Making an Apple Watch Band

Making an Apple Watch Band

I got an Apple Watch recently and I don’t like the band it comes with, so I decided I’m going to try to make my own. I remember seeing David Morgan wear a watchband that was kangaroo and I remember seeing it an old David Morgan catalog, but couldn’t find it on their website.

A quick drive up to visit everyone at David Morgan and we found an old catalog that had it listed:

David Morgan Catalog

For some reason I thought they made them in house, but they were imported from Australia.  Not only did they find the catalog for me to look at, they also managed to find a couple of the watch bands!  One was new and one was used:

Here’s the front and back of the used one:
Plaited Leather Watch Band Plaited Leather Watch Band

And here’s the new one:

Plaited Leather Watch BandPlaited Leather Watch BandPlaited Leather Watch Band
As you can see it’s a pretty simple design.  It’s got the plaited strap, then the flat leather part.  I don’t know the technical name for the leather part that’s not plaited, so I’ll just call it the flat leather part. You can see it’s got some edge plaiting on the flat leather part.  I don’t do a lot of edge plaiting, so I looked it up in Bruce Grant’s book Encyclopedia of Rawhide and Leather Braiding and to my surprise I found the same watch band and the picture was supplied by David Morgan!

Bruce Grant leather book

Will Morgan was nice enough to show me an early edition of the book that Bruce autographed to David Morgan:

Bruce Grant leather book   Bruce Grant leather book

Now that I had my foundation, it was time to make the actual watch band, we’ll get into that in another post.