Watch Strap Finder at Watchbandcenter.com

NEW: Our Watch Strap Finder!

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How to change/remove a watch strap

How to remove and change a watch strap

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Meyhofer Belts

Belts from Meyhofer and Morellato

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Removing links from metal bands

How to remove links from metal watch bands

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How to find: Sections and Categories

In my last blog post I talked about the product search and the watch strap finder. This week I want to continue our little ‚How to…‘ – series and will focus on how to find the products that you need by using the sections, categories and subcategories.

Sections

You can find our sections via two different links; right below the Watchbandcenter.com banner and on the left hand side of the page at the end of each bank of categories, the bold links, starting with „All…“. Clicking on a section (Leather Straps, Metal Bands, Synthetic Bands,…) below the banner will take you to the same page as clicking on a section (All Leather Straps, All Metal Bands, All Synthetic,…) on the left. You might wonder why we have linked each section twice. We did that for you. One of our goals is to give you the best possible shopping experience and shop usability. Some of our customers are used to a section bar on top of a website, other customers are used to find the sections on the left. To make this as easy and as fast as possible, we offer both types of navigation.

Sections on Watchbandcenter

A Section on Watchbandcenter.com

Categories

Each section is split into several categories. As soon as you click on a section, you will be shown an overview of the categories. Alternatively, a large proportion of the most popular categories can be found on the left hand side of the website. The categories are there to help you find the relevant type watch strap. You can decide what the most important characteristic is and then go from there. E.g. you know you want a leather strap, so go to the leather section, you can then decide if you would like a grained strap, a smooth one, or one made out of exotic leather. These categories are named correspondingly. eg. Leather – Grained, Leather -Smooth or Other Exotics.

Categories on Watchbandcenter.com

Categories on Watchbandcenter.com

Subcategories

Choosing one of the available options takes you to our subcategories, which is more often than not the available lug widths of the watch straps. Here you will normally see a list of all available lug widths within the selected category (exceptions occur for categories which are not filled with watch straps, but other products). Simply choose your lug width and you should be forwarded to a list of the available products. In exceptional circumstances, when all products of a particular size are sold out, a subcategory may become empty. If that’s the case, we’re sorry and would ask you to contact our service team to see if we can help further, or let you know when we’re getting more stock. Please note that some watch straps have many distinctive characteristics and are therefore sorted into several subcategories. You will also notice that in our example image below, that we also split certain subcategories into thin and padded straps and for metal bands folded and solid bands.

When I think about it, our structure is like that of a tree: The sections are like the trunk that splits in to branches (Categories) that break into smaller branches (Subcategories, normally Lug widths) with leafs on them (Products).

Subcategories-WBC

This should help you in finding what you’re looking for. Once again, as mentioned above, we appreciate that all our customers are different; some like searching and some like using categories to narrow their search for the correct product. We do our best to facilitate both types of customer, and hope that you appreciate our efforts and can find the watch strap you’re looking for on our website.  If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact our service team. The email address can be found on the right. or on every page of our website www.watch-band-center.com right at the bottom of the footer section, and of course on our „About us“ page.

Until next time

Chris from Watchbandcenter

 

 

 

 

How to search: Product search field and watch strap finder

Today I would like to share with you some tips and tricks that can help you to optimize your searching experience on watchbandcenter.com.

Many customers find it hard to search for a specific product and can easily get lost in the diversity of the watch straps, buckles and accessories that we offer. I’m going to talk about the tools that should help you find the article you are searching for. First of all there is the ‚product search‘ – placed on the top left corner of the shop site. The stronger tool however is our watch strap finder, which gives you the opportunity to search more specifically. You can find it right below the product search. Let’s have a look on how these tools work and how they can improve your shopping experience.

The Product Search

Let’s say that you are looking for a new watch strap and you want it to be black and have a lug width of 20mm. In this case you can simply use our product search field, type in the required characteristics ‚black‘ and ’20mm‘ and click on the ’send‘ button. This initiates a search through the whole shop and lists all products that include the required characteristics. At the moment there are approx. 1200 products listed, that match the criteria. The search function has three options: ‚find all words‘, ‚find at least one word‘, ‚only product names‘. By clicking on ‚find all words‘ the system will search for all the words combined and you will get results for black and 20mm. ‚Find at least one word‘ will search for every single word individually, which gives you a lot more results than the first option and you will get results for all products which contain black or 20mm. Usually the system searches within the product names and the product descriptions – a click on ‚only product names‘ will limit the search function and you will only get results for words within product names.

