Watchbands come in a variety of materials, styles, and colors. So how do you know which one, or ones, you should have in your collection? We’ve broken down the four most popular watchband styles below so you can find your perfect fit.


Leather watch bands are perhaps the most versatile of all watch band styles. They can be worn everywhere, from the farm to the red carpet. This is because leather is both flexible. It is capable of molding to the shape of your wrist and is classic in appearance. Leather is perhaps the only choice for a formal event, as other materials may be too casual. This type of strap do require more "upkeep" since it is a natural material. It will age over time. You must either maintain the leather with proper conditioning treatments and wear practices, or be prepared to eventually replace the strap. Nonetheless, leather’s extreme versatility makes it a must have for anyone’s wardrobe.



Metal bands has a classic appeal to them, similarly to leather bands. They are appropriate for different occasions. Metal bands are considered dressier than plastic, rubber, or nylon straps but not as dressy as leather straps. A metal-banded watch is a perfect fit for the boardroom or office as well as any kind of casual wear. Metal has one major benefit over all other straps: it’s highly durable. Most metal watchbands are made from stainless steel, but they can also be made from gold, gold-plate, titanium, tungsten, or platinum. Because metal is incredibly durable, these bands can last a long time, making them a great investment.

Plastic or Rubber

Plastic and rubber watchbands are great for those who lead an active lifestyle. These straps are durable, lightweight, comfortable, and often are safe for the water. These watches are great for working out, camping, casual-vacation and weekend wear. An advantage of plastic and rubber watchbands is that they are the most affordable. You can collect more of them and switch them out to create different looks. This is especially great for those with a unique sense of style who want to try more unusual or trendy looks, without spending what you would on leather or metal watches.


Nylon watch bands are great for comfortable casual wear. Many also choose them for diving or active wear. Nylon watches are flexible, durable, and breathable. These bands are a great choice for casual summer wear in particular because they are more breathable with a plastic or rubber band. Nylon bands are easily switched and easily cleaned, making them a great choice for those who want a low-maintenance band.