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All the new Apple Watch bands—and third-party knockoffs for under $25

Apple refreshed its line of watch bands for Spring 2017. And so did the companies selling inexpensive imitations on Amazon.

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  • Sport Band for Apple Watch

    $49.00 MSRP $49.00
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  • 38mm Soft Silicone Sport Style Apple Watch Band

    MSRP $8.00
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    on Amazon
  • Nike Sport Band for Apple Watch

    $49.00 MSRP $49.00
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  • Aniyoh Apple Watch Soft Silicone Sport Band Replacement

  • Woven Nylon Band for Apple Watch

    $49.00 MSRP $49.00
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    on Apple
  • Apple Watch ZRO Premium Nylon Woven Watch Band

    MSRP $42.99
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    on Amazon
  • Classic Buckle for Apple Watch

    $149.00 MSRP $149.00
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    on Apple
  • Apple Watch Band J&D Classic Series Genuine Leather Strap

    $13.95 MSRP $13.95
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    on Amazon
  • Apple Watch Hermès Leather Single Tour Band

    $339.00 MSRP $339.00
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    on Apple
  • Noubco Apple Watch Leather Band

    MSRP $50.00
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    on Amazon
  • Noubco Apple Watch Leather Band

    MSRP $50.00
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    on Amazon
  • Apple Watch Hermès Leather Double Tour Band

    $489.00 MSRP $489.00
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    on Apple
  • Apple Watch Band WAPAG Double Tour Genuine Leather

    MSRP $66.99
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    on Amazon
  • Apple Watch Band WAPAG Double Tour Genuine Leather

    MSRP $66.99
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    on Amazon
  • Apple Watch Hermès Double Buckle Cuff

    $689.00 MSRP $689.00
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    on Apple
  • EloBeth Apple Watch Leather Band Double Cuff Brown

    $20.88 MSRP $14.88
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    on Amazon
  • EloBeth Apple Watch Leather Band Double Cuff Brown

    $20.88 MSRP $14.88
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New for Spring 2017

Spring is in the air, and Apple wants to put a new Apple Watch band on your wrist to celebrate. On Tuesday, the company announced Sport Bands, Woven Nylon bands, and Hermès leather bands in fun spring colors, as well as standalone Nike Sport bands that used to only come with the Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch Series 2.

They look great, but Apple’s bands don’t come cheap. We’ve previously tested a few bands from Amazon that ably knock off the look and materials of Apple’s official bands, for a fraction of the price. And since these refreshed Apple bands are new colors rather than all-new styles, knockoffs are already plentiful.

Here’s a rundown of all the new bands in the Apple Store, and a link to a similar band we bought on Amazon. Some are more faithful reproductions than others, but they all sell for a fraction of the price.

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  • Sport Band for Apple Watch

    $49.00 MSRP $49.00
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Apple’s Sport Band, $49

The new colors of Apple’s $49 fluroelastomer Sport Band include “camellia,” which is a deep pink; “pebble,” a handsome brownish gray; and “azure,” a muted pale blue. Apple currently sells 14 colors of Sport Band in all.

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  • 38mm Soft Silicone Sport Style Apple Watch Band

    MSRP $8.00
    Learn more
    on Amazon

iXCC 38mm Soft Silicone Sport Style Apple Watch Band, $8

This knockoff sport band is probably closer to the pink color Apple used to sell than the new “camellia” color for Spring 2017, but it’s also only $8. Unfortunately, this exact model from iXCC is only available in white at press time, but I’ve been very pleased with all the knockoff sport bands I’ve bought from Amazon so far. 

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  • Nike Sport Band for Apple Watch

    $49.00 MSRP $49.00
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    on Apple

Apple’s Nike Sport Band, $49

The perforated Nike Sport Band is designed to let maximum air flow reach your wrist, which you might appreciate if you wear your Apple Watch during grueling, sweaty workouts. This band wasn’t sold separately before, only with the Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch Series 2. Now you can pick one up for any Apple Watch you already own, for $49, in three official colorways: black/volt (“volt” is a bright neon yellow), platinum/white (platinum is gray), and anthracite/black (all black).

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  • Aniyoh Apple Watch Soft Silicone Sport Band Replacement

Aniyoh's Soft Silicone Sport Band, $12

I gotta say, I’m loving this Nike knockoff. The lugs click in nice and tight, and it’s so comfortable. Aniyoh’s band even comes in more colors than Apple’s Nike band, like black/gray and silver/yellow.

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  • Woven Nylon Band for Apple Watch

    $49.00 MSRP $49.00
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Apple’s Woven Nylon Band, $49

Apple’s Woven Nylon bands are also $49 retail, and the new trend for spring is striped colorblocking. “Orange” is perfect for Mets fans, mixing blue and orange. The “Berry” version is a mix of three shades of pink, while “Red” combines red, yellow, and off-white. “Pollen” (shown here) reminds us of Easter eggs, with its mix of yellow, blue, and turquoise, and “Tahoe blue” combines three shades of blue.

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  • Apple Watch ZRO Premium Nylon Woven Watch Band

    MSRP $42.99
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    on Amazon

ZRO's Premium Nylon Woven Watch Band, $13

While some striped nylon Apple Watch bands can be found on Amazon, I couldn’t locate one with the same cool striping patterns as Apple’s Spring 2017 line.

