Different Types of Leather Used for Watch Straps

Since it is such an adaptable material, all sorts of leather can be used to make watch belts. Whether it’s Durability, Flexibility, visually beautiful, or you just want to have fun altering the look of your piece with an exotic looking buckle, there’s a range of options when selecting leather.

Below are the most common styles of leather, including budget and upmarket leather that you may want to explore. Starting with the toughest of all…

Kangaroo Leather

Kangaroo is ideal for a diverse variety of products due to its lightweight and unparalleled strength. In reality, it’s about ten times the hardness of cow hide. They are ideal if you are making a custom leather watch strap.

Have you ever seen of a cowboy cracking his whip? In Australia, multi-stranded bull whips are crafted of kangaroo leather due to their intensity and light weight especially in comparison to other leathers on the same scale. Kangaroo is also used for bike leather because of its abrasive tolerance.

Watch belts made of Kangaroo seem to have a tiny split form of grain and it can be coloured in any colour of your choosing. Since Kangaroo maintains its resilience even when it is finely diced, it is always braided

Cow and Calf Leather

Possibly the most inexpensive and also the most traditional leather used for watch bands. Full grain, also referred to as ‘top grain’ leather, is produced from the use of the surface of the hide. The normal quality and texture of the top grain can be costly based on the consistency, defect free and distinctive appearance.

If a watch strap is called ‘Genuine Leather,’ it typically consists of cow hide inside and calf leather outside as it has a smoother feel on the wrists than cow hide. Aside from being soft, the calf hide has a thicker texture that appears to hold much better than the cow’s hide and is thus more resilient.

Suede is rendered by buffering the upper surface of cowhide. The tanning of the leather converts its natural state into inorganic and separates the leather from the bacteria, alters its colour and also has the potential to conceal defects.

Alligator Leather

Identified as an exotic leather which can be used for a full range of luxury items including luxurious watch bands.

The bulk of leather comes from two countries, China and the United States. Trade in America is controlled and consists of agricultural and wild species caught. The innermost layer of the watch band is the abdomen of the Alligator. The outer being ‘Hornback’ and Umbilical cuts in the shape of a webbed design of rectangular patterns that differ from Crocodile, as croc leather is less standardized.

Snakeskin Leather

If you’ve seen a set of light or white cowboy boots, you’ve seen snakeskin leather.

Leather comes primarily from Pythons because of the different patterns present.

Since Snakeskin is very slender, watch straps that are crafted begin as a cowhide foundation with the snakeskin fused and stitched onto the foundation leather to form the final product. Snakeskin bands are similar in price to Alligator straps.