Apart from the dial and casing, the watch strap plays an important part in the aesthetics of the watch too. Comfort is also another aspect to consider if you are someone that has the watch on for a prolonged period. So, it is quite important to pay attention to the type of watch strap when looking to buy a watch.

When picking a watch strap the main element to look at is the material and then the style of the strap. Below is the most common type of materials used to make watch straps.

Leather Straps

When it comes to watch straps, leather is considered the king. This is because leather straps have been considered premium for a long time now. Even modern tech wearables like apple watch bands come in leather. It is a unique material that is top quality and also environmentally friendly due to improvement in production processes over the years. Leather can last for a long time too if maintained properly.

There are three main types of leather in the market today: Genuine, Faux and Full-grain leather.

Faux leather isn’t really leather and consists of a plastic base. This means that it looks like leather but doesn’t have all the premium features of leather like durability.

Full-grain leather on the other hand is highest quality of leather you can find in the market. Genuine leather is affordable and less durable compared to full-grain leather.

Stainless Steel Straps

After leather, this is the most common type of material used on watch straps. It is cheaper than leather and is also less sensitive to water and heat. Leather can =easily be damaged by water or dried out if exposed to excessive heat.

Metal is a durable and versatile material and is commonly used for watch casing as well. If you are looking for a watch that you can wear while swimming or diving, stainless steel should be your first choice. Stainless steel straps however can be quite heavy and can be quite uncomfortable if you wear your watch for long periods.

Silicon Rubber Straps

Silicone can resist both high and low temperatures. They are quite light and comfortable to wear all day. This is why most fitness bands come with rubber straps. This type of straps also comes in a wide range of colours when compared to leather and stainless steel.

Another unique feature of silicone is that the material is elastic, so it is quite hard to deform the strap but due to the low tensile strength don’t get an idea to stretch test your rubber band.

Nylon Straps

This type of strap is last on the list for a reason. It is not a first-choice material when looking to buy a watch. However, nylons straps may be underrated.

They are light weight, durable, water resistant and also the most breathable type of material from the list. During summer times this may be the best option to improve breathability.

These are the most common types of watch straps out there but there are other types like titanium, ceramic and even vegan watch straps. When looking for a good watch strap comfort is the first thing to look at and then other things like practicality and durability follow.