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May 21, 2019 4 min read

A watch strap could transform the entire appearance of the watch. Nowadays, many watches are providing users with an easy option to change watches. With a little time and effort, you could have various looks for your watches.

Here’s a list of watch straps you could go for and revive your watches in a whole new way!

The NATO Strap

The Good: Durable, versatile, and easy to change
The Bad:  The strap looks too casual for some watches as it goes with military-style timepieces only.

The NATO strap vanished from the military and stepped into the fashion field similar following the footsteps of field jackets, chinos, and tees. As they were created for the British soldiers in the 70s, they are normally paired with military-style timepieces. NATO straps are the most affordable and easiest ways to change straps as it is crafted using a single piece of fabric, normally nylon. And you don’t have to take off your watch’s spring bars to change the watch strap. Other fabrics used in creating NATO straps are denim, silk or satin. NATO straps are durable, washable and secure.

Changing straps of men’s watches lets them change their watch for various occasions. NATO strap is ideal for sports and outdoor activity.

The Leather Strap

The Good: Easy to wear, and smart.

The Bad:  Not very durable.

Leather straps were the obvious choice when wristwatches replaced pocket watches. The leather strap isn’t only soft and smart but gives a luxurious look as well. Even today leather strap men’s watches are the quite popular reason being that one can pull off a variety of looks with them such as dressy, sporty, or casual look even if the leather is suede or a bit distressed.

The only thing that has changed is that a plethora of exotic skins have joined the cowhide club such as ostrich, alligator, stingray but crocodile, and calf leather are the most popular choices. There is a massive variety of patterns and texture as well such as Nappa, Tuscan, and non-allergic camel-grain leather. Most people who are into Swiss made watches prefer alligator leather but they are bound to burn a hole in your pocket. Calfskin, on the other hand, is cheaper and possesses a softer feel and look.

For a sturdy look, some leather straps are rather heavily padded. Padded leather straps are comfortable yet stylish to wear on the wrist. On the other hand, leather straps which are seen on Chrono watches, are made in rally style with perforations. To keep the leather in a sound and pristine condition for long, leather straps are also lined with rubber. 

Leather straps look great with sports watches and dress watches. One thing to bear in mind is that your watch’s strap should match the other leather goods you are wearing such as your shoes or your belt. Everyone loves black and is the preferred choice. But you could experiment with oxblood, dark browns or even navy.

The Rubber Strap

The Good: Outdoorsy, durable, affordable
The Bad: Informal and won't suit all kind of men’s watches

The rubber straps give a modern look, and normally more affordable watchmakers use them to lure in more watch wearers. A large number of high-end Swiss made watch brands are producing this on their own. Rubber watch straps have benefits of their own. You can wear it to the gym and rest assured that it won’t catch any odor of sweat. Rubber watch straps are more durable than nylon, less expensive than leather and definitely doesn’t scratch like metal.

Rubber straps look pretty cool. Particularly with sports

The Metal Bracelet

The Good: Mature, decent, versatile
The Bad: Only work with watches made to be worn with one, gets caught on hair and skin

Metal and ceramic bracelets that go with the watch impacts its look, weight, and the price too.

Now, a metal bracelet isn’t exactly a strap, but you can interchange with the watch you love. The main issue is that you would require your local jeweler’s help when you want to do so. There is a large variety of metal bracelets you could choose from such as steel, titanium, two-tone metals or different shades of gold (rose gold, yellow gold or white gold). The design and finishing of the link are sleek and gives you a very sophisticated look.  Black, gray, and gold tones popularly use Physical Vapor Deposition on the steel bracelets.

Metal bracelets are not only versatile but immensely durable as well. No matter where you are, going out to play, meeting others for work, the metallic sheen always looks classy. You can wear metal bracelets with sports watches as well as dress watches. Metal in gold-tone goes really well with monochrome whereas, neutral colors look best with navy and other colors.

The Metal Bracelet

The Good: Mature, decent, versatile
The Bad: Only work with watches made to be worn with one, gets caught on hair and skin

Metal and ceramic bracelets that go with the watch impacts its look, weight, and the price too.

Now, a metal bracelet isn’t exactly a strap, but you can interchange with the watch you love. The main issue is that you would require your local jeweler’s help when you want to do so. There is a large variety of metal bracelets you could choose from such as steel, titanium, two-tone metals or different shades of gold (rose gold, yellow gold or white gold). The design and finishing of the link are sleek and gives you a very sophisticated look.  Black, gray, and gold tones popularly use Physical Vapor Deposition on the steel bracelets.

Metal bracelets are not only versatile but immensely durable as well. No matter where you are, going out to play, meeting others for work, the metallic sheen always looks classy. You can wear metal bracelets with sports watches as well as dress watches. Metal in gold-tone goes really well with monochrome whereas, neutral colors look best with navy and other colors.

 

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