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Rock Your Watch Game - Choosing Metal vs Rubber Strap Watches

Rock Your Watch Game - Choosing Metal vs Rubber Strap Watches

Key Insights
  • Key Differences in Metal and Rubber Strap Watches
  • Aesthetics 
  • Materials 
  • Sizing 
  • Comfort 
  • Price 
  • Find the Perfect Watch to Complete Your Look Today 

A watch isn't just a timepiece - it's also an extension of your personality. When you're deciding on the right one to upgrade your fit, one of the first decisions you'll need to make is whether you want to rock a metal or rubber strap.

Each type of strap has its own unique vibe and benefits. As watch-lovers ourselves, we got you. Today, we're going to explore all the pros and cons of metal vs rubber straps. It's time to rock your watch game with a look that expresses the real YOU!

Key Differences in Metal and Rubber Strap Watches


One of the primary factors to consider when choosing between a metal and rubber strap watch is aesthetics. Metal watches tend to offer a more traditional look, while rubber strap watches often cater to a more casual or sporty style.

Many watch enthusiasts will keep a collection of timepieces with both metal and rubber straps. You can change up your accessories to match your fit and the occasion you're heading to.

While metal and rubber straps can be worn for any situation, most metal bands are the preferred choice for formal events. They add a perfect touch of shine to the rest of your getup and can pair with other accessories you're rocking, like earrings, chains, or bracelets.

Because rubber straps offer some extra flex and can fit more closely against the skin, many choose this type of band for sports, working out, or on the daily grind. For example, if you're running, your watch will stay more firmly in place, and the lighter weight of the rubber won't distract you.

At the end of the day, though, aesthetics are a personal choice. Choose the one that helps you feel the most confident and comfortable with your own sense of style.


Like the general aesthetic of the watch, the materials used to create the strap are another visible difference. 

Most metal watch components are designed with high-quality stainless steel and can be further enhanced with gold plating or hand-set stones. For example, at GLD, we construct our watches with 316L surgical-grade stainless steel and then finish them with white or yellow gold plating. 

Rubber straps can also be fashioned with multiple types of materials. When you’re searching for that right piece, though, we recommend selecting a watch strap with vulcanized rubber. This is the same variety used in manufacturing other high-wear and tear items like shoe soles and road tires. 


Sizing metal wristbands depends on the number of links. You can always add more or take some away to find that perfect fit for your wrist. This requires a small tool to remove links, but the process is simple and can be done in a few minutes. 

Rubber straps, on the other hand, come in a variety of sizes. Most brands offer several size variations to fit both small and large wrists and offer some extra stretch for a comfortable fit. Typically, these straps have a clasp and notch system like a belt.


Another key factor to consider in your watch-buying journey is comfort. Metal watch bands often weigh more with a rigid feeling against the skin. Some people like the feeling of the added weight in their accessories, but if you prefer something lighter or more weightless, a rubber strap might prove the right choice.


Investing in your accessory game is an investment in your own confidence and style. We get that, which is why asking about the price is totally understandable.

Metal links require more materials and a more intensive manufacturing process than rubber straps, which means they will also typically carry a higher price tag. However, with metal, you can also further customize the watchband with additions like hand-set stones for a completely iced look.

Rubber straps are made with lower-cost materials, which can also bring the final price down. If you have two identical watches and the only difference is the strap, the metal one will cost more, but the timekeeping technology can remain the same.

If you're just getting into the watch game and don't want to break the bank right away, cop a rubber strap watch. You can rock it with your fits to see how you like wearing a timepiece and upgrade later to a metal wristband when you're ready to grow your collection.

Find the Perfect Watch to Complete Your Look Today 

When it comes down to it, choosing the perfect watch strap for your style depends on which one you prefer. Each one will provide its own advantages and create its own aesthetic, so go with the option that inspires you the most. 

If you’re looking to start or grow your watch collection, we got you. With patented automatic sweeping motion and stone-setting processes, our Era Series watches are designed to innovate the timepiece game without burning a hole in your wallet. Cop a quality piece from our Alpha or Perennial series and start upgrading your fit with the perfect drip today.