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Nomad Titanium Apple Watch Band is back in stock after 7 months [U]

Let’s begin by acknowledging that this is an expensive Apple Watch Band – until you compare it with Apple’s stainless steel Link Bracelet.

Apple’s Link Bracelet costs 349 in silver, or 449 in black. For that, you’re getting a high-quality stainless steel Band, an internal butterfly closure mechanism, and a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating for added wear resistance.

Nomad’s version of this in stainless steel comes in at 149, but spending an extra hundred bucks lets you upgrade to titanium (with the same DLC coating) for 249. Unlike Apple, there’s no premium for black, either.

Look and feel

Titanium gets you the same look as stainless steel, but with a worthwhile weight savings.

Visually, there is little to distinguish the Nomad Band from the Apple one. Both have the same classic link design, which has an, uh, timeless look in silver, and a more contemporary one in black.

It feels as good as it looks, the finish and build quality matching that of the Apple bracelet. If you’re buying it for a stainless steel Apple Watch, then either color looks great; with the aluminum version, I’d say the black one is a better pairing.

The big surprise comes when you pick it up. It looks chunky, and you expect it to feel weighty, but it really doesn’t. The exact weight will depend on how many links you remove when sizing to fit, but mine weighs 57g, or a fraction over two ounces.

In use, this makes it even more comfortable to wear than a stainless steel link Band.


As with any link bracelet, fitting is a bit of a pain, as you have to figure out how many links you need, and then remove the excess by using the supplied tool to remove pins, set aside the excess links, and then reinsert pins.

Figuring out how many links you need typically involves a bit of trial-and-error, so expect this process to take about 15-20 minutes if it’s your first time adjusting this type of Band – or perhaps 10 minutes if you’ve done it all before. The simple tool you need comes in the box.

The good news, of course, is that you only have to do it once, though it’s worth keeping the excess links and tool safe in case you ever want to give away or sell the Band.

Clasp mechanism

The original version of the Nomad Titanium Band Band had the hinged clasp mechanism familiar to anyone who has ever worn a watch with a link bracelet. It’s easy to open, and easy to close: putting on the watch and taking it off again is very quick.

Nomad aimed to improve on this with the latest version. Instead of the hinged clasp, there’s a much neater magnetic one. You still have the same press-in tabs at the side, to ensure it can’t accidentally come undone, but the mechanism itself is simpler and cleaner.

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Putting the watch on, this works brilliantly. It’s even easier and faster than the traditional hinged mechanism. Just press the two ends together, the magnets snap it into place and the spring-loaded lock closes automatically. There’s also less risk of trapping wrist hairs in the mechanism!

Taking the watch off, it doesn’t work quite as well. As with a conventional mechanism, you use your thumb and middle finger to press in the tabs and then pull. However, with this one, I found I also needed to use my middle finger to press on the receiving side of the Band, and it didn’t always release first try.

Overall, I applaud Nomad’s innovation in rethinking this, but on balance I prefer the original. That said, I wouldn’t see this as a reason to put you off the new design, it just doesn’t quite yet live up to the promise.


Look, feel, and build quality are on a par with the Apple bracelet – with the same DLC coating – but you get titanium instead of stainless steel. That’s a good deal even before you factor in the cost savings.

If you want the silver version, you’re paying 100 less for a more expensive metal; the savings on the black one is even greater at 200. For my money, this is a no-brainer.

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The 6 Best (and most stylish) Apple Watch bands for men

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As someone specializing in styling men in tech, is it any surprise that “stylish Apple Watch bands” are one of the more common requests from my clients?

The Apple Watch always had a few aesthetic features that bugged me.

You’re locked into the non-traditional square shape.

The large screen size is great for usability, but can feel big on some wrists.

But making the Apple Watch more stylish isn’t as tricky as it seems. You just need to be a little more thoughtful when choosing your bands!

In this post, I share my client’s favorite, stylish Apple Watch bands, along with the watches that inspired them.

How I chose these stylish bands for my clients

I drew inspiration from classic men’s watches, imagining if brands like Rolex, IWC, and Cartier designed their own Apple Watch.

From there, we hunted down and tested bands that matched these classic watches. We returned bands that didn’t live up to expectations in quality and/or design.

Here’s what we ended up keeping:

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Courtesy of Rolex Epic Watch Brands

The classic metal Band: The Rolex Oyster

Do I even need to write an introduction to The Rolex Band?

Style is great for

All dress codes, from casual t-shirt and jeans to suits.