 

Product search on watchbandcenter.com

Product search on watchbandcenter.com

 

The Watch Strap Finder

Our more advanced search tool is the so-called watch strap finder. If you have followed us since we’ve been blogging, you might know that we have already introduced this powerful search tool in a previous blog post. Last year we increased the amount of functions and optimised the search in order to make it even more easier and faster to use.

As soon as you click on the the watch strap finder, you will be shown a list of the most important shop sections and categories such as ‚Leather Watch Straps‘, ‚Metal Watch Bands‘ and ‚Synthetic Watch Straps‘. Secondary we have added the following four categories: ‚Made in Germany & Europe‘, ‚Watch straps suitable for Branded Watches‘, ‚Watch Bands with Special Features‘ and ‚Buckles & Clasps for Watch Straps‘. Each category features several options to choose from – the more options you choose, the less results you should see. Let’s say that I am looking for an extra short, grained, red coloured watch strap with contrast stitching, a lug width of 20mm and a with of buckle of 18mm. If I click on the search button, I get one result that matches the criteria. Of course, depending on the availability of the products, the number of results can vary, but in most cases it should be much lower than the number of results that you get when searching with the product search field.

 

the watch strap finder on watchbandcenter.com

The watch strap finder on watchbandcenter.com

 

As long as you know what you need, you can use both search tools to your advantage- either to choose from a range of suitable watch straps that have certain characteristics in common or to indicate a certain watch strap model.

I hope that this blog post helps you to understand the search tools we offer and to search more efficient on watchbandcenter.com. Stay tuned for part 2.

Until next time,

Chris from Watchbandcenter

 

New watch straps from the Rock!t Collection

Today I want to draw your attention to one of my favourite watch strap collections, the so-called Rock!t Collection. This collection focusses on a rustic, vintage design and a used-look and features textile and leather watch straps, suitable for all watches with standard lug ends. Not only is the design very unique- the watch straps within the Rock!t Collection are named after some great Rock classics such as „Easy Rider“, „Born to be wild“ and „Back in Black“ (to name but a few). I have mentioned the unique appearance of each watch strap model, so let me get into it and give you some more detailed information. Two characteristics that all of the watch straps have in common are the large ‚Pan‘- style buckle and, depending on the model, one or two wide leather loops. The watch strap models currently available come in the colours black, dark brown, light brown/beige, olive and blue/light blue and are available in the lug widths of 20mm, 22mm and 24mm. Except for one watch strap model, all of the watch straps have contrast stitching that makes them even more interesting. There are several designs available e.g. military look, vintage look and jeans look. If you are a fan of vintage watches and/or watch straps or would just like to underline your love for a lifestyle of freedom and independence, these specially designed watch strap models are literally made for you. Let’s get to the watch straps.

Watch straps from the Rock!t Collection on watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap ‚Easy Rider‘ from the Rock!t Collection

Watch straps from the Rock!t Collection on watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap ‚In the Army now‘ from the Rock!t Collection

Watch straps from the Rock!t Collection on watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap ‚Teen Spirit‘ from the Rock!t Collection

As normal please click on the photos to be taken to our shop, where you can purchase the straps.

Until next time,
Chris from Watchbandcenter

Morellato Green Collection

Today I would like to talk about a special type of watch strap – the Morellato Green Collection.

We have noticed that many customers would love to wear leather watch straps but can suffer from allergic reactions to the leather. Or they might not feel comfortable wearing genuine leather but like the look of it anyway. In general it is becoming more and more popular to go for a ‚green‘ alternative and to treat nature and environment more carefully.

With the Morellato Green Collection we can offer you watch straps that focus on the dermatological factor as well as on a manufacturing process that follows strict environmental guidelines, but still have a great leather like design. On the one hand these watch straps are made of high quality synthetic materials and recommended for vegans and all others who want or need to avoid genuine leather watch straps. On the other hand these products are designed to look like genuine leather and it is hard to tell the difference between a watch strap made of genuine leather and a watch strap from the Green Collection, unless you know exactly what you are looking for.

There are several watch strap models within the Green Collection (currently Castagno, Larice, Abete, Gelso, Melograno, Ginepro and Salice) that are available (depending on the model) in the lug widths of 12mm, 14mm, 16mm, 18mm, 20mm, 22mm and 24mm. You can also see a variety of colours like black, brown, dark brown, light brown, blue, dark blue, red, bordeaux, yellow and white as well as various stitching colours like white stitching, black stitching, grey stitching and ivory stitching.

