Watch straps – choosing the right watch straps during summer

Watch straps in summer colors

With summer just around the corner and more short sleeves and bathing suits being worn, it is a good time to address the issue of leather, rubber, and fabric straps. While the decision about what type of strap to wear is typically a matter of personal preference, there are some factors that may influence your decision. These include climate, temperature, exposure to water and activities.

Watch straps – leather strap

1.    Leather wristwatch straps

Watch straps - leather strap

Leather straps are comfortable to wear and can be found in a variety of colors and textures. Leather ranges from calfskin, ostrich, and stingray to crocodile, alligator, snake, and more. Generally, leather straps are relatively easy to take care of in the right temperature, often with just a wipe of a damp cloth and dish detergent

Leather straps  – In severe heat and humidity though, these straps tend to get a bit sticky on the wrist. Leather straps if not well taken care of, can become smelly during summer time, due to its water absorbent material.

Watch straps – Rubber strap

2.    Rubber wristwatch straps

Watch straps - Rubber strap

Rubber straps are the perfect choice for the summer season; if you like water activities rubber straps are the best choice for you. Rubber weathers the elements beautifully, water doesn’t bother it and it dries quickly without sticking to the wrist. Typically rubber doesn’t fade. Rubber straps are durable and lightweight, and well-made rubber straps are less expensive and will last for a long time.

Cons of rubber watch straps: Perhaps the only drawback to a rubber strap is that if you live in a hot climate, and are not indulging in water sports, the inside of the strap could get a little sticky in humid weather.

Watch straps – Fabric strap

3.    Fabric wristwatch straps

Watch straps - Fabric strap

Fabric straps are great alternatives for summer, also available in a variety of types, colors, and fabrics. The most prevalent fabric is canvas or nylon because they are rugged and durable. Fabric straps do not get sticky with heat or humidity and dry quickly once out of the water. Many people prefer a fabric NATO-style strap because the system of attaching the strap acts as extra security because there are no spring bars.

Cons of rubber straps: Sometimes NATO straps can be a bit confusing to change. The strap usually slips through the top lugs, passes over the case back and then loops through the bottom lugs. However, until you have changed them a few times, it can be tricky.

Watch straps – Metal or ceramic straps

4.    Metal or ceramic wristwatch straps

Watch straps - Metal or ceramic straps

Watch straps – These watch bracelets can go a long way with you, especially if they are made of titanium, high tech ceramic or stainless steel. Even though ceramic is a strong material, it is thin and lightweight for a comfortable fit. The heft of steel or gold can feel heavy on the wrist, but high-tech ceramic does not carry that amount of weight. The smooth surface of these watch bands also feels good against the skin. These straps are hypoallergenic as well and can be worn by anyone with metal allergies. Just like any other type of straps, the ceramic versions are completely adjustable for an ideal fit.

Cons of ceramic or metal straps: While ceramic is extremely durable and can resist scratches and common damages, due to its molecular structure it is not resistant to shattering.

Watch straps – style and comfort

Watch straps are available with different materials, colors, and styles. People choose them depending on their style and fashion sense. So the next time when you will plan to buy straps, it is recommended that you first acquire knowledge of watch and their advantage and disadvantages.

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