The Band’s signature details

Rolex’s bands, or as they call them, bracelets, have a signature 3-link design (two small links on the outside with a larger link in the middle) along with a gliding folding-hinge clasp closure.

My pick

Epic Watch Bands stainless steel link Apple Watch Band (49) nailed all the right details. Other options we tried had links that were too shiny, making the Band feel cheap. Clients have also commented on the nice weight of the strap, making the watch feel a lot more premium.

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Courtesy of IWC Bandwerk

Rugged leather Band: The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII leather Band

While the original IWC Mark 11 Pilot watch often sported a NATO strap (see #4!), I’ve always been a fan of the Mark XVIII edge-stitch calfskin leather strap. The move from NATO to leather tones the military vibes down, making it more wearable in dressier situations.

Style is great for

casual to business-casual outfits.

The thicker Band style and patina of the leather gives it a more casual feel. I don’t recommend pairing it with formal looks.

The Band’s signature details

Like many luxury brands, IWC’s leather straps are crafted from calfskin, known for their durability and softness. Because you get more leather from a full-grown cow, calfskin can be 1.5-2x more expensive than cowskin.

The other key detail of the Band is the thick edge stitching, which gives the strap a bit more visual punch. (Cheaper brands will use thinner threads for the edge stitching, which can snap easier over time.)

My pick

Bandwerk’s Berlin Apple Watch strap (97)While Bandwerk uses Italian cowhide, it wasn’t a dealbreaker for my clients or me. The quality of the leather was top-notch.

Bandwerk also chose Gütermann thread, an extremely nice quality thread that I preferred when I designed leather jackets. That tells me they know their stuff when it comes to leatherwork! The ability to add a butterfly clasp is a nice option.

Note: If you own a 42mm Apple Watch, make sure you note that in your order. Bandwerk only lists 40mm and 44mm, but will ship you a 42mm Band adapter.

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The dressy leather Band: The Cartier Tank leather croc Band

I don’t recommend you sporting your Apple Watch when you’re rocking a tux. For any other situation that might require you to dress up a bit, nothing tops the look of a croc strap on a watch (including your Apple.)

Seen on the wrist of men like Muhammed Ali to Andy Warhol, the Cartier Tank with a croc strap is my all-time favorite watch.

Thanks to its signature rectangular design, the Cartier Tank’s aesthetic vibe translates well to the Apple Watch.

Style is great for

Despite its dressier appearance, the style surprisingly works especially well with casual looks. Just check out Muhammad Ali rocking one with a white t-shirt.

The Band’s signature details

The crocodile pattern, of course. The Cartier Tank croc straps are also finished with a more “invisible” tone-on-tone edge stitching, creating a cleaner, elegant look.

My pick

Hadley is the only brand I’ve seen offer real croc straps (133) along with a much moreaffordable gator-embossed cowskin option (63). My client’s also loved the ability to choose different buckle options. If you want to keep it classic, I recommend a black or brown croc strap with a silver or gold metal buckle.

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The tactical military Band: The IWC Mark 11 NATO strap

Like a lot of menswear, the NATO strap watch Band originates from the military. Putting a nylon strap on a Rolex ala Sean Connery’s Bond can be a polarizing move. However, for your 400 Apple Watch (which is already polarizing enough), it’ll give you some cool tactical vibes.

Style is great for

The tactical, military style can be too much of a contrast with a suit and tie.

The Band’s signature details

Traditional NATO straps are notorious for being a bit “overkill”. The main nylon strap is extra long, and is worn by slipping it behind the watch (instead of the ends) before wearing it on your wrist. The extra step is said to help prevent the watch from moving, no doubt a failsafe artifact from the military.

Some men find this extra material between your wrist and the watch too bulky. But you can reduce the bulk by adjusting how you strap it. (See video here)

Other key details I tried to look for are metal loops which are a lot more durable than fabric loops.

My pick

Shinola’s Nylon Apple Watch strap (75)It was near impossible to find a true long NATO strap for the Apple Watch. Most likely because the traditional strapping method would cover the sensors on the back of the watch.

Of all the nylon strap options for the Apple Watch, what set Shinola apart was the quality of the hardware. My client’s found other buckles to be too light and cheap. Shinola’s buckles were much more substantial, with a finish that closely matched the Apple Watch.

I also like the variety of color options, but I recommend olive or black for something classic.

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The elegant metal mesh: Seiko Sarb065 Cocktail Time mesh Band

The fine chain-link style gained popularity in the 70s with the release of the Omega Seamaster Ploprof. The diver inspired many to give the Band the nickname “shark mesh”, most likely due to its resemblance to shark mesh suits. (Even though it was not actually shark-proof.)

