how to measure a watch band

How To Measure A Watch Band For Replacement: Our Guide

There are some things we recommend leaving to the watch servicer. Complicated procedures such as replacing crystal glass or dealing with jewels in the mechanism are not worth investing time into if you’re not a trained professional. However, if you’d like to know how to measure a watch band, the process is very simple and easy to do on your own.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about how to measure a watch band.

What Is A Watch Band?

The watch band is what makes a wristwatch a wristwatch and not a pocket watch. It secures your watch to your wrist and ensures you can comfortably wear it all day.

Watch bands mainly have a practical purpose, but they are also fashion statements as they come in all sorts of styles, colours, and patterns. They can make the simplest of watches look unique.

Types Of Watch Band

woman wearing camel coloured coat and dual toned rose gold and silver watch with metal bracelet

In this section, we are going to over various different types of watch bands and run through the pros and cons of each one.

Metal Bracelet 

Metal bracelets are incredibly robust as they are often made of stainless steel. This means they are built to last, so you can save on money by purchasing a metal bracelet. They are also low-maintenance as you can easily clean them with soapy water and a toothbrush. Finally, metal bracelets are adaptable to different outfits; they suit both formalwear and casualwear.

On the other hand, metal bracelets are very heavy, which makes them uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. They are also less scratch-resistant than some other watch straps, so they can deteriorate faster.

Leather Strap

Leather straps are extremely comfortable, so you can wear them all day without wanting to take them off. They have a vintage feel as watches historically featured leather straps. Another benefit is that you have many options when it comes to leather straps – they are available in all sorts of colours and patterns.

In terms of disadvantages, leather straps are not the most durable. They can deteriorate quite quickly when they are exposed to high temperatures or lots of moisture.

Rubber Strap

Rubber straps are waterproof, so they are the best option for keen swimmers and divers. This material lasts a long time so you don’t have to worry about regular repairs.

Conversely, rubber straps are not very versatile. Owing to their casual appearance, they often look out of place when worn with formalwear. What’s more, they can be uncomfortable to wear in hot weather.

Canvas Strap

Canvas straps have an outdoorsy appearance which makes them great for adventurers. They are very lightweight so you can wear them all day without being weighed down.

However, much like rubber straps, canvas straps are known for being informal. While they look great in an outdoor setting, they may not fit in at a black tie event or even a work meeting.

What Is Band Width & Band Length On A Watch?

common sizes of watch band

The bandwidth of a watch strap is the distance between the left and right-hand sides of the watch band. It should be around half of the width of the case diameter. The average width of a watch band is 18-26mm, with men’s watch bands usually measuring at 20mm.

The band length of a watch strap is the distance between the top and bottom of the band. The average band length is 6-8 inches for men and 7-9.5 inches for women.

How To Measure A Watch Band For Replacement

Rolex Oyster Perpetual with ruler below it

If you’re wondering how to size a watch band, you’ll be pleased to know it’s an easy process. If you have a leather strap, check if the watch band measurement has been printed onto the strap. Most watch bands do this so that you can easily find the size.

For other band types, you simply need to use a ruler to measure the size. To measure width, measure the distance between the two lugs. For the length, you’re looking at the distance between the top and bottom of the strap. Never include the buckle as part of this measurement.

Now You Know How To Measure A Watch Band

different types of watch band

It’s clear to see that it doesn’t take an expert to measure a watch band, so it’s not another complicated procedure to worry about.

If you came to Uniform Wares because you want to eventually replace your watch band, you’re in luck. We have an impressive collection of watch bands for men and women in many different colours and styles. Enjoy browsing our watches for sale and choosing your favourite one!

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