If you’re in the market for a new watch strap, you might be wondering about strap length. What’s the difference between a standard length and an/ extra long watch strap? Keep reading to find out!
A standard length watch strap will typically measure 7.5 inches or 190mm from end to end. An extra long watch strap, on the other hand, will measure 8.5 inches or 220mm from end to end. So, what’s the difference?
The difference between the two is the length but it’s important to remember that with a quality strap it is proportionately longer on both sides. The reason for this is that the buckle sits centrally on the wrist. If you have a standard wrist size and choose an XL length strap you’ll find that there is too much access strap once fastened and this can be annoying when catching on items of clothing, and possibly not being able to fasten it tight enough around the wrist which could mean losing your watch.
On the other hand, if you have a large wrist, a standard-length watch strap may feel constricting. An extra long watch strap will provide a more comfortable and relaxed fit.
We have size guide on all our watch straps so you can be sure you order the correct size.
More Comfortable for Those with Larger Wrists
If you have a larger than average wrist size, then you’ll know that a standard-length watch strap can often feel a little tight and uncomfortable. An extra-long watch strap will give you that bit of extra breathing room, meaning you can wear your watch all day without it becoming irritating or uncomfortable.
Easier to Fasten
Another advantage of an extra-long watch strap is that they’re usually easier to fasten, as there’s more material to work with. This can be especially handy if you have dexterity issues or find it difficult to do up small fiddly fastenings.
Can Be Worn Loosely or Tightly
One of the great things about an extra-long watch strap is that they’re highly adjustable, so you can wear them loosely or tightly depending on your preference.
Suitable for All Occasions
Whether you’re dressing up for a special occasion or dressing down for everyday wear, an extra-long watch strap will always look appropriate thanks to our wide selection of styles and colours.
Below is a selection of our Extra Long Watch Straps
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which size works best for you. The best place to start is to measure your wrist and decide on what length of the strap would work best for you. The simplest way is to use a piece of string and wrap it around your wrist – but don’t forget that the actual watch head will also add additional length.