Rubber B was the first company in the world to develop custom rubber watch straps exclusively for Rolex timepieces, and since then, the company has added several other prominent watchmakers to its product portfolio. Rubber B also creates custom rubber watch bands for watches produced by Panerai, Roger Dubuis, and Audemars Piguet. However, this particular piece is not going to focus on a watchmaker or even a specific timepiece – instead, we will learn more about how to measure watch band length.
Knowing how to measure watch band length is actually a vitally important skill for anyone who owns a luxury timepiece. Whether you are an experienced collector or just beginning to set foot into the exciting world of luxury watches, you will have to replace your watch band at some point, and in order to do so, you will first need to know how long it is.
In this article, we will cover not only how to measure watch band length, but also the tools you will need to do so, as well as offer up an informal sizing chart to help you quickly and accurately assess the length of your watch strap. We hope that this will serve as an informal but useful guide to being able to quickly and accurately measure your watch band length so that you can more easily purchase a replacement strap for your luxury watch.
Where Should You Begin When Measuring Watch Band Length?
When you are first attempting to measure watch band length, the first place that you should always start is with your previous strap itself. Sometimes, the size of the strap will be engraved or etched into either the strap or the back of the watch, and in that case, no further action is required on your part. However, most watches, especially luxury timepieces, do not have the measurements of their strap clearly written out on them.
If you have lost your strap, or if it has become too damaged to measure, you can actually use the watch itself to help figure out the size of your watch strap. To begin with, we will presume that you still have your strap and are able to measure it.
How Can You Measure A Watch Strap For Sizing Purposes?
There are two ways to go about measuring a watchband, and the one you choose will likely depend on how comfortable you are with technology. For those of you who are more comfortable with using technical equipment, you can simply use digital calipers to measure the lug width on your watch.
If at all possible, this is the best method to use when measuring your watch band. The reason for this is simple – digital equipment is not fallible in the same way the human eye is, and therefore eliminates the likelihood of human error. If you purchase the wrong sized watch band for your watch, you will have to send it back and purchase yet another one, so the adage of “measure twice, cut once,” proves to very much be true here.
If you are not comfortable with using digital calipers, you also have the option of using a ruler as well. If measured correctly, this figure will be exactly the same as the measure of the digital caliper, but be sure to measure carefully if this is the route you choose when attempting to measure your watch strap length.
Are There Any Other Ways to Measure Watch Band Length?
There is actually one final method you can use, but it should only be used in the event that you no longer have either your watch or strap available to you. In that instance, you can still take a measurement for your watch band by simply procuring some seamstress tape and using it to measure the length of your wrist.
It is unlikely that a person would have this lying around their house, which is why this method should really only be used as something of a last resort. You will also need a second person to assist you, as you will not be able to hold the tape around your wrist and read the measurement at the same time.
How Can You Classify Watch Band Length?
Depending on who you ask, there are a handful of different ways to classify these measurements. However, for the purposes of simplicity, we have included the following measurement table as a way to help you keep track of the different sizes and lengths of different watch bands:
Men’s Watch Band Lengths:
Short: 6.25” – 6.90”
Regular: 7.00” – 7.90”
Long: 8.00” – 8.70”
Extra-Long: 8.75” – 9.25”
Women’s Watch Band Lengths:
Short: 5.75” – 6.40”
Regular: 6.50” – 7.20”
Long: 7.25” – 8.00”
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All of Rubber B’s watch straps are made from 100% vulcanized rubber and are crafted exclusively by experts in Switzerland. Orders are shipped out within 24 to 48 hours of receiving them, and Rubber B also offers shipping options to its international clientele as well.
If you are interested in learning more about our complete product catalog and pricing or have any additional questions about our company, please visit the Rubber B website today for more information.
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