When you buy tech products, you expect them to come with the necessary accessories to get you started. Or is it just me? Usually, the product you buy will determine the type of accessories you get. For example, you expect an Apple Watch to come with a band. But does an Apple Watch really come with a band or do you need to buy it separately?
Apple Watches come with a band, and the type of band you get is determined by which collection you buy. The best thing about Apple Watch bands is that you can use them on any watch as long as the band and the watch are compatible.
When buying a watch, the first thing you check is the fit. You do not want to look like a child wearing your parent’s jewelry. Besides knowing your wrist size, it also helps to know the various band sizes of Apple Watches.
Four standard watch band sizes come with the Apple Watch. Keep reading below or refer to this Apple Watch band compatibility chart to quickly check if your bands are compatible across devices.
|Apple Watch Model||Which Band Size Will Fit?||Band Type Options*|
|Apple Watch Series 7||If you have a 41mm watch: 38mm40mm41mm If you have a 45mm watch: 42mm44mm45mm||Solo Loop Braided Solo Loop Sport Band Sport Loop Leather Stainless Steel|
|Apple Watch Series 6||If you have a 40mm watch: 38mm40mm41mm If you have a 44mm watch: 42mm44mm45mm||Solo Loop Braided Solo Loop Sport Band Sport Loop Nylon Leather Stainless Steel|
|Apple Watch SE||If you have a 40mm watch: 38mm40mm41mm If you have a 44mm watch: 42mm44mm45mm||Solo Loop Braided Solo Loop Sport Band Sport Loop|
|Apple Watch Series 5||If you have a 40mm watch: 38mm40mm41mm If you have a 44mm watch: 42mm44mm45mm||Leather Band Woven Nylon Band Sport Band Nylon Band Stainless Steel Band|
|Apple Watch Series 4||If you have a 40mm watch: 38mm40mm41mm If you have a 44mm watch: 42mm44mm45mm||Leather Band Woven Nylon Band Sport Band Nylon Band Stainless Steel Band|
|Apple Watch Series 3||If you have a 38mm watch: 38mm40mm41mm If you have a 42mm watch: 42mm44mm45mm||Sport Band Sport Loop Nike Sport Band Nike Sport Loop Milanese Loop Leather Link|
|Apple Watch Series 2||If you have a 38mm watch: 38mm40mm41mm If you have a 42mm watch: 42mm44mm45mm||Sport Band Woven Nylon Band Stainless Steel Band Leather Band Nike Sport Band Hermès Leather Band|
|Apple Watch Series 1||If you have a 38mm watch: 38mm40mm41mm If you have a 42mm watch: 42mm44mm45mm||Leather Band Woven Nylon Band Sport Band Nylon Band Stainless Steel Band|
*As of writing this the leather, woven, sport, nylon, and stainless steel bands will fit all Apple Watch models.
The 38mm bands are what you will find in the first three generations of the Apple Watch. You can still get these stellar gadgets today but click on the 38/40mm option for the correct size.
The 40mm band size is popular with the Apple Watch Series 4, 5, 6, and Apple Watch SE series. If this is your preferred wrist size, make sure you choose the 40mm option at checkout.
The 42mm band size is also available for the first three series of the Apple Watch because there are larger versions of the watch in the same series. A larger watch will need a larger or broader band, and that is where the 42mm and size come in. It is best for people with wider wrists, from 140mm-220mm.
The 44mm band size is the largest that Apple currently offers. Like the 40mm bands, they often come with Apple Watch 4,5,6, and SE models. It is best for people with wider wrists but can also be a fashion statement for people with smaller wrists.
Now that you know the different band sizes of the Apple Watch, how do you know the size that fits you?
The best way to figure this out is to measure your wrist.
People are different and consequently, so are their wrists. Something else that plays a significant role in wrist size is gender. Men’s wrist sizes range from 15cm to 19cm, while women’s wrist sizes range from 14cm to 18cm. To know your exact size, follow the simple steps below:
- Get your tape measure. If you do not have one, a piece of string or any tape will suffice.
- Wrap the tape around your wrist. Do not make it too tight or too loose, but make sure it is at a comfortable circumference for you.
- Note down the size on a piece of paper. If you use regular tape or a string, mark the ends with a pencil or marker. Place the tape or string flat on a table and measure with a ruler.
- Add 0.5 centimeters to the found measurements for safety.
The regular size of the Apple Watch band is uncomfortable for some consumers. Knowing your wrist size and measuring the Apple Watch band length is essential to finding the perfect fit.
If you need a little more help, check out this video below to get you started –
You might not like the color or material of an Apple Watch band. Fortunately, you can swap it out and put any other type of band you want. Additionally, you can do this without any aid from tools.
The catch is that the watch and the band have to be the same size. After that, you can choose a band from Apple’s watchband collection or buy something compatible from Amazon.
Nevertheless, here’s a quick video to help you learn exactly how to swipe out or change the band on an Apple Watch –
Apple has six different types of bands with different qualities to match your needs.
Note that you can easily find these bands either at the Apple store or even on Amazon. Sometimes, you will find that the same Apple-original watch bands are cheaper on Amazon! But, make sure you buy it from the Apple Store on Amazon to make sure you make an authentic purchase.
The sports band is made from rubber and comes in green, pink, black, white and blue. It has a silver metal peg serving as a plug and goes through the hole on the watch. The sport band comes in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm. You can purchase the bands individually for close to $50 at any Apple store or from Amazon.
Note that the Apple Watch edition models can be bought with black or white sport bands. Each band comes with a gold peg, and you cannot buy the bands separately.
As the name suggests, the leather loop band is made from leather, specifically Italian leather. It is a fold-over clasp design with magnets on the links. The whole band is made from leather except for the ring where the band folds over.
The leather loop band comes in two sizes, medium and large, in various colors like stone, light blue leather, and light brown. This band will cost you close to $150.
The classic buckle band is suitable for people with small and large wrists. The 38mm case fits individuals with a wrist size of 125mm -200mm, and the 42mm fits people with 145mm – 215mm wrist size. The band is made from calf leather and a buckle made from stainless steel. You can get this band in black, saddle brown, red and more colors for $120-$150.
The Milanese Apple Watch band is made from stainless steel mesh that wraps around your wrist with an adjustable loop similar to the leather loop band. It is available in 38mm and 42mm cases in various colors like silver, gold, rose gold, etc.
Contrary to popular opinion, the Milanese loop band is lightweight and comfortable. Admittedly, buying this band is quite the investment, but it is worth it if you want something stylish and breathable around your wrist.
The modern buckle Apple Watch band is made from Granada leather. Its magnetic closure resembles a buckle, but this one is much easier to secure on your wrist. This band fits small, medium, and large wrist sizes from 135mm – 180mm. The modern buckle band is also compatible with many Apple Watch versions. This band will cost you over $200.
This is the most expensive Apple Watch band with a $400+ price tag. The link bracelet is stainless steel and has a double button clasp. It fits on both small and large case sizes, 38mm and 42mm. Two colors are popular for this band, silver and space black.