10 of the Best Types of Leather Watch Straps Singapore

Leather Watch Strap

Leather watch straps are the regular straps without any special features. This doesn’t entail that the strap would look too simple that it is boring.

It would still have a lot of choices considering the types of stitching, different leathers, padding, and finishing which makes this strap just as diverse as the other kinds of watch straps.

As opposed to the leather it is made of, these straps are also often embossed with a different pattern.

For instance, you can find a goat strap, with snake embossing. This method would help give the strap an exotic look for an affordable price.

There is also a wide variety of custom made leather watch straps in Singapore if you really want to spice up your look or add a bit of personality in your outfit using your accessories.

This type of watch strap fits nearly every watch, with the exception of dive watches, because leather is not waterproof. However, you can also put it on a NATO strap or a metal bracelet if you do decide to take your watch into the water.

Unfortunately, it cannot be denied that the most overlooked part of watches is the strap. As watch fanatics, we often focus on the appearance of the case, water resistance, complications, accuracy, movement, and other aspects.

Of course, they are important. But remember how it was the strap that allowed the watch to make the seminal transition to being worn on the wrist at the end of the Victorian era.

Types of Leather Watch Straps

Stitched Leather Watch Straps

Many genuine leather watch straps are manufactured through stitching leather, usually in conjunction with gluing.

Leather strap stitching may be by machine, by hand or using both processes. Stitching contributes much to your watch strap’s character and appearance as well as being part of the watch strap’s structure.

Rally-style Straps

With such a strong historical connection between horology and motorsport, it is no surprise that trends in vehicle technology soon found their way to watch strap design.

Characteristics inspired by today’s automotive and motorsport technology already involve high-tech ceramics and carbon fiber composites.

The trends from the 1960s and 1970s may seem very low-tech now, but they’ve left a mark on watch strap design. Back then, race and rally cars, the circuits they raced on and the drivers’ equipment were very different from the ones of  today.

Bund straps

Bund watch straps are typically made of leather and have broad backing straps to which a watch head, and sometimes the watch’s thinner main strap, are attached.

Bund straps may be either two-piece straps or single-piece straps secured by tabs, rivets, or spring bars.

Although such leather straps have been used for well over a century, the ‘Bund’ descriptor most likely comes from the mid-1950s. Specifically, it almost certainly dates from the formation of Germany’s Federal Armed Forces (Bundeswehr).

Before gradually finding their way into the watch strap mainstream, other sources suggest that Bund straps were widely adopted by the German military from the 1960s onwards.

Overlap Between Rally-style and Perforated Straps

There’s considerable overlap between ‘rally straps’ and ‘perforated’ watch straps, with the terms effectively meaning the same thing as far as we can ascertain.

It is referenced to the historical evolution of sports seats and racing gloves reveal widespread inclusion of small perforations in the back seats and seat cushions, as well as glove fingers where the perforations complement larger cut-outs elsewhere on the glove.

Padded Watch Straps

What ‘padded watch straps’ generally mean are those where two pieces of leather are glued and stitched around a core. Various core or padding medium materials are used.

These range from cardboard and cotton wadding to neoprene foam, fiberglass-reinforced synthetics or even leather. These result in a strap that has a luxuriously contoured profile.

Leather NATO Straps

As we discussed in an earlier article on NATO straps, NATO or ‘G10’ watch bands from the 1970s were officially specified as nylon, not leather.

Furthermore, it became a little surprise that as the popularity of NATO straps extended beyond military circles, its functional strap design would be manufactured using other materials.

Consequently, it didn't take a long time before leather NATO watch straps were put into the market, followed by leather Zulus.

NATO straps are versatile and suitable for dressing up or down with your mood and your chosen ‘watch of the day’ aside from being very secure and practical.

However, with even the brightest regimentally-striped NATO, there’s only so much you can do. Therefore, for many people, the time came when they craved for the functionality of a ‘G10’ which is incorporated with the sensuous appeal of genuine leather.

