Various Types of Watch Straps: Their Pros and Cons

There are various types of watch straps available in the market and there is one for every individual and occasion. You just need to find the type that is best suited to your needs. Read below to see the various and most common watch straps and take your pick.

Rubber straps

Rubber straps are sporty and preferred by athletes and those who lead an active lifestyle. It’s also modern, hip and is worn by younger people since it is also affordable and could be purchased even on a student’s allowance. Even if they are affordable, they still look great.

They are very durable and even if the wearer sweat a lot, the rubber straps would not be stinking with the smell of sweat. Rubber straps are easy to get dirtied but fortunately, they are also easy to clean, with the help of just soap and water. No matter how durable they are, it is still best to avoid exposing them to alcohol, astringents and other chemicals present in aftershave, perfume, lotions, etc.

Pros: Sturdy, affordable, trendy

Cons: Very casual

Leather straps

Leather is the most favoured watch strap because of its versatility and functionality. It looks luxurious even if the strap is bought at a more affordable price. Leather straps also come in exotic prints such as crocodile, ostrich leather watch band, lizard, calfskin, and more. When you purchase leather straps, it is recommended that you consider other leather goods you already have in your possession such as belts, shoes, bags in order to match with the leather strap for the watch that you plan on buying.

As a rule, the darker the colour of the leather is, the more formal it is. If you are planning on wearing the watch, dressed up and dressed down, you would not go wrong with choosing black leather. Caring for leather straps is not as simple as rubber straps and the leather must be maintained supple to keep it from crumbling. Leather could also be easily nicked and scratched which affects the whole watch’s appearance.

Pros: Versatile

Cons: Need upkeep, not as durable

Metal straps

Watches with metal straps are also versatile like the leather and could be worn at any time and place. Wearing a watch with metal strap could easily upgrade your look from casual to smart casual. Even if the metal straps are pricier compared to rubber strap, they are still significantly cheaper than gold, titanium or platinum but still looks as good. Even it metal straps are versatile and is recommended on bigger timepieces, it is heavy and could strain your wrist and would be problematic if worn on a daily basis.

Pros: Versatile

Cons: Price could be very steep, not all straps would match the watch

It might not be obvious to some but the strap is as important as the watch and timepiece itself. Not only is the band making the watch a wristwatch instead or a pocket watch, it’s the device that makes it easier for the wearer see the time.


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