Choose the right alligator watch strap size
There is a quote from enthusiast people that new straps can totally change the appearance of your watch wrist and make it a new accessory. Alternating your alligator watch strap to fit with a specific event is also a statement that reflects individual style. But how to choose the right size leather watch strap for your watch is such a hard question. So in this text, let us guide you the way to measure your alligator watch strap size.
Why is choosing a right size alligator watch strap important?
1. Compatibility. It is in vain to look for ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to pairing straps with watches. It is totally different when choosing a strap to your large sport watch from choosing a strap to your small vintage watch.
For example, With females, the width of the lug is often an 18mm alligator watch strap. And for male, they often use 20mm alligator watch straps. In sport activities which news a larger band, we often choose 22mm alligator watch straps for men and 18mm alligator watch straps for women. But in some formal event where we need an appropriate watch strap, we choose a 20mm alligator watch strap.
2. Fit. The ideal strap for your wrist is that the timepiece should be tight enough not to slide more than an inch across your arm and loose enough not to leave an imprint.
There are two important dimensions that need to be considered when measuring watch strap size: strap width, strap length and tapering as well.
Step to measure leather watch strap width
Every watch is fitted with two pairs of lugs (the picture below), that are used to secure the leather watch strap to the watch case. They have an essential role to ensure the comfort, security and durability to your watch.
The fixed distance between the two lugs is referred to as the ‘lug width’ and is calculated in millimeters (mm). Lug widths are various but we often use, and 20mm alligator watch strap for men and an 18mm alligator watch strap for women as we mentioned before.
Knowing your watch’s lug width when shopping is crucial for a new leather watch strap. It will determine if your new alligator strap is properly fit with your watch or not.
Those who are using a leather watch strap will be in luck because some have an imprinted number on the reverse side lining which shows the lug width. For instance, a stamp reading ‘22’ reveals that the watch requires a 22mm alligator watch strap.
The first step is to remove your watch from your strap. And then you just simply measure the internal distance between the two lugs on your watch case using a ruler, or for more precision, use a digital caliper. Make sure to take your reading in millimeters.
If you are owning these comone watch straps below and looking for a new leather watch strap to change. The table below provides information to you.
|Watch Make & Model||Lug Width (mm)|
|Omega Speedmaster Strap Width||20mm alligator watch strap|
|Tag Heuer Carrera Strap Width||20mm alligator watch strap|
|IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Strap Width||20mm alligator watch strap|
|Rolex Datejust Strap Width||20mm alligator watch strap|
|Omega Seamaster Strap Width||20mm alligator watch strap|
|Grand Seiko Snowflake Strap Width||20mm alligator watch strap|
|Rolex Daytona Strap Width||20mm alligator watch strap|
|Rolex Submariner Strap Width||20mm alligator watch strap (21mm alligator watch strap for the new version)|
|Breitling Navitimer Strap Width||22mm alligator watch strap|
|Tudor Black Bay Strap Width||22mm alligator watch strap|
|Watch Case & Size||Lug Width (mm)|
|Apple Watch 1st generation 38mm||22mm alligator watch strap|
|Apple Watch Series 1, 2 and 3 42mm||24mm alligator watch strap|
|Apple Watch Series 1, 2 and 3 38mm||22mm alligator watch strap|
|Apple Watch SE 40mm||22mm alligator watch strap|
|Apple Watch Series 4, 5 and 6 40mm||22mm alligator watch strap|
|Apple Watch Series 4, 5 and 6 44mm||24mm alligator watch strap|
|Apple Watch 1st generation 42mm||24mm alligator watch strap|
|Apple Watch SE 44mm||24mm alligator watch strap|
Step to calculate my watch strap length?
An elegant watch is defined as a fit well watch on your wrist.
Because the circumference is different between people, straps are obviously available with various lengths. Therefore, finding the right length for you is a crucial step on your journey in purchasing a new watch strap.
To make sure the proper infomation, strap length is calculated by millimeters and is presented as X/Y (for instant: 125/75mm). “X” is always presented for the larger part – is the length of the tail side strap and the second number (Y) is the length of the shooter one ( See the picture before).
1. Measure your current strap
If your current strap fits well around your wrist, then you’ve properly found the right one for you. Everything you need to do is measure the tail side and buckle side straps separately using a ruler of your strap. Stick in mind not to measure the buckle itself. If your strap has an issue and you want to change, let’s take a look at the text below.
2. Determine wrist circumference.
This is a crucial step to identify your watch strap length.
i.) Using a soft tape and measure by wrapping around your wrist at the point where you want to feel comfortable with your length of strap.
ii.) Make a mark by using an pen or pencil
iii.) Lay the tape flat on the floor and then take the measurement by millimeter ruler.
Because the length of the watch strap depends on the individual. So during the time of calculating watch strap, you should ask yourself these question:
“How much tail do I want to show?” And “Where would I like the buckle to rest?”. To make sure that you have the strap you are keen on.
With all the knowledge and experience we have during 6 years of working in this term. We are sure that the leather watch strap size is important. It can decide your comfort, your confidence as well as your elegance. So, make sure that you choose the right strap for yourself.