In today’s modern market, there are an infinite number of materials used to craft wristbands, ranging from cheap plastic to thousands-per-ounce platinum. While the face of a watch is usually the selling point, the wristband is, after all, what’s in contact with your skin all day, so it’s beneficial to be an educated consumer when shopping for your ideal timepiece. Read this quick guide to the top five most popular wristband materials, then check out our personal favorite watches that feature each medium.
1-Platinum. It is widely marketed as the most high-end, exclusive, and beautiful metals used in wristbands. Platinum is 95% pure metal, so it doesn’t tarnish easily. It is also highly durable, extremely versatile, and hypoallergenic.
2-Gold. Ever the classic, gold has been used in watch production since the dawn of the timepiece. Gold has myriads of color gradients, from loud yellow to dainty rose to stark white. It is also quite durable, doesn’t tarnish easily, and is simply majestic.
3-Steel. Steel is an alloy of several metals, making it super malleable and therefore very versatile. Used in most watches, steel is known for its incredible, polished finish. Some issues to be aware of are denting/scratching, and, in cases of extreme heat, warping of the metal.
4-Leather. Leather wristbands have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, and it’s no surprise why. Leather is fashionable, flexible, and practical, and comes in thousands of shades, textures, and styles. Downside: it can get uncomfortable when worn for long periods of time.
Our pick: Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Solid Gold
5-Plastic. Don’t discount the humblest of materials! Plastic bands can be soft and flexible, or rigid and linked. Plastic bands are easily personalized and cost-effective, while staying fun and playful. Many high-end watch companies use plastic in even their most luxurious watches. And because they’re so cheap, you can buy a watch for every ensemble!
Now that you’re “armed” with this knowledge, it’s time to find your dream watch. Let us know which wristband speaks to you in the comments below!