Watch Strap Finder at Watchbandcenter.com

NEW: Our Watch Strap Finder!

We’ve been working hard over the last few months to get a brand new tool ready for you, to help finding your perfect watch strap even easier! We call it the WATCH More »

How to change/remove a watch strap

How to remove and change a watch strap

If you need to change your watch strap for any reason, we’ve got some instructions shown below to help you remove your old watch strap and fit your new one, preferably bought More »

Meyhofer Belts

Belts from Meyhofer and Morellato

So we maybe a watch strap retailer, but we’ve been branching out recently and i’d like to tell you about our collection of belts. We have belts from 2 manufacturers at the More »

Removing links from metal bands

How to remove links from metal watch bands

This article should help you if you’re having problems shortening your metal watch band: Instructions for folded metal bands with a flat splint Links that can be removed are usually marked with More »

Traditional and sporty: The Herringbone Mesh

This week I would like to draw your attention to another new stainless steel watch band from Geckota: The Gk-MC53. This silver coloured mesh watch band combines traditional patterns and a modern design. The herringbone pattern is often used in architecture and can also be found in machines or technical devices such as gear wheels. Now you can wear this special strong design on your wrist. Our newest member in the mesh watch band family comes in the lug widths of 18mm, 20mm and 22mm and is suitable for watches with standard lug ends. It is equipped with a brushed sliding clasp which makes it easy to adjust the length. Let’s have a look at this great mixture of past and present times and don’t forget to click on the picture to see all currently available sizes in our online shop.

Gk-MC53 on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap in 20mm mesh fine structure with slide clasp

We hope that you like this new product as much as we do. For up to the minute info on new products please check out our New Products Section!

Until next time,

Chris from Watchbandcenter

Summer is coming – new sporty watch straps in stock!

The temperature is rising and we can’t wait to go outside and spend time by the lake or the pool with our family and friends. For all those who are searching for the right watch strap to wear whilst enjoying the summer months, playing soccer or other summer sports, we have great news: New sporty watch straps have arrived and I would like to introduce them to you today.

Let’s start with the watch strap model ‚Badminton Linea‘.

This textile/synthetic watch strap from MORELLATO is suitable for watches with standard lug ends and available in the lug widths of 18mm and 20mm. It comes in various military designs such as ‚black with grey and red stripes‘ or ‚dark blue with white and orange stripes‘. Each watch strap model is stitched in strap colour, has one wide textile loop and a buckle that is made of stainless steel.

Badminton Linea on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap „Badminton Linea“ in 20mm black textile/synthetic grey and red stripes by MORELLATO (width of buckle 20 mm)

 

Badminton Linea on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap „Badminton Linea“ in 20mm d. blue textile/synthetic white and orange stripes MORELLATO (width of buckle 20 mm)

Another new sporty watch strap model from MORELLATO is the ‚Volley‘. Just like the ‚Badminton Linea‘, this watch strap is suitable for watches with standard lug ends and comes stitched in strap colour and with a buckle made of stainless steel. It is available in the lug widths of 20mm and 22mm. Contrary to the watch strap model above mentioned, the ‚Volley‘ is made of textile/synthetic and has a Lorica underside. It is remborded and water resistant. Furthermore it is designed in a racing look and has a synthetic appliqué in racing design at the lug ends. Currently there are 3 styles available: Black coloured with black uppers, dark brown uppers with black racing appliqué and olive green uppers with black racing appliqué. Each watch strap model is equipped with 2 black coloured loops that are stitched in the loop colour.

Volley on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap „Volley“ in 20mm dark brown (d. olive) textile/synthetic racing look stitched MORELLATO (width of buckle 18 mm)

 

Volley on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap „Volley“ in 20mm olive green textile/synthetic racing look stitched by MORELLATO (width of buckle 18 mm)

We already love these new watch straps and we are ready for the summer. Enjoy the sun and have fun.

For more new products, check out our NEW PRODUCTS page.

Until next time,

Chris from Watchbandcenter

The Adventure Awaits+++New Watch Straps in Stock+++

Today I would like to draw your attention to some of our new watch strap models. Let’s start with our new military look watch straps from the brand ZULUDIVER.

