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Alternative to leather watchband for hot climate?

Twists

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I usually wear watches with leather watchbands (since my watches all come with such... A. Lange&Söhne and some other Glashütte watches), but since I moved to Singapore, I find myself not wearing a watch anymore for two reasons:

(i) the leather band stains my shirts when I sweat (which tends to happen in this climate), and
(ii) the leather bands start to spoil and have to be replaced.

Does anyone know a good alternative that works in tropical climate and still looks decent enough to wear with a suit?
 

MartiniGirl

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Beautiful watches you have! Look in to Kevlar straps. The rubber straps can be uncomfortable and sometimes, ugly. I wouldn't recommend stainless steel bracelets if you're in a very humid/hot area. My best advice/opinion is Kevlar straps.
 

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There is no alternative to a fine leather (crocodile or alligator) strap for a fine precious metal watch like a Lange. There are quality straps that have liners that are more stain resistant and there are companies like ABP in Paris and Camille Fournet that can make a strap to your specifications.

The other alternative is to wear a watch like a Cartier Tank Francais or Rolex Datejust which look good on a bracelet and are not too sporty to wear with a suit.
 

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I have used these rubber TWB straps before - I find them neither ugly nor uncomfortable, though I don't see them as good aesthetic match for a Lange. Depending on the GO model in question, they would work just fine.





I have a strong preference right across the watch spectrum for straps versus bracelets, but in conditions of constant and severe humidity, bracelets rule.
 

bourbonbasted

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With a suit is a bit harder, but for casual wear I go with a braided band like this one:



It's extremely breathable and looks good (though a bit rugged).
 

MartiniGirl

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What I meant by the "rubber straps" was




That braided strap that bourbanbasted showed, looks great!
 

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