For many, the choice of watch strap is an absolutely essential part of choosing a watch. The main two material contenders are usually a metal (often stainless steel) or leather. Both have their positives, and each gives a very different look and feel. In our battle of stainless steel vs leather watch straps, we’re going to outline the main differences you can expect to find if you pick one up.


Different straps will have different levels of durability. No strap will last forever – no matter what the quality and will eventually need replacing or repairing. However, picking one that’s meant to last is always a good idea.

Leather straps will likely wear out pretty quickly. This is intentional though, as many like the look of distressed leather, especially on a watch. Although a leather watch strap gets a creased; used look early on, real leather is pretty tough – so expect it to be years before your watch strap gives in.

Stainless steel watch straps are usually chosen because of their advanced durability. They will usually last way longer than a leather strap. Stainless steel is also scratch resistant, which makes it a great choice. Be sure to polish your stainless steel strap often though – to prevent rust building up.


Usually the determining factor in a choice of stainless steel vs leather watch straps, the look is critical. Take this on a case by case basis – some watches look better with stainless steel, some with leather.

Most watch manufacturers will suggest a strap that goes best with a watch, be sure to ask the professionals for a recommendation if you’re unsure.



Often, leather straps can be interchangeable. So you can go with a black strap one day and brown the next. This is a major plus for leather straps, as arguably you get many different looks in one watch.

Stainless steel straps are not easily interchangeable.


If you’re choosing between stainless steel vs leather watch straps, it usually comes down to this: stainless steel is more durable, but leather is more flexible.

Decide what kind of persona you want to display to the world, and look in your wardrobe to see which strap goes best with your style.

If you want to pick a watch up with either of these straps, take a look here at our collection of watches: Watches at The Urban Upgrade

Our 2018 stainless steel strap favorite is currently the minimalist Relojes Watch that comes in 5 different colors. Pick one up for $25 delivered here:

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    Relojes Watch with Stainless Steel Strap

    Simple design, long lasting steel.
    The Relojes watch is about simplicity and longevity. Always know the exact time with a quartz timepiece and a beautiful design.

And our current favorite leather strap watch is the Lvpai Watch which comes with your choice of a black or white face. Grab one of these for $25 delivered here:

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    Lvpai Watch with Leather Strap

    Large face, minimalist lifestyle.
    The Lvpai watch is about having only what you need. Always know the exact time with a quartz timepiece and a beautiful design.

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