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I have reviewed a lot of Apple Watch Bands in the past, but I never tried one made out of wood. For this article, JORD sent me a wooden Apple Watch band with a butterfly clasp. At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was afraid the strap might pinch the hair on my arms. However, the JORD watch band turned out to be incredibly comfortable to wear. Continue reading to learn more.
JORD Wood Watches
JORD is a watchmaker based out of St. Louis, Missouri that specializes in wood watches using natural materials and innovative designs. In addition to their unique timepieces, they also manufacture wooden bands for the Apple Watch. For this review, JORD sent me one their straps they made out of wood and integrated titanium links.
Wooden Apple Watch band
- Unique design, made from natural materials
- Comfortable to wear
- Adjustable for various wrist sizes
- Like most wood products, it requires occasional maintenance
- Clasp might open unexpectedly under certain circumstances
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All of the watchbands I own are made out of leather or rubber, and so I was excited to test a new strap material. Specifically, I wanted to find out how comfortable and durable wood was. I knew I couldn’t take a wooden watchband into the shower, but I was curious to see how it would hold up against frequent water exposure caused by washing hands.
Care and Maintenance
It’s been a few weeks since I received JORD’s Apple Watch band and I spilled soap and water on it numerous times, but without causing any damage. JORD treats each watchband as part of the manufacturing process, and so it can easily withstand normal wear and tear, including the temporary exposure to water.
However, JORD highly recommends treating the watchband like any other valuable item made out of wood:
- Avoid exposure to sudden changes in temperature and humidity,
- Occasionally treat the watchband with oil explicitly made for treating wood, such as Tung oil, or Lemon oil.
I have gotten used to such maintenance routines from my leather watchbands, which require similar care.
As far as comfort is concerned, I have to admit I was skeptical. I figured the combination of wood and titanium would feel uncomfortable on my skin if I wore the Apple Watch over extended periods. I also feared that the chain-links could pinch the short hair on my forearm.
To my surprise, none of that was the case, and I have yet to pinch a hair. On the contrary, wearing the wooden Apple Watch band has been an entirely pleasant experience.
Look and Design
JORD’s wooden strap looks distinctly different to any other watchband I own, and so I much enjoy using it. I think it’s the combination of wood and titanium that makes this Apple Watch accessory stand out from the crowd.
I have also never had a butterfly clasp on a watchband and wasn’t sure how reliable it would be. The good news is that taking the Apple Watch on and off is easy and doesn’t require as much finger acrobatic as I thought. The bad news is, the closure is more prone to opening accidentally than other mechanisms.
For example, digging into the pocket of your pants or wrestling with your kids may inadvertently open the clasp. It hasn’t happened often to me, but it has happened.
How to Adjust the Strap
Before I placed the order for the watchband, I measured the circumference of my wrist, so JORD could adjust the band before shipping it.