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The bulk of a watchmaker’s time, energy, and attention to detail is spent on the watch itself: the case, movement, dial – components that give a watch its functionality. However, the strap or bracelet that keeps a watch to your wrist is just as important. Beyond the utility of keeping a watch on your wrist, the strap displays more surface area than the watch itself, making it a crucial component to your watch’s aesthetics. This is why watch straps are often referred to as “the clothes” of a watch. While some people settle for the strap or bracelet that comes with their watch, others find the strap that suits them best. Depending on your lifestyle, taste, and/or occupation, a different strap can make a world of difference for your watch.
While some watchmakers give more attention to their straps than others, straps are our primary focus here at Everest. We’ve spent years developing top of the line watch straps: some for particular models, some universal. Beyond knowing what makes a good strap, we know that one option can never do it all. Leather isn’t waterproof, metal bracelets can be heavy, so on and so forth. There are seemingly endless materials, styles, and types of watch straps to choose from. Assuming your watch is not integrated, meaning it uses the standard springbar and lug system (as opposed to a proprietary bracelet/strap attachment), you can equip it with any number of different straps to fit different occasions. Enter Everest’s line of Universal watch straps.
Within our line of Universal watch straps, we offer three different materials: rubber, leather, and nylon. All of these materials have their pros and cons, and all of them excel in certain contexts. Rubber watch straps have been around for decades, primarily used for dive watches. Rubber is flexible, durable, and fully waterproof. It gives your watch a sportier look. Leather watch straps have been around for even longer. While it lacks water resistance, leather is incredibly strong, soft, and comfortable. Leather is typically associated with dress watches, but looks great with a number of styles. Nylon shares the benefits of both: very strong, very comfortable, and fully waterproof. Nylon is likely the least formal of the three, but looks great as a casual option.
Depending on the grain, color, and style, leather can take on different personalities. Traditionally, leather straps are thought to be somewhat fancy, primarily appearing on dress watches. This can definitely be true – brown/black leather, alligator leather, and smooth (glossy) leather come to mind as dressy materials. However, leather can just as easily be casual. Split-grain (suede) leather straps lean more casual, particularly in colors like gray and blue. Perforated racing leather is also very casual, taking on a sportier look. In my opinion, everyone should have a good leather strap in their collection. It’s a classic, comfortable, durable material that often looks better the more you wear it. Just don’t get it wet – nice leather isn’t waterproof. If you need a waterproof strap, rubber or nylon will be your best bet.
If you’re looking for a leather strap, particularly for your Rolex, Tudor, or Panerai, Everest has you covered. Our Curved End Leather Straps are tailor fit to specific references: seamlessly hugging the case and lugs. If you don’t have any of those watches, don’t worry – Everest offers universal leather straps for any watch with 20mm/22mm lug width. All of our universal leather straps are equipped with toolless, quick release springbars, making installation a breeze. Made from high quality Italian leather and a hypoallergenic lining, Everest leather straps are made to look good, feel good, and last a long time.