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Different Watch Strap Materials - Beginner's Guide
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Different Watch Strap Materials - Beginner's Guide

In this blog, we’re listing the top 10 watch strap materials with advice to help you choose the right watch for the right occasion. From ceramic, to stainless steel, to leather, discover them all here in our top 10 watch strap materials guide for beginners.


The first thing to know about watch straps is that they fall into two main categories – the 'bracelet' and the 'strap'. The bracelet usually refers to a watch with metal links, whereas a strap usually refers to a continuous band.


1. Stainless Steel


Montblanc Ladies Boheme Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Montblanc Ladies Boheme Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch


Favoured for being hardwearing and strong, stainless steel offers an attractive silvery colour that doesn’t tarnish over time. Perfect for everyday wear.


2. Titanium


Bremont Boeing Model 1 Titanium Black Dial Bracelet Watch

Bremont Boeing Model 1 Titanium Black Dial Bracelet Watch


Titanium offers a similar grey colour and hardwearing qualities to stainless steel. This metal is lightweight, making it favourable for a men’s sports watch.


3. Gold Plating


Emporio Armani Ladies Rose Gold Plated Bracelet Watch

Emporio Armani Ladies Rose Gold Plated Bracelet Watch


Gold plating offers a fashionable, affordable and elegant finish to your watch.


4. PVD – Physical Vapour Deposition


Emporio Armani Connected Touchscreen Black PVD Bracelet Smartwatch

Emporio Armani Connected Touchscreen Black PVD Bracelet Smartwatch


PVD is a luxurious plating which coats a watch strap in a scratch resistant vapour material. It's also sometimes favoured for its black or grey matt colour.


5. Ceramic


Bering Ladies White Ceramic Stainless Steel Stone Dial Bracelet Watch

Bering Ladies White Ceramic Stainless Steel Stone Dial Bracelet Watch


According to A Blog to Watch ceramics 'are usually more than three or four times harder than stainless steel.' An impressive statistic, ceramic is also lighter than stainless steel and offers more colour options including black, white and even bright or pastel colours. We love the gorgeous Bering ceramic watch for its modern and crisp white ceramic bracelet.


6. Precious Metals


Eterna Mens 9ct Yellow Gold Mesh Watch

Second Hand Eterna Mens 9ct Yellow Gold Mesh Watch


Precious metals, such as solid gold are often used for luxury dress watches - perfect for special occasion wear and luxury watch collections.


7. Genuine Leather


Rosefield Ladies Pink West Village Watch

Rosefield Ladies Pink West Village Watch


There are different types of leather as well as a variety of finishes that affect the look and feel of the strap. Leather is often favoured for being comfortable and stylish. This gorgeous Rosefield watch features a velvety pink nubuck leather strap.


8. Rubber


Tissot Mens T-Race Tour de France 2018 Yellow Strap Watch

Tissot Mens T-Race Tour de France 2018 Yellow Strap Watch


Comfortable and close-fitting, the rubber strap is often used for sport watches. The Tissot Tour de France watch from the 2018 collection features a striking yellow and black strap, designed to resemble the black tyre between the fork of a bicycle.


9. Plastic


Casio Unisex Digital Orange Plastic Strap Watch

Casio Unisex Digital Orange Plastic Strap Watch


Plastic strap watches are affordable, perfect for everyday wear and tend to offer more colourful designs. Casio and Swatch often use plastic in their watch straps.


10. Fabric


Daniel Wellington Winchester 17mm Rose Gold Plated Fabric Watch Strap

Daniel Wellington Winchester 17mm Rose Gold Plated Fabric Watch Strap


Fabric watch straps offer a casual style. This Daniel Wellington watch features the popular NATO strap design.


We hope our essential guide to the different watch strap materials will help you choose the right watch for the right ocassion. Shop watches at T H Baker for hundreds of designs from designer and prestigious Swiss watch brands.


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