You have a wide range of different Apple Watch models and strap combinations to choose from, and they range in price from $350 all the way up to $17,000, but your options don’t end with your purchase. You can safeguard your precious new timepiece, snag a stylish charging solution, or buy a new strap for special occasions. The first wave of Apple Watch accessories is already here, and we’ve been digging through them, searching for treasure.
Updated on 12-25-2015 by Simon Hill: Updated format, removed discontinued products, and added accessories by Burkley, Trident, Mophie, Aerb, HyperLink, and Zagg.
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You’ll love the look and feel of these soft, genuine leather straps for the Apple Watch. Burkley is expert at fashioning leather accessories, and these straps come in a choice of different finishes and with different buckle styles. The antique coffee finish with the classic buckle gets our vote, but you can pick whatever suits you. The clasp is included, for your chosen size. You’ll find the natural leather ages, so it looks even better when it’s worn in.
Trident Valet ($30)
It may look like a display case, but you can use the Valet to charge up your Apple Watch and your iPhone simultaneously. Flip the transparent lid open, and you’ll find the iPhone slots in neatly. There’s a built-in 2,600mAh battery in the Valet, making it a perfect travel companion. It can be charged up using a standard USB to Micro USB cable and there’s one supplied, though you will have to use your own Lightning and Watch cables. It comes in a textured black or white finish, and there are five green LEDs on the front to show remaining battery power.
Mophie Dock ($50)
A minimalist design that hides your charging cable is always welcome, and this Mophie dock delivers it. It’s more stable than it looks, thanks to a solid aluminum frame, and the leather accents look classy and cushion your Apple Watch from damage. You’ll have to slot your own cable in, but it’s fairly easy to set up. It works well with any Apple watch size or strap, and it won’t look out of place on most desks or nightstands.
This bamboo docking station is essentially an attractive block of bamboo with some well-placed grooves and hollows. It’s designed to act as a stand for both your Apple Watch and your iPhone. You’ll have to slide in your own cables. There’s a special groove for the Apple Watch cable, but the Lightning cable just comes through a hole in the back. The rounded bamboo finish is practical and blends in easily with most surroundings. This docking station is also great value.
HyperLink Bracelet ($60)
You can still pre-order this high quality stainless steel band at a cheap introductory price right now. It smashed its original Kickstarter goal by offering a band that uses the same 316L stainless steel alloy as Apple’s bracelet. It does lack the fancy clasp, but for several hundred bucks less, you might be content to live without it. There’s a version to match each size and finish of Apple Watch. The retail price will be $120, so head over to Indiegogo if you want to secure a good discount.