The best Apple Watch straps for first-gen, Series 1 & Series 2

Here are some of the best Apple Watch straps we've seen, and they fit every kind of Apple Watch out there. Just be sure to choose correctly between 38mm and 42mm.

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Best Apple Watch straps: How to change the strap on Apple Watch

Changing the strap on the Apple Watch (or Apple Watch Series 2) is pretty straightforward once you know how. Here, we've got an Apple Watch Sport, whose box contained a Large/Medium strap as well as a Small/Medium strap.

You can see which size is currently attached by looking on the back. There will be a tiny circle at the top of the strap with M/L or S/M.

If you find that it's too big or small, you can swap the straps. You'll only get one half of the strap in the box - it's the portion with the holes in - because that's the only one you'll need to adjust the size.

Simply turn the Apple Watch over, and press on the small button that's situated above the portion of the watch we're swapping. Now, slide the strap away from the watch to remove it. It's just a case of sliding the new portion of the strap into the watch face until it feels solidly in place.

It should be noted that these straps are compatible with all Apple Watches. This includes the original (discontinued) Apple Watch, and the Apple Watch Series 1 and 2. You can also slot a 38mm Sport Band into a 42mm watch and it'll hold it securely, but there'll be a little gap either side.

There are lots of different watch straps available and third party straps are coming too. Read on to find out about the best straps currently available for the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Series 2.

Read next: our complete guide to setting up the Apple Watch

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Changing the strap on the Apple Watch (or Apple Watch Series 2) is pretty straightforward once you know how. Here, we've got an Apple Watch Sport, whose box contained a Large/Medium strap as well as a Small/Medium strap.

You can see which size is currently attached by looking on the back. There will be a tiny circle at the top of the strap with M/L or S/M.

If you find that it's too big or small, you can swap the straps. You'll only get one half of the strap in the box - it's the portion with the holes in - because that's the only one you'll need to adjust the size.

Simply turn the Apple Watch over, and press on the small button that's situated above the portion of the watch we're swapping. Now, slide the strap away from the watch to remove it. It's just a case of sliding the new portion of the strap into the watch face until it feels solidly in place.

It should be noted that these straps are compatible with all Apple Watches. This includes the original (discontinued) Apple Watch, and the Apple Watch Series 1 and 2. You can also slot a 38mm Sport Band into a 42mm watch and it'll hold it securely, but there'll be a little gap either side.

There are lots of different watch straps available and third party straps are coming too. Read on to find out about the best straps currently available for the Apple Watch and Apple Watch Series 2.

Read next: our complete guide to setting up the Apple Watch

 

Apple Watch Sport Band

  • RRP: £49
  • Buy from Apple

The Sport Band is the watch strap of choice when it comes to the Apple Watch Sport. It's made from a custom high-performance fluoroelastomer, which Apple claims makes the Sports Band durable, strong and soft. It uses a unique pin-and-tuck closure to ensure that the excess strap doesn't flap around like it does on post pin closures.

The Sport Band is one of the cheapest official Apple Watch straps at £49 and is available in a range of colours colours (size dependent) including recent pastel additions: Camellia (red), Pebble (beige) and Azure (blue).

 

Nike Sport Band

  • RRP: £49.99, US$49.99
  • Buy from Apple

If you're on the market for something a little more fancy than the stock Sport Band for the Apple Watch, then the Nike Sport Band might be of interest. Like the standard band, the Nike Sport Band is crafted from fluoroelastomer, although it features holes across the strap for added breathability and should be more comfortable during workouts. 

The Nike Sport Band is available to buy from Apple for £49, and comes in three colour options: Anthracite (Black), Volt (Black and green) and Pure Platinum (White). 

 

Apple Watch Nylon Band

  • RRP: £49
  • Buy from Apple

The Nylon Band was first announced at Apple's March 2016 event alongside the smaller iPad Pro and the iPhone SE, with new additions following Apple's March 2017 refresh. We think they look great.

You can pick up a Nylon Band from Apple for £49, or choose it as the band that comes with your Apple Watch when you first buy it. The 38mm and 42mm versions of the nylon band each come in 17 colour combinations - we're fans of the gold/red one, pictured here - but the options are slightly different: the gold/royal blue is limited to the 42mm size, while the pink version only comes in 38mm.

