Does the Apple Watch Ultra use a different band?
The Apple Watch Ultra comes with a 49mm width band to match its 49mm case size. No other Apple Watch will take the 49mm band; however, if you have an old Apple Watch band you can attach it to your Apple Watch Ultra as long as it’s a 42mm, 44mm, or 45mm width. Apple Watch bands less than 42mm will not attach to an Apple Watch Ultra.
What is the best swim band for the Apple Watch Ultra?
As touched on above, the Ocean Band is the best Apple Watch Ultra band for swimming and other aquatic activities. The Ocean Band’s tubular design and strong metal clasps are designed to make sure your Apple Watch Ultra stays secure on your wrist as your swim. The Ocean Band is so good that it even performs well as a band for diving.
Are Apple bands better than third-party bands?
The Apple Watch Ultra bands made by Apple are pretty amazing (think Trail Loop, Alpine Loop, Ocean Band, etc), however, there are several third-party bands made by brands that are worth buying. We recommend staying away from any cheap Ultra bands from third-party brands though, because you’re likely to find something of not very good quality or comfort. Plus, you just made such a nice purchase to acquire an Apple Watch Ultra. Why slap on a cheap band that will water down its iconic rugged look?
If you are unsure of what third-party bands to go with, stick to any of the ones we mention above—Nomad Goods, Sandmarc, Bandwerk, Urban Armor Gear, Spigen, and more.