Specialist Picks • 09 May 2020
5 Best Watch Straps for a Sweat-Free Summer
The inception of a watch strap has forever changed the watch industry—wristwatch has come to replace pocket watch. Even though functionality and convenience were the main focuses of the early development of watch strap, over the years the straps have become an undeniably essential element for more of the aesthetic reasons or to cater a requirement of certain occasions. World leading watchmaking houses commit to advancing their research and development of innovative materials to make their straps perfect for functions and lifestyles, varying form formal business attires and evening social gatherings to military excursions, environmental explorations, and especially sports and aquatic adventures. Different occasions call for different watches, different climate and temperature equally call for different straps. Watch lovers who enjoy the tropical heat and strong sun, look no further. We have put together a list of best watch straps for comfort and sweat-free wear just for you.
Flexible, light, durable and exercise-friendly, rubber strap is sporty, easy to clean. Unlike leather, rubber does not absorb sweat and humidity, so you can rule that laid back and carefree look without worrying about potential odor deterring your moment. This summer-friendly strap also comes in multiple colors to suit all your aesthetic preferences for a bright summer.
Pros: Easy to clean, exercise-friendly, does not absorb sweat
Cons: Not suited for formal occasions
Looks great with: Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Titanium Blue—sleek navy blue and black rubber strap, MB&F HM7 Aquapod Platinum Red
Fabric strap comes in two-piece variant or the well-known, one-piece NATO variant. Constructed from nylon and available in varying colors and patterns, this strap is light and durable with good airflow and great comfort for out-door activities — though rubber strap has an edged when it comes to water adventures as the fabric strap can be soaked and will take time to dry.
Pros: Sturdy, colorful, good airflow
Cons: Rather informal, not up for water sports or soaking
Looks great with: TUDOR—fabric straps, Ulysse Nardin Diver X Nemo Point—fabric straps equipped with a Velcro fastener
This strap made from weaving of metal is often called Milanese or mesh strap, giving a unique and sporty feel to an otherwise formal style of strap. Light, good airflow and adjustable, the mesh strap will make you feel more comfortable than any normal metal strap would.
Pros: formal look, durable, light, good airflow, comfortable
Cons: Some might find a little discomfort as it pulls wrist hair, but then many gentlemen recommend that simply loosening a little will fix the problem just fine.
Looks great with: Ulysse Nardin Diver 42mm
Leather with Rubber Lining
If you like the elegance and sophistication of a leather strap but worry about sweat and potential odor during summer, a leather strap with rubber lining is your answer. A rubber underlay will prevent leather from direct contact with your skin and absorb the sweat, allowing you to keep the elegant look that leather strap exudes all the while feeling the confidence and comfort, sweat-free wear of rubber underneath even in the midst of scorching heat.
Pros: Elegant, durable, sweat-free, odor-free
Cons: Though the choice will keep your wrist sweat-free, the leather still means it is not water-resistant
Looks great with: Hublot is a leader in material innovations including straps variety. Check out Hublot Big Bang “Steel Diamonds” SEA Edition 38mm for the leather with rubber lining strap.
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Rubber coated Leather
Combining the best of both materials together, rubber coated leather is elegant, warm and suitable for varying occasions. A layer of rubber coating helps protect the leather from water, humidity and change in temperature, making this type of strap easier to use in day-to-day activities.
Pros: Elegant, easy to wear
Cons: Low water resistant, unsuitable for water activities
Looks great with: Girard-Perregaux Neo Bridge Earth to Sky Edition— paired with elegant alligator leather with rubber coating