A New Strap or a New Watch? They Can Feel the Same!

It seems that everything associated with fine Swiss timepieces is expensive these days. Yes as connissieur I do realize the level of expertise and the excruiating attention to deal with which most of these watches are manufactured. But replacing a leather strap on your fine timepiece, while expensive, often $300 – $700 per strap, can make the watch look and feel like an entirely new watch (without the significant investment for a new watch). A black strap on a back dial watch is always a favorite but to spice it up, put a dark brown, tan or camel strap on it. Compare the images at the top of this page.

For those of you living in a hot climate like myself (I live in California) having 2 straps for a timepiece makes the most sense. Heat and perspiration are the enemies of a bueatiful leather strap, so often, I buy a rubber strap or kevlar strap and change seasonally. It gives the watch a more sporty look and is more resistant to persperation. Companies like Bell & Ross, IWC, Ulysee Nardin, Harry Winston, Girard-Perregaux, Corum and Omega make great rubber straps, often in an array of cool, fun colors and sometimes even elegant.

There’s always that next great watch to buy and hey, I’m a fan, so I’ll likely go out and buy it. But, when I need a quick fix and a new look, I change the strap!

About Adam

A family heirloom in the form of a Rolex Explorer 1016 started Adam Keith’s fascination with the watch world. From that day forth, Adam became completely fascinated with watches and has spent many hours researching and collecting rare timepieces. While Adam may be the youngest of the our editors, he is considered one of the most knowledgeable when it comes to movements and complications. Many other employees have utilized this walking timepiece encyclopedia when they needed to information about a specific movement. Challenge with Adam any question you may have about movements and complications and I am sure he will have an answer. Adam is a classical violinist who enjoys reading.

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