To illustrate this, let me show you some of the watch straps that belong to the Green Collection:

Morellato Green Collection watch straps on watchbandcenter.com

Morellato watch strap Larice from the Green Collection

Morellato Green Collection watch straps on watchbandcenter.com

Morellato watch strap Gelso from the Green Collection

Morellato Green Collection watch straps on watchbandcenter.com

Morellato watch strap Castagno from the Green Collection

As normal please click on the photos to be taken to our shop, where you can purchase the straps. For all Green Collection watch straps, please click here

Until next time,
Chris from Watchbandcenter

Saffiano Style Watch Straps

This week we’re talking about a fashion trend: Saffiano Leather. Saffiano Leather is leather which is made in a specific tannery in Italy and has a relatively unique surface. In the last couple of years it’s been used for bags and leather products from brands such as DKNY, Michael Kors and Paul Smith. You can hardly visit a handbag shop without seeing a bag in this sought after leather.
I mentioned relatively unique surface and not completely unique, because the strap we’re talking about today looks exactly like it’s made of Saffiano leather, but it’s not. For those of you who would like to keep up with the trends but who understandably work with a limited budget, these straps will be right up your street.
The straps are made in the style of luxury Saffiano leather; but made of normal leather. You can enjoy one of these straps for around 20 Euros, can choose from 3 leather colours (black, light brown and dark blue) and 2 buckle colours; gold coloured and silver coloured, both in stainless steel. The watch straps have standard holes and so can be used with other buckles if required.
The straps are available in even lug widths from 14mm to 22mm and tend to come up relatively short, ideal for those with smaller wrists. Please check the length before purchase.
As normal, click on the photos to be taken to our shop, directly to the products:

Saffiano Style Watch Strap on WATCHBANDCENTER.COM

Watch strap Pb-LB024 in 14mm black leather with Saffiano structure (width of buckle 12 mm)



Saffiano Style Watch Strap on WATCHBANDCENTER.COM

Watch strap Pb-LB023 in 18mm light brown leather with Saffiano structure (width of buckle 16 mm)



Saffiano Style Watch Strap on WATCHBANDCENTER.COM

Watch strap Pb-LB022 in 20mm dark blue leather with Saffiano structure (width of buckle 18 mm)

That’s all for now

Rob from Watchbandcenter

Additions to the Sensitive Collection from Meyhofer

In the last post I mentioned some of the progress we’ve been making with regard to our product range. We’re looking at providing an increasing amount of straps with several unique selling points, straps which fulfil more than one of the customer’s requirements, straps which fulfil certain ethical requirements, or values/ideals. We’ve been working hard on developing watch straps in partnership with our suppliers which can challenge the status quo and fulfil more and more of our customer’s wishes. The straps I’d like to give a special mention to today are from the brand Meyhofer and are all „Made in Europe“, out of vegetable tanned leather (uppers and lining leather) and possess a titanium buckle.

Watch straps from Meyhofer on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap Koper from the brand Meyhofer

Made in Europe speaks for itself; we know there are customers who encourage the support of local companies and prefer, for environmental reasons, to purchase products which haven’t travelled half way round the world and back. The leather uppers of these watch straps are also „Made in Germany“. If this is important to you, please see our Made in Europe/Germany category.

Vegetable tanned leather is tanned using natural techniques, an alternative to chemically tanned leather which is more common in today’s market. The tanning process takes weeks and is therefore not feasible for the world’s culture of fast fashion and micro seasons. We know there are customers who think differently and prefer to wear watch strap tanned made without excessive use of chemicals, even if it does take longer. Vegetable tanned leather is the right thing for you. We have a category in our shop called „Natural & more“ which is where you can find all our vegetable tanned watch straps.

Titanium buckles have been a core part of the watch strap in recent years, allowing those with metal allergies, especially those with nickel allergies to be able to wear watch straps without fear of an allergic reaction. (As a side note, these reactions should have become less common in recent years with the quality of stainless steel in buckles having often been increased to 316L surgery steel, reducing the amount of nickel in the stainless steel to a minimum.)
Titanium buckles have rarely come as standard and customers often had to purchase them separately. In our shop you will find a whole category full of watch straps with titanium buckles as standard.

The straps in the photos are the straps Piran, Koper and Lucia from Meyhofer. The Lucia strap deserves a special mention because the leather uppers are untreated and not dyed. The colour is the natural leather colour which has not been changed in any way.

