• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I really wanted to like this band.

    • Written by George R from Tampa

    The look, the engineering, the brand, I really wanted to like this band, unfortunately apple chose form over comfort. I typically prefer steel bracelets on my daily wear watches, and if you have ever worn a decent quality steel bracelet you will instantly know how terrible this band is.

    The Good: It's attractive, it's well machined, and simple to adjust.

    The Bad: It's unwearable, the edges are way to sharp, it digs and abrades the skin, the links pinch even the finest of hairs.

    What were you thinking Apple? Did anyone on your testing staff wear this for more than 10 minutes?

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Color comes off

    • Written by Klaus R from Fort Lauderdale

    I'm wearing this band (was >$500) with my stainless steel watch series 3.
    After about 2 month of daily wearing (office job) the black color started com come off and the grey steel color comes out.
    The watch looks like new. No scratch in housing or at Glass.
    The band on the other hand looks now like a $5 band.
    Apple Store Employee said he is sorry, but no warranty for cosmetic.
    Not acceptable!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Poor Quality BlackPaint ... ? , I want credit for this product ...

    • Written by Jose S from Toa Baja,

    Not apple quality ...The band is very nice, BUT has gotten scuffed and discolored no longer looks black ... Apple need to do ? with

    the supplier ...

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    42 mm Space Black band totally overpriced and not fit for purpose product

    • Written by John Q from Huddersfield

    Despite deciding to buy this strap at a premium price I now find it is not premium quality.The black coating has worn from all the sharp corners.
    When I returned it to an Apple store they agreed that it should not wear but said it was a cosmetic issue and not covered under warranty.
    Apple support then contacted me and when I sent them a photo said the same. This is the sort of response I may have accepted if it had been a cheap band .
    I find it totally unacceptable that Apple should charge such a high price for such poor quality and find that I am not the only person who has complained.
    What can I do to restore my faith in Apple supplying quality products??

    54 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Quality Finish

    • Written by Martin H from Tuxedo park

    The band has beautiful construction. It feels great on your wrist. However, I am really disappointed that for $550 the finish rubs off so easily. I work in an office and don’t treat it rough but the band has several spots where the black is rubbing off. Overall, I’m disappointed with the product and I don’t recommend it.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the price AT ALL

    • Written by Scott L from Los Angeles

    It's comfortable. And well made... to a degree. But, the finish scuffed quite easily and almost immediately after I started wearing it. For as much as I paid for this band, I would have expected much better. I had a milanese loop on my series 2 watch and the cost to quality ratio was MUCH MUCH MUCH higher. I usually feel always feel like Apple tends to match quality to price pretty well, and have felt confident with pretty much every purchase I've made from them. But with this band, I definitely feel like for the first time I've gotten ripped off. I still love the series 3 watch and am glad I upgraded! I'm just severely disappointed in the link band quality for the obnoxious price. I would recommend to anyone thinking of buying it to not waste your money. The milanese loop is easily a much better buy if you're looking for a higher quality band.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    42mm Space Black Link Bracelet coating

    • Written by Roy H from Las Vegas

    I am purchasing the silver one due to the finish rubbing off on the black one I already have. Apple did replace the black one once due to the poor finish quality. The replacement has the finish wearing off as well. This is a Quality Band, they just need to fix the finish issue.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great bracelet, LOUSY finish

    • Written by James W

    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.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The only Apple product I have ever been disapointed with.

    • Written by Dale R from Ballwin

    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.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Finish wearing off near buckle

    • Written by Johnny C from Kent

    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.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please do not waste your money on this absolutely beautiful band

    • Written by Paul G from Fresno

    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!!

    150 of 161 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Space Link Bracelet being changed out

    • Written by Keith N from Keller

    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.

    41 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Finish failure

    • Written by Timothy A from Knoxville

    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.

    240 of 246 people found this useful