A frequent question people ask when they look to replace their watch strap or watch band is the most comfortable, the most durable and classy. There are other factors to consider before making a decision, such as price, toxicology and scratch resistance. Naturally the best watch band for yourself will largely depend on your personal preference.
Firstly what exactly is a wristwatch band? A wrist watch band is really a generic term for either a wristwatch strap or a watch bracelet. A wristwatch bracelet is normally made of metal such as stainless steel, titanium, and even gold in some cases. A wrist watch strap is made of non-metal. This may be synthetic or animal materials including leather, Rubber, Nylon, denim, cloth or plain old plastic.
Where comfort is concerned rubber watch bands win easily. Watch straps are usually softer, warmer and lighter than metal bracelets. We have found rubber straps to become probably the most comfortable. They may be warm and extremely lightweight. You barely realize that the watch is on your own wrist and yes it fits nicely due to its stretchable properties. However rubber will not be to everyone’s taste. Though it depends on exactly how the rubber is manufactured it could tear fairly easily.
Wearing a stainless-steel bracelet over a cold winter’s day can feel un-comfortable. They can be heavier than straps and prone to cause skin rashes. However many metal watch straps are made of titanium which contains hypo-allergenic properties making it less likely to result in skin rashes. Additionally it is feels warmer, softer and lighter on the skin than stainless.
Where durability is concerned the metals unsurprisingly win without doubt. Steel may last for around two decades and titanium is more durable, lasting even longer. However the downside of titanium is its cost and scratch resistance. It really is higher priced than stainless-steel and much less scratch resistant unless this has been surface treated. The durability of a titanium bracelet is dependent upon the grade of titanium getting used with many grades more durable than others.
Leather watches usually last about 5 years and therefore are fairly weather resistant. Rubber provides good weather resistance and is popular on sports watches. They are usually a little bit more durable than leather watch straps although sharp objects can more easily tear a rubber watch. Nylon and Plastics are cheap and they also often will not last given that other materials. Plastic is normally applied to cheap children’s watches.
Stainless steel watch bracelets are the most affordable only costing tens of dollars. Titanium is much more expensive as it is more difficult to manufacture and will cost you more should it be surface treated so it will be scratch resistant. The precious metals including Gold bracelets are unsurprisingly the most expensive. Leather bands may differ In price significantly starting from about $15 to $100. Rubber is among the most favored synthetics as well as the pricing is reasonable around $20. Nylon and plastics are definitely the cheapest.