• 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!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Use with care

    • Written by Daniel J from Cincinnati

    This band used to be the most expensive that Apple offered, and it has the looks to justify it. If kept clean and scratch free, this band is eye catching and elegant and will go with any outfit you are wearing. The stainless steel watch combined with this band is by far the nicest looking watch Apple has made thus far, though if you plan on wearing this while working out or doing lots of physical work I cannot recommend it. It scratches very easily and will wear out over time. I have been through 2 bands in 3 years, though they have each been used heavily and I believe I got my money's worth.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Indestructible finish

    • Written by Melvin G from Forest Hills

    I don’t understand why some have said that the finish wore off. I’ve had mine for two years, and wear it in my shop. I grind hard metals, among other things, and it gets knocked around, as does the watch. Neither has the slightest scratch, or abrasion. I can’t imagine what these guys must have been doing to wear this finish out.

    It fits well, and looks great. My favorite band.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nearly Impervious to Scratches

    • Written by Mark F from Souix Falls

    8 months of wear, nearly 24/7 (recharge most nights...on a metal stand!) swimming, showers, hunting, laying cement, I never take it off. The most dangerous exposure it gets to potential scratches is when I'm typing on my Apple keyboards. But I can barely see but one minor scratch which I think came when it scraped with great force a corner of a particularly hard brick. I was amazed when I couldn't immediately see any scratch on the clasp.

    I don't think I could get any type of scratch to show up in a well-lighted picture taken with my X. The watch and band look new.

    You can get a PVD coated watch from Audemars Piguet but you'll have to wait 9 to 18 months as the waiting list is very long...also it costs about $90,000.00

    The Apple Watch scratch resistance is excellent...much better than any of my 3 Rolexes and of course, much better than my stainless steel Blancpain and Patek Phillipe watches all of which needed to be refinished regularly.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not get black finish

    • Written by Gene N from Austin

    Like many others, my problem is that the black finish has started wearing off on the clasp because that is the part that touches the MBP handrest as well as my desk when on the desktop. I am not sure they could do anything better since the finish is rubbing between stainless on the band and aluminum on the computer. Most finishes would wear off... but it does make an amazing band look rather cheap when you can see silver streaks.

    If you get the silver, you probably won't have any problems. The mechanical quality is great! Just don't assume that the black finish will last on any areas where the watch touches anything for extended periods of time.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality & Class

    • Written by KELLY I from Gravette

    I'm surprised at the negative reviews on finish corruption. I'm a nurseryman and have put the Series 2 watch and Space Black Link Bracelet to work for two years now without any negative experiences concerning finish; even scratches have not occurred. I do sometimes have issues with the clasp staying fully affixed, but I suspect it's the dust accumulated working in the nursery. So, a more solid state clasp would have been ideal.

    4 of 4 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 ...

    19 of 20 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.

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Watch Band EVER!!

    • Written by Christopher S from Leland

    Looking at all the negative reviews on here about the finish rubbing off I had to write something. Now maybe Apple is having problems making the bands these days and that's why the finish is having problems in which case I would agree with all of you. I was worried I would have this problem with the space black watch and link bracelet, but so far I've not had a single finish issue what so ever with either.

    I got mine with the original watch on release day three or so years ago. I forgot when it was released.. And I have worn it EVERY SINGLE DAY since from the time I get up to the time I go to bed. And I've moved it to each new watch as Apple has released them.

    MY band still looks _BRAND NEW_. No finish wearing off anywhere. There aren't even any scratches on it that I can see. It really looks like I just pulled it out of the box. I wish my Rolex band held up as well as this band has. It's all scratched up, but to be fair I wore it every day for over 14 years until the Apple watch. So I'm not there yet with this band obviously. But I like this band much more than the one with my Rolex. It's more comfortable. And honestly I feel it's beed made than the Rolex band.

    So if you get one and the finish has any problems what so ever you should have Apple replace it because it should look great for a long, long time.

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  • 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.

    19 of 19 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.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous band!!

    • Written by Steven F from Kitchener

    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!!! :)

    6 of 9 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.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by Jaffrey A from Falls Church

    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.

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  • 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.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Discoloration

    • Written by Arthur K from Bellerose

    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.

    5 of 10 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.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Closure problems

    • Written by Daniel C. R from Cypress

    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.

    8 of 9 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!!

    95 of 102 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.

    38 of 41 people found this useful