Whether you’re a bona fide Apple nerd who stands in line for hours every time there’s a new product launch (hey, we’re not judging) or you’re just a gadget guy, the Apple watch is one of the most talked about new pieces of technology on the market.
If you finally caved and bought one, it’s time to start accessorizing it. The Apple Watch is no different than your iPhone—you agonized over what case to get to put your own stamp on it, right? Well, you can make your Apple watch your own by adding your own watchband to it.
And while there aren’t a ton of good-looking options out there (yet), we’ve rounded up the 12 very best to make your Apple Watch look even cooler. Now you can answer the question, “Hey, do you know what time it is?” with supreme confidence.
Clockwork Synergy Black & Silver Band
Think of this preppy striped nylon band as your watch’s weekend wardrobe—the military-style band adds a casual vibe to your wrist, it fits both Apple watch sizes, and you can customize the finish on the band’s hardware.
Striped Nylon Band
Similar to the band showcased above, the navy and white Striped Nylon Band from Philadelphia-based Made by Kong is the ultimate casual watch. Made by Kong offers several color combinations in this style, and at this price point, you could buy a few and not feel like you broke the bank. Take note, though, this strap fits the 38mm version of the Apple Watch only.
Case Mate Signature Leather Band
When wearing an Apple Watch nowadays, you run the risk of looking too techy, like the guy who had a car phone in the 1980s before cell phones were a thing, or the guy who was extolling the virtues of his smartphone while everyone else was content with their flip phones. You can combat being that guy by pairing your Apple Watch with a classic leather band, like this one from Case Mate. It’s classic and timeless and says, “I’m still a regular guy, I just like getting text messages delivered to my wrist.”
Monowear Nylon Band
This rugged olive green nylon watchband harkens back to military-issued watches, which is why the juxtaposition of a classic, old school band and a high-tech watch piece will throw everyone for a loop.
Zenok Leather Band
Hand-stitched in Vancouver, the Zenok Band is made from Italian leather and has exposed stitching to add a little extra flair (you can customize the thread color, but we love the green stitching with the rich brown leather). The band will fit both Apple Watch sizes, and the style is timeless in a way that can easily transition from work to play.
Black Forest Atelier Vintage Band
This classic band from Vietnam-based Black Forest Atelier is handmade from vintage Italian suede leather. It has rugged exposed stitching and the suede leather will develop a nice patina over time.
E3 Supply Co. Horween Leather Band
This simple yet classic band is handmade in Brooklyn from Horween leather, featuring brushed stainless steel hardware. The band will fit both sizes of the Apple Watch, adding a bit of warmth to cool technology.
Artisan Strap Co. Crimson Grey Band
Made from 100% premium Herman Oak leather, Artisan Strap Co.’s Crimson Grey Band has a unique coloring to it, looking grey at one angle and brown at another angle. The rugged exposed stitching adds extra character, and can be customized to a color of your liking.
Bexar Goods Co. Tan Leather Band
Texas-based Bexar Goods Co. (pronounced “bear” in honor of its home of Bexar County) makes incredible leather goods, and its Tan Leather Band is one of its best offerings. Made from American Bridle leather and stamped with Bexar’s well-designed crest, it’s one of the best-looking Apple Watch bands you’ll find.
Apple Leather Loop Band
Sometimes you have to go straight to the source for the best products, and that’s the case with several of Apple-issued watchbands. While they offer over 20 bands to choose from (running the gamut from silicone sport bands to more formal stainless steel metal bracelets), the Black Leather Loop Band is hands down one of Apple’s best offerings. Handcrafted in Italy from Venezia leather (you can choose from black, grey, brown, and navy), the soft, quilted leather will ensure a comfortable fit, but perhaps the best part is that the band fastens together via magnets concealed within the leather.
Apple Milanese Loop Band
Another official offering from Apple, the Milanese Loop Band draws is inspiration from a design created in Milan at the end of the 19th century (hence the name). Made from stainless steel woven on specialized machines in Italy, it’s a unique band that will pair elegantly with even your fanciest outfits. Like the Black Leather Loop Band, the Milanese Loop Band connects via magnets embedded in the band.
Reserve Strap Band
Because we’re all slaves to technology, we’ve embraced accessories that give our phones extra juice while we’re out and about—chargers built into bags, Mophie Juice Packs, and the like. But how do you ensure your Apple Watch stays charged? Invest in a Reserve Strap Band, that’s how. Made from silicone (and available in white, black, grey, or red), the band is embedded with lithium polymer cells that allow for up to 30 hours of additional charge. It fits both Apple Watch sizes, has a built-in charge indicator, and is water-resistant. Once you’re addicted to using your Apple Watch (and you will be), you’ll never be able to imagine your life without your Reserve Strap Band.