loose fit. Overall very satisfied and ready for Apple Watch S3

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Discoloration

    I've owned my watch and band for over a year now wearing it almost every day. My watch has performed flawlessly and the band also has no discoloration at all. I own different kind of high end watches and I prefer to wear my I watch. Worth the money that I payed for both items.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Finish wearing off near buckle

    I have to agree with the other complaints about the finish wearing off. I too was told by Apple care it's not covered as it is considered "normal" wear and tear. So my only option is to buy another 500 dollar band? No thanks Apple.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Closure problems

    I have had no problem with the finish wearing off , as reported by others (owned a month) but have had repeated problems with the butterfly closure opening unexpectedly. I added links to cause a looser fit and that did not fix the problem. It appears that when the heal of my palm comes into contact with the bracelet it presses against one of the closure release buttons (the one closest to the palm) and it results in the bracelet opening. I don't know whether this is a malfunction or a design defect. I would think/hope that both butterfly release buttons should have to be pressed together to initiate opening. I would appreciate knowing if anyone else is experiencing a similar problem.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please do not waste your money on this absolutely beautiful band

    Why the negative review? Simple! While the band is a work of art, the finish wears off very easily and once worn off you will not want to wear the band. When I bought my Apple Watch, I specifically asked the salesperson if the finish was applied or was the metal black thru and thru? I was assured it was not a finish but rather the metal. I took his advice and walked out with the Series I watch. 90 days later the finish was beginning to wear around the buckle. 120 days in and the finish was gone. I took the watch back and complained as was told the finish was not guaranteed and it was abuse that caused the problem. Frankly I was very disappointed considering what I paid for the watch (new adopter). The manager of the Apple store felt somewhat guilty and gave me a new band as a courtesy. I put in on walked out and enjoyed the new one for exactly 120 days and the same thing happened again. Best plan would be to leave it in the box and only look at it. Great design but not high quality. Please do not waste your money on the amazingly beautiful band. You will be sorry!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Space Link Bracelet being changed out

    I wrote a review complaining about the $500+ space link bracelet coating wearing off. Apple is replacing mine.

    The pure form of tetrahedral amorphous carbon coating (ta-C) should actually last up to 85 years. Changing the recipes reduces the material cost and obviously the abrasion resistance. Plating processes need very tight control and constant diligence. No room for a process out of tolerance.

    The band is truly unique and good looking. Apple shouldn't cut costs and needs to move back to the "pure" form of ta-C and put some very tight process controls in place. Otherwise this won't stop.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Finish failure

    I really enjoyed the look, precision and finish. Most especially, the compliments! This was my daily wear watch as I am fully integrated with Apple products. That said, I was extremely disappointed when I noticed silver peaking through the finish at the typical wear points within 3 months of purchase. After 6 months, full stainless visibility at the wear points resulted in great disappointment with the product, considering the investment.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great strap very well made.

    I purchased this as the standard sport band irritated me. It has a high price in comparison to the value of the watch. However, check the prices of other quality watch manufacturers steel straps and you will see that it’s reasonable. I have had mine now for nearly two years and it’s still perfect. It hasn’t discoloured or lost its coating. It is very comfortable very light you forget you are wearing it.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It works

    The band is very nice, BUT has gotten scuffed and discolored no longer looks black

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful and very classy!

    I just bought my new Apple Watch Series 2, and I ordered it with the space black stainless link bracelet. A bit more than I wanted to spend, but I love the look, and I knew I'd never get around to ordering it later. I also bought the black sport band for more everyday uses, but the link bracelet is definitely worth the extra money. Very highly recommended!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    42mm space black bracelet - often imitated, never duplicated.

    I've had mine for 3 days now, also have space black Milanase which my watch came with, and several Apple rubber ones, 5 to be exact. This is easily my favorite, as soon as I installed it on my watch I knew it was not going to be coming off any time soon ! It is made to go onto the 42mm space black stainless steel watch, it's just beautiful to look at !!! I was able to purchase mine basically brand new from eBay for half price, the seller said he only tried it for a few minutes and didn't like it, thank GOD ! Now it's mine, and I couldn't be any happier. Easily the best combination out there. The 42 space black stainless steel watch, and 42 space black stainless steel bracelet, just gorgeous !!!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful.... To start with

    Beautiful link bracelet out if the box, comfortable fit and I admired it constantly for a few weeks until..... The black DLC coating started to wear off revealing the bright shimmery silver steel underneath. To make matter worse it was on a link that you can't replace (ie/ attached to the butterfly mechanism)
    I expect a little bit of wear, but to go down to the steel within a matter of months isn't acceptable for a product costing so much money.
    When I took it into the Apple Store all I was met with was 'it's supposed to be like that'...
    Funnily enough I disagree...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best band yet

    unbelievably good looking and very comfortable. Also surprisingly durable and scratch or scuff resistant

    60 of 79 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Well made product, but for me, it's a no this time..

    Great looking product and really well made but 2 things made me return my purchase

    1. The links nipped my skin, just now and again when I walked or lifted my arm there was a little nip from the links coming together which started to get annoying after a while

    2. The price, it cost more than my Apple Watch face, it's way over priced compared to the other straps, at £250 they would have had me hooked but £449 :( nah not this time, I could have purchased a brand new iPad for the same money

    108 of 112 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Band

    Love this Band! Super easy to add links. Looks and feels great!

    37 of 53 people found this useful