Watch straps take a lot of abuse. They need to bend and move with your wrist. They rub against surfaces, are sprayed with cologne and sunscreen, absorb sweat and body heat and are worn year-round in hot and cold temperatures. Thankfully, a broken watch strap is not a death sentence for a watch. There are several great options for watch straps, including straps that perfectly match your original strap and new designs that add a fun and fashionable flair to your watch.
Watch straps are easily replaced and are less expensive than the watch face, but it’s important to get a strap that is durable and reliable. A loose strap can mean a lost watch, which is expensive to replace and may hold some sentimental value. It’s also crucial to pick a strap that is appropriately sized for both your wrist and watch face.
Whether you want something traditional and classic, fresh and new, or designed for wearing while working out and playing sports, there’s a watch strap for you. Check out our top picks below.
1. BARTON Ballistic Nylon NATO Style Straps
For a watch strap that is durable but won’t weigh you down, we recommend the BARTON Ballistic Nylon NATO Style Straps. The lightweight watch strap is comfortable to wear and finished with a tight weave that provides a long-lasting finish. The laser-cut strap is ultrasonically welded and waterproof, making it a great option for casual daily wear and workouts. Odor resistant and machine washable, the BARTON comes in a wide variety of color options, including solid colors and stripes. We also like that the watch is available in standard and long lengths.
Pros: Lightweight, durable, available in a wide selection of colors.
Cons: The holes may stretch out over time.
2. Fullmosa Quick Release Leather Watch Band
For a high-end look without a high-end price, we recommend the Fullmosa Quick Release Leather Watch Band. Available in 18 color options, this genuine leather band has a classic look that is set off by white contrast stitching. The quick-release design makes it easy to install and remove the watch strap from the watch, which is great for users who like to change out their bands depending on their outfit. Bendable and comfortable to wear, the straps feature reinforced lining and cross-stitching.
Pros: Wide variety of color and size options, genuine leather and easy to install and remove.
Cons: The Fullmosa is available in seven watch sizes, but the bands only fit watches that measure that exact size (ex. a 14 mm band won’t work on a 13 mm watch).
3. Ritche Silicone Watch Bands
For a watchband that can keep up with your active lifestyle, we recommend the Ritche Silicone Watch Bands. Made with a waterproof and flexible elastomer, the watchband moves with you, whether you’re running around at work or running around the race track. Lightweight and fast-drying, this watchband is ideal for athletes thanks to its premium material that won’t aggravate the skin. Available in seven watch sizes and 20 color combinations, the Ritche bands feature two plastic loops to help keep the band in place. We also like that it comes with two watch bands in different lengths to help users find their perfect fit.
Pros: Waterproof, won’t irritate the skin and comes with two length options.
Cons: The watchband is narrow and might look out of place when paired with a large watch face.
4. iStrap Leather Watch Band
For a watch strap that will look seamless next to your analog watch face, we recommend the iStrap Leather Watch Band. Available in eight color options with choices of gold, rose gold and silver clasps, the genuine leather watch strap has a matte alligator-embossed finish that is sleek enough for special events and durable enough for daily wear. High-quality calfskin leather makes this a strap that is comfortable enough to wear daily. The stainless steel buckle provides a secure closure. Users will appreciate the easy installation thanks to the spring bars and spring bar remover that are included with each strap.
Pros: Installation tools included, comfortable calfskin leather, high-end leather finish.
Cons: The watch strap is water-resistant but not waterproof.