The strap can be considered a bit like the dress for any watch, which therefore changes it into new shapes and styles. Whether you are a watch enthusiast, or even a collector, or wear them just to watch the time, the strap is definitely the second thing you looked at before you bought this accessory. The convenience of watch straps lies in the fact that they are interchangeable, so if you've fallen in love with the dial but the matching strap isn't really for you, if you're desperate because yours is ruined and you can't find one like it, or if you're fed up with it and can't wait to change it, you've come to the right place: below you'll find various instructions on how to choose a watch strap.
The materials of watch straps
Since the market for watches is very large, so is the market for watch straps, which are often sold separately. For this reason, there are very many bracelets available on the market in different fabrics, to fit each dial and also the style of the wearer, but let's see what they are.
Leather straps: they are clearly a great classic, timeless and suitable for almost all types of watches. Obviously they combine well with a sophisticated and elegant style, but also with a more casual one with which they create a nice contrast. In addition to leather and smooth leather, there are many variations in crocodile, snake or other reptiles, which can be replicas, and therefore ecological leathers, but also real leather, suitable for a more refined public. Finally, recently, among the leather straps, vintage ones are very much in vogue, which have a charm of other times and give the watch a lived-in look.
Steel bracelets: also quite common, they usually accompany more modern and sporty dials. Steel is a fairly cheap alloy, so there are many models, more or less valuable, and the market price range of these straps is very wide. Clearly they are less delicate than leather ones, because they are not afraid of water or rubbing wear, and in addition, they can be adapted to the size of the wrist with ease.
Milanese knit watch straps: truly precious and distinguishable from afar, this technique of making watch straps is very old, although today it is also associated with smart watches, and has all Italian origins. The links are very thick but just as thin and with a dense weave, and make these bracelets elegant and light, suitable for dials that are not very imposing, minimal and refined.
Rubber or fabric straps: they are certainly the cheapest on the list, but not for this reason less beautiful or refined. They certainly have the advantage of being more resistant and less delicate in many uses, for example they are not afraid of water or scratches. They are materials often used for sports watches or by those who care more about the usefulness and durability of the accessory they wear on the wrist than its aesthetics.
You will have noticed that the choice, only the material, the strap for your watch is already very complex, because there are many variations. Now all you have to do is choose the material that best suits your taste and style, and you're done.