Common types of watch straps
Common types of watch straps
The watch started out as a mere tool for recording time, but as people’s pursuits continued to improve, the watch has gone from simple to complex, then to gorgeous, and finally from gorgeous to indispensable. Nowadays, watches have become a symbol of people’s status and a reflection of their temperament. How can a luxury high-grade watch lack a good strap? Although the strap is only an accessory, it is also the part that most affects the wearing experience. They are metal straps, leather straps, rubber straps, and nylon straps.
Metal straps can be said to be the favorite of many hard-core men, because its feeling is tough, atmospheric, very manly. It can be matched with steel watches with steel straps, gold watches with gold straps, gold straps are divided into red gold, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, etc.
316L steel, is one of the better materials, the main components are Fe, Cr, Ni, Mo, density close to iron, high hardness, corrosion resistance is very good.
Tungsten steel strap has a high specific gravity and a sense of weight. Its advantages are the highest hardness, not easy to wear, fine workmanship, luxury atmosphere. Disadvantages are expensive, more afraid of brittle and violent impact. In the style of tungsten straps are metallic, rugged and sporty.
Titanium straps are a better choice for people who are looking for a sense of quality. The advantage of titanium is that it is hard, lighter than ordinary metals and will not rust, but the disadvantage is that the color is grayish and not very glossy. Intuitively, titanium feels more moderate, its quality is only half of the general metal, but three times stronger than the general steel, want to make the wrist does not want to have a heavy load, but also on the degree of wear resistance and resistance to erosion requirements are very high, titanium strap can be said to be the second choice.
Gold-plated or “stainless steel + gold-plated” strap can be said to be the most fear of wear and tear and fear of scratches in the metal strap, but the damage repair can not be restored, especially the strap buckle direction, it is easy and table surface friction, so the gold-plated part of the decolorization is faster. Watches if worn for a long time, the plating is sometimes unknowingly worn off.
Precious metal straps, the most common than the 18K gold, K gold colors are white and yellow (white gold, yellow gold and rose gold), in addition to the most high-end strap material is used platinum, to reach such level watches are among the most luxurious and expensive.
In general, the advantage of metal straps is that they are strong and durable, so they have a long life cycle and can be worn for a lifetime with proper care. It’s not too stuffy or too hot, and to some extent it’s waterproof. In addition, metal straps only need a little tidying up to restore the glory of the new look. The downside is that it is prone to scratches and discoloration due to prolonged contact with sweat, and it can also cause allergies to the wearer. And it usually doesn’t fit the wrist very well, because the length of the metal band depends on the length of the knuckle and some fine adjustments. It is also worth noting that some people may be allergic to certain materials of steel straps. Also, metal straps are generally suitable for summer and fall. When the weather turns cooler, a cold metal strap can make every wear a bit chilly and harsh, like someone sticking a cold hand down your neck.
I believe that many people have seen in watch magazines that many high-class watches have matching straps, because leather straps and watches are like suits and gentlemen, a tradition. And its noble and elegant temperament to conquer most watch fans, which is also the raw metal strap can not achieve the effect.
The textured calfskin strap can be said to be the watch entry equipment. Simple and competent, plain but not banal, enough to express the elegance of formal watches. For example, the Lautrec GS90522, with a black calfskin strap, instantly switches to a gentlemanly and elegant style, as the best accent to attend business places.
Noble and elegant crocodile leather strap is the standard equipment of top watches. The texture of crocodile leather strap is clear and delicate, and the glossiness of the leather is incomparable to other skins. Its unique domineering and open aura gives a shocking noble temperament and imposing kingly style. Not only is crocodile skin rare, but also the material used for its strap is very picky. Not any part of crocodile skin can be made into a strap, only the most tender and soft skin of the stomach part is most suitable for making a strap.
Soft lizard skin strap, its texture is as fine as sesame seeds, revealing a unique show of elegance and beauty, compared with alligator skin is more close to the wrist, and the cost is slightly higher alligator skin, but also more and more attention by the big brands and the use of. At present, lizard skin is more often used in middle and high-end ladies’ watches.
The most intuitive impression of an ostrich leather strap is the large pores on the leather. For those who are dense phobic, it is not very friendly. Ostrich skin is generally more complicated to process, so watchmakers generally do not use ostrich skin in large quantities to make straps. But its style is unique, there are many high-end watches in the pursuit of unique design will also use this material as a strap, and high-end women’s watches use more.
Delicate and soft sheepskin strap is one of the most commonly used materials in women’s belt watches, and its softness can greatly take care of girls’ wrists, which is also unique. Soft sheepskin makes people feel particularly comfortable to stick don’t comfortable. Compared with other leather, the weight is lighter and the texture is softer. So its use is also relatively rich, can change the shape according to the design.
Overall the leather strap is suitable for wearing in the autumn and winter season, beautiful and upscale. Even if it often touches the skin, it will not be allergic. But because of the special nature of the leather itself, it needs regular care. In fact, no matter what kind of leather, each leather strap has its unique pattern, like your unique fashion label, irreplaceable.
3、Rubber watch Strap
The excellent flexibility of rubber straps is often used in sports watches, while the fashionable sporty feeling that rubber straps inherently bring with them makes people can’t help but like them. In recent years, the use of rubber straps has become more and more widespread. The popularity of rubber straps is so hot, a big reason is good maintenance, but it also has drawbacks, such as easy to harden in winter, and different rubber quality brings a lot of texture, in the appearance of the watch looks more difficult to highlight the momentum.
4、Nylon watch straps
Nylon straps have also emerged in recent years, and many brands have launched nylon straps for watches one after another. In fact, nylon straps originated from military straps designed by the British military in the 1970s. They are simple, practical, inexpensive and suitable for mass production. They are also breathable and comfortable to wear, and with a little design, nylon straps can make a difference. But the formal feel of a nylon watch is slightly lacking, and it is easy to draw and pile up. Once these small details appear, the beauty of the nylon strap instantly drops off a large part. If the phenomenon of bristling occurs, you can cut off the burr, and then bake it slightly on the fire, the strap side can be restored. But be sure to pay attention to the fire, do not burn the strap.