Looking for a new watch? There are a lot of things you will need to consider: will it be mechanical or quartz? A chronograph? A sports watch? A detail too often overlooked is the watch strap. And wrongly so, given that a strap can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a watch.
We’re here to say that leather straps in particular are some of the best looking watches. Choose a watch with a high quality leather strap and you’ll be rewarded with years of wear. A leather strap watch is much more than a simple accessory, it is a symbol of sophistication, of centuries-old know-how.
The inherent classic nature of leather means it transcends trends and seasons, giving any outfit a timeless appeal and providing ultimate versatility. Leather straps make great dress watches, but can be dressed up just as well with everyday casual attire. Plus, they feel amazing to wear. The leather is soft, supple and lightweight, so you’ll hardly notice your watch on your wrist.
Ready to add a new leather strap watch to your collection? Here are some of the best leather strap watches for men to invest in now and cherish forever.
The best leather strap watches for men in 2022
BALTIC watches Bicompax 002 Navy Blue / Silver Watch
This chronograph watch from French watch brand BALTIC Watches is inspired by the design of classic watches from the 1940s, but offers a contemporary approach in the form of cutting-edge modern mechanics. With three different finishes of the silver dial, it captures the light beautifully. An Italian calfskin strap – available in a range of hues – makes this a stylish accessory you’ll use again and again.
NOMOS Glashütte 201 Ludwig Watch
German watchmakers NOMOS Glashütte are renowned for their minimalist approach to wristwatches, and this Ludwig style perfectly embodies the brand’s refined aesthetic. Its classic dial is offset by the subtlety of the blue hands and the luxurious Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan leather strap exudes sophistication.
VACUUM Watches Watch PKG01-SI/LB/WH
Keep it simple with the classic Scandinavian-designed date watch from VOID Watches. Drawing on classic design principles, the elegantly understated watch features a timeless combination of clean white dial and brown Italian leather strap. The ultra-thin 7mm case is ideal for tucking under bulky outerwear. Priced at under £200, it’s an absolute steal.
Tapferkeit Furchtlos Blue
Inspired by Bauhaus design, British watch brand Tapferkeit creates minimalist watches that are made to last. The brand’s Furchtlos watch pairs a deep blue sunburst dial with a supple 20mm calf leather strap for a clean aesthetic that will enhance any smart-casual ensemble. Powered by a premium Miyota 2115 quartz movement, you can expect precision and endurance.
Monofore M01 Silver Watch 38mm – Brown Leather
Monofore is a London-based watch brand that has quickly become renowned for its lightweight, minimalist watches that strike the ultimate balance between high-end craftsmanship and elegant aesthetics. The brand’s signature M01 style, shown here with a silver-tone stainless steel case and brown strap, features a curved dial, subtly domed glass and hidden crown. Right down to the seamless Italian leather strap, every detail has been thought through to create simplicity and uninterrupted flow.
Dalgado LUCA Limited Bauhaus 3-Hand Watch
Dalgado’s limited-edition LUCA watch embodies the brand’s detail-oriented approach to design. Made in Germany using the traditional Bauhaus design philosophy, the minimalist watch features a classic Swiss brushed stainless steel case, a clean white dial and elegant black metal hands. In typical Dalgado fashion, sustainability has been prioritized: the watch strap is handcrafted from organic vegetable-tanned leather for increased animal welfare and less impact on the environment.
Fossil Neutra Chronograph Amber Leather Watch
Fossil men’s leather strap watches are renowned for their timeless elegance and high quality craftsmanship. The brand’s Neutra is a smart chronograph watch that combines beauty, durability and functionality. Wear it everyday with jeans and boots for a rugged and contemporary look.
Tissot’s Swiss-made PRX watch is a modern update to the iconic 1978 model. The slim, sporty style is ideal for everyday wear. Can’t feel the leather strap? An easy release system allows you to easily swap your strap for another style with two simple clicks.
Omega Constellation Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer 39mm
Quietly confident and exuding elegance, this classic chronograph watch from Omega is the perfect dress watch, but its sleek simplicity also means it will fit right into your everyday wardrobe. Designed to stand the test of time, it’s a true heirloom to be passed down from generation to generation.
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