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Lifestyle: Wake up your watch with a new strap

by Jonathan Fairfield
30 May, 2013
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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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When you come to buy a new watch how much consideration do you give to the strap? For a lot of people, it can often be overlooked.  Sure, they’ll take time out to carefully study every inch of the specifications from power reserve and vph to case diameter and water resistance, yet the strap can often come as an afterthought.

Let’s face it, a leather strap is just a leather strap, right? Stainless steel gives a watch a smarter look and is certainly more durable, whereas a rubber watch band is going to ensure that your shiny new ‘sports’ watch is safely secured to your wrist as you put it through its paces.

Well, in all honesty that couldn’t be further from the truth. A watch strap can alter the whole look of a watch and if you think that leather, stainless steel and rubber is all you’ve got to go at, then think again.

Take a look at the Jean Richard Terrascope watch as a case in point. The stainless steel strap looks smart and masculine, whilst the blue strap helps to show a much sportier side.

Replacing your watch strap is also a great way of breathing new life into your favourite timepiece. Much in the same way a new pair of shoes or new hairstyle can help you create a fresh new look, adding a new strap can almost feel like you’re wearing a brand new watch. Whilst many of us simply can’t afford a new watch every couple months, being able to purchase a handful of different straps is much more realistic.

Most companies will be only too pleased to offer you an alternative strap or band for your watch. Those who are lucky enough to own a watch from a high end watch brand can expect replacement or alternative straps to be at a premium. However, regardless of the type of strap you are looking for, the age of the internet has meant that a quick Google search brings up a host of sources for buying all manner of watch straps.

Here is a selection of some of the different kinds of watch straps you can find online, all of which could be used to enhance the look of your favourite timepiece.

Nato Watch Straps by Georg Jensen

Nato watch straps are nothing new but they remain one of the best ways of giving your current timepiece a facelift without breaking the bank. This range from Georg Jensen is a good representation of the original Nato straps that were used for the purpose of differentiating between regiments of the British Army.

Of course, you can pick up replacement Nato straps relatively inexpensively but whilst these straps from Georg Jensen might be pricier than others out there, the higher quality combined with the authentic colour combinations just edges it. From $69.

Teenage Grandpa

Based in Toronto, Teenage Grandpa specialises in producing a wide range of leather watch straps. Founded by Matt Smith-Johnson, all Teenage Grandpa watch straps use absolutely no mechanical or automated machinery during the production process – handmade in the truest sense of the term.

Teenage Grandpa watch straps include some pretty interesting choices with regard to stitching and design and are well worth considering if you want to take the look of your watch to a whole new direction. Prices from £65.

Stone Creek Watch Straps

 

Stone Creek Straps have been specialising in producing handmade custom leather and exotic watch straps and bands since 2008. This one woman operation uses genuinely exotic materials, including ostrich, alligator, lizard, shark, python, eel and stingray leather, combined with the very best in leather working techniques.

The picture above shows a vintage ammo leather strap with an interesting cross stitch on a Lum-Tec M Series.

Toshi Straps

Toshi straps

 

Based in London, Toshi Straps specialises in making bespoke leather watch straps for Panerai, Ennebi and many other large watches. Each strap is designed and built to the clients individual specifications and even come with a no quibble guarantee. The picture above shows a beautiful crimson leather strap which would help to give even modern watches a unique vintage look.

Suunto Watch with leather strap

 

Alternatively, take a look at this Suunto watch, which has been given a completely new look with a black leather strap.

ISOFrane Rubber Watch Straps

Isofrane

ISOFrane watch straps were originally used on some of the most iconic dive watches of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Today, the watches are made from a colourless, liquid hydrocarbon called isoprene, which is obtained during the processing of petroleum. ISOFrane straps are incredibly robust, yet comfortable and would be an excellent addition to even the most solid of dive watches.

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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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