Strap accumulation is a real thing; sometimes I feel like I'm more of a strap collector than I am a watch enthusiast. We often say that changing a watch's strap is akin to changing its entire personality; putting on a NATO strap is like taking off your dress shoes after a long day and settling into a pair of house slippers.
Most watch straps, like the watches they serve, were designed with a purpose in mind. So given this week's exploration of The Great Outdoors in watches, it's as good a time as any to break down the circumstances and occasions when you might want to opt for rubber over steel, or nylon over leather.
The Activity: My NATO straps have a seasonal presence in my watch collection. They came out in May, and hit the (overflowing) strap drawer in October. Any NATO strap should be more than suitable for swimming, hiking, camping, pickup basketball, really anything outdoors at all. A good NATO will dry quickly and if a springbar happens to fly off while climbing a 14er, the NATO will keep you from losing the rest of your watch. If you're going someplace unpredictable, a solid NATO will be hard to beat in its versatility.
Hot Tip: If you don't like how high a watch on a NATO strap sits, make sure and check out James's trick for a better-fitting strap. If you don't want to carve up a strap, however, the two-piece NATO exists as a more lightweight, if slightly less secure, option.
The most famous rubber watch straps are those that came attached to vintage dive watches in the 1960s and '70s and featured a waffle-like exterior texture. The legendary \"Tropic\" watch strap is the way to go if you're hunting for a rubber strap for messing around by the beach. In more recent times, there has been a boom in the development of aftermarket providers of integrated rubber straps to fit popular sport watches from Rolex, Panerai, and other brands. At one point, I purchased one of these for my Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight. I found that as comfortable and sleek as it looked at first, the novelty was short. The texture was too peculiar to wear for too long. Back to the bracelet I went. Your mileage may vary.
I'm a bit biased toward perlon straps. In full transparency, they're my personal summer go-to and are one of my favorite ways to add a touch of texture or color to a watch. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy good NATO strap (and own plenty of them), I just like the qualities of perlon a bit more on my wrist.
The Take: If it's controversy you seek, look no further. The bund strap is a relic of '70s style that was made popular on the wrist of Steve McQueen and Robert Redford. It's a literal leather cuff with a watch strapped to its center, with a layer of leather between the watch and wrist.
The bund strap has its roots in aviation. The German air force, or Bundesrepublik, supplied pilot's watches situated on leather pads to address temperature changes in the air. The other commonly cited reason was to protect pilots in the case of a cockpit fire or crash, where extreme heat combined with a watch's metal case could damage flesh.
The Activity: To be completely and brutally honest, I don't quite know when to wear a bund strap. Maybe when fighting a bear Is a bund strap required attire for chopping wood in sub-zero temperatures Who knows. I sit at my desk and write about watches all day. If I ever get a pilot's license, I'll promise to give the bund strap a whirl on my favorite tool watch. Until then, my misanthropic perception of '70s-era masculinity keeps me away.
The Take: Dread it. Run from it. Leather arrives all the same. It's the most common type of strap for a reason. Leather is comfortable, attractive, simple to source, and available in countless sizes, textures, and colors. Wear your watch on calfskin while at the office all day, and then swap it out for alligator before dinner. You'll have a completely different watch.
It's an unspoken truth, but more often than not, the OEM strap your watch is delivered on isn't that great in terms of quality. There are, of course, countless exceptions to that but I'm sure each of us has been victimized by excessively stiff straps arriving on a new watch. The wonderful thing about the continued evolution of the watch internet is that there are now more options than ever before for sourcing a high-quality leather strap for your watch. I can't imagine the watch hobby without it.
The Take: New, experimental materials come along all the time, but the question is if they have the staying power to survive in the old-school-loving watch world. Artificial leather products are trending in all sorts of industries these days, and it seems like they just might stick around these parts. Just recently, Greubel Forsey, arguably the most high-priced watch company in the world right now, announced its intent to switch over to 100 percent alternative leather solutions for its straps. With an average price point well into the six figures, the negative-minded among us might have expected some more exotic type of animal-based leather to cement the company's exclusivity, but no, starting January 1, 2022, all OEM Greubel Forsey straps will be plant-based.
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You can equip your BOMBFROG watch with a bracelet that perfectly suits your individual requirements and needs. In the BOMBFROG shop you will find a large selection of watch straps in different lengths and materials. So you are able to adapt your BOMBFROG watch to the current circumstances and challenges of your life. The watch straps from BOMBFROG are available in lug size of 20 millimeters, 22 millimeters and 24 millimeters. You can individually select the materials of the watch straps. You can choose between silicone, real leather, nylon or stainless steel. The BOMBFROG watch straps differ in their practical features so that you can always find the ideal watch strap.
Like the high-quality watches from BOMBFROG, the watch straps convince with their high quality and workmanship. The different materials are defined by their practical properties, which support your active and adventurous lifestyle to the highest degree.
Let's take a look at the silicone strap from BOMBFROG with a lug size of 22 millimeters. This is perfectly fitted for all the requirements of diving and impresses on your skin with its pleasant wearing comfort. The watch strap is characterized by its unusual length, so that it can easily be worn over a diving suit. It is also possible to easily shorten the silicone strap using scissors to get the desired length.
The black stainless-steel watch strap with a lug size of 22 millimeters is suitable for the BT25. It has the BOMBFROG logo, is pleasantly heavy and has a special safety folding lock. You can refine the look of your BOMBFROG watch even further. The well-designed strap connection with up to six removable links allows you to adapt the watch strap perfectly to your wrist.
Perhaps you will also opt for the high-quality NATO strap in black with a high-quality stainless-steel clasp and a lug size of 22 millimeters. If a screw bar or a spring is accidentally lost, the practical belt will still protect you from losing the watch. In addition, it is very comfortable to wear and is long enough to be worn over your diving suit. 59ce067264