Apple Watch band prices: from $49 to $449

Apple Watch band prices: from $49 to $449
Apple Watch pre-orders kick off today, and now that we know all the fine details to make up our minds whether to buy it or not, it's time to look at the prices of the watch and another quintessential part of the wrist experience: the bands.

We already know that the Apple Watch comes in three models: a Sports model starting at $350, a regular stainless steel edition with a starting price of $550, and the premium Edition made of 18-karat gold and starting at $10,000 (and going up to $17,000). You also have the option of six different types of bands. 

There are the:

  • sport bands with a pin (offered in different colors)
  • two buckle-style bands (Classic, Modern)
  • two loop-style bands (Milanese loop, Leather loop)
  • link bracelet with butterfly closure

First, let's keep in mind that all bands are interchangeable (if they are the same size, meaning that a 38mm band will not fit a 42mm watch body, but all 38mm bands are interchangeable), and you can purchase new ones for different occasions.

What about the prices of the bands, though? We have listed them right below:

38mm/42mm Sport Band: $49

38mm/42mm Classic Buckle: $149

38mm/42mm Milanese Loop: $149

42mm Leather Loop: $149

38mm/42mm Modern Buckle: $249

38mm/42mm Link Bracelet: $449



1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Apple, I'm sorry. But with this pricing, you blew it. I'm not saying it won't sell well, but the pricing blatantly cruel.

3. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Cruel to who? Depends right.

6. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Cruel to the consumer. To think the number 1 company in the world would try to rip people off THIS BAD....and yes, I know Apple can be overpriced at times, but this takes it to an entirely new level. Keep in mind, I actually really like Apple.

7. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I applaud your honesty about your favorite brand. I just wish the media would do the same. I believe that would help with Apple not getting away with gouging their customers.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple is a liar when prices start at $349. Yet in order to wear that watch you still have to buy the minimum band of $49. So that is $398 plus taxes for a woman watch. The men's version is an additional $50 making it $448 plus taxes for the aluminum sport version. I smell a law suite brewing in the winds. The reason why I say this is because you have to buy a band from Apple if you want to use the watch, because no one else makes or sells their bands. Apple has misappropriated the product.

15. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Wait, you are saying that the price is without band!!??!? that's I don't even know what to say. I mean considering they are going to push a new watch in a year with how limited watches are in usage.......yeah..I am at a lose of words.

28. djohnston

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Greetings! Just to clarify, the watches DO come in two different sizes as you mention. However, they are not men's and women's. They are simply sized so that you have a choice. For example, I have small wrists, so the smaller watch is perfect for me. Your choice may be different. All of the watches come with a band already for the price. It was stated on 9to5mac that the Sport watch even comes with TWO colored bands for the $349 price. I imagine that in time, many manufacturers will likely make 3rd party bands that you can swap out. I hope this helps to clarify some things. Have a great day!

38. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Thank you for clarifying sgodsell's bullsh*t.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No. What you need to look at is, how much it actually costs to have these made vs what they are sold at. Lets just take an example - The sport band is being sold for $49. These bands contain $1.00 worth of material. So they make $48 on each sell and lets say they sell 5M of them to people who buy the watch in one color, but buy a second band in a second color. That's nearly $250M in extra money being made for absolutely nothing. ITS PURE PROFIT MONEY Even if they sold only 2.5M of the ones that cost $149, those models surely cost more than $1.00 to make so I will say $5.00 tops. Again if they sold 5M of them, look how much extra profit that is. Even if they sell 1M of the ones that cost $449. You can look at the material and tell its less than $10.00 of material. Stainless Steele is not even steele, it is a chrome based alloy. Its cheap to make and produce. It like aluminum comes in different grades. If Apple used the cheapest grade of aluminum on their phone, what do you think was used here? Also high production drives cost down. One person can make 100's of these in just an hour alone. This is all pure bottom-line money to shore up the products that are dropping in sales or have very slow rise in sales, namely the iPad's and Mac's. Even for a person who is a millionaire who can afford this with no issue, $49 for a plastic band that will get discolored and dirty is not worth that cost. It should be about $10.00. Even Samsung tried to sell the bands for the Gear S at $99, no one bought them and thus the price has dropped 50%, but I expect they will drop even more. It's one of those things, just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Yet PA and other blogs jump on the Gear S for being plastic and metal and having a plastic/rubberized band and Apple has basically the identical thing and it is retailing for $49 and somehow this is ok? It doesn't depend. I am not basing what I say on whether anyone with a smartphone can afford to pay $49, for a plastic strip, the question is; should they have to pay that much. I can make a band for this watch from 3 plastic strips of a Band-Aid and it will be more secure and last equally as long.

34. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey techie, first, you need a life bro, your posts are huge and absolute jebbarish, and they becoming like ADS that we all used to scrolling thru. But if your Apple hating ass really thinks that an apple watch band costs only $1 to make - make me one - I'll pay you $5. I would also like to know the machinery that you have to mass produce it, the contracts you have to advertise it, the contracts you use for raw material, the cost of delivery, packaging, legal responsibilities, and warranty. Then make a website and build a store to sell it out of. Make sure it's as good as the ones Apple offers. Waiting.

35. Sauce5 unregistered

He's a troll, a fanboy, a desperate defender of his clan. Bro, no use.

37. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

His posts are always complete rubbish. Everything he says or thinks is more important than what anyone else says, that's why his posts are always so long. like freaking monologues

44. AlikMalix unregistered

Oops forgot, techie, you also cannot design anything that's infringes any patents already out because you will get sued, so now you have to hire a competent design team. And a design studio to insure the stuff. And you need to make sure it doesn't hurt to wear or get ruined by sweat, moisture, and other elements. Also if you hire and pay anyone to make it (or outsource) you have to pay their insurance and make sure they have competent machinery and tools so you can mass produce these at high demand (this is Apple after all). So you cannot just make one and call it a day, you need to make millions fast - that mean enough workers, equipment that does not break, and also security to make sure that no one leaks the product before you're ready to show it. Basically there are also costs before you can sell your first one - R&D dept, manufacturing costs (labor and material), legal crap, QC, and not to mention trial and error (that could be a lot of wasted money), shipping, packaging, and promotion.

39. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

I would just like to clarify that they use fluoroelastomer. This is not a cheap materials. The cost can be $2000-$3000 per kilo raw before being manufactured. I am not defending apple, I just wanted to clarify that it doesnt cost a $1.

42. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Lol a top quality link bracelet costs 10$ to make ? Maybe that price of stanless stell is in that range but the more you work with the material the more it costs as work also has some price. I can't see any belts on that one, no gaps from the bottom, they included a mechanism in them to shorthen it and every the top ones actually widen to fit the watch, you even got a butterfly clasp that doesn't make a bumb when closed. If something like the Apple watch can be made for say 50$ according why nobody had already come with such product ?

11. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

10,000$ for a watch? are you freaking kidding me? I'd rather buy a SWISS watch.

2. Takeharu

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You gotta be kidding me?! These prices are ridiculous!

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that's too much lol, I will get an extra sport band though. $50 is nothing. I wonder what the hell the metal ones are made of though...adamantium?

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Either that or vibranium haha

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

;) rite. Their gonna eat it on bands, the sport ones will fly though.

25. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

As long as they keep the same hinges for next years Apple Watch, it won't be that bad buying a more expensive strap knowing you'll be able to use it in the future.

41. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I've heard they come with 2 sport bands in the box. They didn't say which colors though.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Rich people will buy it though, oh well they got the ins.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

What? Now I'm down for the watch, but these bands are ridiculous!!! Give me the black sports band on a stainless steel and I'm done! I'll wait for the third party bands! They lost their damn minds! $449 for a metal strap? Lol!

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31310; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao exactly.

14. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

what else could you expect from the greediest company in the history of mankind.

43. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Top quality. And they aren't greedy, people are so satisfied with their products they are competing who will give them more money....

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its because only Apple makes their proprietary bands. So everyone has to get the bands from Apple. What happened to you nctx77, you were throwning your money at Apple for their watch. Did you only clue into how Apple works, and how much they charge for their things.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22273; Member since: May 28, 2014

So on top of the outrageous watch prices, we now have outrageous watch band prices?! This is like cruel and unusual punishment...

13. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Apple is actually right with the pricing. They know there are enough stupid people in the world who will buy any shiit with an apple logo on it.

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