• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    C;osure stuck - no replacement

    • Written by Timothy M from Farmington

    So, after 2 years of wear. my 38mm Apple Watch Stainless Steel Link band's closure is stuck! Went to charge it and I could not get it off my wrist!! No damage, not banging the wrist, no nothing. It just did not come off!!

    The left side of the butterfly closure opens - but not the right. With some difficultly, I was able to pull it loose by getting a finger nail under it. It is an obvious failure in workmanship as the band is in excellent condition (confirmed by the Apple Genius that looked at it)

    But as it is on a different watch (a 4, not the 3) it is not under warranty. No butterfly closure replacement part available. No discount on a new one.

    Out $349.00!! So for all the great description on this page about the engineering of the product, let me be the first to sy - DO NOT BUY IT. The closure has some defect and Apple is not going to stand behind it.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Jose P from Freeport

    This band is absolutely beautiful and amazing. The craftsmanship is outstanding. I highly recommend getting one.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Makes the AW feel very premium!

    • Written by Melker A from Stockholm

    Gives the watch an Incredibly premium feel. A totally different watch. I first bought the replica, and fell in love. Ofc you want the real deal for your stainless steel. No scratches sl far, feels durable. But I will be very careful with it though.

    I recommend

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous and so precisely crafted!

    • Written by Marc B from SAN JUAN

    Sure, it's possible to scratch some paint off, but find me a steel band for which it isn't?

    I replaced a cheapo Chinese steel link band that I'd had for years with this one. Though I loved the old band, this one is *so* much nicer. It's hard to describe just how good it feels to snap the links in and out of place with no tools. So cool! ��

    This band is pricey, but worth it IMNSHO. Go for it!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Made for the Edition Branded Watch

    • Written by Brandon C from Aubrey

    I absolutely love this band. It looks amazing with the Ceramic Gray Edition watch. My only question is why did Apple stop promoting both this band and the watch?

    The craftmanship is what you would expect, I’m very pleased. What else can you say…. It just looks wonderful, thank you Apple!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Classy, Sleek Design

    • Written by Ryan W from Lexington

    I’m not going to lie, I was very skeptical of this band. $349 for a watch band honestly sounds ludicrous, but I figured I would return if I didn’t like it. I must say, I am very impressed by the quality! It is very thin and sleek, the links have a small button you push to add or take away links making it very easy to customize the size. I am a bit afraid the butterfly clasps won’t hold up over time, but I will update this review if they don’t hold up!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super durable

    • Written by Kevin M from Nashville

    I bought the original Apple Watch with this stainless link bracelet in 2015. I removed (or added?) a link to make it fit, super easy (see youtube video). When I decided Series 4 made it worthwhile for an upgrade, I was so thrilled to see that this band was compatible with the new model. I swapped out the main watch to a new 44mm stainless model, but kept the bracelet, and it fits perfectly. No complaints with this item, still looks great even with a few small scratches over the years. I get lots of compliments, overall it looks and functions beautifully, now in year four with it. It's expensive, but I probably would've gone through five other cheaper and less attractive bands by now. It's so worth it!

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Handsome, well engineered bracelet

    • Written by Robert E from Hastings-on-Hudson

    This is a very handsome and well engineered bracelet. It's my fourth band, and it makes the watch look more impressive and substantial than any of the others.

    The clasp is very impressive: it's no thicker than the rest of the bracelet, which is very unusual (compared to the steel bracelets on my other (now unworn) watches).

    The band is so tightly engineered and manufactured that there's virtually no twist. This means that when installing it on the watch, you put one side in an eighth of an inch, then the other, then work them both simultaneously all the way into position.

    Adding or removing links is, literally, a snap. I quickly found the perfect number.

    Some reviews mention scratching. I haven't experienced it (maybe because I live in the north and wear long sleeves much of the time). But metal does scratch; over time the resulting patina can make the bracelet look like a well loved and used accessory (as it has done with my other steel watch bracelets).

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My favorite and only band i will use.

    • Written by NICHOLAS F from Lancaster

    The steel link band has been my favorite from the start. Yes its expensive. Yes it will show wear. but it has been performing from day one when they were introduced, when I bought it with my first apple watch. It is nicer than the Milanese loop and has more of a classic look. The release mechanism has never failed and the sizing feature is brilliant - no need to visit the jeweler to size it - typical of great Apple design!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A different class Apple Watch strap

    • Written by Simon H from LEEDS

    I’ve had a few straps and was lucky to get this. It’s a different class all together from the other straps and gives the watch the premium feel of a high quality product.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Think about it, before you buy.

    • Written by Peter H from Watanobbi

    This premium watch band from apple certainly comes with a high price tag. I bought mine with my apple watch when they were first released. I recommend not wearing it too often, especially at work. It will scruff and scratch from constant use. I've had mine 3 years now, and it still looks ok. It is scratched up where it has been worn while using a computer. ie. The friction of your wrist on the desk. I started just wearing it out on special occasions as I saw this wear and tear and got a much cheaper band from ebay. Overall it is a stunning piece but scratches too easily. If you want wear this all the time it's going to wear quickly. Think hard before you buy.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keeps breaking

    • Written by Chad H from Edmonton

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Richard B from FORT WORTH

    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.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by George L from Miami

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


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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Read this before purchasing. Not worth the money.

    • Written by Cameron M from Stettler

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sharp Edges Cut Your Wrist

    • Written by Pang Yen L from San Francisco

    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...

    15 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by Trevor H from Perry

    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.

    16 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Unjustifiably expensive

    • Written by Jon C from Leamington Spa

    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.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice SS band - Classy

    • Written by Dennis P from Palm Harbor

    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).

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    After 2 years, it's still my favorite

    • Written by Bert L from Carlsbad

    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.

    13 of 16 people found this useful