Owning a watch, any watch, is an extension of your personality. Whether you lean more formal, more athletic, or opt for a smart watch, your options are limitless and what you select says a lot about your tastes.
A watch strap can play an integral part in the showcasing of one’s timepiece. While I have traditionally been conservative with my strap selection, often opting for whatever came with my watch itself, there’s an entire industry dedicated to making a watch really adapt to the wearer’s lifestyle. With endless options, each person can mix-and-match to create a unique wearing experience that’s right for them.
The thing about watches I think a lot of people don’t realize is that they’re not just meant to be worn – they’re meant to be used. So while many people may feel that the best bet is to keep the link bracelet on, the more adventurous few take it upon themselves to build a watch that’s right for their own needs. So whether that’s adding a rubber strap to a dive watch or adding a nylon band to a Cartier timepiece for a high-meets-low look, it’s a further reflection of not just the wearer’s personality, but their interests, their hobbies, and their overall lifestyle.
The Best Watch Straps for Any Budget and Watch Style
Hodinkee Sumba Nylon Strap
As traditional as they come, the Sumba Nylon Strap doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but to simply improve what’s already working. Coming from a trusted brand in the space, Hodinkee, only gives this strap the brand recognition and quality control one can trust.
Hodinkee Amagoh Vegan Pineapple Leather Strap
One should be weary of anything marketed as “vegan leather,” because there’s a not small chances that it’s simply made of plastic. Not so with the Amagoh Vegan Pineapple Leather Strap by Hodinkee. Utilizing the fibers of pineapple leaves, this strap looks and feels startlingly similar to traditional leather for the ultimate eco-conscious look.
Dan Henry 1937 Leather Strap
Adding a bit of flash is never a bad thing and the classic 1937 strap from Dan Henry is just that. With a crocodile embossed leather in a bright blue colorway, one can easily add a pop of color without being too ostentatious.
Molequin Suede Strap
The sandy color of Molequin’s Suede Strap really lends itself to a more casual, refined feel. Coming in a variety of sizes and lengths, it offers a lot of room for customization for a variety of watches, making it the perfect option for anything from your tank to your diver.
Worn & Wound ADPT Strap
With twelve colors to choose from the ADPT Strap by Worn & Wound is a great option for anyone who likes to rotate through colors, giving new life to their watch. With its slightly militaristic feel, it’s a classic design that will never go out of style.
Crown & Buckle Grey Braided Perlon Strap
Perlon straps are a braided variety that aren’t as popular as perhaps they should be. They’re a great way to add a bit of bulk to the wrist without overdoing it. Crown & Buckle make a great option in a subdued grey colorway which is complementary to a variety of watch types.
Hirsch PURE Natural Rubber Watch Strap
A simple, understated design that’s great for an active lifestyle is the rubber strap by Hirsch. Keeping it simple, its minimalist design won’t compete with anyone’s watch while still adding some style to your wrist.
Rowing Blazers Nylon Watch Strap
Rowing Blazers has a long history with watches and watch culture, so it’s no surprise that their straps make an excellent option for anyone who is looking to infuse a little prep to their wrists. Their red zigzag motif is just colorful enough to add a little bit of whimsy, but discreet enough for everyday wear.