Review: Leather Bands for Apple Watch from Nomad

As high-tech as the Apple Watch is, I miss the elegance of traditional watches. Now you can combine Apple's smart tech with Horween leather thanks to the Nomad Traditional and Modern Straps for Apple Watch ($59.95–79.97).

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The quality leather attains a patina over time and is available in assorted colors like brown, black, or even blue. The leather cases still have a traditional closure which may be a pro for some people, but others may appreciate the ease of newer straps like the Milanese Loop. Regardless, the straps attach using Apple's unique design, which makes it easy to swap in or out watchbands with ease.


  • Quality leather in modern or traditional styles
  • Attains a handsome patina over time
  • Assorted colors including with silver or black hardware


  • Traditional closure

Final Verdict

If you have an Apple Watch but feel like you're missing out on old-world styling, consider adding a strap from Nomad. 

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