Best Watch Straps Of 2022 - IMBOLDN
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As watch collectors and enthusiasts, we realize that wearing the same watch strap every day can get old. So, it’s nice to have options you can count on to change things up a bit. Having the ability to swap out a watch strap can bring new life to your beloved timepiece and give you a way to experiment with a whole new style.

In the spirit of encouraging the expansion of your collection of straps, the editors here at IMBOLDN have chosen a variety of watchbands from NATO straps to dressy leather and rubber watch bands for your consideration.

Best Classic – Shinola 20mm Tan Leather Strap

This handsome British tan leather watch strap from Shinola features quick release spring bars, making changing out the strap a breeze. The 20mm strap with contrast stitching is hand sewn in the United States and the 18mm buckle is made from polished stainless steel. Compatible with a wide array of Shinola watches including the 26mm Omaha, 36mm Guardian, 39.5mm Runwell Automatic, among others.


Best Neutral – Barton Canvas Quick Release Watch Band

Barton’s Canvas Watch Band features integrated quick release spring bars and a brushed 316L stainless steel buckle. The band is constructed from a proprietary heavy duty canvas and is compatible with any watch – traditional or smartwatch – that uses standard 18mm, 19mm, 20mm, 21mm, 22mm or 23mm spring bars. Designed to fit wrists 5.75- to 8-inches, this strap is available in a wide array of colors.


Best Minimal – Skagen 20mm Leather Watch Strap

Denmark’s Skagen 20mm watch strap is made of fine leather from a Leather Working Group (LWG) certified tannery. Designed to fit any watch with a 20mm standard band, the strap is finished with a single prong strap buckle closure for easy attachment. The band comes with two quick-release pins, and is available in five different colors in leather and three colors in stainless steel mesh.


Best Luxe – Gucci Green Grip Leather Watch Strap 35mm

Gucci designed this fine leather watch strap to coordinate with its 35mm Grip watch. The interchangeable strap is presented in green leather with a yellow gold PVD buckle, but is also available in red, black, and brown leather. The strap can be quickly and easily changed with a specialized quick-release spring bar mechanism.


Best for Fall – Analog Shift Montserrat Green Suede Strap

Handmade in Italy, the Montserrat Green Suede strap features a luxurious velvety nap and comes in a vibrant forest green hue with gold toned contrast stitching. Named for the small Caribbean island in the West Indies known for its black sand beaches and lush tropical foliage, the Montserrat Green Suede strap pairs particularly well with gilt dial sports watches and anything produced in solid 18k yellow gold. The strap is available in 18mm, 19mm, and 20mm sizes.


Best Rubber – Synchron Watches Original Tropic Strap

During the 60s and 70s the Tropic Strap was standard issue for the world’s most iconic dive watches. The brand is back with a new and proprietary vulcanized rubber formula strap that is wonderfully comfortable and high quality. The strap has a textured ‘tapestry’ surface with a deeply embossed back. Available in 9 colorways, the strap comes in 20mm and 22mm widths.


Most Versatile – Barton Watchbands in Horween Racing Leather Collection

Pairing with chronograph, smartwatches, and tool watches alike the Barton Horween Racing Collection is a throwback to race car drivers of the 60s and 70s. The Dublin Horween leather watchband has the signature perforations which were originally designed to make the strap breathable for racetrack drivers. Available in 18mm through 24mm widths, the strap is available with a buckle in a choice of five different colorways.


Most Durable – Crown & Buckle Matte Supreme NATO 19mm Coyote Watchband

Talk about durable, the Matte Supreme 19mm watch band is made from a new nylon weave, utilizing flat/matte nylon thread, lending the band both a ruggedness, and also a very distinctive look. The band’s 316L stainless steel keepers feature machined beveled corners, and a flat profile, while the buckle is perfectly proportioned. The hardware is also available in black PVD.


Best Military-Inspired – ADPT Mil-Strap

ADPT stands for All Day, Purpose, and Terrain. This is a tough American-made nylon watch strap that you can swim, hike, bicycle, and run with and simply wash it off at the end of an active day. Based on a military design that features a security band underneath so that if a spring bar should fail, your watch will stay in place. Available in 10 different colors and in 18, 20, and 22mm widths.