Record Breaking Summer 2019: The watch straps you need to know


by Nils Rau

scroll

July 31. 2019 - by Nils Rau

Summer 2019 broke records. The rules to go by are: The breezier the clothing, the better the extreme temperatures can be endured. But there are also rules for watch straps which makes wearing a timepiece breezy and fun even when it’s 30 degrees. Read ahead to find out how you can make the most of your watch this summer.


One heat wave after another

Europe has been experiencing a record-breaking midsummer. For the first time since weather records began, the 42-degree mark was broken in Germany - more precisely in Lingen in Lower Saxony. Other places experienced temperatures as high as 40 degrees.

Watch lovers can pursue their passion even in the hottest weeks of the year if they have the right strap. Everyone talks about the right clothes to wear for the summer, let us tell you about the right watch straps.

NATO Bands: The Summer Classic

When it comes to which bracelet is best suited for the summer, NATO bands are usually at the forefront. NATO straps originated in the British military, for which they were developed in the 1970s. The name comes from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and they assign specific stock numbers to all military equipment (for the straps: NATO stock numbers NSN 6645-99-124-2986 and 6645-99-527-7059).

The characteristic drawstrings are made of ballistic nylon. The material is not very absorbent, but dries quickly and is also dirt-repellent and light. In addition, the straps can easily be changed as they are pulled through between the spring bars. Since the straps are available in all possible colour variations, it’s easy to switch up your look. Watches with NATO straps are not particularly flat, however, they have a rather thick feel to them.

Shop watches: NATO straps

Rubber straps for diving watches

Most diving watches are delivered with metal straps. If you are looking for some variety, you can always use rubber straps: The straps are water-repellent and give the watch a more elegant touch, due to the appearance of the watch slightly resembling the "leather look". Since rubber straps are predestined for use in water, they usually only fit optically on diving watches (exceptions confirm the rule).

You should be careful when choosing the rubber strap: Cheap rubber straps are seldom odourless, and the underside of the strap must not be smooth, otherwise - especially in summer - the watch will slip back and forth on the wrist. It is better if the strap is perforated (a good example is the Breitling Ocean Racer Strap) or ribbed inside. Another example of a perfect rubber strap is the Patek Philippe Aquanaut. The watch shows the sporty elegance that can be achieved with a rubber strap and the wearing comfort is extremely pleasant.

Shop watches: Rubber straps

Metal always goes

Sports watches have been in the lead for years. No wonder that the proportion of watches with steel straps is correspondingly high. Steel straps also have numerous advantages: The wear of metal straps is practically non-existent, the straps are resistant, corrosion-resistant and completely unproblematic when in contact with water. Mesh or Milanaise wristbands offer an often forgotten alternative to conventional steel straps: the delicate metal wristbands date from the 1930s and had their renaissance in the 1960s. The Breitling SuperOcean Heritage proves that even a current sports watch can look good on the Milanaise bracelet. Thanks to its delicate construction, it is particularly comfortable to wear and permeable to air.

Shop watches: Steel straps

Perlon straps are underrated

Everyone knows Perlon straps: In swimming pools, we attach the locker keys to our wrists using Perlon straps. Since the launch of the Nomos Ahoi in 2013, the woven nylon straps have also been known in the watch world. Perlon straps have numerous advantages: they are airy, almost infinitely adjustable and can be changed quickly because they are pull-through straps. In addition, unlike NATO straps, they are threaded in a single layer so that they can be worn much flatter. When choosing Perlon strap, one should be aware that there are many low-cost offers and that the processing quality of these straps - and especially the clasps - is correspondingly simple.

Shop WATCHES: Perlon straps

Save the leather for winter

Choosing the perfect summer strap is of course a matter of taste. There’s no doubt that leather straps are incredibly charming - there is an almost infinite variety of leather straps for all watches, from coarse calf leather straps in vintage look to elegant alligator leather straps. Or in other words: from Panerai to Patek Philippe.

Nevertheless, leather can have a disadvantage during the hot weather: it is a natural product that is affected by perspiration which can lead to it developing an odour and them wearing out a lot quicker.

If you still want to rock your leather straps in summer, you can make your decision a little more pleasant: Some leather wristbands are now equipped with water-resistant rubber on the inside so that the wristband can be worn much more comfortably. As an alternative, perforated leather wristbands (known as rally or racing wristbands) are available as these are a little more breathable.

Shop WATCHES: Leather straps

A final word

There are many ways to make summer comfortable with a watch on your wrist. As far as the appearance is concerned, as always, only the limits of personal taste apply, whereby Perlon straps are the most appealing alternative to leather bands in our personal opinion. If you have never tried a Perlon strap before, you should definitely do so this summer. Midsummer is the ideal time for this and they offer so many advantages that you simply have to try them out.

