Watch Straps

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Watch straps run the gamut from simple, functional felt straps to high-end leather bands. Before choosing a strap for your new watch, give some thought to where and when you plan on wearing that watch. A Denver calf leather-padded watch is no less incongruous on a building site than a velcro strap is at a fancy dinner event.

One of the best ways to ensure you always have an appropriate band is invest in a few different varieties. You don't necessarily have to spend thousands of dollars to do this either, as there are internet vendors who can deliver you custom-made watch bands instantly and on the cheap. Simply point your browser to their sites, navigate a standard menu of style options including color and clasp variety, then click send. Of course, you'll have to provide your credit card information first.

Your Selection of Watch Straps

Any serious watch collector or style guru in general should have at least one fancy strap. Whether it's a high-gloss caiman number (tropical crocodile), a more muted alligator finish, lizard skin, calfskin, or any other prized material, you can find what you're looking for online and at a significant discount. Typically, opting for a brown or black finish gives you more latitude when accessorizing--something to consider before plunking down a few hundred bucks for an orange watch band.

If you're in the market for luxury watches, chances are you'll choose your timepiece based at least partially on the strap. Not doing so can be a huge mistake, albeit one that many people make. Failing to factor in the comfort of watch straps is like choosing shoes based solely on their looks. Once you put them on and wear them a while, you often regret the purchase. You don't want to make a similar error when purchasing watch bands.

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