Hands-On: JUUK Stainless Steel Watchband for Space Grey Apple Watch Sport [PICS]

Last month we told you about JUUK, the third party Apple Watch band maker and they added a new ‘Gunmetal’ stainless steel band specifically for the Space Grey Apple Watch.

Well, JUUK has sent us one of their prototype samples close to 95% completion for a quick hands-on, and we must say they are even more impressive in person. These bands are made with solid 316L stainless steel and come with a push-button butterfly buckle.

Upon picking up the Revo Matte band in Gunmetal finish (which is almost like a Space Black band for your Sport model), it felt much heavier than it looked and had substantial weight to it, like it came from a real watch. Once attached to my Space Grey Apple Watch, the combination of the two look pretty darn good, despite the band colour not matching 100%.

Check out some of the pictures below, which show a pretty good fit on the Apple Watch Sport:

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To remove extra links, a tiny screwdriver is required. Just unscrew a few times then pins can be easily pulled out with your fingers. Not being a watch guy and having large hands, this was a bit tricky but was very straightforward.

To insert the band into your Apple Watch, a locking mechanism needs to be lightly pressed to allow it to slide in, unlike Apple’s design. Once the band slides all the way it, it locks into place and can be removed the same way like your existing Apple band.

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Here is the Revo Matte in Gunmetal with its butterfly clasp opened. The clasp closes on each side with a satisfying snap and felt very secure holding my Apple Watch.

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This is the watch on my wrist (ignore my sloth activity will ya): it looks like it could have come with the watch:

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While the bands felt great on the wrist, the early sample I received did have a gap that showed some of the non-gunmetal links. Also, that line you see below on the first link, it will be eliminated or improved in final versions:

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The JUUK logo is subtlety noted on the bottom of the band:

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After wearing my Space Grey Apple Watch Sport with JUUK’s Revo Matte band, it made the watch feel like a real watch, a feeling you don’t really get with the sport bands:

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JUUK did not meet its funding goal on Indiegogo, so founder Eugene Ho has decided to self-fund his campaign with his own money. To facilitate pre-orders, JUUK has created the following 3-tier discount:

  • $60 off in August
  • $50 off in September
  • $40 off in October

Right now, the following bands are available for purchase at these discounted August prices, which includes free international shipping:

  • 42mm Revo Matte Gunmetal – $165 USD (regular price is $225)
  • 42mm Revo Brushed – $135 USD (regular price is $195)
  • 42mm Revo Polished – $135 USD (regular price is $195)

The Revo Brushed and Polished bands similarly look and feel really good in the hand, and would make any stainless steel Apple Watch happy. JUUK also has 38mm bands in the works, but for now, they are concentrating on three bands only, with an expected ship date of November 2, 2015.

Although you may find cheaper options online, the quality of these bands are excellent and I would proudly sport them on my Apple Watch. Eugene’s background is in the watch industry, so these bands are coming from someone who lives and breathes watches.

Despite not meeting his crowdfunding goal, he told us he believed in his project so much he was willing to put his own money on the line. When somebody believes so much in their product that they’re willing to put money where their mouth is, that’s a good sign.

You can click here to pre-order JUUK’s stainless steel Apple Watch bands.

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  • Flash

    I ordered the gunmetal one after the last post. I got an email back stating it might come in November.

  • Nice. From the early prototype we just handled, it’s really nice.

  • Local guy doing it right!

    Eugene Ho, has over 17 years of product development experience in the watch industry while working on brands such as Hugo Boss, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Ecko and Reebok. Eugene grew up in Canada, but has been living and working in this industry in Hong Kong since 1997. He has a business degree from the University of British Columbia and is a huge watch enthusiast himself.

  • I see you read my bio! I was wondering if you typed it or copied it straight out of my profile because it’s so precise. Haha.

    It doesn’t mention it but I’m also a die hard Canucks fan…although I’d rather be watching get the Oilers this season. 🙁


  • Hey Flash, we’re expecting production and the QC inspection to be completed by the end of October actually…but we stated a first week of Nov ship date to be safe.

    If anything changes as we go, we’ll be updating you all to keep you in the loop.

  • Big Bad Mamoo

    This actually makes me want to get an Apple Watch now. Looks great!

  • This was an unfinished early sample he received from the factory too, which looked really nice. He sent me all his bands to check out (which I have to send back) and they are all excellent quality that makes Apple Watch feel pretty awesome.

  • OliChabot

    why no 38mm 🙁 ?

  • 38mm will come in the future we’re told. I’ve touched the 38mm, it is really nice.

  • Hey OliChabot, since I’m funding this with my own money after the failed Indiegogo campaign, I had to direct the limited resources of these expensive to make bracelets toward the 42mm watch first, which at the time was reportedly 80% of total sales.

    We want to launch the 38mm as soon as we can because we’ve had some good interest in it as well.

    Thanks for your patience!

  • OliChabot

    Amazing !

  • That’s awesome! I’m a huge fan too, we’ll see how they do this year after many changes.

    Yeah I copied it from your other design site. Very cool work you’re doing. Once I get my Apple watch, I’ll be checking out the juuk designs.