The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Watch Straps

The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Watch Straps

, by Benjamin Davis, 3 min reading time

The strap on a watch can make or break its overall look and feel. That's why many collectors and enthusiasts that wear vintage watches (or vintage style watches) opt for vintage or vintage style watch straps, that offer a classic, timeless look that's hard to replicate with modern straps.

In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about vintage watch straps, from the different types to the materials used and more. We'll also introduce you to our very own Vintage Watch Strap, which is the perfect choice for any vintage watch.

Types of Vintage Watch Straps

When it comes to vintage watch straps, there are several types to choose from. Some of the most popular include:

  • Leather straps: Leather is a classic choice for vintage watches, and for a good reason. It's durable, comfortable, and ages beautifully over time.
  • Leather Alternative straps: Similar to leather straps but made from vegan materials. Our leather alternatives are a sustainable and unique offering that each has its own style and textures
  • NATO straps: NATO straps were originally developed for military use, but have since become a popular choice for watch enthusiasts. They're made from a durable nylon material, and offer a sporty, casual look that works well with vintage watches.
  • Mesh straps: Mesh straps are made from a metal mesh material, and offer a unique, textured look that's perfect for vintage watches. They're also lightweight and comfortable to wear.
  • Bracelet straps: Bracelet straps are made from metal links, and offer a more formal, dressy look than other types of straps. They're a great choice if you're looking to dress up a vintage watch for a special occasion.

How to Choose the Right Vintage Watch Strap

When choosing a vintage watch strap, there are several factors to consider. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:

  • Consider the watch itself: Think about the style and colour of the watch when choosing a strap. A leather strap might work well with a classic, dressy watch, while a NATO strap might be better suited for a more casual watch.
  • Consider your lifestyle: If you're active and spend a lot of time outdoors, a nylon or rubber strap might be a better choice than leather or metal, which are often more susceptible to damage from water and sweat.
  • Consider the fit: Make sure the strap fits your wrist comfortably and securely. Look for straps that offer several sizing options, or that can be easily adjusted.
  • Consider the price: Vintage watch straps can vary in price depending on the type and material. Set a budget before you start shopping, and look for straps that offer good value for your money.

Introducing the Watchsy Vintage Watch Strap

The perfect choice for any vintage watch. Our Vintage Watch Strap is made from high-quality leather, that is designed to crease and age to appear more vintage. It's available in several classic colours, including brown, black, and tan, and comes in three different lug widths to fit the majority of watches.

One of the things we love about our Vintage Watch Strap is how it ages over time. As the leather softens and develops a patina, it takes on a unique, one-of-a-kind look that's unique every time. Plus, because it's made from high-quality leather, you can be sure that it will last for years to come.


When it comes to vintage watch straps, there's no shortage of options to choose from. Whether you're looking for a classic leather or leather alternative, a sporty NATO strap, or a formal bracelet strap, there's something out there for everyone. And if you're looking for the perfect vintage watch strap, check out our very own Vintage Watch Strap. With its high-quality leather, durable construction, and classic design, it's the perfect choice for any vintage watch enthusiast.


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