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Pros and Cons of Watch Bracelets and Straps

By: B.A Morley, Editor, TheWatchIndex.com
Pros and Cons of Watch Bracelets and Straps

Pros and Cons of Watch Bracelets and Straps

In the market for a new watch but can’t determine what kind of strap or bracelet you should buy? Now you can learn the pros and cons of each option, ranging from leather straps to ceramic bracelets.

We can give you the information, but we can’t make this important decision for you. The wristband you choose needs to fit your lifestyle. You should first determine when you’re going to wear your watch. If you live an active lifestyle, then a rubber or nylon strap may be best for you. If you want a classier watch to wear to special occasions and business meetings, then a leather strap, metal bracelet, or ceramic bracelet may be best.

Below we’ve listed out the pros and cons of leather, nylon, and rubber straps, as well as metal and ceramic bracelets. After comparing the five unique options, you’ll hopefully have a better idea of what will fit you and your style. Let us know in the comments below if you have any additional questions! Our watch experts would love to help.

Leather Straps

A Lange Sohne Lange 1 Moon Phase

Pros of Leather Straps:
1. Comfortable, lightweight, and sits well on wrist
2. Variety of hues and textures
3. Great for dress watches and pairs well with vintage watches
4. Can purchase a new leather strap to update the look of your watch


Cons of Leather Straps:
1. Not ideal for hot weather, leather soaks in sweat and can become smelly
2. Perspiration and water makes leather deteriorate
3. Can become worn and discolored with use, needs to be replaced

Metal Bracelets

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon

Pros of Metal Bracelets:
1. Can easily be cleaned with a wet rag when dirty
2. No sweat, no stink, no stains
3. Durable
4. Sleek appearance
5. Great for dress watches


Cons of Metal Bracelets:
1. Cheaper bracelets may pull arm hairs
2. Depending on the metal used, can get scratched
3. Heavy feel

Rubber Straps

Audemars Piguet Ladies Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph

Pros of Rubber Straps:
1. Good for active lifestyle
2. Waterproof
3. Durable and lightweight
4. Affordable
5. Variety or colors and styles


Cons of Rubber Straps:
1. Becomes hot and can cause wrist to sweat
2. Not ideal for dress watches 

Nylon Straps

Blancpain 500 Fathoms GMT

Pros of Nylon Straps:
1. Comfortable, sits well on wrist, lightweight
2. Ability to remove strap from watch and wash when smelly or sweaty
3. Breathable
4. Waterproof and quick-drying
5. Variety of colors and styles
6. Good for active lifestyle


Cons of Nylon Straps:
1. Not ideal for dress watches
2. Will become worn with use, edges may fray

Ceramic Bracelets

Chanel J12 Collector

Pros or Ceramic Bracelets:
1. Weighs less than metal bracelets
2. Variety of colors
3. Unique and modern appearance
4. Scratch resistant
5. Durable


Cons of Ceramic Bracelets:
1. Some bracelets may pinch arm hair
2. Can be expensive
 

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