The Space Black Apple Watch with Space Black Milanese band is gorgeous

We're big fans of the Space Black Apple Watch casing here at iMore, so it was with no shortage of delight that we encountered a new color-matched Space Black Milanese Loop at the iPhone SE event last week.

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When Apple released the Watch in April 2015, it offered a Space Black watch casing as well as a rather expensive (and hard to find) Space Black Link Bracelet (opens in new tab) that, at $549 alone, was out of reach for many people. The Link Bracelet came with its own challenges, too: it was heavy, and not suited for all outings. And while Apple provided easy link removal without the need for tools, getting the right fit still required work.

Given that the Space Black case and bracelet combo (opens in new tab) started at a hefty $1049, many customers created their own variations, using either the black Leather Loop (which wasn't quite color-matched) or the black Sport Band, which lacked the high-quality finish of leather or metal.

A delay worth accepting

While Apple likely had plans to release a Space Black Milanese Loop in September alongside a bevy of new bands and hues, production delays reportedly associated with the coloring process kept it until this past March event.

The Space Black Milanese Loop, at $199, is $50 more than its silver counterpart (a premium also issued to the Space Black Apple Watch itself), but is worth the extra price to achieve that unique look.

Tiny metal links woven together on "specialized Italian machines," according to Apple, the magnetic clasp allows for easy adjusting, though its lack of a buckle does allow the band to loosen slightly over the course of a day; I find myself having to adjust it every couple of hours to keep it tight.

The whole package

At $699 and $749 for the 38mm and 42mm versions, respectively, the Space Black Apple Watch Milanese Combo is fashionable, understated and unique. We'll have a full review of all the new Apple Watch bands coming soon, so stay tuned! And if you have any questions about the Apple Watch or any of the new bands, let us know in the comments below.

Daniel Bader is a Senior Editor at iMore, offering his Canadian analysis on Apple and its awesome products. In addition to writing and producing, Daniel regularly appears on Canadian networks CBC and CTV as a technology analyst.

  • It's £129 for the silver and £179 for the black Milanese loop in the UK. When I heard they were releasing the black version I considered buying it until I saw the price. My main band will remain the leather loop (official) and I've bought my first 3rd party band to test the Milanese style. At £13 it's marginally cheaper than the Apple one!
  • While this is a nice looking band, $150 is very steep considering there are cheap knockoffs that cost <$20 on Amazon (and don't even have logos on them). Yes, the build quality might not be quite as good and they may not last quite as long, but at 13% of the cost, I can buy a whole lot of replacements and still be cheaper than the cost of one of the Apple branded bands.
  • Agreed......and the knockoffs I have purchased have been very good, and every one has been less than $20.
  • There's a nice JEtech version of this on Amazon for $23 if you want most of the style for a eighth of the price. I like the magnetic clasp.
  • Heard the black coating rubs off after repeated use of the magnetic attachment.
  • I got the JEtech version as my first band and I have no complaints. The magnet holds tight after two weeks so far and it looks great!
  • I agree with most of the posts. If Apple priced their band competitively I would buy one. But $20 on Amazon vs $200 for an Apple branded one? The slight difference is not worth $180 to me, I have other things to spend that money on.
  • I also have the JEtech one and it looks nice/works well. We'll see how long it lasts.
  • But unlike a fine piece of jewelry, the Apple Watch will soon be outdated. Has Apple even taken a pledge that the current bands will fit the Apple Watch 2 or will they just take your money all over again?
  • I have to admit that I just ordered the JEtech one off I would love a real one but $279!!!??? Too much for a watch band.
  • Looks very nice, but seems a bit too pricey....even more so when you see the 3rd party offerings.
  • Looks awesome!
  • I can get this same look for about $25 through a third party band maker and it has held up great!
  • I picked up the JEtech one as welll. Looks great and nearly identical to the official Apple variant. $28 for the watch band and 1 day shipping; much less than Apple's absurd price point!
  • I tried the Milanese band at the Apple store and fell in love with it.
    That said I am going to wait to buy one until I have some disposable cash to get one. meanwhile i am trying out a third party version.
    I would like to see imore do an article and the different third party bands comparing and contrasting them with the Apple bands.