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One of the greatest perks involved with being a watch lover is the amount of versatility you can find in a simple strap change. Even if you own several examples of the most popular models from a range of brands, you can still achieve a nearly infinite amount of looks out of a single watch by finding the right watch straps to pair it with. As winter starts to wind down, one of the best ways to achieve the right kind of look for the warmer months is by ditching the bracelet or stock strap and going for the aftermarket options. We briefly touched upon this subject earlier when we discussed how easy it was to find generic and OEM strap options at Gray & Sons and today, we’re going to explore the looks you can find by simply changing your watch strap and making the appropriate choice for any occasion.

Rolex Daytona Watch Strap

Rolex Daytona Alligator Watch Strap.
Rolex Daytona Alligator Watch Strap.

Finding the perfect aftermarket watch strap isn’t always easy but the hunt is certainly worth it. Say you have a formal event coming up but you aren’t exactly willing to invest in a “dress” watch for these rare, buttoned-up occasions. Believe it or not, pairing a watch like a Rolex Daytona (albeit as dressy as it is sporty) with an option like our custom dark blue alligator leather watch band would really set the piece off and result in a look that is far beyond anything generic. The same kind of approach can be taken when dressing a watch down as well.

Panerai Watch Strap

Panerai Ferrari Rubber Watch Strap.
Panerai Ferrari Rubber Watch Strap.

Most of the time, something like a Panerai PAM177 will come on a high-end leather strap and that’s far from anything remotely “beach ready.” Swapping the strap out for something like the OEM black rubber strap will instantly transform that chunky Panerai into the ultimate vacation watch. On top of it all, several watches in the PAM series or “holes case” Rolex sport models make it extremely easy to swap out straps without hassle. In fact, many Panerai owners take pride in being a part of the intense aftermarket “strap nerd” culture that’s often associated with the brand’s models.

Versatility can also be found in materials. While leather can certainly work in both formal and casual settings, I find canvas to work as my secret weapon when I’m looking for a material that can endure the great outdoors and easily fall within the ranks at a dressier occasion. Sure, it isn’t technically the “prettiest” but it’s comfortable, durable, and most people won’t even know you’re rocking a Rolex Explorer on something other than a fancy leather strap.

Watch Straps for Sale

So much of the wristwatch culture we hold on to thrives on the ability to show personality in the watches we wear. Whether it’s cork, nylon, leather, or rubber, watch straps make it easy to express your personality as a collector while making a single watch as versatile as possible. So the next time you’re finding yourself slightly bored or uninterested in a timepiece you’ve held on to for a while, try switching it up. You might find that the watch works in so many more settings than it did before. Don’t forget to browse our selection of OEM and aftermarket watch strap options at grayandsons.com.