A big part of the Apple Watch’s appeal is the ability to swap out bands so easily. This has led some people, including myself, to enjoy collecting and wearing different bands to match various outfits. In fact, today I chose an outfit to match the band I wanted to wear, not the other way around.
I’m a member of a number of internet forums devoted to the Apple Watch, and Apple Watch bands in particular. Two complaints I hear frequently is that the premium brand bands like Apple’s are too expensive, and cheap third-party bands suffer from lack of quality. I believe I’ve found the sweet spot of price and quality with Clockwork Synergy’s offerings. The 2-Piece NATO and Lizard Grain Leather bands I’ve tested are of excellent quality, but the price tag is quite reasonable. You could purchase both bands for less than the price of one Apple Watch Sport Band.
Clockwork Synergy's Background
I recently spoke with Jen Allen, the Marketing Manager of Clockwork Synergy. I asked her about the history of Clockwork Synergy and how they got into the Apple Watch market.
“Clockwork Synergy began in 2005 as a one-man team selling on eBay only. We started by selling NATO straps and creating new designs for leather bands. As we grew over time, our team expanded to a small team and we now ship internationally and sell at our own online store. The biggest innovation with the Apple Watch bands was our third party adapter we utilized to fit our bands to the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch. This means with one of our adapters, you can use any of our quick release bands associated with your watch size. We also follow fashion trends, and the watch industry. We get most of our inspiration from those areas along with customer feedback. We love the idea of being to change out your watch band easily and that drives our mission to ‘Instantly Add A Little Class to Your Wardrobe.’”
In addition to their website, Clockwork Synergy has a partnership with Best Buy. Jen explained that Best Buy sells the top 10 most popular bands of the over 270 bands they have available for the Apple Watch. Also, they created slight variations in the leather bands that include different stitching color and thinner, yet still strong, threading. They also created a Best Buy exclusive color for the 2-Piece NATO Band: Lilac.
The company’s best sellers for the Apple Watch are the Dapper Collection and 2-Piece NATO Bands. Coming in a close second are the Lizard Grain and Croco Grain Leather Bands.
For more third-party Apple Watch band options, check out the band guide on our sister site, WatchAware.
The Run Down
You can read my reviews of the Lizard Leather Band and the 2-Piece NATO band on our sister site, WatchAware. Clockwork Synergy offers 10 different Apple Watch band styles, each of which comes in many colors. They offer adapters and buckles to match every Apple Watch color. Prices for Apple Watch bands range from $23.95 to $44.95; all but the Dapper Collection bands are under $30. Save even more with a special 15% off promo code for our readers: 15watchaware. Clockwork Synergy offers a 60-day hassle-free return policy.