Heavily Padded Watch Straps - Effect on watch stability

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    Heavily Padded Watch Straps - Effect on watch stability

    Is a heavy watch head less likely to move around on a thick, heavily-padded strap?

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    Re: Heavily Padded Watch Straps - Effect on watch stability

    Actually, I find the opposite to be true, because on a heavily padded strap the padding close to the lugs makes the strap stiffer, so it doesn't mold to my wrist quite as well, thus it ends up being in effect looser, and the watch tends to move a bit more. And if I tighten the strap, I find it uncomfortable. But it will probably depend a lot on wrist shape and distribution of padding in the strap. The ones that give me a bit of trouble have thick padding near the lugs, but little if any through the rest of the strap. I will say that a thicker, pliable, unpadded strap will probably stabilize heavier watches. For example, I have a Bas & Lokes "gotham" strap that does this quite well.

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    Re: Heavily Padded Watch Straps - Effect on watch stability

    It works both ways for me, some thicker fit better, some thinner fit better, just depends. I agree the thin and well made ones are the most comfortable.
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    Re: Heavily Padded Watch Straps - Effect on watch stability

    Many thanks for the helpful replies. I presume that straps with little tapering to the buckle end (e.g. 19-18, rather than 19-16) balance watch heads better?

    The watch in question is an Omega Aqua Terra 38.5 inch. I currently have it on a Rios Chicago Cordovan which tapers from 19-16. It looks great, but moves around a bit.

    It came on a bracelet, but I'm afraid I just don't find bracelets comfortable.

    Any specific suggestions for straps would be much appreciated. I am looking for something fairly formal.

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    Re: Heavily Padded Watch Straps - Effect on watch stability

    Perhaps a shell cordovan from Nomos would do the trick. They are unpadded and fairly dressy. If your wrist is on the smaller side, be sure to go size "S" as their regular size runs long. And I think they have 19mm width, which can be hard to find.

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    Re: Heavily Padded Watch Straps - Effect on watch stability

    Thanks for the suggestion, dhtjr.

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    Re: Heavily Padded Watch Straps - Effect on watch stability

    Quote Originally Posted by William2 View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion, dhtjr.
    Sure. But keep in mind the Nomos shell straps are very thin, so not sure you'd like it on your Omega; hard to say. I also like the Rios Toscana straps, which are just the right thickness with padding evenly distributed. I think they even have 19mm and several colors to choose from. You can find those on watchbandcenter.

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    Re: Heavily Padded Watch Straps - Effect on watch stability

    I have a horween band I bought from bandsrbands, might want to check them out also

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    Re: Heavily Padded Watch Straps - Effect on watch stability

    Quote Originally Posted by dhtjr View Post
    Sure. But keep in mind the Nomos shell straps are very thin, so not sure you'd like it on your Omega; hard to say. I also like the Rios Toscana straps, which are just the right thickness with padding evenly distributed. I think they even have 19mm and several colors to choose from. You can find those on watchbandcenter.
    I have had these and like them, but they taper from 19mm to 16mm at the buckle.

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    Re: Heavily Padded Watch Straps - Effect on watch stability

    I think the thinner fit better and feel more comfortable and they keep the heavier head watches in place better. However, on many watches the thicker straps look better. I find that the thicker straps are harder to shape to your wrist. What I do is I take a binder clip and leave it on the thick padded strap (usually the six o'clock side) where I want the bend.

    Thin straps on a heavy head just don't look right to me.

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