Test: Nomad stainless steel bracelet for the Apple Watch 42/44 mm

Nomad Strap Stainless Steel V2 in the test

Today there is a short report on the "Nomad Strap Stainless Steel V2" - a metal bracelet for the Apple Watch, which is made of stainless steel. I chose the dark "graphite" version because it goes with my Apple Watch Series 3 in space gray.

The dark color of the metal bracelet by Nomad does not come from a simple paintwork, but from a coating of several carbon layers, which is also called DLC (diamond-like carbon).

Wikipedia knows the following about the term "DLC":

Diamond layers are carbon layers with maximum hardness and maximum wear resistance. They can be produced using special chemical vapor deposition processes. This creates micro- or nano-crystalline layers that can be textured by changing the process parameters in a targeted manner and thus offer an extremely low coefficient of friction.

The "dark color" of the bracelet should therefore not flake off or scratch easily, even under heavy use. In the description on the inside of the packaging it is mentioned that the coating should help prevent the wristband from scratching the laptop, as it is less hard than the aluminum on the MacBooks. However, to be on the safe side, you should still remove the watch while working.

The Nomad Nomad Strap Stainless Steel V2 is a coated stainless steel watch strap for the Apple Watch (Photos: Sir Apfelot).

The Nomad Nomad Strap Stainless Steel V2 is a coated stainless steel watch strap for the Apple Watch (Photos: Sir Apfelot).

Transparency notice

As usual, I would like to reveal to you that I received this product from the manufacturer for free. However, this does not in any way affect my honest report on the Apple Watch bracelet.

In fact, it was even a product that was already on my “watchlist” because I urgently needed a new bracelet and I liked the look of the stainless steel bracelet. Now I also had the opportunity to examine it technically.

The look of the Nomad stainless steel bracelet for the Apple Watch is simple, elegant and very robust. I would only like a matt outfit better.

The look of the Nomad stainless steel bracelet for the Apple Watch is simple, elegant and very robust. I would only like a matt outfit better.

Special features of the Nomad Strap Stainless Steel V2

The Nomad Strap Stainless Steel V2 is a bracelet for the Apple Watch in size 42/44 mm and is suitable for every Apple Watch model from Series 1 to Series 7. Apple has not changed the clasp of the bracelets so that the bracelet can be varied and you don't necessarily have to buy a new one when you change the watch model.

But here are a few more technical details about the bracelet:

  • Metal bracelet for the Apple Watch with 42/44 mm display
  • Material: 316L stainless steel
  • Color: graphite
  • Coating: diamond-like carbon layers (DLC)
  • Closure: with neodymium magnets and mechanical locking
  • Load limit: side load of 20 kgf (196 Newtons)
  • Size: one size fits all - adjustable from 135 to 225 mm wrist circumference (116 mm / 104 mm)
  • Width: 35 mm
  • Weight: 109 grams
  • Scope of delivery: bracelet, tools for adjusting the length
  • Price: approx. 170 EUR on Amazon
NOMAD Strap Stainless Steel V2 robust 42/44 mm Apple Watch bracelet made of stainless steel in black
  • Robust and durable watch band for all 42/44 mm versions of the Apple Watch (including Series 7). Colour:...
  • The bracelet is made of high quality 316L stainless steel and coated with diamond-like carbon layers ...
  • The stainless steel strap V2 is adjustable in length. A tool for adjusting the length is included.

The advantages of 316L stainless steel

The metal from which the bracelet is made requires a brief explanation, because 316L stainless steel has some special features - which starts with the fact that it is also known under the term "surgical steel". Other features:

  • antiallergenic - so perfect for people who get a rash from other watch straps
  • the chemical composition of the 316L stainless steel alloy makes the material particularly robust and corrosion-resistant
  • it is not attacked by salt or chlorinated water and can therefore be worn in the sea or in the swimming pool
  • the 316L stainless steel is colourfast - if something looks discolored, it can be wiped off with a cloth

Adjusting the length - not for gross motor skills

For my wrist, the Nomad bracelet was a bit long at first. However, this is not a big problem, as you can easily remove individual chain links from the bracelet and reinstall them with the included tool. The basis for this, however, is that you have a bit of tact and a sharp eye, otherwise you won't hit the right holes with the small stick to remove the connecting rods of the links.

The tool with which you can adjust the length of the bracelet is included - you have to bring good eyes and reasonable lighting to the fitting party yourself.

The tool with which you can adjust the length of the bracelet is included - you have to bring good eyes and reasonable lighting to the fitting party yourself.

After trying it for two minutes without success, I passed the bracelet on to my wife and she did the adjustment for me. After a good 20 minutes and some back and forth, because it was too loose and too tight for me, we finally made it.

To adjust the length, a description is also included in the pack - alternatively, you can also find help via a QR code that takes you to the Nomand website, where you can also find corresponding instructions.

To adjust the length, a description is also included in the pack - alternatively, you can also find help via a QR code that takes you to the Nomand website, where you can also find corresponding instructions.

Design and feel of the Nomad Apple Watch strap

I've been walking through history with a nylon bracelet from Apple for years now and I've been quite happy with it. However, I also had to accept criticism again and again because my wife said it would look like I was in kindergarten and had Velcro fasteners because I couldn't tie any shoes. Seen in this way, I now look much more adult with the Nomad bracelet than with the nylon bracelet. ;-)

My old nylon strap on my Apple Watch Series 3 has held up well over the past few years, but has had too much contact with dogs, cats and Velcro straps. Now it has to be swapped slowly.

My old nylon strap on my Apple Watch Series 3 has held up well over the past few years, but has had too much contact with dogs, cats and Velcro straps. Now it has to be swapped slowly.

Of course, a metal bracelet pinches hairy men's arms here and there because a hair gets caught somewhere. That was not the case with the nylon bracelet, but at some point all hair is gone and then MAN can stop whining.

No, kidding aside. I find the wristband comfortable to wear. It adapts well to the wrist and looks very robust. Nevertheless, it is elegant, as it is kept nice and simple in structure. The length-to-width ratio of the chain links is well balanced and it doesn't look clunky or disproportionate.

At least one neodymium magnet is built into the clasp of the Nomad stainless steel bracelet, which pulls the clasp shut when the ends are roughly held together. This makes it much easier to close.

At least one neodymium magnet is built into the clasp of the Nomad stainless steel bracelet, which pulls the clasp shut when the ends are roughly held together. This makes it much easier to close.

Closure of the Nomad Strap Stainless Steel V2

The clasp of the bracelet is solved quite cleverly. There are neodymium magnets built into the lock, which pull the two ends into position when they come close enough and close the lock.

Once the lock is closed, it will no longer open by itself. To open it, you have to press two small mini buttons on the sides and then pull the lock apart. That works fine too.

Here you can see one of the two side buttons that can be used to open the bracelet.

Here you can see one of the two side buttons that can be used to open the bracelet.

Both closing and opening are much easier than I initially thought. I would say it is hardly heavier than a Velcro fastener and therefore absolutely suitable for Sir-Apfelot or kindergarten.

Durability of the Nomad Apple Watch bracelet

Of course, I can't judge the durability of the bracelet after a few days, but the chain links and the clasp seem very stable. I also tried to pull the bracelet apart with the other hand, but nothing moved. If you tackle it with brute force, you will likely break it at some point, but it is safe enough for everyday use.

If you like the Nomad Strap Stainless Steel V2 and you want to get it, you will find the links to the silver and my graphite version here:

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