Watch straps from Meyhofer on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap Lucia from the brand Meyhofer

Watch straps from Meyhofer on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap Piran from the brand Meyhofer

As always look out for new products, which come into our shop nearly every week day.

If you have any questions contact us as service@watchbandcenter.com

That’s it for now

Rob from Watchbandcenter

News and Caoutchouc Watch Straps Made in Europe

There are more and more factors which are becoming important to consumers in today’s market. The material the product is made of, the conditions under which the product was made, how environmentally friendly the products are, and of course price and design all contribute to the consumers purchasing decision.
If you’ve been monitoring the changes in our web shop over the last months and years you will have noticed the new categories and recommendations and the characteristics that many of our new products possess. We’ve added categories showing watch straps which have been made in Germany or Europe, straps which we can, with a clean conscience, recommend for those with sensitive skin as well as watch straps with leather aesthetics but which are not made of leather, opening the door for vegans and people with similar values to purchase a more traditional looking watch strap. There are a growing number of markets, which have become increasingly niche since the turn of the millennium and the birth of internet shopping. We are noticing this trend and although the watch strap industry is relatively niche in itself, have developed a strategy in recent times, offering more and more straps which fulfil not just the expected great design and quality at a competitive price, but also try accommodate ethical and environmental values and customers ideals. We hope you like the new straps! We’ll try and blog about as many of them as possible.

To see our new categories please see the following links:

Meyhofer Calgary and Calgary Sport MyBnS-KC15
The straps Calgary and Calgary Sport from Meyhofer fulfil a wide variety of these values and ideals.
The watch straps are Made in Europe out a Caoutchouc, are hypoallergenic and non-toxic. The design is more traditional than many rubber watch straps, but with a modern twist, offering not just one line of stitching but a contrast double stitching. The straps are available in 20mm and 22mm in a range of colours with different stitching colours. Please see below for some examples. If you like the look of one, simply click on the photo and you’ll find yourself in our shop and just a few clicks away from purchasing the strap.

Meyhofer Watch Straps - Calgary and Calgary Sport - Made in Europe

Meyhofer Calgary Watch Strap in royal blue with black stitching – Caoutchouc – Made in Europe

Meyhofer Watch Straps - Calgary and Calgary Sport - Made in Europe

Meyhofer Calgary Watch Strap in grey with orange stitching – Caoutchouc – Made in Europe

Meyhofer Watch Straps - Calgary and Calgary Sport - Made in Europe

Meyhofer Calgary Watch Strap in black with white stitching – Caoutchouc – Made in Europe

For all Meyhofer products, please click here.

We add new products to our shop every week, so stay tuned for even more quality watch straps – NEW PRODUCTS

That’s it for now

Rob from Watchbandcenter

Mesh watch bands with slide clasps

This week I’d like to draw your attention to a specific range of products from different manufacturers. As the title of this article suggests, the theme today is mesh watch bands with slide clasps, specifically medium thickness bands. Mesh watch bands have long been popular on elegant watches and high street brands like Skagen and Bering, but predominantly they are a thin mesh which works for the thinner classic style watches. Mesh straps with standard security or butterfly clasps often have the problem that they cannot be shortened very easily and thus have to be available in various lengths, making purchasing more complicated than it has to be and often pushing the prices higher due to higher manufacturing costs. Mesh bands with slide clasps solve the sizing problem as the clasp literally slides along the band and allows it to be adjusted to a fully customisable length. This makes these metal watch bands very interesting, and with the increasing popularity of larger, thicker watches, the mesh bands are also now available in thicker meshes, not just at the high end of the prices range, but affordable for many customers wanting something a little bit different on their watch.
Another great thing about these bands is that they are available in increasingly more colours. Silver and gold have been joined by black, and now even brown and blue mesh watch bands are available.
I’d like to introduce to you a few models from a couple of different manufacturers and brands to show you what we have to offer. (For more information click on the photos to be taken to our product descriptions in our shop.)

Let’s start off with the PBMC336 and PBMC337
These watch bands are the anthracite and silver coloured variations of the same band. Approx 3mm thick, the brushed mesh bands come in 18mm, 20mm, 22mm and 24mm and are currently around 45EUR

Mesh watch bands on watchbandcenter.com

PBMC336 Mesh watch bands with slide clasp in black

Next up is the Vienna from Meyhofer
These watch bands are available in silver coloured stainless steel, gold (PVD) and black (PVD) in the lug widths 20mm, 22mm and 24mm. These bands are polished or brushed depending on the colour and currently are available for prices between 22EUR and 31EUR.

