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Clockwork Synergy: Save 30% on all orders, code BF30.
15% off on Erika’s Originals with code BLACKFRIDAY
Etsy – 10-15% off many items. Check specific shops on this list of custom watch strap makers.
Nato Straps Co. – 40% off with code CYBER18
Sea Dog Straps – sale on specific straps.
StrapsCo – free worldwide shipping on all orders
ToxicNATOS– Free shipping over $35
Watch Obsession – free shipping on orders over 50 pounds (U.K. dealer)
Watch Gecko Black Friday sale – up to 70% on specific items.
Hello everyone, and welcome to the 2018 edition of the Basic Bands Watch Strap & Accessories Gift Guide! We’re here to help you find that perfect someone (or yourself) the perfect gift this holiday season.
We’ve divided the guide up into sections, so skip ahead to the one that interests you most. First we have perfect combos, the strap and watch match-ups we’ve seen this year that just work great together. If you’re looking for a watch & strap package, this section is for you. Whether you’re buying a first watch for a teenager or making a big investment, we’ve got some excellent options. Related Guide: Safely Buying a Watch Online.
After that we’re showcasing our favorite straps of the year from our favorite custom strapmakers. There are a lot of talented leather workers out there ready to make you a watch strap, and we’ve featured some of the best of them. If you’re looking to spice up a watch or get a new strap made to replace a broken band, this is the place to go. Don’t forget to check out our guides on watch strap style, tips for picking out a new strap, tools for changing a strap, and how to fix a broken watch strap loop.
Lastly, we’re covering watch strap accessories for those of you who already own all the watches and watch straps you need. But where to put them all? We’ve got some great ideas on watch pouches, watch winders and more. Related: Recommended Watch Storage, Winders & Cases on Amazon.
2018 was a great year for watch straps. Brightly colored silicone seemed to go with almost everything, especially diver watches. Canvas straps were a big hit on our Pinterest boards all year long, and high quality leather seemed a match made in heaven for luxury watches. Here are some of our favorites in various price ranges.
Watch & Watch Strap Combos: $100-$300
Clockwork Synergy Autumn Brown Suede Leather Band on a Seiko SNK 809 watch. You can usually buy both on Amazon for under $140, but sales on the watch often bring that down to closer to $110. All the Seiko SNK models make great starter watches for kids and teenagers and beater watches for adults.
Blue leather quick release from Barton Bands on the inexpensive Timex Weekender, combo usually runs under $75, but sales can bring that down to $50-ish. Quick-release straps are some of our favorite things.
Barton Bands Blue Flatwater Silicone Quick Release Band on a Seiko SKX 007 Diver. You can find Barton Bands on their website or their Amazon store. At around $20, the watch strap is a great band for the price, and the combo usually runs about $250.00. Just an amazing watch with a great history.
Watch & Watch Strap Combos Over $400
B&R Bands Oak Classic Vintage Watch Band on a Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Watch. Combo runs just over $400 with sales, without sales the band will be about $80 and the watch about $475. The Hamilton watch is basically the go-to watch when it comes to field/military watches.
Custom Gray Perforated Apple Watch band by Etsy seller O2Leather. The watch is obviously an Apple Watch. If one of those is on your purchase list this year, keep in mind that there are a lot of strap options out there besides the ones offered by Apple. Custom straps are generally pretty easy to fit to all models of Apple Watches. Check out our list of custom watch strap makers and our Apple Watch strap collection on our Basic Bands Amazon recommendation list.
Luxury Watch & Watch Strap Combos: over $1500
Brown Hirsch SPEED Alligator Watch Strap on a Tag Heuer Carrera watch. Both the strap and the photograph are courtesy of the awesome guys over at Watch Obsession. Blue dials are a match made in heaven with dark brown and tan leather watch straps. Strap costs around $260, watch around $2,000.
Crown & Buckle Tan Kangaroo Leather watch strap on Nomos Orion Watch
We featured a lot of artists this year on the blog, you can check them out on our custom watch strap maker list. Dan’s canvas strap was one of our most visited pages all year, consistently getting hits from Pinterest (Dan is the owner of Red Rock Straps). High end leather was insanely popular, especially for luxury watches, such as the Horween leather straps from Jones in Tokyo. Exotic leathers also made an appearance, with some great work being done in string ray, crocodile and lizard leather.
