A standard question people ask whenever they turn to replace their watch strap or watch band is the most comfortable, by far the most durable and trendy. In addition there are other considerations before making a decision, including price, toxicology and scratch resistance. Obviously the very best watch band to suit your needs will largely depend upon your own preference.
Firstly what is a wristwatch band? A wristwatch band is a generic term for either a watch strap or a watch bracelet. A wrist watch bracelet is generally made from metal including stainless steel, titanium, and also gold sometimes. A wrist watch strap is constructed of non-metal. This can be synthetic or animal materials like leather, Rubber, Nylon, denim, cloth or plain old plastic.
Where comfort is concerned metal watch bands win easily. Watch straps are generally softer, warmer and lighter than metal bracelets. I have found rubber straps to get the most comfortable. These are warm and incredibly lightweight. You barely realize that the watch is on your wrist and yes it fits nicely for its stretchable properties. However rubber is not really to everyone’s taste. Even though it is determined by how the rubber is manufactured it could tear fairly easily.
Using a stainless-steel bracelet with a cold winter’s day can seem to be un-comfortable. These are heavier than straps and more prone to cause skin rashes. However many metal watch straps are made from titanium which includes hypo-allergenic properties so that it is less likely to cause skin rashes. Also, it is feels warmer, softer and lighter on the skin than steel.
Where durability is concerned the metals unsurprisingly win clearly. Steel may last for around two decades and titanium is more durable, lasting even longer. Nevertheless the downside of titanium is its price and scratch resistance. It is actually more costly than stainless-steel and much less scratch resistant unless it has been surface treated. The robustness of a titanium bracelet is determined by the grade of titanium being used with a few grades more durable than the others.
Leather watches usually last about 5 years and so are fairly weather resistant. Rubber provides good weather resistance and is popular on sports watches. They are generally a little more durable than leather watch straps although sharp objects can more quickly tear a rubber watch. Nylon and Plastics are cheap and they also often usually do not last as long as another materials. Plastic is frequently suited for cheap children’s watches.
Stainless watch bracelets are the least expensive only costing tens of dollars. Titanium is far more expensive because it is more difficult to manufacture and costs more when it is surface treated so it will be scratch resistant. The precious metals like Gold bracelets are unsurprisingly the costliest. Leather bands can differ In price significantly which range from about $15 to $100. Rubber is probably the most widely used synthetics and also the price is reasonable around $20. Nylon and plastics are the cheapest.