This demand prompted manufacturers to produce a genuine leather NATO strap, a great-value accessory that looks good in both casual and formal situations.

The Best sondermade Watch Strap Samples

For Vintage Rolex Datejust Watch Sample

Blue is the color of the sea and sky. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, intelligence, faith, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, truth, and heaven.

Blue is linked to consciousness and intellect, as opposed to emotionally warm colors like orange, red, and yellow. When promoting high-tech products, blue is used to suggest precision.

According to studies, blue is highly accepted among males as a masculine color. Dark blue, which is associated with expertise, depth, and stability, is a preferred color for corporate America.

Features and Design

  • Midnight Blue Alligator Strap
  • Linen Fil Au Chinois Stitching


  • Dark blue also represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness. Thus if you want to exude a serious and more businesslike aura, you can pair this watch strap with any type of dial to give you the perfect masculine look. You can also choose a different color that suits your taste.

For Apple Watch Series 4 Sample

The color orange is usually associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents creativity, determination, attraction, enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

Orange is a very hot color to the human eye so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red.

This watch strap is made with french goat leather that equals the refined texture of calfskin. Moreover, its color has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight your watch.

Features and Design

  • Orange Sully French Goat Strap
  • Linen Fil Au Chinois Stitching


  • This watch sample is an attractive and vibrant choice if you want to put a little bit of spark in your Apple Watch or even any other watch for that matter. You can also choose a different color that suits your taste.

For Panerai Luminor Power Reserve Watch Sample

This custom made watch strap sample is made out of high-grade exotic leather. Its texture is that of one that has a natural pattern.

Moreover, the watch strap's white color complements the simplicity of the dial. White is also known to be associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity.

White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. White usually has a positive connotation as opposed to black. White can represent a successful beginning. In heraldry, white depicts faith and purity.

In fashion, white is closely associated with coolness and cleanliness because it's the color of snow. It is also used to suggest simplicity in high-tech products.

Features and Design

  • Natural Lizard Strap
  • Linen Fil Au Chinois Stitching


  • This watch strap sample is an image of simplicity and coolness. You can flaunt your cool and composed look in the office using this monochromatic strap. However, you can also choose a different color that suits your taste better.

For Rolex Submariner Watch Sample

Brown is commonly patronized by fashionistas for it is one of the few colors that can compliment any outfit and could never go out of style. Furthermore, Brown also suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.

In this case, this walnut brown Italian calfskin strap is durable and can perfectly complete your outfit for the day. Moreover, its woody brown color paired with the smoothness of the leather would give you a classic masculine look.

Features and Design

  • Walnut Brown Italian Calfskin Strap
  • Linen Fil Au Chinois Stitching
  • Has a Top Side-Stitch


  • From your corporate suit to your casual street clothes, this handy watch strap will give you a manly and put together aura. Moreover, the color of the strap will look attractive on both black and white dials. You can also choose a different color that suits your taste.

For Patek Philippe Calatrava Watch Sample

Blue is considered beneficial to the body and mind. It produces a calming effect and slows human metabolism. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. Blue is also used to symbolize piety and sincerity in heraldry.

Baby blue is also associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness. Consequently, this watch strap would give you the image of peace and calmness. It is also very durable because it is made out of high-quality calfskin.

Features and Design

  • Baby Blue Epsom Calfskin
  • Linen Fil Au Chinois Stitching


  • Exude elegance and calmness with this custom made baby blue calfskin strap. You can pair this strap with any simple dial of any watch brand to give your watch a more vibrant yet calming look. However, you can also choose a different color that suits your taste better.


The reasonable pricing and widespread availability of different leather strap styles from different brands mean you can easily build a selection of straps to wear with your watches.

This availability is a great way to quickly increase the size and variety of your watch collection. There are many reasons for owning a selection of leather straps, as with any watch strap.

As ever, with the amazing ranges and value from large brands and micro brands alike, there’s no excuse for not having a decent selection to complement your mood and your watch collection.