You can select from a black or silver version of the band.
I’ve always been a big fan of the Milanese Loop band for the Apple Watch but have never had the desire to spend $149 or more for the look. I tried out a replica last year and enjoyed wearing it with my original watch.
But when I made the move to Series 2 last month, I selected the Space Black stainless steel model. So that meant I was back in the market for a matching band.
Apple’s official matching model costs a cool $199, so I once again went looking for a replica. While there are some space black models costing less than $20 available from amazon.com, many reviewers said that the black coating had a tendency to eventually scratch or chip.
X-Doria has been a long-time accessory manufacturer focusing on iPhone and iPad cases. But the company has also done a great job with a line of Apple Watch accessories including a number of bands and cases. Its latest is the Mesh Band, a stylish take on the Milanese Loop.
Retailing for $49.99, buyers can select from a silver or black version of the band. It’s only available for the 42mm watch and fits all generations of the device.
It looks exactly like Apple’s version and is very comfortable to wear
I’ve been wearing the band for a few weeks, and have really enjoyed it. It looks exactly like Apple’s version and is very comfortable to wear. With the magnetic closure system, I can quickly and easily adjust it to get a perfect fit. X-Doria says the band can fit wrists from 130-180mm.
The black coating has also faired well and hasn’t chipped or worn off, and I’m definitely tough on my watch bands.
While the lugs are sometimes a problem spot on some third-party bands, X-Doria has done a nice job with those as well. They fit right into the Apple Watch and don’t protrude at all.
So if you’re looking for a reasonably priced way to sport the unique Apple Watch look, X-Doria’s band is highly recommended.
- Looks identical to Apple’s official space black Milanese Loop.
- Very comfortable to wear.
- Thanks to the magnetic closure, the band can be perfectly fitted to your wrist.
- Space black lugs match the watch perfectly.
- More expensive than other Apple Watch band replicas found online.
- Like other similar bands, does have a tendency to pull arm hair.