If it’s your first time purchasing a watch strap, chances are you’ve never had to deal with sizing issues. At first, selecting the right size strap may seem complicated and frustrating. But fear not, selecting the perfect size strap is quick and easy!
The Metric System: At this point, it is important to note that all units of measurement are listed in Millimeters (unless otherwise specified). Why, you ask? Because all watches are built to different specifications and the space between lugs can vary by as little as 1mm. For this reason, it is important to be as precise and accurate as possible.
What are all these numbers? Before purchasing a watch strap, you will need to know your watch’s lug size and the approximate circumference of your wrist. At Panatime.com, every items title ends in two sets of numbers.
- If you look at the above image, you will notice the first set of numbers highlighted in green. The first number (in millimeters of course!) represents the width of the strap where it will attach to the lugs, followed by the second number that indicates the width of the strap at the buckle. So our example straps measures 24mm at the lug and tapers to 22mm at the buckle.
- The next and final set of numbers can be seen highlighted in yellow. These numbers indicate the lengths of both individual sides of the watch band’s two pieces. The first number, represents the length of the longer side of the strap (the side without the buckle), and the second number represents the shorter side (the side with the buckle). So our example straps measure 114 millimeters x 82 millimeters.
Why does buckle size matter? If you are purchasing a strap that includes a buckle, you may not think twice about whether your strap tapers from lug to buckle. However, if you plan to purchase a deploy buckle, or swap out the buckle (for a different style or finish), it is important that you verify the buckle size matches the width of the strap at the buckle end. For example, if you plan on purchasing a deploy buckle to install on a strap shown above, you must purchase a 22mm buckle.
A Final Note: We understand that mistakes happen. That’s why Panatime.com offers a guaranteed no-hassle, industry leading return policy. If you make a mistake, contact us. We are here to assist you every step of the way and look forward to helping you select the perfect strap.