Those looking for a timeless leather appearance on their Apple Watch can discover a couple of choices ranging in rate from $$ 149 to $ 249 in the Apple store. With a handful of third-party producers entering the Apple Watch band game, quality accessory designer Pad & Quill has introduced its own line of Classic Apple Watch Bands for a more affordable entry cost of $$ 89.95 that hews most carefully to Apple’s Classic Buckle.

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The huge difference with Pad & Quill’s choice is a variety of color alternatives– Galloper Black, Chocolate, Scotch, and British Tan– that let consumers keep a standard watch visual with added modification. The company provides the choice to acquire any color with either stainless steel or polished black finishes, to effectively match each user’s Apple Watch face (Sport editions will support the accessory, but the same visual and corrosive warnings from Apple’s own bands still apply).


The Pad & Quill bands are produced in an Italian leather tannery making use of a “soft-tumble approach” that results in what the business intends to be a comfy watch band with added resilience. Designed in both the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch sizes, the Classic Apple Watch Band will fit wrist sizes from 130mm to 210mm in diameter.

Unlike some other third-party companies, and Apple itself, Pad & Quill is making every leather color alternative of its band line offered in both Apple Watch sizes, lending each band a unisex universality that looks great on any wrist. The business even lets users mix-and-match the color of the leather with the metal completing in such a way that ranges from standard (British Tan with stainless-steel) to approaching unappealing (Chocolate with refined black).

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Still, the modification to a fault rates, and ultimately results in a handsomely made and durable Apple Watch accessory. Pad & Quill sent me the Chocolate with stainless steel band and I have actually been wearing it for a number of days for testing. The beyond the band feels smooth to the touch and appears to support the business’s claim of the accessory’s sturdiness, while the in is stitched in a lighter-toned stitching to contrast nicely with whichever leather color is chosen.

Daily Use

After about half a week with the Classic Apple Watch Band, I can state that things have actually gotten far much better from the initial outset of wearing the band. A few things to keep in mind: the Apple Watch is the very first watch I’ve used in over a years, and the Sports Band is the only band I have for it. Consequently, I discovered the more conventional notch and clasp closure rather cumbersome when in direct comparison to the speed and slickness to which I can move on and off the Sports Band.

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Luckily, once the leather began to flex and fold to the specific size I began putting on the device in, Pad & Quill’s Apple Watch band became far less of a headache to endure an everyday basis. I’m still not totally offered on utilizing it throughout heavy workout sessions, nevertheless, even with the company’s comforting, but generic, asserts to the band’s “active life sturdiness.”

I put the leather band through some conventional cardio exercise sessions, and a couple of runs, and it came out of the other end unharmed, but significantly noticeable. The band just has a lot of points of irritable contact with the skin– the metal clasp and the loops that hold completion of the band down, specifically– that are almost undetected every day however become magnified under a high-stress, high-movement exercise. Pad & Quill likewise does not discuss any sort of water resistance on its site, and while I cannot assert I put it through any sort of heavy water screening, the band has actually come out of a couple of shower and sweaty exercises entirely unharmed, although evident water warnings versus leather still apply.

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The svelte, professional appearance of the leather band is the most significant plus for Pad & Quill’s new line of Apple Watch bands. Although I can’t straight compare it to Apple’s Leather Loop and Classic Buckle alternatives, by itself the Classic Apple Watch Band is streamlined and perfectly created, with Pad & Quill’s rustic brand of naturalism obvious in everything from the pops of color emerging from the accessory’s under-stitching to the special tannery professional trademark tucked under each band.


Like some third-party accessories prior to it, Pad & Quill’s Classic Apple Watch Band is a terrific budget option to Apple’s offerings of the very same nature. While $$ 89.95 for some is far from inexpensive, those looking for an authentic, resilient, and professional-looking leather option for their Apple wearable– and not wishing to run the risk of buying less expensive knock-offs– most likely will not be able to discover a much better alternative than Pad & Quill.

The accessory business, understood for its naturalistic leather-made iPhone, iPad, and MacBook devices, also introduced a line of Apple Watch products around the launch of the device back in April.


  • Attractive design
  • $$ 89 price
  • Numerous color and surface alternatives
  • Readily available in both 38mm and 42mm sizes
  • Ultimately, rather comfortable


  • Days-long break-in period
  • Unsuitable for exercises

How to Purchase

The Classic Apple Watch Band is offered for pre-order today on Pad & Quill’s official site in Galloper Black, Whiskey, Chocolate, and British Tan. The business is intending for a mid-September shipping date for the very first round of pre-orders.

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