Nylon Watch Straps vs Rubber Watch Straps

28th Feb 2019

When shopping for a new watch strap, you should make sure you’re getting something that you not only love, but you love to wear. There are a number of different options to choose from: multiple types of leather, suede, alligator, nylon, rubber, and more. While leather straps are beautiful and absurdly comfortable, they’re much more expensive than some of the other options. To help you decide which option is best for you, let’s take a look at the comparison between two of our most popular types of watch straps, nylon and rubber.


Nylon watch straps are made out of synthetic material that produces a soft, smooth feel against your skin. Once you break the strap in, it’s easy to forget you’re even wearing it. Since it’s so lightweight, this is a great option for people who are active or not used to wearing a watch.

On the other hand, rubber has come a long way. While rubber watch straps used to be uncomfortable, non-breathable, and quite frankly, annoying, the material used today is of much higher quality. In fact, there are some people that even pair their Rolex with a rubber band. Additionally, rubber watch straps fit securely and easily expands with the movement of your wrist.


Nylon watch straps are fairly easy to clean—you simply fill a bowl with warm water and some detergent and let your watch soak. However, nylon usually needs to be cleaned more often since it’s not waterproof and will absorb liquids more readily. In other words, if you wear it to the gym every day and don’t clean it often, it will start to smell.

One thing that can be said about rubber watch straps is that they are 100% waterproof. You can submerge them for as long as you like and the dry time will always be the same… nonexistent. All you need to do is wipe them off with a towel or cloth and they’re ready to go. This makes cleaning a breeze. They don’t absorb sweat and can be cleaned in a few seconds whenever needed.


Due to the fibers used to make nylon watch straps, they are one of the most durable watch straps available. Oftentimes, the only reason people end up buying new nylon watch straps is because they’re looking for a variety in their accessories. Luckily, they’re one of the cheapest watch straps to buy, so stock up!

Contrary to what you might think, rubber watch straps are also extremely durable. They’re scratch resistant and if they happen to break with extended use over time, they’re cheap to replace.

At the end of the day, it all comes down to your own personal preferences. Regardless of whether you want a nylon watch strap, a rubber watch strap, or one of each, DaLuca Straps is here to help. We offer a wide variety of each type of watch strap with a vast number of customization options. Browse our available selection today, and if you have any questions, we’re here to help.