Watch straps buying guide – How to determine your watch strap size

Watch straps – simplistic in design

Choosing the right watch can be difficult and challenging; you need to consider a lot of things before you begin your search. One of the most important things to consider is the watch straps, you might already know the colours and materials you want, however, choosing the right size for your wrist and watch dial is another challenge you might face. On this article, you will get a quick guide on how you can determine the right watch straps size especially for you. Read on and learn.

Watch straps – transform its look

Simply swapping out watch straps can transform its look, breathing new life into a piece you’ve had for years or dialling up or down the formality of a new purchase. Even the big brands are jumping into the trend of “new strap, new look”. But if you want to do it yourself, there’s never been more choice and it couldn’t be easier.  From the opulent nature of an alligator leather strap to the uniformity of NATO, these the best watch straps to consider. Determining your correct size can be done in seconds following the steps below. You will need exactly two measurements to order your strap. Your watch’s lug width and your wrist size.

Watch straps– Determine your lug width

Watch straps- Determine your lug width
  • Use a metric ruler or digital calliper to measure the distance between the inside of the lugs of the watch face in mm (millimetres)
  • Check the backside of your current watch straps to see if it has a number size imprint shown in millimetres.
  • You can also download watch strap sizing guide online to help you accurately find your lug width.

Watch straps – Determine your wrist size, strap length with these following guide below

  • Measure your wrist with a soft tape measure by wrapping it around your wrist at the exact area you wear your watch.
  • Measure your wrist with a piece of thread by wrapping it around your wrist where you wear your watch.
  • If you have a strap that fits you well, measure the long strap and short strap length-wise separately with a ruler in millimetres. Do not include the buckle when measuring the short strap.

Example: If you measure the long strap and it was 120mm and your short strap 70mm, you’d match to the size chart and see your wrist size is 120/70. Or if you do not find your size on the wristwatch strap size chart you can go for the nearest size.

  • You can also download a printable watch straps sizing guide, choose the one with a metric ruler. Print out and follow the instruction, and you will find the perfect size for your strap.

Watch straps – Measure lug width

Width is the distance between the lugs, where the strap meets the watch. To determine your width you can take a ruler or calliper, and measure the width of the part of the strap that uses spring bars/ screws to attach to your watch case. Measure this in millimetres. Width is expressed for example like 24/22 which means 24mm wide by 22mm wide. The first number which is 24mm us the width of the strap between the lugs of the watch case, the second number which is 22 is the width of the strap at the buckle.

Measure the distance between the watch lugs in millimetres. Make sure you measure from the inside of the lugs. It is better to measure the distance between the watch lugs then the actual strap width as this will you more precise measurement.

There is also a table for several watches that are commonly used to change their strap. If you don’t find the lug width of your watch below and feel difficult to determine the lug width, you can search through your watch brand name, and model and search online for other wristwatch strap sizing table.

Watch straps – Measure lug length

There are two lengths required, the tail end which the length of the long section, and the buckle end which is the length of the short section, excluding the buckle. Length is expressed for example like this: 125/75. The first number which is 125 is the length in millimetres of the tail end with holes. The second number is 75, which is the length in millimetres of the buckle end. The strap length suggestion is based on the wrist size. To determine your wrist length, you can simply wrap a piece of string/thread around your wrist at the point where you normally wear your watch, mark the string where it crosses itself, lay it flat on a table and measure the distance between the marks. This is your wrist size.

6.0 – 6.5” wrist (150 – 164mm) = 120/70mm
6.6 – 7.0” wrist (165 – 178mm) = 125/75mm
7.1 – 7.5” wrist (179 – 190mm) = 130/80mm
7.6 – 8.0” wrist (191 – 203mm) = 135/80mm
8.1 – 8.5” wrist (204 – 216mm) = 140/85mm
8.6 – 9.0” wrist (217 – 229mm) = 145/90mm

Watch straps guide

Watch straps are the most seen part on your watch, it is best to take care of your watch straps and buying interchangeable watch straps for more choices on mix and matching watch and outfit. These are the basic measurement for wristwatch strap, you can search online for more ideas on wristwatch bands colours, style, sizes recommended, and more.