While most companies include a quality strap along with the outdoor watch you buy, some might not. That is why you need to be informed on what types of straps, bands, or bracelets are available at the moment for your outdoor watch. While this guide concentrates on outdoor watches the straps presented are not solely made for this type of watches. Another important thing to mention is that no strap is better than the other. It is up to you to decide which one is the best for you. Some may prefer stainless steel bracelets, some NATO straps and so on. If you already have an experience in this domain, then you might already know what fits you best. If you are undecided this guide should come in handy.
- Stainless steel bracelets
Stainless steel is a popular material for bracelets because it does not rust; it is very resistant and looks pretty good. Some may even consider stainless steel a premium material. A lot of companies use stainless steel bracelets for their outdoor watches especially for diving watches, Rolex with its famous Submariner, Seiko with most of the Prospex line, Tissot with the Seastar, Tag Heuer with the Aquaracer and so on. The number of premium watches which feature a stainless steel bracelet is endless.
- Plastic (Resin), rubber, carbon fiber bands
These types of bands are not so popular when it comes to diving watches but when it comes to all kinds of outdoor sports and activities they are pretty good. Casio used the carbon fiber band which they engineered in a lot of ProTrek watches like the PRW-6000Y. As you may already know, the main characteristic of a carbon fiber band is the extremely low weight. You can see top-notch watches which only weigh 70 grams thanks to the carbon fiber. In this category, we also include NATO straps and polyurethane bands.
- Metal bracelets
While stainless steel bracelets are also included in this category I didn’t want to put them here because stainless steel is far more popular than gold bracelets, titanium ones, and other metals, so I considered they needed a category of their own. As said before, other types of metals used for bracelets are titanium, gold, platinum, silver, palladium, copper, and different variations of these materials.
While leather is a great material for regular watch bands, for outdoor watches not so much; mainly because leather is not resistant to all sorts of bad treatments.
These are the main types of straps, bands, and bracelets available on the market for your outdoor watch. Of course, we didn’t include all of them here. There are a lot of variations but these are the main types that should concern you when buying an outdoor watch.