JUNE 24 ,2022
We have been there before. You have a nice, classy watch that you probably wore for a few years, or it’s been on your wrist for some time. Your original strap just does not work out for you, breaking from wear and tear or just becoming a nuisance for you. It is time for a replacement, but you are now torn with the following choices: Do you get a rubber strap, or a leather strap
It is a simple question with many things to consider about, however, at the end of the day, the most important factor to consider is:
“What are you wearing the watch for?”
Context matters, given that both rubber straps and leather straps each have their unique strengths and weaknesses. It all boils down to the use and occasion! Let’s do a deep dive into the properties of both straps and discuss the differences between rubber and leather straps.
1. Looks and texture
2. Waterproof properties
It come as no surprise that active users and athletics prefer rubberstraps for its waterproof properties. Rubber itself is naturallyhomophobic, repelling water and only needing a quick wipe. Rubber strapsalso do not trap sweat and thus does not emit odors over prolonged use,making it a very suitable candidate for watches that would be exposed to athletic activities.
3. Durability and Ageing
Another factor that is less commonly considered lies in the exposure of straps to the heat. In Singapore’s tropical weather, the sweltering heat is a known nemesis responsible for melted straps. While it is rather unfortunate that neither strap do well in the heat, the scale of damage differs for both.
4. Convenience vs Customization
Overall,there are respective pros and cons between rubber and leather straps, allperfectly summarized in the table below.
The final verdict
Why Solitaire Official
Highly water resistant and scratch proof leather straps
All our straps come with the highly water-resistant French Zermatt leathers as the default lining!
Following the style of Hermes, we adopt the techniques of hand crafting and hand stitching our straps individually, producing high quality leather straps that is sure to last for a very long time, a few years at the very least!
Fine quality crocodile leathers
On top of this lining, is our crocodile leathers originated from Heng Long Tannery, which is acquired by LVMH. Heng Long Tannery is well known for providing the finest quality of leathers available, and with that, you can rest easy knowing that our leather straps are the best that you can find!
Our leather straps come completed with a beautiful matte finish with a soft-to-touch sensation, while having scratch resistant, sweat-proof, and waterproof properties! This makes your leather strap versatile as you can look stylish while keeping an active lifestyle and at the same time, you can also look classy and smart with your leather straps on dressy occasions!
Fast processing timeWhile many are dissuaded from getting a leather strap due to the processing time required, you can rest assured that our processing time is faster than many other bespoke strap manufacturers, with a lead time of around a month. We can craft leather straps for almost every model of watches, all made to fit your wrists perfectly!