Apple Watch - Case/Protection, replacement band?

JoLLyRoGer

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Picked up an Apple watch 3rd gen. Looking to bling it up a little bit. Something that looks a little more elegant and at home in the corporate boardroom vs. the cheap silicone band/Casio IronMan motif it comes with.

Full case with screen protection would be a plus. I can see the rounded edges of the glass getting scuffed up pretty easily.

Everything I've found on Amazon is about a 1-2* rating. Figured I'd see what ideas the AT community could recommend?

Thanks!
-JR
 

TheStu

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Did you get the aluminum or steel version?
For bands, go to Best Buy, Target, Walmart or wherever and pick ones you like. I have a couple of legit Apple bands and a couple of knockoffs. The Apple bands are much nicer, but the knockoffs are SO much cheaper. Apple charges $150 for their milanese loop, and it is REALLY nice. But you can get a knock off that's almost as good for 1/5th the cost. Same goes for all of the bands. 1/4-1/5th the cost of Apple's but almost as nice.

I have no recommendations for case/screen protectors. I have the stainless steel watch which has a sapphire display, and is therefore hardier than the aluminum's ion-x display.
 

JoLLyRoGer

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Did you get the aluminum or steel version?
For bands, go to Best Buy, Target, Walmart or wherever and pick ones you like. I have a couple of legit Apple bands and a couple of knockoffs. The Apple bands are much nicer, but the knockoffs are SO much cheaper. Apple charges $150 for their milanese loop, and it is REALLY nice. But you can get a knock off that's almost as good for 1/5th the cost. Same goes for all of the bands. 1/4-1/5th the cost of Apple's but almost as nice.

I have no recommendations for case/screen protectors. I have the stainless steel watch which has a sapphire display, and is therefore hardier than the aluminum's ion-x display.
I have the aluminum apparently. It says ion-x so must be.

Thanks for the info!
 

Commodus

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Picked up an Apple watch 3rd gen. Looking to bling it up a little bit. Something that looks a little more elegant and at home in the corporate boardroom vs. the cheap silicone band/Casio IronMan motif it comes with.

Full case with screen protection would be a plus. I can see the rounded edges of the glass getting scuffed up pretty easily.

Everything I've found on Amazon is about a 1-2* rating. Figured I'd see what ideas the AT community could recommend?

Thanks!
-JR
I'd skip the case. Virtually every Apple Watch case I've seen is the opposite of elegant, like adding a bug deflector to a Bentley -- they're meant to be used 'naked.' See if you can get a screen protector you can apply without too much trouble if you're really concerned, although I've had Apple Watches since the original and haven't had a problem just by being careful (i.e. don't bang it against walls or go raving with it).

For bands, I'd be tempted to go with Pad & Quill. They're not cheap, but they're considerably cheaper than Apple's and, importantly, can be had with metal that matches the Watch you have.

I wouldn't knock the Sport Band too much -- it's really well designed and harkens back to Ikepod's classic band (mainly because Ikepod creator Marc Newson helped design it). It's just not what you'd call posh.
 

quikah

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Can't imagine why you would need a case unless you are doing extreme sports with it. My wife has worn it past year during her job as a nurse, still looks perfect.

She just bought several cheap bands off ebay, they look fine though she just needs function over fashion so the sport style bands is all she uses.
 
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Amazon has lots of nice, affordable bands for the Apple Watch. I personally like the Milanese loop (matching the watch color) as well as a leather band, lighter brown if it's the silver watch, and darker if it's the space gray one.

You don't need a case, it would make your watch look very un-stylish which defeats the point of buying a nicer band for it.
 


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