This watch strap model is made of leather and textile. It comes with a robust leather underside and textile uppers. The top part is full-bugg and the underside is a cut strap. At the moment this new vintage look watch strap model is available in 2 versions but hopefully there will be more to come in the future. You can choose between a blue/brown coloured version and an olive green/brown version. Both designs are suitable for watches with standard lug ends and available in the lug widths 20mm, 22mm and 24mm. The lug ends and the tips of the watch straps are reinforced with leather and come with a decorative light contrast stitching. If you are looking for an eye catcher, the wide leather loop and the solid stainless steel buckle will definitely do the job. Let’s have a look at it and as normal, click on the photos to be taken to our shop, directly to the products:

 

GkLB58 on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap in 20mm blue/brown textile/leather military look light contrast stitching (width of buckle 20 mm)

 

GkLB58 in green on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap in 20mm olive green/brown textile/leather military look light contrast stitching (width of buckle 20 mm)

 

The second watch strap model, that I would like to introduce to you, is another vintage look watch strap. Let’s get to the details:

This military- style vintage watch strap model is suitable for Panerai- watches (with buckle) and for all other watches with standard lug ends. It has brown and black coloured leather uppers and underside (depending on the model you choose) and comes with a strong alligator grain. Currently it is available in the lug widths 22mm and 24mm. Like the above mentioned watch strap model, this cut strap is equipped with one wide leather loop and a solid brushed buckle that is made of stainless steel. Enough said- let’s take a look and don’t forget to click on the photos as usual:

 

GkLB-59 in black on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap in 22mm black leather vintage-look alligator grain with large buckle (width of buckle 20 mm)

 

GkLB-59 in brown on Watchbandcenter.com

Watch strap in 22mm brown leather vintage-look alligator grain with large buckle (width of buckle 20 mm)

 

For up to the minute new products, check out our NEW PRODUCTS page.

Until next time,

Chris from Watchbandcenter

How to… Final Part: Help, Links and Recommendations

This week I would like to bring you the final part of our ‚How to..‘ – series. I am going to talk about the Help Section, Links and Recommendations that you can find on watchbandcenter and I will introduce you to a very helpful quick tip.

The Help Section

Another very useful tool that we offer, is our Help Section. You can find it at the very top right of the website, above the watchbandcenter banner, or in our website’s footer. Just like our Product Sections, the Help Section is organised into categories: Webshop-Information, Order Process & Legal Info, Product Info, Product Instructions and Tips. We cover most of the topics and FAQ’S that might be interesting for you or (at least) useful to know, such as ‚Shop Instructions‘, ‚Returns Policy‘, ‚Exchanging Watch Straps‘ and ‚Product Recommendations‘. The Help Section features too many topics to name them all, so feel free to take a look (click on the image below).

Help Section on Watchbandcenter

Help Section on Watchbandcenter

Recommendations from the right hand side of our website

Now I would like to mention some other links and recommendations that you can find on watchbandcenter. These can be found on the right hand side of the website. The first is called ‚Product Tips & News‘. You can also find this within our Help Section but on the right hand side of the shop it is much easier to spot. This shows you to a page which lists our most recent blog posts along with some other recommendations, category and product tips. The next recommendation is our ‚Made in Germany & Europe‘ category. This category is so important we wanted to give it more of a prime position than other categories. Here you can search specifically for watch straps, which have been manufactured in Germany and Europe. If you are looking for watch straps for branded watches, the next part of our website’s rights hand side should be helpful. Here you can find watch straps, that are suitable for the stated brands such as „Casio“, „Seiko“ and many more.  Below the logos, you can find our ‚Payment and Shipping‘ section, which gives you a detailed overview of prices, shipping, payment, discount and customs and import taxes. To change the currency from EUR to USD, GBP or CHF simply click on the button and choose your currency. The last two buttons ‚Buckles and Clasps‘ and watch straps ‚For Sensitive Skin‘ are links to important categories which we would like to draw special attention to.

Other Links and Recommendations on Watchbandcenter

Other Links and Recommendations on Watchbandcenter

Quick Tip: Excluding Search Results

Let’s say that you would like to have a look at grained leather watch straps with a lug width of 20mm. Here is what you normally would type in to the product search field: „leather grained 22mm“ (without the speech marks). If you’re not sure which colour you’d like, but definitely not black or white and you also don’t want to browse through the black coloured and white coloured watch straps, you can exclude these colours (or keywords) by simply typing in the following words: „leather grained 22mm #black #white“. Now you get all the results for „leather grained 22mm“, except the ones that include the words ‚black‘ and ‚white‘. The great thing about it is that you can use this function for all keywords, simply add a hash tag and then the word. Another useful example is when searching for a simple one-piece strap and not a NATO style one, of which we have a lot on watchbandcenter. You can search for „one-piece #NATO“ and the NATO style straps will not be included in the search results. As we’ve sorted all one-piece straps into one category, this will make your search easier, if you’re looking for a specific type of one-piece strap.

I hope that our ‚How to..‘ – series helps you to increase your shopping experience on watchbandcenter and enables you to search more specifically for the products you want or need.

Until next time,

Chris from Watchbandcenter

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

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