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Speidel’s beefy leather Apple Watch band includes protective case [Review]

Your Apple Watch is always with you, which exposes it to occasional rough treatment. The Speidel Light Brown Leather Luxury Watch Band comes with a case that wraps around all the edges and corners of your wearable, protecting it from bumps.

I tested this case, and the Watch band it comes with. Read on to see how they stood up to daily life.

Speidel Light Brown Leather Luxury Watch Band and Protective Case for Apple Watch review

Speidel combined genuine leather and soft silicone rubber to make this Watch band. The leather on my test unit is unblemished and high-quality, with a smooth texture. There’s only one color option: a mid-tone brown.

The silicone rubber interior shows around the edges of this Apple Watch band, creating a brown and black combination. The look is a bit casual, but so are most clothes these days.

Speidel put grooves on the interior to allow for better airflow, hoping to make your wrist less sweaty. The feel is comfortable.

The light-brown stitching that helps hold the leather to the silicone rubber is well done. After days of use, the band is showing no signs of wear.

The buckle and both adapters that connect each half of the band to the Apple Watch are matte black. All do their jobs very well.

Protective case

The case that comes with the Speidel Light Brown Leather Luxury Watch Band is made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). Many iPhone cases are made of the same material because it stretches, is durable, and provides some shock protection.

In addition to shielding the Apple Watch, this case covers the wearable’s silver casing with black, so it better matches the band .

Speidel’s case fits nicely around my Apple Watch. It’s relatively tight, but there are openings for the crown, microphone and speaker.Naturally, the heart monitor isn’t covered.

The downside of this add-on is bulk. Apple’s wrist computer is already larger than a traditional watch, and wrapping it in additional plastic just adds to the size. It’s not an immense amount of bulk by any means, but might be too much for anyone who already thinks their Watch is too large.

Speidel Leather Luxury Watch Band looks great.
Speidel’s leather Apple Watch band mixes black and brown very nicely.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Speidel Light Brown Leather Luxury Watch Band and Protective Case for Apple Watch final thoughts

An attractive mix of colors and materials combine to make the Speidel Light Brown Leather Luxury Watch Band a stand-out product. It’s durable, with a semi-casual look.

The protective case should bring some peace of mind to those concerned about daily wear and tear on their Apple Watch.


The list price for the Speidel Light Brown Leather Luxury Watch Band and Protective Case for Apple Watch is $69.95. It’s available now on the Cult of Mac Watch Store for that cost.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Watch Store

Comparable products

Anyone who just wants a nice leather band should consider the Speidel Royal English Leather Apple Watch Band. It costs $32.95.

If you’re interested in this product primarily because of the protective case, Elkson offers bumper cases for Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5. These cost $10.99 without bands.

Speidel provided Cult of Mac with a review unit for this article. See our reviews policy, and check out more in-depth reviews of Apple-related items.

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Almost perfect

Application was simple but despite careful cleaning/prep, two faint bubbles occasionally appear, but since they're along edge, don't affect functionality. Otherwise, performs as advertised.

Quality paper textured screen protector 5/5

Using the Apple Pencil 2nd gen with this gives far more control and a more traditional writing feel. It definitely makes sketching and even taking notes anymore natural experience. However, finger sensitivity does go down a bit. You’ll have to be more intentional as light touches will no longer be recognized as easily. It also completely removes screen glare which is awesome, but it does make greasy smudges more difficult to clean off, and you can still see smudges in the textured surface.

But the negatives are only mildly annoying. The benefits far out way anything negative.

My Thoughts on SwitchEasy PaperLike iPad Screen Protector

Lengthy product title....Yes, I ordered this screen protector based on Cult of Mac's product description that it's like writing on paper. Bottom's a far better screen protector that aids "writing" with an Apple Pencil (I have the 1st gen version), greatly reduces finger prints (always good) when using the Apple Pencil, input is immediate and precise. I'm a lefty and this screen protector allows minimal effort when writing electronically. I'm not an artist so I cannot rate how this screen protector handles an artist's desires. I will say my primitive artwork (cups, objects, etc.) drawn with my iPencil are spot on and represent my vision for my coffee cups, primitive as they may be,.

Overall, I have no buyer's regrets for this purchase. However, some caveats...the application instructions are verrry sparse (A and B on two tabs, that's it). Once on, the tactile sensation is has a "pebbly" like feel when you run your finger over the screen protectors surface. It's a strange sensation that always surprises me, yet, its this "pebbly" surface that allows the user to work their magic, whether writing or drawing as well as keeping fingerprints to a minimum. For use on a iPad, it works wonderfully and will capture your vision. However, this screen protector will never feel the same as writing with a fountain pen on quality paper.

Again, no buyer's remorse...just my thoughts on a quality product that works well on an iPad.


Very nice metal strap

Looks good, quality feels good as well.

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