Style is great for

Despite its popularity with dive watches and armor-like aesthetics, the fine mesh’s elegance gives watches a dressier appearance. This makes it work particularly well more formal, tailored outfits.

The Band’s signature details

A fine chain-link metal, similar to medieval armor or shark mesh.

My pick

Apple’s Milanese Loop (99) There are many 3rd party mesh bands on the market, but many of my clients found the knockoffs wore down faster than Apple’s official model.

Client’s also preferred the quality and finish of Apple’s loop Band. A few noted Apple’s having a tighter mesh compared to competitors, which helped the Band wrap much more comfortably around the wrist.

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The retro metal Band: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak stainless steel Band

The Royal Oak’s angular stainless steel construction is one of the most radical and legendary designs since its introduction in 1972.

The watch has exploded in popularity in the last few years thanks to rappers and celebrities giving the iconic watch shoutouts.

Style is great for

The sleeks, minimalist aesthetic is surprisingly versatile. Take a cue from celebrities with their Royal Oaks, don’t be afraid to strap on the Band with your casual and suit tie outfits.

The Band’s signature details

Flat, angular brushed steel.

My pick

Apple’s own Silver Link Bracelet (349) was the winner with my clients. The build felt premium and seamlessly blended with the Apple Watch. (No surprise there)

The big standout feature is the very Apple-like adjusting mechanism, allowing you to add or remove links without any special tools.

A few clients preferred Nomad’s Steel Band (149), citing the magnetic clasp and savings of 200 as the reason. I found Nomad’s silver steel Band to be a bit too shiny for my taste.

Of Nomad’s options, I personally like the brushed silver of Nomad’s silver titanium Band (249). Titanium is stronger than steel while being 45% lighter and is basically impossible to corrode with sweat or ocean water. These two bonuses are worth the 100 price bump.

So why did I ultimately choose Apple’s Silver Link Bracelet over Nomads?

When it comes to aesthetics, I preferred the elegance of Apple’s links, which are flatter and overlap like scales. Nomad’s links are rounded, and from the side are a lot more noticeably chunky.

There are certain luxury companies creating full cases (Band and watch) that mimic the Royal Oak’s aesthetics, but neither I nor my clients could justify the 900 price tag.

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What about the other Apple or Hermés bands?

Because Apple’s in-house straps are quite unique, they don’t really fit in this list, but here are some thoughts and recommendations.

The fluoroelastomer rubber Nike Sport Band (49) is a favorite for clients who wear the Apple Watch while working out. The perforations help with breathability and prevent the watch from feeling too “sticky” during particularly long and sweaty workout sessions.

As a former owner of Hermés double tour watch, I was originally excited when they announced the signature strap for the Apple Watch.

Unfortunately, I find an Apple Watch with a double tour strap too bulky for my liking. The double tour bands work best with smaller, thinner watch cases.

If you’re going to pull the trigger on one of the more luxurious Apple Bands from Hermés, I recommend the single tour leather models (339)

(If you’re curious why Hermés bands cost so much, watch this great behind-the-scenes video of an Hermés watch strap atelier!)

Final thoughts

I hope this guide helped you see that you can still wear your tech and be stylish.

Do you have an Apple Watch Band you love that’s NOT on this list? I’d love to know what it is! Shoot me a message on my Instagram @TheEssentialMan

The best Apple Watch bands to show off your style

The best Apple Watch bands are hard to find in a sea of accessories, but we’ve done the hard work for you.

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The Apple Watch is one of the most versatile and stylish smartwatches you can buy, but the default Band leaves a bit to be desired. To help you take your watch to the next level, we’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and done the research for you to pick out the best Apple Watch bands on the market. Whether you own an Apple Watch Series 8, the Watch SE 2 the Apple Watch Ultra, or something a little older, there’s a Band for you.

The best Apple Watch bands

Our picks include sport bands, leather bands, rugged bands, and more. While many honorable mentions are on this list, the best Apple Watch bands are listed below.

Apple Sport Loop: The best Apple Watch Band for working out

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When it comes to the best Apple Watch Band for working out, the new Apple Sport Loop is unbeatable. The breathable nylon material ensures sweat won’t accumulate on your wrist, and the new color options make it a stylish companion outside of the gym, as well. Since it’s an official Apple product, it runs a tad pricey at roughly 40, but it’s worth it in the long run.