                               Shop: WRISTBANDS FOR ALL Occasions 
Nils Rau

by Nils Rau

Nils is a guest author for the CHRONEXT Journal. He currently dedicates most of his free time to wristwatches – be that talking with friends, browsing through blogs and online magazines, or keeping an eye on the timepiece stock exchange. When he is not contributing to the CHRONEXT Journal, he works as a junior lawyer in Northern Germany. His articles focus on brands, trends, as well as the philosophical questions within the world of fine watches.

Exceptional Service

Providing excellent customer service is one of our top priorities. We deliver your watch fast and with utmost attention to detail. Should you be looking for a specific model which is not in stock, we are happy to source it for you - free of any extra charges. If you would like to sell a watch, our experts will advise you on market developments and the ideal selling price for your timepiece.

Should you have any questions regarding delivery, price or history of a specific model, your personal advisor will be happy to help at any time.

+44 20 3901 3512

Guaranteed Authenticity

We always guarantee a safe transaction. When you buy or sell a watch on CHRONEXT, your contract of sale is made directly with us. We take legal responsibility for every transaction and provide the highest data security standards, secure payment methods and fully insured shipment. In order to ensure the authenticity and quality of all watches sold through us, every timepiece is thoroughly checked by our watchmakers before it is ever shipped to our customers.

This is guaranteed through our Certificate which you will receive with the purchase of any watch from CHRONEXT - new or pre-owned.

Fair Prices

Only the best is good enough for our customers. This goes for prices just as well as for service and security. Luxury watches are hardly ever cheap but there are still significant differences in price levels depending on where you shop. Thanks to our vast global network of suppliers and our low fixed costs, we are able to provide competitive prices at all times.

We scan the market daily for the best offers and always keep our prices up to date. Most important however is that our competitive prices will never lead us to compromise security and quality.

Change of Shipping Country

You have changed your shipping country. When changing this setting between an EU-country and a country outside of the European Union prices shown in the shop are automatically adjusted to reflect local VAT in the shipping country in some cases.

Ok
×
CHRONEXT Boutique Berlin

Opening hours

MON - FR 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
SAT 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Address

CHRONEXT Boutique Friedrichstraße 71
10117 Berlin
DE

Phone

+49 221 97580604

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Boutique
×
CHRONEXT Boutique London

Opening hours

MON - FR 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SAT. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Address

CHRONEXT Boutique 53 Fleet St
London EC4Y 1BE
GB

Phone

+44 20 3588 0044

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Boutique
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Hamburg

Opening hours

MON - FR 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge Ballindamm 39
20095 Hamburg
DE

Phone

+49 221 97580604

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Vienna

Opening hours

By appointment only

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge Kohlmarkt 8-10
1010 Wien
AT

Phone

+49 221 97580604

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Munich

Opening hours

MON - FR 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge Maximilianstraße 2
80539 München
DE

Phone

+49 221 97580604

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Frankfurt a. M.

Opening hours

MON - FR 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge Taunustor 1
60310 Frankfurt a. M.
DE

Phone

+49 221 97580604

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Cologne

Opening hours

MON - FR 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
SAT 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge Lichtstraße 25
50825 Köln
DE

Phone

+49 221 97580604

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Zug

Opening hours

MON - FR 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge Feldpark 9
6300 Zug
CH

Phone

+41 41 539 10 90

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Sydney

Opening hours

By appointment only

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge 235 Clarence Street, Level 1
Sydney NSW 2000
AU

Phone

+61 3 9071 1811

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Melbourne

Opening hours

By appointment only

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge 330 Collins Street, Level 14
Melbourne VIC 3000
AU

Phone

+61 3 9071 1811

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Toronto

Opening hours

By appointment only

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge 1 University Avenue, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5J 2P1
CA

Phone

+1 416-800-2490

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Hong Kong
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Vancouver

Opening hours

By appointment only

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge 333 Seymour St
Vancouver, BC V6B 5A7
CA

Phone

+1 416-800-2490

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Montreal

Opening hours

By appointment only

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge 395 Rue Notre Dame Ouest, Suite 102.1
Montreal, QC H2Y 1V2
CA

Phone

+1 416-800-2490

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge List auf Sylt

Opening hours

By appointment only

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge EKZ Lister-Markt Hafenstr. 2a
25992 List auf Sylt
DE

Phone

+49 221 97580604

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Brisbane

Opening hours

By appointment only

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge 307 Queen Street, Level 9
Brisbane 4000
AU

Phone

+61 3 9071 1811

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Perth

Opening hours

By appointment only

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge 152 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
AU

Phone

+61 3 9071 1811

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
CHRONEXT Lounge Paris

Opening hours

By appointment only

Address

CHRONEXT Lounge Rue Mayet 14
75006 Paris
FR

Phone

+33 1 87 15 32 80

E-Mail

support@chronext.com
CHRONEXT Lounge
×
Thank You for Subscribing

Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter! You will receive an email from us shortly. Please check your inbox and confirm your registration to start receiving updates from the world of fine timepieces.

Continue shopping
Error

An error has accured while registering your e-mail for our newsletter. Please try again.

Ok