If you bought a new Apple Watch series 3, you already know the bands and straps from Apple certainly aren’t cheap. Luckily there’s plenty of good deals out there on bands for the Apple Watch Sport, Steel, Gold and Rose Gold all of which are available in both 38mm and 42mm. All of these bands are also compatible on Apple Watch Series 2, 1, and 1st Generation Apple Watch.
We compiled a list of the best deals we have found on different types of bands including silicone straps, milanese loops, link bracelets, leather bands, and more.
Leather Bands & Straps
If you think the Apple Watch leather bands such as the Classic Buckle ($149) or the Modern Buckle ($250) are expensive, you can get the same styles for a bargain. If you are looking for leather options, there's plenty available in all ranges of price. The starting point for a 3rd party leather band is $10-20 which is typically synthetic leather made overseas, and can range to $100+ for high quality handcrafted leather.
Marge Leather Strap - $21 on Amazon
Clockwork Synergy - Starting at $29 - Leather, NATO, and Silicone Bands
Mkeke Leather Band - $10.99 on Amazon
LoHi 38mm Leather Band - $19.99 on Amazon
Double Tour Band - $19.99 on Amazon
E3 Supply Co - Handcrafted in NYC Leather Bands - Starting from $99
E3 Supply Co Cuff Leather Band - $169 at E3
ArrowandBoard - Full Grain Harness Leather Band - $95 on Etsy
Pad & Quill - Classic Handmade Leather band - $99 at Pad&Quill
Nomad Handmade Strap by Nomad - $79 from HelloNomad
Double Wrap Band by o2 Leather - $52 on Etsy
Triple Tour Band by ArrowandBoard - $127 on Etsy
Casetify Horween Leather Band - $180
Metal Bands & Link Bracelets
If you are looking for a metal or link band for your Apple Watch, there are also a great number of options to choose from. Some of the most popular ones include replica link bands starting at only $30, and other 3rd party metal options. Check some out some our favorite below:
Oittm Space Grey Link Band - $20 On Amazon (with 20% off coupon code TRDAIY56)
Black Replica Link Bracelet - $59.99 On Amazon
There are different variations of this replica band, we reviewed both the 3rd gen and an upgraded 4th gen which includes the same quick resize functionality as the genuine band from Apple.
On Left: Genuine vs Replica on right
Silver Replica Link Bracelet - $55.99 on Amazon
Silver Steel and Ceramic Band - $39.99 on Amazon
Milanese Loop Straps
The Milanese Loop by Apple looks great and has awesome functionality with the magnetic close, but why spend $150 when you can get the same look and features for a fraction of the price? Check out some of the best milanese loop bands below:
Penom Milanese Loop - $19.99 on Amazon
On Left: Genuine vs Replica on right
Vintage Gold Milanese Loop for Gold Apple Watch Sport - $18.99 on Amazon
Rose Gold Milanese Loop for Apple Watch Sport (Rose Gold) - $18.99 on Amazon
This style of band is popular these days, originating from Apollo astronauts and also featured by James Bond — the NATO strap was the watch band of choice for NATO commanders during the cold war. These days, you can find these straps for your Apple Watch starting at just over $20 bucks!
NATO Straps by Clockwork Synergy - $29.95
On Left: Clockwork Synergy NATO strap vs Apple Woven Nylon
Southern Straps - NATO Bands starting at $22
The original sports bands by Apple are great, but if you want to customize colors and style and not pay $50 each time — you definitely want to look at third-party options. Below are some great sports straps for Apple Watch:
MoKo Sports Bands - $11.99 on Amazon
There are many different replica sports bands you can find online for your Apple Watch. The MoKo are some of the best reviewed since they look and feel so similar to Apple's version.
WRBLS Bands - Custom Design Sports Bands - $45
For the ones out there that "Think Different" and are looking for something unique, you should definitely take a look at Wooden Bands. It's a link bracelet made from real wood, it feels amazing and light, with each link smooth and polished. There are a couple different places to find these, but keep in mind we have also heard these can be sometimes hard to resize and fragile when doing so — since they are 100% wood making them susceptible to cracks.
Wooden Band by LuxWood - $55 at Etsy
Ebony Wood Apple Watch Band - $55 on Amazon
Ottm Wood Bands - From Indiegogo Campaign