How to Choose the Right Watch Strap Size: A Comprehensive Guide for Watch Enthusiasts and Beginners

How to Choose the Right Watch Strap Size: A Comprehensive Guide for Watch Enthusiasts and Beginners

One of the first things you should do when shopping for a new watch is determine the length of the strap you need to ensure a snug fit on your wrist. Listed below are two quick and easy ways to determine the perfect strap length for you.
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As a watch lover, I believe that changing a watch's strap may give it a whole new look and make it more adaptable to different occasions. It's a fashion statement that lets people show off their individuality. Our guide will help you find the right leather, rubber, or alligator watch strap for your wrist before you spend too much time looking.

For what reasons is it critical to choose the right size watch strap? For starters, there is no hard-and-fast rule for choosing complementary watch straps. The size and style of your watch will determine the ideal strap length for it. A replacement strap for a vintage timepiece will have different measurements than one for a modern sports watch.

The second most important factor is the comfort of the strap. You shouldn't be able to move your watch more than an inch across your arm, but it shouldn't be so loose that it leaves a mark either. When the watch is the right size and shape for your wrist, it won't fall off, and you won't feel any discomfort wearing it.

Overall, there is no "best" strap; rather, it's a matter of personal preference. Certain rules remain, however: a wider strap will always make a larger wrist appear more proportional.

Both the width and the length of the strap are crucial for determining the correct watch size. Strap tapers, where the breadth decreases near the ends, are another consideration.

Finally, comfort, compatibility, and style all depend on picking the proper watch strap size. If your watch strap has seen better days, our guide will help you take precise measurements so you can find the ideal replacement.

It's amazing how much a new strap can change the feel and look of your watch once you've selected the perfect one. Lugs, which are located on either side of the case and act like pincers, are an essential part of the wristwatch's design. The lugs of a watch are what hold the strap in place around the case, guaranteeing a snug and secure fit that will last. Not having them makes the watch feel unfinished and uncomfortable to wear.

Among the many factors to think about when purchasing a new watch strap is the lug width. Measured in millimeters, the lug width is the constant separation of the two lugs of a watch strap (mm). Most watches have lug widths between 18 and 26 mm, though this varies considerably. In contrast, the standard size for men's timepieces is 20 millimeters.

When choosing a replacement strap for your watch, it is crucial that you know its lug width. To ensure that the new strap works with your watch, it must be the right width. The watch's structural integrity and aesthetics can be compromised if a strap of improper width is installed. That's why it's crucial to take an exact measurement of your watch's lug width before ordering a replacement strap.

If you want your watch to look good and feel good on your wrist, picking the proper strap width is essential. Wearing a watch with a strap that is too narrow or too wide can be uncomfortable and may even cause the watch to stop working properly. Luckily, it's easy to do some at-home math to figure out what width watch strap you need.

The lug width of your watch can be found by looking at the rear of your present leather strap. Having this number on your leather strap means you've got the proper width for your watch. A lug width of 22mm, as shown by a '22' stamped onto your strap, indicates that your watch has a 22mm lug width.

A stamped lug width number is more likely to be present on a leather strap than on a metal or nylon one. To do this, you'll need a spring bar tool to release the straps, then a ruler or digital caliper to measure the space within the watch case between the lugs. For precision, it's best to use millimeters for this measurement.

Find out how wide the watch's lugs are so you can buy a strap that fits your watch. Watch bands made of leather by Milano Straps come in different lug widths: 16mm, 18mm, 19mm, 20mm, 22mm, and 24mm. If you want your watch to stay put and feel good on your wrist, you need to get the right size.

Milano Straps- Watch Band

Think about how you'll wear your watch and what looks good on you when deciding on the length of the strap. A poorly fitted strap can be uncomfortable and even dangerous, ruining the look of an otherwise perfect watch 

Two digits, separated by a slash, are commonly used to describe the length of a strap, as in 120/75mm. The higher number refers to how long the strap near the buckle is, while the smaller one indicates how long the strap towards the tail is.

The circumference of your wrist is the starting point for determining the appropriate length of the strap. Either a flexible measuring tape or a piece of rope wrapped around your wrist and measured with a ruler will do the trick. Keep track of the metric equivalent of the measurement.

You should then think about how you would like the watch to fit on your wrist. If you want your watch to look good and feel good, try for a snug but comfortable fit such that it rests on the middle of your wrist bone. You could add a few millimeters to your measurement if you want a looser fit.

If you know the circumference of your wrist and the approximate size you want your watch to be, you may choose the appropriate strap length. To ensure a comfortable and fitting purchase, please refer to the manufacturer's or store's size chart.

It's also important to remember that certain straps have extra holes for adjusting the size. If you're on the fence about which size to buy, the strap with the most holes in it will be the most forgiving.


One of the first things you should do when shopping for a new watch is determine the length of the strap you need to ensure a snug fit on your wrist. Listed below are two quick and easy ways to determine the perfect strap length for you:

  • Take a measurement of your existing strap.