Also read: how to customise your Apple Watch face

 

Apple Watch Milanese Loop

  • RRP: From £149
  • Buy from Apple

The Milanese Loop is a modern take on a classic watch strap design, developed in Milan at the end of the 19th century. The stainless steel mesh is produced by specialised Italian machines according to Apple, and as it's fully magnetic, the Milanese Loop can be adjusted to your perfect fit.

The Milanese Loop comes in two colours from Apple: both silver and space black cost cost £149.

See also: Apple Watch vs Apple Watch Sport

 

Pugo Top Apple Watch Band Magnetic Milanese Loop

  • RRP: £11.95

Psst! If £129 for a watch strap makes you (understandably) wince then here is a great alternative for that Milanese loop look. Pugo Top has made this black, gold, rose gold or silver version of Apple's cool strap and it's great. We would suggest it as a great alternative to the official Apple band.

It's magnetic so you can adjust it to any size, handy if you find that your wrist doesn't quite agree with the positioning of the holes in the regular strap.

 

Apple Watch Classic Buckle

  • RRP: £149
  • Buy from Apple

The Classic Buckle is crafted from Dutch leather from the ECCO tannery in the Netherlands and is milled to give the grain a unique and distinctive texture, Apple claims. Unlike other official Apple Watch straps that are magnetic with a strap 'look', the Classic Buckle is one of a handful that uses a traditional closure that's made from the same stainless steel as the Apple Watch. 

The Classic Buckle costs £149 from the Apple Store and comes in a gorgeous range of twelve colours following a recent update to the range.

See also: Complete Guide to the Apple Watch

 

Apple Watch Leather Loop

  • RRP: £149
  • Buy from Apple

The Leather Loop is another Apple produced watch strap, but interestingly only for the 42mm and not the 38mm variation of the Apple Watch. The strap is made from Venezia leather that's handcrafted in an Italian tannery that's spanned five generations and has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion. It has a pebbled texture thanks to a delicate milling and tumbling process, and magnets hidden in the leather allows you to wrap it around your wrist for a precise fit. 

The Leather Loop costs £149 from the Apple Store and as we mentioned, it'll fit the 42mm Apple Watch only. It's available to buy in smoke grey or midnight blue.

See also: Best Apple Watch accessories

 

Apple Watch Modern Buckle

  • RRP: £249
  • Buy from Apple

As the Leather Loop is only available for the 42mm Apple Watch variation, it seems fitting that the Modern Buckle is only available for the 38mm Apple Watch.

The Granada leather used to craft the Leather Loop is supplied by a French tannery that was established back in 1803, Apple claims. It also has an inner layer of 'Vectran' weave for extra strength and stretch resistance, a material used by NASA to make landing airbags for the Mars Rover. What seems like the buckle is actually a two-piece magnetic closure that allows for a precise fit.   

The Modern Buckle is available in midnight blue and black for £249 from the Apple Store.

 

Noreve Griffe 1 Leather Strap for Apple Watch

  • RRP: 155 euros (£129.98), US$142
  • Buy from Noreve

They're not cheap, but these leather Apple Watch straps from the French company Noreve look lovely enough to justify the price tag. They are supplied, like Apple's own straps, in two pieces, which fit easily to your watch and connect with a traditional silver-plated tongue buckle and two leather loops.

The Griffe 1 strap is available in 10 colours (the more outlandish ones require custom fabric and will consequently take longer to be delivered); we've tried the 'Rouge troupelenc', which seems to be red, and also like the look of the yellow and Mediterranean blue options. Make sure you select the right size (38mm/42mm) before adding to cart.

 

Apple Watch Link Bracelet

  • RRP: From £449
  • Buy from Apple

The Link Bracelet is the most sought after and expensive of all the official Apple Watch straps, coming in at £449 - more expensive than the Apple Watch Sport itself. It's made from the same 316L stainless steel alloy as the Apple Watch and has more than 100 components. The machining process is so precise that it takes almost nine hours to cut the links for a single strap, according to Apple. Apple also claims that once the Link Bracelet has been assembled, the links are brushed by hand to 'ensure that the texture follows the contours of the design'. 

Don’t worry about finding the perfect fit as the Link Bracelet comes with several links that feature a release button to add and remove links without the need of any special tools. It uses a butterfly closure to neatly fold into the bracelet, leaving a rather elegant and premium-looking watch strap. 

