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When the mercury rises, it’s time to ditch that thick leather watch strap in favor of something light that deals well with sweat and water. Here are four classic options.
An improved version of the classic British Ministry of Defense G10 specification watch strap, Maratac’s Mil-Nato Band features ultrasonically welded, stitched nylon webbing available in three sizes and five colors. Kit out your favorite tool watch on the cheap.
The platonic ideal of the rubber dive strap, the Tropic Dive Strap shipped with many iconic watches in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Made of waterproof, hypoallergenic vulcanized rubber with stainless steel buckles, these perforated straps don’t attract dust or fade from UV exposure.
Based on a vintage design woven from wide nylon strands, Crown & Buckle’s Melange Perlon straps are thin, breathable and easily adjustable. Featuring steel buckles and ultrasonic welding, they’re comfortable and look great on vintage and new watches alike.
Beads of Rice
Popular in the first half of the 20th century, beads of rice bracelets were almost de rigeur when wearing high-end watches from the likes of Rolex or Patek Philippe. This modern example from Bulang & Sons is the perfect alternative to a fine leather strap.
The Tool You Need
Worn & Wound’s Strap-Changing Multi-Tool
A trap-changing multi-tool is a must-have accessory to any watch collection. Featuring a unique design, this one includes a poker, fork and two flathead screwdriver bits. Use it to quickly change straps, pop bezels off, adjust bracelet links and more.
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