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Only 32% of people still wear watches every day, but those people likely couldn’t live without one. If you fall into the 32%, have you considered which types of watch straps are the best for you?

There are likely more types than you realize, and choosing the right one can improve the longevity and comfort of your watch.

Want to know your options? These are the most popular types of straps for wristwatches so you can make an informed decision.

1. Leather

One of the most popular casual types of watch straps is leather straps. They are available in a range of colors and patterns. Often, the colors of leather watch straps are either black and brown and some are smooth while others have exotic animal textures.

It is not the most hard-wearing watch strap, but it is tough and affordable. This means it’s easy to change up your look if you have more than one leather watch strap. 

2. Nylon/Sailcloth

To create an even more casual watch look, opt for a nylon watch strap. They are both durable and comfortable, making them a common choice for backpackers and active people.

And for an even more durable watch strap, choose one made from nylon sailcloth.

3. Silicone

Silicone watch straps are ideal for those who love water sports like swimming or diving. As long as the types of watches the divers wear are waterproof too, they are a great option.

Silicone is comfortable, 100% moisture resistant, and antibacterial.

4. Canvas

Canvas is a natural alternative material to synthetic nylon as they both have the same casual look.

The pros of canvas watches are that they are cheap, durable, lightweight, and scratch-resistant. But after a while, they will start to look dirty and will need cleaning as dirt is harder to hide on canvas.

5. Oyster Metal

Metal is one of the most common materials for wristwatches, men’s watches in particular because it looks classy and timeless. Stainless steel is the most common metal but other metals like gold, titanium, and even platinum are available too.

Oyster is the most common type of chain-link metal wristwatch that Rolex popularized in the 1930s. 

6. Jubilee Metal

Jubilee is a different pattern of chain-link metal that is less common than the oyster style on certain types of watches for men. But online stores like H2Hub or The Watch Hut stock watches with this strap style.

This style is often used on more expensive watches made with metals like titanium.

7. Mesh Metal

The mesh chain-link metal style is popular with women’s watches because it looks feminine and delicate. It creates a more lightweight watch strap that is comfortable to wear.

Again, it is often available in all the same metals as other chain-link watch strap styles.

8. Rubber

This is one of the more popular types of watch straps because it is cheap and scratch-resistant.

Nowadays, silicone is a better alternative. But vulcanized rubber still looks great and comes in a limitless number of colors and patterns.

Different Types of Watch Straps for Every Look

A watch says a lot about the type of person you are. Whether you are adventurous, stylish, or practical. So now you know the qualities of the main types of watch straps, you can choose the best material for your needs.

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