I finally got my retail version of the Black Matte Pebble Steel this past week. I had my review unit for a few weeks prior (read our review!), so I've only been Pebble Steel-less for about two weeks now — not too much suffering there. Even though I had already gotten over the initial YES phase, I was still excited to get mine so that I could try out the leather band — one thing that was missing with my review offering.
I love the way the Pebble Steel looks with the metal band, but for the last few weeks it hasn't been the most comfortable for me. I've never been the biggest fan of metal watch bands and I suppose this one is no different. I'll be blunt — I have hairy arms and (most) metal watch bands flat out hurt my wrist. If I move the wrong way it will pinch my hair and hurt. A lot. Granted some days I can go for hours without this happening, but most times it happens often and annoys me to the point that I don't want to wear the watch. Which sucks because I really like the Pebble Steel.
So with that, I was obviously excited for my unit to come so I could try out the leather band. I have it on currently, but after a few days I'm not really sure I'm feeling this one either.
Is it more comfortable? Yes, but I'm not sure it goes with the flow of the watch or does it justice. With the metal band on everything just flows all around — one solid color and one solid look throughout. With the leather band on however, it brings things down a notch. The band feels good but it's still not something I'd want to wear all the time. It does beat the pinchy metal though.
So what's my point? Well unlike the original Pebble, I hate that I can't change the band on my Pebble Steel to any ol' band that I want. I'm stuck with the two offerings directly from Pebble (for now at least) and that's that. Their funky proprietary connector keeps me from tucking on any of the 22mm bands I bought for my Pebble that I actually like to wear and are comfortable to me.
Will my hate stop me from wearing my Pebble Steel? Probably not. I really only wear it as my "dress up" watch anyway — church, weddings, date night and things of that sort. For my day-to-day I still use my original Pebble. It's served me well for months now. I have the original band on it at the moment and I have no complaints. But at the same time, if I wanted to change up the band for any reason, I totally could. Oh, and I also hate having two separate chargers for both my Pebble's. But that I can get over ... eventually.
What about you? Are you a fan of the Pebble Steel bands? Sound off in the comments!