Watch Fan: 6 iconic types of bands

Watch Fan: 6 iconic types of bands

For watch enthusiasts, the band or bracelet is an integral part of the timepiece. Over the years, certain styles have become classics. Here's an overview of 6 of the most popular watch bracelets and where to find them.

Metal Bracelet

A metal watch bracelet is the most common style among watch enthusiasts. It consists of links made of stainless steel, gold, or other metals connected by pins or sleeves. For luxury watch models the metal bracelet is a classic. Watches with steel bands can be found in most of the world's popular collections. An example is the famous three-link Oyster bracelet by Rolex. Other watches with metal bracelets include the Omega Seamaster and Breitling Navitimer.

Leather Strap

The watch with leather strap offers a sophisticated and elegant look. Leather bands come in a variety of colors and can be smooth or textured. Exclusive collections of watch bands made of ostrich, python, and crocodile leather aim to emphasize the owner's status and taste, no less than traditional watch pieces made of precious metals. Many high-end watchmakers like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Glashutte Original and IWC outfit some watches with leather. Watch leather straps pair well with both dress and casual watches.

Rubber Strap

Rubber watch bands are durable, flexible, and waterproof. They became popular in diving watches like the Omega Seamaster collection, Richard Mille, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore and continue to be a good sporty option. Rubber straps come in various colors and have a casual, active aesthetic. It’s a choice of free-spirited and practical watch lovers.

Nato Strap

Originally designed for military use, NATO straps have gained popularity worldwide with their woven nylon bands that wrap around the watch case and secure with metal hardware. Now available in a variety of colors and patterns, NATO-style straps have become a must-have for fashion-forward and creative individuals. They are offered on many watch models, including Hamilton Khaki and Seiko 5.

Mesh Bracelet

The mesh bracelet provides a lightweight and breathable alternative to metal. It's made of interwoven metal links that create a flexible, comfortable fit. Watchmakers like Omega and Tissot use mesh on some of their sports and diving watches.

Milanese Loop

The Milanese loop watch bracelet is a favorite on our TOP list of most popular watch bands. Named after the Italian fashion capital, this metal watch bracelet is loved by watch enthusiasts worldwide. It's made of countless thin, overlapping metal strands, giving it a flexible, almost chain mail-like construction that conforms to the wrist. Brands like Apple and Samsung have popularized the Milanese loop watch bracelet for smartwatches, but it's also popular on luxury watches like the IWC watch brand.

Whichever you choose to buy, the watch bracelet plays an integral role in the look and feel of a watch. From steel to leather, dive watches to dress watches, the styles offer versatility across any watch collection.