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Straps and bracelets for watches - types, models, selection rules

There are no expensive and prestigious watches with an inferior bracelet; a good mechanism cannot be combined with a low-standard strap. After all, when we say "watch", we mean the case with the dial, the belt, and the accessories. Moreover, an elegant strap or a solid bracelet emphasizes the value of a wristwatch, and by changing it, it is easy to change your image - for example, to become more relaxed and informal, or vice versa, a solid and respectable person.
In general, these watch additions can be divided into three large groups: classic straps, sporty and avant-garde.
Classic straps and bracelets are most often made from natural substances - from various types of leather, metal, noble alloys. Sportswear straps made of flexible, durable, shock-resistant materials - rubber, nylon, tarpaulin.
Avant-garde straps can be any, in accordance with the intention of the author and the desire of the owner: from suede, plastic, beads, patent leather, wooden plates ...
Conventionally, straps and bracelets are also divided into men's, women's and children's. The former are stricter, rougher, with minimal decor, the latter have a more intricate and sophisticated design, and the straps for children's watches are brighter and more varied in color and shape.

Classification of straps and bracelets depending on the material

Leather watch straps

Leather watch straps

In most cases, this is natural calf leather, but citizens with extravagant requests can buy watch belts made of crocodile, llama, python, ostrich, lizard, stingray, shark leather ... Leather watch straps are pleasant to the touch and elastic, they wrap tightly but not rigidly around the wrist. Finally, these straps have a striking look and unique pattern. The only drawback of leather is that after a few years it wears out and loses its colorful appearance. A leather strap is best suited to a classic mechanical device.

Rubber watch straps

Rubber watch straps

They are soft, elastic, hypoallergenic. They do not care about abrasion, exposure to water, alcohol or, say, acetone. The rubber bracelet comes in a wide variety of colors (from neutral to acidic) and has an interesting, velvet-like texture. Natural or synthetic rubber is a great partner for a sports watch. One thing is bad: its porous structure absorbs dirt rather quickly, which is why the product fades over time.

Metal bracelets

Metal bracelets

They are not inferior in popularity to leather counterparts. They are practical, unlike leather, they are not subject to abrasion, and are not afraid of pollution, like rubber or rubber. Representative, business, metal bracelets perfectly "get along"with simple, and with quartz, and with hybrid watch mechanisms. The most inexpensive of these bracelets are made of stainless steel, brass, and alloy. For those who value lightness and comfort, the market offers titanium options. And for luxury lovers - products made of silver, palladium, gold with additives or even platinum. The quality of metal accessories, their decorative variety also depend on the design. Bracelets are made cast and hollow, closed, hinged, springy, glider, chain, jewelry, wicker ... It is not surprising that metal alloy products are suitable for classic watches, avant-garde and designer ones.
The Milanese bracelet consists of small movable links that create a mesh, flexible and slightly stretchable structure. It looks like an iridescent snake and is considered a fashionable, stylish addition to both men's and women's watches.

Canvas watch straps

Canvas watch strap

They are often combined with mechanical or electronic watches to create a military-style look. Such a belt is really comfortable in "field conditions"when there is dust, rain or mud around.

Synthetic straps

Synthetic strap

This is a separate, large category of modern watch accessories. It includes silicone, nylon, other polymers, as well as composites. In recent years, carbon fiber straps have taken the lead. These are thin, intertwined threads of graphite and vulcanized rubber. The main advantages of such an unusual "fabric"are practicality and reliability, which are not inferior to metals. And the unusual structure of the fiber gives the carbon bracelets a special texture. The advantages of any synthetic bracelets are lightness, indifference to the effects of sweat and moisture, a wide range of colors and affordability. They are good for avant-garde and sporty models; in a watch, supplemented with plastic, you can safely go for a walk, a party or a club, but not to the office or to the theater for the premiere.

Fabric straps

Fabric strap

As the name suggests, are made from natural or synthetic fabrics. Naturally, they are processed to achieve greater strength, wear and moisture resistance. Fabric straps The advantages of such products are the limitless color palette with any ornaments. Fabric straps are a smart solution for non-bulky, ultra-modern or designer watches.

Ceramic bracelets

Ceramic bracelet

Ceramic bracelets captivate with an elegant, even solemn look and glossy gloss. They fit comfortably on the wrist and are not afraid of scratches, bumps and dirt. Ceramic bracelets presentable, of various structures, are well suited to mechanical and quartz watches.

Paracord watch straps

Paracord watch strap

Paracord is a twisted nylon cord used for the production of parachute lines. It is smooth, elastic, but the main thing is different. The paracord is easy to unravel, transforming it into a long, strong cable, so bracelets from it are included in the so-called survival kits. In addition to watches, all sorts of important little things are hung on them - a lighter, a penknife, a whistle or a flashlight. Watches on a paracord strap are preferred by travelers, tourists, extreme lovers.

Types of wristwatch clasps


Most often, fasteners for straps and bracelets are made of steel, titanium, brass, and also, when it comes to jewelry watches, from noble, multiple alloys.

How to choose a strap (bracelet) for a watch

Manufacturers indicate the size of the straps with the same letters that are used to mark clothing - L (large), M (medium), XL (very large). However, the length and width of the strap or bracelet should take into account not only the thickness of the wrist, but the size and volume of the watch itself. A tiny case with a "toy"dial paired with a massive bracelet can look funny and eccentric ... But such a set is definitely not suitable as a business attribute. Almost all shops selling watch accessories offer a clear scale, with the help of which it is easy to determine "your"scale of a strap or bracelet. This is all the more appropriate since the dimensions of one manufacturer may differ significantly from the dimensions with the same marking in another store. Therefore, be sure to use a local formula when choosing a strap.
If your task is to buy a classic strap, then focus on models with a width of 13, 17 or 19 mm. It is these parameters that are used to produce elite watches. However, do not forget: a classic belt is always rectangular. A strap made of high-quality leather does not get dirty in any way, has a specific leather smell and is perfectly stitched along the edges without the slightest flaws. If you choose a fabric or plastic strap, consider styles in which the hardware is made of metal - these will last a little longer. Looking for a chunky and trendy chronometer strap? Try on a piece of flexible and dense material - rubber or silicone. Do you want something special, but without shocking, within the framework of common sense? Welcome to the ceramic bracelets section. This accessory looks dignified, but unbeatable.