If you’re one of the adventure spirits who just can’t settle having the same watch band for a lifetime of your favorite watch, then you’ve probably come to the point where you wondered how to pick the right watch straps to change the stock one. Since the most of the watches have the curved case, most of the stock watch bands come with the curved end links to fill in the gaps between the watch case and the watch band.
But, when it comes to curved end links, in the last few years many people prefer to buy watches with the HIDDEN LUGS, whose watch band's 'end links' are hidden beneath their case. This not only hides the gap between the watch and the watch bracelet but gives you plenty of options when it comes to combining your watch with custom watch strap bands.
Left : Ordinary watch case, the gap between the watch and the watch strap is noticeable, on Right : Seiko Prospex Diver 200m SPB103J1 Green Sumo paired with FKM quick release watch band FKM01I-20A18BIW01
These, so called straight lug watches, or watches with the hidden lug have the option which allows you to perfectly match them even with straight end link watch bands. That means that there’s no gap left between the watch case and the watch band or at least it isn't visible from the outside, no matter which type of watch bands you choose.
Left : Hidden lug hides the gap between the watch and the watch band, on Right : HEUER Vintage Chronograph CALCULATOR Ref-110633 demo on Rally Racing leather watch strap 22J18PBU63S6A80, looks like it was born to be with this watch strap.
Therefore, the 'end link' is as firm as the one with the stock watch bands. That means you can pair these watches with basically any watch bands with straight end links and need only to match the width of the bracelet with the one on your watch. Most common lug size can be found are in even numbers such as 18mm, 20mm, 22mm and 24mm however there are odds size as well, watches may be found at Grand Seiko Boutique Limited Edition SBGJ235 Hi-Beat 36000 GMT and Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017, both have 19mm lug.
Ordinary watch case with unusual odd number 19mm lug watches : Grand Seiko SBGJ23 GMT and Seiko Prospex Diver SLA017
That not only minimizes the amount of work you need to put in to swap the watch bands – but it also means that you don't need to worry about the fit anymore as you would with curved end links. Look at it this way - this is like owning a watch with both curved and straight end link option, with the possibility of making your watch fit any outfit by matching it with the desired strap band and without losing anything on the aesthetic side. Take a closer look at our pictures to see some of the watches from Seiko’s Marinemaster and Baby Tuna series showcased with some of the best watch straps with straight end links. Most of these watchbands come in standard width options so you only need to know your watch lug width.
The picture above showcases Seiko Prospex 200m Diver Tuna Limited Edition Automatic Watch SRPA99K1 with Super Engineer II Solid Stainless Steel Watch Band and vintage Nubuck leather watch strap.
But let's not stop at classic look. Here's something for those who feel young and energetic for something more bold:
Plus, stripe pattern doesn't have to be boring. The next picture clearly showcases that.
As well as the next one. Seek watch strap under the code :20C20BBU54N9A28 to copy this look for your 20mm watches.
Seiko Baby Tuna Prospex SRPA82K1 Automatic Divers paired with Double Layer Nylon Velcro Watch Strap
Seiko Prospex PADI Tuna SRPA83 Ceramic 200m Automatic demo on Denim & Leather watch strap 22N20BIW01C2B08
We don't stop here.
Here's something with cool retro feel just to intrigue you enough to never settle with the ordinary and remind you to always be unique.
3 models from Seiko Recraft series matched with 22mm MiLTAT Italian Handmade Racer Vintage strap bands in 3 different colors
Never satisfied with the existing condition of your watches, because you are UNIQUE.
Written by M.H. , Photo by Toni and others as noted