If you’re buying a watch for a person who knows and loves watches but still want to keep the price reasonable, custom is the way to go. Even if you don’t want to give away your gift giving plans by asking about a watch size, make or model, a custom strap maker can probably find out the size from a quick snapshot and get you something that special person in your life will love.
One of our favorite leather crafters, Jones in Tokyo’s work always looks exquisite. Pictured here is his French calf tan/brown watch strap. If your special someone is the owner of a luxury watch, chances it will look amazing on a strap from his shop.
Want to go exotic? Dangerous9 straps is the place to drool over crocodile, lizard and other exotic leathers on insanely amazing watches. Shown here is an Omega Planet Ocean on a Grey SuperMatte Teju Lizard Watch Strap.
If you’re not sure about strap size or don’t know what style your gift recipient will like, there are other gift options. You can buy some inexpensive watch tools to make strap changes easier, like a strap change tool or spring bars, or delve into the wide world of watch cases, winders and storage. With prices as high as a few thousand dollars for some winders, there is a lot of room for every gift buyer.
Since a lot of watch cases and pouches are made of leather, you can also have one custom made.
A canvas watch roll from B&R Bands. About $120.
Crown & Buckle Warren Watch Roll – $145.
Oak & Honey Custom Leather Single Watch PouchOak & Honey Custom Leather Single Watch Pouch – $126 CAD.
Also, check out our other guides:
We are an Amazon, Etsy & Jomashop affiliate, and a few other jewelry stores listed on our about page. We do not get paid to promote any brands, nor are we an affiliate for any watch strap brands directly, only through the stores named above. Thanks for reading our guide and we hope you have a great 2018!
Today’s straps are by Watch Gecko, a strap shop in the U.K. Its a good option for those who aren’t U.S. based and are looking for some watch straps, since you can purchase in pounds or euros. They also have some of their straps on their Amazon store (but not all).
Shown here is their simple handmade Italian leather strap. The watch on the left is a Seiko SKX009 diver (around $200), while the watch on the right is the way more expensive Tudor Black Bay GMT. See our guide on safely purchasing a watch online before you go buying that one.
Today’s incredible strap is from John at Dangerous9 straps, a custom watch strap maker. Shown here is the Azure Blue Alligator on a Nomos Orion watch.
Check out more of John’s straps and read his interview with us on our List of Custom Watch Strap Makers page.
You can find the watch on our affiliate Jompashop here.
We’re shaking it up a bit today and showing off a great watch accessory, the Crown & Buckle Warren Watch Roll. An excellent gift for someone who collects watches and a great way to travel with your collection or a place to store all your watch straps. You can find more watch rolls and watch straps on the Crown & Buckle website.
If you’re in the market for a new band or watch, check out our recommendations page.
Also, check out our other guides:
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Today’s strap shakes things up a bit. Its a Strap Bandit’s Huddersfield fabric quick release watch strap. You can find all of their funky fabric patterns & textures patterns on the Strap Bandits website.
Today’s strap is from Bas & Lokes, purveyors of beautiful watch straps. The model shown is the Bas & Lokes BOURNE light grey padded suede watch strap on a Lum-Tec watch.
If you’re in the market for a new band or watch, check out our other guides:
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We’re active on a lot of forums and of course, we also post here on our blog, Basic Bands. If you read as many questions as we do about watch straps, you’ll begin to see the same questions asked & answered over and over again. What’s a good watch strap? Where can I buy a replacement NATO? Whats a good watch strap under $30?
And over and over, we see the same brands listed for the $15-$75 range: Hirsch, Colareb Roma, Crown & Buckle, Barton Bands, Clockwork Synergy and many more that we’re featured again and again on our blog. So if you’re in the market for a new strap, check out some of the brands & companies listed above & on our list of custom watch strap makers page. Page through our blog to see examples and find some more smaller brands that aren’t listed here (there are a ton of NATO strap companies out there).
For a quick reference, Below are our recommendation lists on our Amazon storefront:
Other brands to check out: Watch Gecko, Hodinkee, Worn & Wound, Bas & Lokes, Molequin, Erica’s MN, CheapestNATOStraps, ToxicNATO.
Also check out our other guides:
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How to safely buy watches online
Orient Bambino Watch Guide
Style guide for picking out the right band for your watch
2018 Watch Strap Gift Guide
5 Tips For Picking Out A New Band
Tools for replacing a watch strap
Top 5 NATO Straps on Amazon