A watch is not just a timepiece; it reflects your style. And with so many different watch straps available on the market, it can be challenging to choose the right one for you. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at silicone watch straps – what they are, how they’re made, and why they might be the right choice for you.
What are Silicone Watch Straps?
Silicone watch straps are made from, you guessed it, silicone. But what exactly is silicone? Silicone is a synthetic rubber created by combining silicon – a natural element found in sand and rock – with oxygen. Because of its flexibility and resistance to heat, silicone is frequently used in applications where other materials, such as O-rings and seals, wouldn’t fare as well. It’s also non-toxic, making it a popular choice for food-grade applications.
How are Silicone Watch Straps Made?
The manufacturing process for silicone watch straps varies depending on the specific design of the strap. However, most strap manufacturers use one of two methods: compression moulding or injection moulding.
In compression moulding, the uncured rubber compound is placed into a mould cavity under high pressure. The pressure causes the mixture to cure into the desired shape. This method is typically used for larger production runs and results in greater detail and dimensional accuracy.
Injection moulding is similar to compression moulding because it uses a mould cavity to shape the uncured rubber compound. However, in injection moulding, the rubber compound is injected into the cavity at high pressure rather than being manually placed there. This method is typically used for smaller production runs but has the advantage of being able to produce more complex shapes than compression moulding.
Why Choose Silicone?
Silicone watch straps offer several advantages over other types of watch straps. First and foremost, they’re highly durable and resistant to tearing and deformation. They’re also hypoallergenic and safe for those with allergies or sensitivities to certain materials. Additionally, silicone straps are comfortable to wear and won’t cause skin irritation like other materials. And because they’re waterproof, they’re perfect for those who live an active lifestyle or frequently find themselves in watery environments.
The watch strap featured in our image is the Submerge Limit
Silicone might be a suitable material for you if you want a durable, comfortable, and stylish watch strap. However, if it’s not the type of strap for you then we have a range of watch straps in traditional leather.