Second, you can utilize an existing watch strap that you find to be a good fit for your wrist as a guide. Straps should be measured using a ruler from the tail end to the buckle end, with the buckle excluded. Your ideal strap length will be equal to the sum of these two figures. When purchasing a new strap, it is recommended that you find one of the same or a similar length.

You can use your wrist circumference as a substitute for a watch strap if you don't have one to measure.

Here's the procedure:

  • Wrap a gentle tape measure around your wrist at the height you want the watch case to be. Check that the tape measure is tight but not excessively tight.
  •  Use a pen or pencil to make a mark at the point where the tape meets.
  • Third, with the tape laid out flat, count the number of millimeters or inches that your wrist circumference measures.

Using the size of your wrist as a guide, you may find the optimal strap length using the Watch Strap Length chart.

It's important to keep in mind that various watch models may call for varying strap lengths. A dress watch, for instance, might benefit from a strap that is somewhat short, while a diving watch could look better with a strap that is relatively long. That's why you need to think about the watch's aesthetic while deciding on a strap size.

The aesthetic and practical value of your watch will increase when the strap is the proper length for your wrist.

Calculating the Ideal Strap Length Based on the Wrist Circumference

150-164mm (6.0-6.5”)
165-178mm (6.6-7.0”)
179-190mm (7.1-7.5”)
191-203mm (7.6-8.0”)
204-216mm (8.1-8.5”)
217-229mm (8.6-9.0”)

While the chart's suggested strap lengths can be a good starting point, remember that your own sense of style should also be taken into consideration. Think about where you want the buckle to sit and how much tail you want to display. Individual differences in taste and style will produce a wide range of responses to these questions. Finding the optimal strap length is all about striking a balance between practicality and visual appeal.

There are two main shapes to choose from when picking out a watch band: straight and tapered. The term "tapering" is used to describe a watch band that begins broader at the lugs where it connects to the watch case and tapers down to the end where the buckle is located. This results in a little slope or angle on the strap's sides, often measuring between 2 and 4 mm.

For instance, a strap with dimensions of 22mm at the lugs and 20mm at the buckle or tail end has 22mm lugs and 20mm at those two points. There is a 2mm reduction in width across this strap. A straight strap, on the other hand, is uniformly wide throughout its length.

Supporters of tapered straps say they make timepieces look more elegant and sophisticated by creating a smooth curve that leads the eye from the case to the buckle.

Tapered straps are also more comfortable to wear for long periods of time because they are thinner on the back.

Milano Straps | Watch Bands

There are a few elements, such as the watch's case size and the formality of the event, to think about when picking between a straight and tapered strap. For smaller watches, a tapering strap is a great choice because it draws more attention to the case and looks good with the rest of the watch. Straight straps are typically more proportional and balanced with larger watches.

Dress watches with tapering straps look great with formal clothes because they add a sense of sophistication. It’s vital to remember that a person's preference is the decisive factor and that other people may just like the look and feel of a straight strap.

If you own an Apple Watch, you know how much fun it is to switch out the strap for a new look whenever the mood strikes or when you want to mix things up a bit. Still, "What is my watch strap size?" is a question frequently posed by Apple Watch fans.

To find the best fit for your Apple Watch and wrist, you'll need to familiarize yourself with the sizing system for Apple Watch straps. Both the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch case sizes were offered during the first three generations of the watch.

All Apple Watch bands are a perfect fit for either of the two available watch cases. The lug widths on Apple's watches have always been the same, but starting with the fourth series, the company produced two slightly larger watch casings, measuring 40mm and 44mm.

This means that if you have an older Apple Watch (series 0-3), you can use the same strap with the current Apple Watch (series 4), regardless of whether your wrist is smaller (40mm) or larger (44mm).

A watch's strap size is determined by the lug width, or the distance between the watch's lugs (the metal loops where the strap connects to the watch). The lug width for each Apple Watch model is given on the Apple Strap Size chart.

You just need an Apple Watch strap converter to use these bands. In conclusion, it is important to check the case size and the lug width of your Apple Watch before purchasing a new strap. The ideal strap is one that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Finding the right strap size for your Apple Watch should be less of a hassle now that you have access to this data.


Apple Watch Strap Size chart

Apple Watch Series 8 ULTRA 49mm 24mm
Apple Watch Series 8 45mm 24mm
Apple Watch Series 8 41mm 22mm
Apple Watch Series 7 45mm 24mm
Apple Watch Series 7 41mm 22mm
Apple Watch Series 6, 5 & 4 44mm 24mm
Apple Watch Series 6, 5 & 4 40mm 22mm
Apple Watch SE 44mm 24mm
Apple Watch SE 40mm 22mm
Apple Watch Series 1, 2 & 3 42mm 24mm
Apple Watch Series 1, 2 & 3 38mm 22mm
Apple Watch 1st generation 42mm 24mm
Apple Watch 1st generation 38mm 22mm


Our collection of straps are compatible with Apple Watch case sizes. All you need is an Apple Watch strap adaptor.