There are space black or silver options to choose from.

 

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In July 2016, GQ Magazine reported, following a tweet from US athlete Trayvon Bromell, that Apple would produce limited-edition Apple Watch straps for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. There were 14 straps, so unfortunately nowhere near all the countries taking part. These retailed for around $100.

The catch? They were supposedly only available in one Apple Store in, you guessed it, Brazil. A shopping centre in Rio housed the Store, and the bands were a hit with Olympians and spectators alike. These bands are now listed on eBay (but be wary of fakes!).

 

Best Apple Watch straps:

Casetify offers a big range of straps for the Apple Watch, some of which are even customisable with your own images. Designs include simple but stylish colours as well as more bright and colourful designs such as Galaxy Stars and Candy Feathers. They can be found on Casetify's website for $52, which translates to around £40.

See also: Best Apple Watch tips and secret features

 

Casetify Stainless steel mesh strap

  • RRP: Approximately £65, US$82
  • Buy from Casetify

Another alternative to the Apple Milanese loop, this slick mesh strap also from Casetify is a great option.

It is fully adjustable to any wrist size thanks tot he clever magnetic closure and comes in black, silver or rose gold to match your Watch.

At under half the price of Apple's official strap, its a great option.

 

Best Apple Watch straps:

Starting at £29 from Wristouch

Wristouch produces a variety of straps with various designs, ranging from the understated to the loud.

The three main designs are Mesh, Link and Sports band. The mesh and link bracelets are made from the same 316L stainless steel used in the Apple Watch, for a durable but great-looking bracelet. The details of each bracelet are intricate and they feel like premium bands when worn. In fact, we were surprised at the quality of the bands after seeing the pricing, which is cheaper than Apple's offering. This is especially true of the stainless steel link bracelet, which costs £449 from Apple, but only $99/£79 from Wristouch (or $119/£95 if you want it in black) despite being made from the same alloy.

Although the $49/£39 sports strap is made from rubber, its design allows it to compliment the Apple Watch. The minimalist, monochrome design is coupled with a subtle textural contrast that works really well, especially when most people are used to plain, simple Apple Sports Bands. It's claimed that the 'natural rubber' used in the strap will benefit those with active lifestyles, as it won't absorb sweat or dirt which should make it easier to clean.

There are also mesh straps, which start at $69/£55, and leather ones from $89/£70.

 

Best Apple Watch straps:

Apple's proprietary band-switching solution makes changing straps fairly simple, but it also means that standard watch bands can't be used with the Apple Watch. That's opened up a new market for Apple Watch strap adapters that allow you to fit any standard watch strap to your Apple Watch.

There are a few different companies manufacturing adapters now. Luvvitt offers a variety of different finishes for both the 38mm and 42mm models, available from around £12 on Amazon. Wearlizer offers just grey or black, at £9.99 for 38mm and £12.99 for 42mm, also on Amazon.

Despite not being straps, these adapters allows you to put any other watch strap on your Apple Watch - a handy solution!

 

Apple Watch Hermès

  • RRP: From £299
  • Buy from Apple

The luxury Parisian fashion brand Hermès has partnered with Apple and in early 2016 brought out its range of leather straps designed specifically for the Apple Watch. Through the partnership with Apple, the Apple Watch also has a Hermès engraving on the back of the watch.

The Hermès straps come in three variations: the Single Tour, the Double Tour and the Double Buckle Cuff Strap. The straps respectively come at a cool price of £299, £449 and £699. It should be noted that the 42mm Apple Watch is not compatible with the Double Tour nor the Double Buckle Cuff Strap versions.

Also read: best Apple Watch apps

 

Best Apple Watch straps:

We include this stunningly beautiful hand-carved Apple Watch strap because we love it, but it's unlikely - for a couple of reasons - that you'll be able to buy it.

Number one, it cost $10,000. Number two, it's a one-off that's already been sold - although the company behind the project, Made Worn, has pledged to make more bespoke Apple Watch straps, which you may be lucky enough to grab. They also do bespoke work to order, so get in touch with them directly if you'd like to commission something specific. 

This one, by the way, is based on a 42mm Apple Watch's steel link bracelet, carved and decorated to within an inch of its life. The company also carved the watch itself, which looks nice with a plain black strap too. We wish we owned this.

See also: Apple Watch review and How to make your Apple Watch battery last longer

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