Nomad Modern Band: The best leather Apple Watch Band

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The Nomad Modern Apple Watch Band features high-quality leather that’s hard to find in this price range. This particular model has a streamlined look, but the company also offers a Modern Slim version that will better fit smaller wrists, a bulkier Traditional version, and a waterproof Active Band Pro version. These options are built to last and will develop an attractive patina over time.

Nomad Steel Band: The best metal Apple Watch Band

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When it comes to metal bands, you have some excellent options. Our top pick is the beefy Nomad Steel Band, which comes in silver and graphite for that timeless metal-link look. There’s also an even sturdier titanium model, which will put you back a pretty penny.

Spigen Rugged Armor Pro Band: The best rugged Apple Watch Band

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This rugged Apple Watch Band should look familiar to fans of the popular G Shock watches. It features the same hardy silicon design, which wraps around your Apple Watch face for added protection. Running only 20, it’s incredibly affordable, but don’t expect quite the same premium build quality as you’d find in first-party options. Spigen is well known for its phone cases, so pick one up for your iPhone if you like the Apple Watch case above.

Casetify Saffiano Leather Band: The best custom Apple Watch Band

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The best we’ve found for custom Apple Watch bands is the Casetify Saffiano Leather Band. While it’s technically faux leather, it is eco-friendly, recycled, and biodegradable, according to Apple’s own goals. Customization is limited to colors and initials, but the build quality and fashion-forward design more than justify the price.

Zalaver Bands: The best multipack Apple Watch bands

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Paying for multiple bands can be pricey, especially if you want to purchase them in different colors. In this case, we recommend purchasing a multipack. This example from Zalaver contains six bands in six different colors. These silicone bands look good when worn with your favorite outfit and shouldn’t struggle to handle your perspiration from a gym session, either.

Honorable mentions

That’s it for our list of the best Apple Watch bands you can buy, but it’s only a fraction of what’s out there. We also want to give an honorable mention to the following products:

  • Nike Sport Band: The fluoroelastomer Nike Sport Band is completely impermeable if you want something for swimming. The perforated surface allows some breathability and adds a touch of sporty style. It’s also ideal for avoiding that annoying rash that you may have experienced.
  • Catalyst Sport Band: This third-party Band is great for working out, and comes in at roughly half the price of official options. It’s made of durable silicone perforated to reduce weight and allow breathability.
  • Apple Leather Link Band: If you can afford to spend a bit more, Apple’s official Leather Link Band is an attractive option. It features a unique textured design, high-quality leather, and a variety of color options to suit your style.
  • Spigen Retro Fit Band: The Spigen Retro Fit Band brings leather style at a much more affordable price. Granted, it’s synthetic leather, but it’s still soft and comfortable for all-day wearing.
  • Apple Milanese Loop: Apple’s official stainless steel Milanese Loop Band is a fantastic option for a more modern style. It’s still a durable stainless steel strap, but the tiny mesh loop pattern makes it feel as smooth as fabric. It’s unisex, incredibly stylish, and although it’s still expensive, it’s still much cheaper than Nomad Steel.
  • Spigen Modern Fit Band: Thankfully, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get a great metal Band. The Spigen Modern Fit runs a fraction of the cost of most other options and still offers a quality stainless steel link design. It’s a bit bulkier and less premium than other options, but for the price, it can’t be beat.
  • amBand Rugged Armor Band: This is a hardier, more protective alternative to the Spigen Rugged, thanks to the included case. It’s roughly the same price and quality, but it does offer a few more color options.
  • SupCase Unicorn Beetle Pro: If you’re not a fan of the G Shock design language of the amBand or Spigen Rugged and want a Band that makes your device look like a retro outdoorsy watch, this is a fantastic option. Just be sure to buy the model that fits your watch size.

Top Apple Watch bands questions and answers

If you frequently sweat while wearing the Apple Watch, it’s best to purchase a Band that has breathable qualities. In our experience, fabric bands like the Apple Sport Loop work best for this purpose. However, elastomer options like the Nike Sport Band are also worth considering.

It’s worth putting a case on your Apple Watch, especially if you hike or trail run with your wearable. Even if you don’t work out with your device, adding another layer of protection will protect against scratches, chips, and bumps. Essentially, you’re prolonging your Apple Watch’s life.

There are plenty of classy Apple Watch bands in circulation. Leather and metal bands are more sophisticated than silicone, elastomer, or fabric.

Confort is a subjective thing. While some may find flexible elastomer the epitome of comfort, others may prefer fabric. In our experience, Apple’s standard bands are more than comfortable enough.



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