Why Watchmakers and Enthusiasts Love their Leather Watch Bands
From suede to premium calfskin and other forms, we have seen watchmakers and lovers try them all. The material would not be worn as much on watches if it didn't offer a unique selling point.
With leather watch bands, though, the selling points are more than just one.
A leather watch strap is more comfortable to wear, especially when compared to its metal counterpart. The band is typically soft, lightweight, and warm to the touch. Moreover, it is breathable and easier to adjust.
A steel watch band, for example, either fits or don't. There is not much you can do to adjust them in real-time.
Enter leather watch bands, and you have a better chance of adjusting to suit your wrist better – thanks to the introduction of buckles and holes on the watch bands themselves.
Color and Texture
Another reason for the popularity of this band is that it comes in a wider selection of textures and colors.
From the strongly finished material to the soft feel of suede against the skin, you have a wealth of options to choose from.
There was a time when these bands were synonymous with the brown color only. Today, we not only have leather in a variety of brown hues but more colors to match.
At Nordgreen, for example, we have a host of blue, pink, white, black, and other amazing colors on our women and men's leather watch bands.
This watch strap finds wide application with watches meant for work, sports, or black-tie events. What's more, it is easy to replace leather watch bands and use different colored watch bands for different occasions.
It is, thus, little wonder why it is not hard to come by leather watches deployed in different styles.
Quality Leather Watch Straps from Nordgreen
For all the goodness that this material brings to the table, it is sad to see that some manufacturers are jumping on the trend to churn out poor, low-value products.
This has given leather a bad rap among some enthusiasts who were otherwise looking to buy themselves into the group of the classic men donning a watch with this band.
Fortunately, there are still some players who sell the real thing – and stand by their products – out there.
Why You Should Buy Your Leather Watch Straps from Us
Nordgreen makes their watch bands from genuine Italian leather, which feels wonderful and unobtrusive to the wrist. The texture gives a distinctive and contemporary feel that provides our classic customers with a proper value for their money.
As a watch designer and maker, the brand can also ensure that their replacement leather watch straps fit with just about any watch you have – not only the ones that you buy from them.
The brand offers some of the best men's leather watch bands that you can find on the market, as well as amazing picks for the ladies too. Every watch band we carry is adjustable, well-made, and comes in a variety of colors.
Whether you want a pink, white, dark brown, or grey leather strap, Nordgreen has you covered on different style levels.
For the perfect fit, we have made it possible to buy your desired bands in different size categories, ranging from 14mm to 20mm. If you are wondering what size of the strap will be best for your watch, use our free size guide here to make the best decision.
The interesting twist is that Nordgreen offers a vegan leather band option for cruelty-free conscious watch enthusiasts. These straps look and feel like the real deal. So, regardless of your tastes and preferences, the company has something for you.
When it comes to leather watch straps, Australia and other remote corners of the world are covered - our fast shipping options ensure your can get your watch straps as fast as possible.
What Is the Best Leather Watch Strap?
All leather straps seem identical from a distance. That is not the truth.
To ensure you get the best one anytime you go shopping, there are some things you should know first.
On a closer look, however, you'll realize several things set the premium straps apart from their low-end counterparts. You should also recognize that a poorly designed strap could ruin the beauty of a great timepiece.
Here's a guide to help you buy the perfect leather band for your watches on any given day.
Be sure to read the fine print. Most of the popular leather straps around today have the initials "PU" (short for polyurethane) hidden in their descriptions. When you see those letters, know you are not dealing with a genuine strap.
There is usually no significant difference between the price of PU and that of the premium material. Hence, be sure to choose nothing but the best.
Type of Tanning
Tanning is the process of turning animal skin into leather. There are two types – chrome (mineral) tanning and vegetable tanning.
Chrome tanning is beneficial in several situations, especially in certain industrial or extreme weather situations. However, it is not the best way to make products that you wear close to your skin. While it is cheaper and faster, it involves the use of many chemicals.
How can you differentiate between chrome and vegetable-tanned leather?
The smell-test is the easiest way to tell. While the latter smells like the real thing, its chrome-tanned counterpart typically smells of chemicals. Likewise, scratching the surface with your fingernail, the vegetable-tanned option buffs out more easily compared to a chrome-tanned one.
The best leather watch straps feature long, broad stitches to ensure durability. Broad stitching is more likely to stand the test of time. If the stitch work in a strap is unnoticeable, there's a high chance the strap won't bear up to normal wear and tear.
Also, many strap manufacturers employ a range of high-contrast and coordinate stitching. Hence, this natural reinforcement can also serve as a design element to infuse some more style into the band.
If you clearly understand the make and model of your watch, you should have an easy time finding the right size of the strap.
It's essential to know the exact length between the lugs. Leather straps typically come in a variety of lug widths. Nonetheless, it's a good idea to check your watch before you make a purchase.
For comfort, we use standard length measurements and ensure the strap is only wide enough to fit your watch case diameter. Again, you can take advantage of our free watch strap sizing frame to know which replacement strap is perfect for you.
The hardware on a watchstrap matter. By hardware, we mean the buckle, spring bars, and other such add-ons to your strap.
Choosing a leather watch strap with poor hardware leaves you with issues like fading, corrosion, and rust after little usage. Consider choosing leather straps that feature 304 stainless steel buckles, which are corrosion-resistant and won't tarnish easily.
You want a leather strap that is easy to install and disengage. Most modern straps come equipped with quick-release technologies. All you need is a spring release to install these kinds of straps.
Some straps also come with a complimentary installation tool. Nonetheless, you should find it easy to install Nordgreen straps with your bare hands.
Consider Your Watch
The kind of watch you are buying a strap for is also an important consideration here. For context, a stylish, vintage-inspired strap often works best with highly refined timepieces.
Thick, durable leather straps, on the other hand, are an ideal choice for military and outdoor watches. If you have a simple and modern timepiece, you should go for a dressier leather strap.
Switching to work or social events, a bold-colored and high-contrast stitched strap would be a great choice.
What leather is used for watch straps?
It takes a close look at the styles and designs employed on some leather straps to ascertain where they are from.
For example, the band material could be obtained from a crocodile, lizard, calfskin, or any other related animal source.
We support our buyers who tend towards sustainability with a whole new category of vegan leather straps too. Obtained cruelty-free, even the most diligent watch enthusiast will have a hard time telling it from the real stuff.
Are leather watch straps good?
Genuine leather watch bands are one of the best band materials to have on a watch. They are classy, give a more refined and elegant look, and fit right on the wrist. They also add to the appeal and elegance of not only the watch but the wearer and their outfit.
The above will only be possible if you choose the right strap, though. Otherwise, you end up with a poor option that fails after some use.
Are leather watch straps durable?
The durability of a watch strap is guaranteed in how well it is matched to its purpose.
For example, a non-stitched strap is not water-resistant enough to be taken into the shower, worn in the rain, and won't last long when working with water in any capacity. Genuine Italian leather with the proper stitching pattern will survive the water condition.
While just about any original leather band will do on a normal day, invest in thicker/ bulkier straps for heavy-duty watch usage.
Seek the Best Hide
You have all the resources at your disposal to not only buy the best leather watches but also to choose the ideal replacement match for your existing watches.
Apply all we have detailed on this list, and you will never go wrong with your choice.