This purple one from ZRO is good looking, nice and pliant, and not scratchy, but the lugs don’t fit as well as they should—I have to really jam them in—and don’t seem sturdy enough for the handsome price of $13 that I paid. But truth be told, I’m still just not that into nylon bands.

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  • Classic Buckle for Apple Watch

    $149.00 MSRP $149.00
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Apple's Classic Buckle, $149

Apple’s Classic Buckle used to be one of the choices when you purchased a stainless steel Apple Watch. Now you can only buy a new Apple Watch with a very limted band selection: the Sport Band, Nike Sport Band, or Milanese Loop. The Classic Buckle lives on as an à la carte version for $149, with new colors and a redesigned stainless steel buckle, shown at right here, with the old version on the left for comparison. Colors include saddle brown, berry, taupe, sapphire (a bright blue), red, midnight blue, and black (shown, at right).

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  • Apple Watch Band J&D Classic Series Genuine Leather...

    $13.95 MSRP $13.95
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    on Amazon

J&D Classic Series Genuine Leather Strap, $14

The classic buckle knockoff I tried is this leather strap from J&D Tech. The buckle doesn’t match Apple’s at all, but the band has a classic, understated look that I quite like. The lugs are solid, too. It comes in four colors—this midnight blue version looks almost black.

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  • Apple Watch Hermès Leather Single Tour Band

    $339.00 MSRP $339.00
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Apple Watch Hermès Leather Single Tour, $339

I’m never going to buy a $300 Apple Watch band—I’d rather get an iPad, or another Apple Watch or something. But if you have the means, the Hermès bands are so choice, at least the few I’ve tried on at Apple product launches. This season the Single Tour gets tons of simply beautiful colors, like “Lime” and “Bleu Agate” but this lovely brown will go with anything and should weather well. 

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Susie Ochs
  • Noubco Apple Watch Leather Band

    MSRP $50.00
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    on Amazon

Noubco Apple Watch Leather Band, $15

The leather on this Noubco band is soft and supple, but it picks up nicks pretty easily, making it look more...distinguished? And the stitching is mostly nice but the finishing is a little...rustic? The lugs on mine are inconsistent, with the top one snapping in snugly while the bottom one is a little loose—I can pull it out with a good yank, without pressing the button on the bottom of the Apple Watch. Still, I’m satisfied for just $15.

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Susie Ochs
  • Noubco Apple Watch Leather Band

    MSRP $50.00
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    on Amazon

Noubco band, back

The back of the leather Noubco band has the same style of buckle as the fancy Hermès version, but of course it isn’t etched with the Hermès logo.  

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  • Apple Watch Hermès Leather Double Tour Band

    $489.00 MSRP $489.00
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Apple Watch Hermès Leather Double Tour, $489

The Hermès Double Tour looks gorgeous, right? And a knockoff could never compare? That may be true, but if you’re going to fork over this much, wouldn’t it make sense to get a cheapie version first just to see if you like having a strap of leather looped twice around your wrist?

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Susie Ochs
  • Apple Watch Band WAPAG Double Tour Genuine Leather

    MSRP $66.99
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    on Amazon

WAPAG Double Tour Genuine Leather, $23

See, this is a prime example! I paid $23 for WAPAG’s double tour leather band, and quickly found out...I don’t so much like the double tour style. Either way I put it on my wrist it felt awkward, and I had a hard time getting the heart rate sensor to rest flush against my arm. 

 

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Susie Ochs
  • Apple Watch Band WAPAG Double Tour Genuine Leather

    MSRP $66.99
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    on Amazon

WAPAG's Double Tour, back

From time to time, I would even have to reenter my Apple Watch passcode, because the double tour band knocked it far enough off my wrist that the watch thought I’d taken it off. Could I just be wrapping it wrong? Maybe. But I’m glad I paid $23 and not $489 to find that out. 

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  • Apple Watch Hermès Double Buckle Cuff

    $689.00 MSRP $689.00
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Apple Watch Hermès Leather Double Buckle, $689

The Hermès Double Buckle starts as a wide leather strap and then splits into two, each fastened with its own buckle. It comes in four colors and I’m sure the quality is top-notch, but oh that price! Again, a knockoff could possibly help you decide if you even want to have to do two buckles every time you take your watch off or put it back on. 

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Susie Ochs
  • EloBeth Apple Watch Leather Band Double Cuff Brown

    $20.88 MSRP $14.88
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    on Amazon

EloBeth Apple Watch Leather Band Double Cuff, $15

Yup, turns out I didn’t want to do two buckles. Good to know! But if you do, it’s worth noting that the $15 EloBeth Double Cuff (which isn’t really a cuff, but OK) comes in both 38mm and 42mm sizes, while the Hermès Double Buckle is only available for the 38mm watches.

 

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Susie Ochs
  • EloBeth Apple Watch Leather Band Double Cuff Brown

    $20.88 MSRP $14.88
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    on Amazon

EloBeth Double Cuff, front

The other thing that bugs me about this double-buckle style is the two little triangles sticking up, attracting my eye and compelling me to fiddle with the straps constantly. Maybe the Hermès band is cut better and doesn’t do this.

See a knockoff on Amazon you want us to try? Shoot me a link to @sfsooz on Twitter.