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Apple Watch bands can be easily damaged like any other watch bands, but don’t freak out about it

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:59PM EST
Apple Watch Bands Damage and Replacements
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Apple’s Watch is, at the end of the day, a product that will suffer damages including standard wear and tear. So don’t expect it to be any differently than regular watches from that point of view — and that goes double for the watch’s bands, including the Sport fluoroelastomer and Leather bands, according to pictures posted by 9to5Mac.

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Over time, the great looking Apple Watch bands will have the same wear marks as any other regular watch band. The more you’ll wear it, the more marks these particular type of bands will receive. And that’s not a bad thing.

You can expect Sport and Leather bands to show bend marks as well as discoloration over time caused by sweat and hand lotions. Furthermore, metal bands might get scratches and dings following regular use.

So don’t freak out when Apple won’t replace your worn bands with shiny new ones. I’m already more than aware the white Sport band I have on my Apple Watch will get such marks. But the company will sell you a wide selection of accessories and third-party accessory makers will soon launch Apple-certified bands as well, according to some existing reports.

Images showing wear and tear marks for Apple Watch bands, as shared by sources briefed on internal Apple support docs, follow below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.