Replacement Watch Straps For Small Wrists (Updated 2021)

Replacement Watch Straps For Small Wrists (Updated 2021)

Tim Vaux

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Check out our helpful guide on short watch straps, ideal if you're looking for replacement watch strap for a smaller wrist...

Finding replacement watch straps for small wrists can sometimes be quite a hard process. To start with, The average case size for modern watches tend to be on the larger end of the scale, which means that two-piece straps will be wider due to the lug to lug distance of the case and therefore affecting the overall size. With nearly a decade of experience of selling watch straps and bringing products to our range based on customer feedback, we understand the importance of finding a strap that fits correctly.

With this in mind, let's go over some of our top tips and straps to look for if you have a slightly smaller wrist...also we have curated a short watch straps collection which you can view in our store.

One-piece watch straps for small wrists

The Yema Superman watch fitted to a green nylon watch strap on the wrist

The Yema Superman on the VWC NATO in Olive Green - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

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The Vintage Watch Company NATO by Geckota - Olive Green
Whether it be a NATO or a ZULU, one piece straps are a fantastic option if you struggle with standard strap lengths. The main benefit of going for a one-piece strap over a two piece one is the fact that the lug to lug distance of your watch doesn't affect the overall size of the strap. The majority of our NATO straps are 300mm in length with the shortest hole option on the strap being around 6 inches (150mm). This means it should accommodate most smaller wrist sizes. If you find our NATOs are still too long, you could always add extra holes to the straps yourself.

(It’s worth noting that if you add extra holes to our straps yourself or using a jeweller, this will void our returns policy)

The Hamilton Khaki Mechanical fitted to a brown leather NATO watch strap

The Hamilton Khaki Mechanical On Geckota Light Brown Duntz Leather Strap - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

Many people associate NATO straps with being made exclusively from Nylon, however, we offer our standard one-piece style in a range of different material options. There is our leather NATO range which is a great option if you want to dress up your watch and our extremely popular 328 Rubber NATO which is a great option for all diving fans out there. Of course, we have our large range of nylon options too which are available in different styles at an affordable price.

The Christopher Ward C65 Super Compressor on a black rubber strap

The ZULUDIVER 328 Italian Rubber NATO Watch Strap in Black on the Christopher Ward C65 Super Compressor - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

Whether you go for a replacement strap made from Nylon, Leather or Rubber the one-piece design is a fantastic option if you struggle to find straps that fit.

Two-piece watch straps for small wrists

The majority of our two-piece straps come in at 120mm / 80mm which is an industry-standard size for almost all two-piece straps. We find that the majority of our straps fit wrist sizes between 6.75 inches up to 9.5 inches (based on a lug to lug width of 48mm). However, we do offer a selection of watch straps that come in a little smaller than that with a length of 115mm/75mm. These are a great option if your wrist size is less than 6.75 inches and you're after a replacement two piece watch strap.

We currently offer straps in this style which are great for many different looks. The Dedworth Distresso Leather is a great newer addition to our range which is an unbeatable option for watches that a touch of history to them.

The Omega Speedmaster fitted to a brown leather watch strap

The Omega Speedmaster fitted to the Highley Leather Short - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

Likewise, the crowd-pleaser that is the Highley Leather is available in a shorter variation right here. This strap is a classic leather strap option thanks to the incredibly comfortable padding, generous taper and smooth finish. You wont' be disappointed with this one.

And don't worry, these straps should fit wrist sizes less than 6.75 inches. It's worth noting that the lug to lug distance of your watch will affect the overall length of the watch and strap together.

Metal watch straps for small wrists

Many of our mesh straps feature a very useful buckle design that is great for all wrist sizes. The function of this buckle allows you to lift and slide it up and down the mesh strap to a desired length and lock it into place where ever you wish. Have you experienced issues with metal straps where one link might be too tight but another might be too loose? Well, we highly recommend this easily adjustable strap design to remove that problem. With nearly a decade of experience in bringing watch straps to enthusiasts across the world, we are now in a position to be able to bring a large range of metal straps with this buckle design for you. Here's a few of them...

Classic Mesh

The Yema Superman fitted to a metal mesh watch strap

The Yema Superman on the Classic Mesh watch strap - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

As the name suggests, this is our most classic, go-to, timeless mesh offering. It is available in a big range of finishes and sizes that would be a great choice if you like your mesh straps to be simple and effective. It's worth noting with this strap that its best suited for a thinner watch, something like a dress watch for example.

Fine Milanese Mesh

A vintage Baume and Mercier Chronograph fitted to a mesh watch strap on the wrist

A vintage Baume & Mercier Chronograph on the Fine Mesh watch strap - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

The Fine Milanese Mesh features a very fine weave mesh design and is quite a delicate option coming in at 1.5mm thick. It is very easy to adjust the size and doesn't require any specialist tools, other than a simple small flat head screwdriver. We have used 0.4mm thick stainless steel wire which is woven into a nice tight weave and creates a silky feel on the wrist. If you have a smaller watch, or maybe a vintage piece, this is a very complimentary strap that is lightweight and great for multiple wrist sizes.

Oblique Mesh

The AnOrdain Model 1 on a metal mesh watch strap

The AnOrdain Model 1 on the Oblique Mesh watch strap - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine 

Finally, we have our Oblique Mesh. If you have made it to the end of this article, you will be very familiar with these straps and their shared qualities. The Oblique Mesh is no exception with the only difference being that the strap is an angled weave rather than a straight weave. This subtle change can have a big change on the wrist, giving a watch a more modern approach to mesh straps.

So there are a few of our top tips and suggestions if you're looking for a replacement watch straps for small wrists. Don't forget to check out all the straps mentioned above if you're in the market for a new replacement strap and you struggle with the standard offerings. Here are our top watch straps for small wrists.

*Originally published in 2018.

Tim Vaux

About the Author: Tim Vaux

About the Author: Tim Vaux

I don't think I can remember a time in my life when watches weren't in my life. I've been writing about watches online for a handful of years now, enjoying every moment of it. I'm passionate about experiencing the world of watches and translating those experiences via articles and images for the wider audience to consume.

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