Mesh watch bands on watchbandcenter.com

Vienna from Meyhofer, Mesh band with slide clasp in gold

Mesh watch bands on watchbandcenter.com

Vienna from Meyhofer, Mesh band with slide clasp in silver coloured stainless steel

These next watch bands are cutting edge, newly available watch bands in the colours blue and brown (also available in silver coloured stainless steel). Currently available in the size 22mm for around 35EUR

Mesh watch bands on watchbandcenter.com

GKMC46, Mesh watch band with slide clasp in blue coloured stainless steel

Mesh watch bands on watchbandcenter.com

GKMC46, Mesh watch band with slide clasp in brown coloured stainless steel

This article only looks at medium thickness mesh watch bands with slide clasps. If you need a rosé gold coloured watch band, then we currently only have a thinner mesh band available. Please see here

For all our mesh watch bands please see our category here: Mesh Watch Bands on Watchbandcenter.com

Zulu Style Straps with Bronze coloured loops and buckle

Today we’re looking at some great new straps, which if you’ve been going along with one of the trends of the last couple of years, you may well have been waiting for expentantly for a while now. Bronze coloured watches, they look great, with the original watch strap. But maybe it’s been a while and the watch strap you have may be beginning to look a little tatty or discoloured. Then these straps are for you. The straps I’m talking about today are Zulu Style watch straps available in 20mm, 22mm and 24mm, and here’s the USP, bronze coloured loops and buckles! We’ve had requests from customers buying straps and changing the buckle to their original bronze coloured buckle. This obviously had its boundaries and didn’t work in all cases due to buckle widths, thorn sizes and thicknesses etc. etc. It was however possible in many instances. There is however a whole community of watch wearers who swear by NATO and ZULU style watch straps. For these people, this news that we now have straps available with bronze coloured loops and buckles is probably music to your ears.

The straps from ZULUDIVER are available in several sizes and colours including some of the ones chosen below. The quality of these straps is great, the material being a relatively thick nylon. The straps have 4 loops and a buckle, which, as often the case with ZULU and NATO style straps, is fixed and not removable.

Check at the photos below and click on them to be taken to our shop for the whole range and product information:

Zulu 5R-BRZ Watch strap on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap ‚Zulu 5R-BRZ‘ 22mm black nylon (textile) grey stripes with 4 bronze loops

Zulu 5R-BRZ Watch strap on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap ‚Zulu 5R-BRZ‘ 20mm olive green nylon (textile) with 4 bronze loops

Zulu 5R-BRZ Watch strap on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap ‚Zulu 5R-BRZ‘ 22mm grey nylon (textile) with 4 bronze loops

That’s all for now

To keep up to date with new products, check out our new products page here

Rob from Watchbandcenter

Tegel and Tegel Classic – New Watch Straps

After a bit of a break it’s time to share some new watch straps once more. Now, I have mentioned the colour „antique black“ before. This is a colour which gives a watch a look which is very intentional. In combination with a classic heimloom watch handed down from generation to generation, it offers the perfect, understated strap to ensure the watch stays in focus. However even if you’ve just purchased a shiny new watch, a strap in antique black might just be that something different you’re looking for.

So let’s have a look and see what the straps offer. First off, there are two very similar straps in the limelight, the Tegel and the Tegel Classic, both from the brand Meyhofer. The differences between the two are very subtle; the stitching colour and the buckle colour differentiating from model to model. The straps are both what we call watch straps with leather pads, straps which can be used with or without the leather pad which is positioned underneath the watch. The strap also has a leather buckle pad which separates the buckle from the skin and gives the strap a typical aviator feel. Available in 18mm, 20mm and 22mm, it’s good for most standard sizes.

But enough stats, here are some photos and links to the products in our shop (just click on the photos).

Tegel Classic Watch Strap from Meyhofer, Antique Black

All Meyhofer Tegel Classic Watch Straps can be bought on Watchbandcenter.com - click here!

Meyhofer Tegel Classic Watch Strap, Antique Black, 20mm

Tegel Watch Strap from Meyhofer, Antique Black

All Meyhofer Tegel Watch Straps can be bought on Watchbandcenter.com - click here!

Meyhofer Tegel Watch Strap, Antique Black, 20mm

Take a look at the website for more details, if you have any questions email us at the address on the right hand side of our blog. If you like what you see, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and buy lots of watch straps on watchbandcenter.com!

That’s it for now

Rob from Watchbandcenter

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