For some, watch straps & bracelets are merely functional. Others choose their watch strap carefully to reflect their style and personality.  If you’re in the latter category, what watch strap should you choose and how daring are you?

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Would you describe yourself as bold or conservative or a person who’d rather scuba dive than fine dine?  Maybe you’re a combination of all of these characteristics and more?  However you define yourself, we’ve broken down the process of choosing the perfect watch strap for you. Here are some points to consider:

  • What type of watch do you have?
  • How do you dress?
  • What is your lifestyle?
  • What is your personality?
  • What materials do you like?

So before you head off to the shops, let’s start by taking a look at your luxury watch.

1. What type of watch do you have?

Having invested in a luxury watch you will want to make sure that the strap or bracelet you choose is going to be a perfect choice.

An easy starting point is to be guided by what the manufacturer of your watch originally chose.  However, you might be surprised to see just how many different styles of watch straps or bracelets complement your watch.

A watch that demonstrates this well is the Omega Space Master Z-33.

It has modern styling which might lead you to expect it to be paired with equally modern strap materials such as rubber, but surprisingly, it works well with a classic stainless bracelet, as well as a simple leather strap.


2. What type of watch straps are available?

NATO Straps

Contrary to what the name suggests, these watch straps were not created by the defence alliance of the same name, but by the British military.

As would be expected from such beginnings they are durable, inexpensive and comfortable to wear. For those who love being active, these straps are ideal and an added bonus is that you can avoid that sweaty feeling associated with wearing leather straps or metal bracelets while exercising.

Leather Straps

These are a classic choice and have the versatility to work with many different styles of watches. Whilst they are generally speaking an inexpensive option, the price will vary widely depending on the leather chosen. Rolex for example, offer alligator leather for some of their watches which comes with a hefty price tag. There are options out there for all budgets and tastes so now it’s just up to you to decide if you like the look of a leather strap with your luxury watch. We, at Martins of Glasgow, stock a range of Italian leather hand made straps, starting from a very affordable £20.00!

Rubber straps

Although not immediately a material that conjures up images of luxury, rubber is being used by many of today’s modern luxury watch manufacturers, and for good reason.

It appeals to those with practicality at the top of their agenda and lends itself well to the activities that sports watch wearers are likely to be involved in. It will withstand water immersion, sweat and more.

It may also be worth considering if you like an understated approach to wearing a luxury watch. It’s doesn’t scream luxury but on closer inspection, those in the know will appreciate your unassuming sense of style.

Metal Bracelets

Metal bracelets aren’t strictly speaking a watch strap as such but they are likely to be one of the first options you’ve considered. They are an incredibly popular choice and a great option for those looking for versatility. They as they work well with casual outfits as well as more for more dressy occasions.

Mesh Bracelets

If you like the idea of a metal bracelet on a watch but are looking for something a little different, why not consider a mesh bracelet?

These are very similar to the bracelet option above, but in mesh bracelets, the metal wires are woven to form a mesh. This creates a watch bracelet that conforms to the shape of your wrist more easily. Being robust, stylish and comfortable they make an interesting alternative to the classic metal bracelet.

With such a wide range of different watch straps & bracelets available you are spoiled for choice and sure to find an option that suits the way you like to dress, your lifestyle, your personality and your pocket. The big question though is will you dare to be different?