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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
Very good Hermès-like Single Tour watch band
This Balerion leather loop band for the Apple Watch is a very nice Hermès-knockoff "Single Tour" band considering the low price. The quality is very good, with decent material and fit, good color, and an overall pleasant and wearable feel and appearance.
It's hard to see the details of the product from the product images, so I'll attach a few closeup photos to this review.
Packaging: Minimal but fine. The Balerion arrives in a white cardboard and clear plastic box with a simple yellow inner cardboard display, adorned with some badly translated English. If it's going to be a gift, you'll probably want to repackage or wrap it.
Material: In general, the feel of the Balerion's leather is good but not super-luxurious or high-end, with a low-gloss color finish that looks like it will show wear as it ages, and has slight irregularities in the dyeing rather than looking perfectly even. (I think this is probably the intended look, rather than a flaw.) The edge finish is fairly glossy and low-quality in appearance, though it will probably age into a less glossy look. The top-stitching looks nice and is fairly even; there are two strap keepers, one fixed in place (which actually makes putting the band on a bit difficult) and one movable. The color of the blue band I received was a nice medium blue. The lugs look fine and their polished finish is a nice enough match for the stainless Watch, unlike some cheaper ones. The buckle also operates well and looks polished and very similar to the genuine Hermès buckle.
Manufacturing: The Balerion's fit with the Apple Watch is pretty good and entirely functional. As is typical of cheaper third-party bands the lugs are slightly sticky, and leave slight but noticeable gaps once attached to the Watch, but they are among the better third-party lugs I've seen.
Fit: The Balerion is a one-size band, around a Medium in Apple's sizing. I'm on the smaller end of Medium in Apple's sizing and I fit around the middle of the strap with plenty of room to spare. I found it fairly comfortable, though the strap is fairly rigid and wants to lie flat at first — it probably needs a bit of breaking in to feel really fitted.
All in all, it's not a perfect substitute for the genuine Hermès band, but of course it doesn't have to be at this price -- and it's a surprisingly close approximation for the low price! I'd recommend this as a nicely made Watch band or an addition to a collection.
The manufacturer provided a free sample for this review.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
Verified I ordered the correct size just to be sure ...
By Kendrick Allen
Verified I ordered the correct size just to be sure. As you can see the width of the connection is too short. Does not align correctly with 42mm series 2 watch. Returning item.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. See all 27 customer reviews...
Love this band. Fits comfortably on my 2 series. I've worn it several times. I am confident that it will not fall off as I tested it at a Broncos game. Despite lots of clapping and hand movements, the watch stayed secure. Would definitely recommend. I might even order another color.