Best bands for the gold Apple Watch in 2023
Our pick of the top shiny straps for the gold Apple Watch
The gold Apple Watch definitely sets you apart from the crowd, whether you have the aluminum or stainless-steel version. However, choosing from among the best Apple Watch bands to find ones that go with the gold color can be tricky. Fortunately, we've rounded up some of the best gold Apple Watch bands for you.
Looking for bling? These are the best bands for the gold Apple Watch
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All of Apple's Sport Bands look nice, but one of the best pairings with a gold Apple Watch is a navy blue shade. The original gold aluminum Apple Watch came with a Midnight Blue band, so even Apple thought it was in excellent taste. Navy blue in general provides a stunning contrast with gold, making it a great pairing. Unfortunately, the latest navy Sport Band, Abyss Blue, lacks a gold pin closure, but the rest of the band still works well.
NOMAD's Modern Strap for the Apple Watch is made of genuine Horween leather that is high quality and develops a fine patina over time, which gives the strap a unique warmth. The strap's gold hardware will go perfectly with your gold Apple Watch as well.
A mixed metal band is a great way to incorporate gold and silver together and tie your whole jewelry ensemble together. This band is mostly silver in tone, but it has two gold stripes that will bring out the gold in your Apple Watch and whatever other gold jewelry you might be wearing.
Classic and subtle leather
This leather strap from SWEES is made from premium, fine grain leather. Choose from many several leather color options, many of which come with gold adapters and buckles to match your Apple Watch.
This unique leather and rubber hybrid band from OUHENG is comfortable and supposedly sweatproof, so you can work out with ease while wearing it. The exterior is leather, while the inside of the strap is silicone rubber. It comes in several colors with gold hardware.
This unique diamond-cut stainless-steel watchband comes in both Apple Watch sizes and ties together the silver and gold tones in your jewelry look. It's dressy enough for formal occasions but won't look out of place with your more casual looks.
Turn your watch into jewelry
This bracelet-style Wearlizer X-Link Rhinestone Band turns your Apple Watch into a fine piece of jewelry for a night out. The metal bracelet has rhinestones embedded into it, giving it that extra touch of sparkle, and the blend of gold and silver lets you gracefully mix metals with the other jewelry you're wearing.
Classic Apple style
We love Milanese Loops because they're easy to put on and adjust the size to suit your needs, and Apple's is one of the best options available. The Gold Milanese Loop will go perfectly with your Gold Apple Watch. Rest assured, the magnet will not snag on clothing like other cheaper brands do. You could also get it in Space Gray for a nice contrast option.
Bring the bling
Can't get enough bling? Bring it on with this rhinestone-encrusted beauty. It even comes with a case for more bling around the face. I have an almost identical band in silver, and it's a bit more subtle and classier-looking than it appears in the photo.
This gold metal link bracelet adds both gravitas and elegance to your look. Make your Apple Watch look more like an expensive watch than a health and fitness tracker. This band comes in both Apple Watch sizes.
The leather band tapers away from the Apple Watch face, giving it a more slender and delicate look. Choose from lots of different colors, some of which have that gorgeous gold hardware to match your Apple Watch.
How to choose the best bands for your gold Apple Watch
Whether you have the Apple Watch Series 7 or other newer model, it's a bit harder to find the best Apple Watch bands out there, but we think these are some pretty good options worth considering. You can't go wrong with Apple's simple Sport Band. You can wear it anywhere, and it holds up beautifully over time, even through sweaty gym workouts and swimming in the pool or ocean.
The Wearlizer Rhinestone X-Link Apple Watch Band is a gorgeous band with a reasonable price point. I wear it when I want a more delicate look with a little bling. I love that it ties my whole jewelry look together, as I'm often mixing silver and gold tones.
Clockwork Synergy is my go-to website for a large selection of reasonably priced, high-quality bands that you can personalize with the hardware color of your choice. If you don't love the crocodile leather look shown above, explore the site for tons of other options.
If you want something that looks even classier and don't mind splurging a bit, we also recommend the Apple Milanese Loop. The official Apple one is high quality. The magnet does not snag on your long sleeves, which seems to be a characteristic of the market's cheaper alternatives. While the gold option matches nicely with the gold Apple Watch, we like the Space Gray Milanese Loop, too, as it provides an excellent, stark contrast with the gold casing. The Milanese Loop look is often copied because it's fantastic. The elegant style elevates your wardrobe and works with anything from athleisure wear to black-tie formal. Though it's metal, the mesh makes it breathable, lightweight, and ultra-comfortable.
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Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.