The Best Affordable Leather Watch Straps
 

The Best Affordable Leather Watch Straps

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Safie Agar-Hutton

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Safie Agar-Hutton

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Leather watch straps are one of the most common types of straps available and there is good reason for that. Leather is comfortable, looks attractive, patinas over time with your watch and suits all colours, textures, finishes and sizes. In short, they’re extremely versatile. You can wear your watch on a distressed strap at the office for a smart-casual look, then swap it out for a luxurious leather military style strap in the evening and it completely changes the look of your watch.

For those of us who have a collection of luxury and vintage timepieces, a simple strap change can make an old watch feel almost new again. Giving your watch some simple TLC by strap swapping is a really simple way to show it some love, and the result can really elevate how your watch feels on your wrist.

But how can you be sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck?

Well, we specialise in providing leather watch straps that offer great value without having to sacrifice on premium quality. Sure, you could spend between £220 and £630 on a leather watch strap from the OMEGA store, but having likely already forked out at least a few thousand pounds on the watch itself, why should you have to? 

Guaranteed to last, and handmade to exceptionally high-quality, our leather straps are the perfect alternative for those looking for premium replacement straps that rival the offerings of pricier luxury brands.

With this in mind, let’s have a look at some of our recommended and most popular affordable leather watch straps.

Original Vintage Highley Genuine Leather Watch Strap

Original Vintage Highley Genuine Leather Watch Strap on Breitling CosmonauteOriginal Vintage Highley Genuine Leather Watch Strap on Breitling Cosmonaute - Credit WatchGecko

 
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Vintage Highley Genuine Leather Watch Strap - Light Brown
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Vintage Highley Genuine Leather Watch Strap - Reddish Brown
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Vintage Highley Genuine Leather Watch Strap - Black
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Starting off with one of our most beloved replacement straps, the Original Vintage Highley. A consistent customer favourite and staple in the WatchGecko catalogue thanks to its versatility, as well as its timelessly classic aesthetic, the Highley range has continued to grow over the years as a result of customer demand.

Offered in six timeless colours and generously padded with a 6mm thickness at the lug end, the Highley strap is crafted from the very best Italian vegetable-tanned, full-grain leather, which is oiled to age with grace and pick up patina over time. Handmade in Tuscany, Italy, by a member of the renowned Consorzio Vera Pelle Italiana Conciata Al Vegetable consortium of tanneries, each Highley strap is crafted using centuries-old techniques to create quality controlled sustainable leathers.

Brimming with quality from its manufacture to its finishing, each Highley strap exudes luxury at a price point of only £68.

Simple Handmade Italian Leather Watch Strap

Simple Handmade Italian Leather Watch Strap on the Heuer SkipperSimple Handmade Italian Leather Watch Strap on the Heuer Skipper - Credit WatchGecko

 
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Simple Handmade Italian Leather Watch Strap - Chocolate Brown
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Simple Handmade Italian Leather Watch Strap - Light Brown
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Simple Handmade Italian Leather Watch Strap - Reddish Brown

Another extremely popular, and equally affordable option, is our Simple Handmade Italian Leather Watch Strap. A favourite amongst WatchGecko customers thanks to its timeless simplicity, the Simple Handmade strap is durable yet supple for a luxuriously comfortable wear straight out of the box.

Presented with classically subtle double stitching, the Simple Handmade straps are a great option for those seeking a quality leather strap that promises not to outshine the timepiece itself. Perfect for wear with a vintage watch that has plenty of its own characteristic charm, the Simple Handmade strap comes equipped with quick-release spring bars for easy strap changes and stainless-steel hardware that has been etched with the WatchGecko logo as a mark of its authentic quality.

Meticulously handcrafted at a certified sustainable tannery in Tuscany, Italy, our Simple Handmade straps retail for just £68.

ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: OXFORD

ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: OXFORD on Tudor Black BayZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: OXFORD on Tudor Black Bay - Credit WatchGecko

 
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ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: OXFORD - Chestnut Brown
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ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: OXFORD - Chocolate Brown
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ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: OXFORD - Vintage Red

Having already explored two of our timelessly elegant options, it’s about time we moved into ZULUDIVER territory for something a little more rugged. Our 1973 British Military Watch Straps are designed in homage to the iconic military issued watch straps of the 1970’s. Traditionally crafted using nylon, our OXFORD variations are the perfect fit for those looking for a smarter leather alternative that can still stand up to military levels of rigorous activity.

Our ZULUDIVER leather military offerings are tough but stylish and are offered in a choice of six classic leather options. Each strap has been cut and crafted from ‘crazy horse’ pull-up premium leather which absorbs natural oils from the skin over time and encourages the leather to form a glossy sheen. Carefully stitched with strong coloured thread and fitted with classic stainless-steel hardware, the ZULUDIVER 1973 Oxford straps effortlessly achieve an authentic vintage look for just £28.

Radstock Vintage Genuine Leather Watch Strap

Radstock Vintage Genuine Leather Watch Strap on Omega SpeedmasterRadstock Vintage Genuine Leather Watch Strap on Omega Speedmaster - Credit WatchGecko

 
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Radstock Vintage Genuine Leather Watch Strap - Vintage Gold
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Radstock Vintage Genuine Leather Watch Strap - Bright Red
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Radstock Vintage Genuine Leather Watch Strap - Vintage Green
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The Radstock Vintage strap is handmade in Spain by experienced artisans using vegetable tanned top-grain leather in a variety of vibrant colours. This premium leather construction oozes character and charm straight out of the box and is extremely pliable, for the perfect comfortable fit.

Destined to stand out and brimming with traditional craftsmanship, the Radstock collection is hand-painted to ensure no two straps are the same. Crafted from premium top-grain calf leather, each strap in the Radstock collection is meticulously handmade at our partner workshop in Valencia, Spain.

At just £48, the Radstock Vintage straps are a great way to bring new life to your favourite vintage or vintage-inspired timepiece.

Brixham Special Buckle Classic Leather Watch Strap 

Brixham Special Buckle Classic Leather Watch Strap on Omega SpeedmasterBrixham Special Buckle Classic Leather Watch Strap on Omega Speedmaster - Credit WatchGecko

 
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Brixham Special Buckle Classic Leather Watch Strap - Tan
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Brixham Special Buckle Classic Leather Watch Strap - Blue
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Brixham Special Buckle Classic Leather Watch Strap - Brown

Our Brixham Special Buckle Watch Straps are made from the highest quality genuine leather, meaning they’re luxuriously smooth and supple from the first wear. Perfectly suited to classically slim dress watches, the Brixham Leather Strap is available in five vibrant colours so there really is something to suit every stye.

Presented with a contrasting white stitch, each strap features a colour-matching hot stamped edge for a modern feel and incorporates a specially designed, highly polished, stainless-steel buckle. The Brixham comes in two popular lug widths (20mm and 22mm) for ultimate versatility and quick-release spring bars have been implemented for easy strap changes on the go.

Priced at £38, "unbeatable” by our customer’s standards, you really can’t go wrong.

Overton V-Stitch Watch Strap Collection

Overton Conceria Opera Suede V-Stitch Watch Strap on Tudor Black BayOverton Conceria Opera Suede V-Stitch Watch Strap on Tudor Black Bay - Credit WatchGecko

 
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Overton Badalassi Carlo Minerva Box Leather V-Stitch Watch Strap - Dark Brown
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Overton Badalassi Carlo Minerva Box Leather V-Stitch Watch Strap - Coral
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Overton Badalassi Carlo Minerva Box Leather V-Stitch Watch Strap - Olive Green

To wrap up our favourite affordable leather strap choices we have not one but two offerings from the Overton V-Stitch collection. Featuring a variety of premium Minerva Box leather and suede watch straps for just £68 pounds each, the Overton range offers luxury straps at a fraction of the price. 

The Overton Conceria Opera Suede straps are crafted from genuine Italian suede leather from the famed Opera tannery in Tuscany. A timelessly elegant choice for those looking for a simple option that maintains a premium look and feel, the Overton Suede straps are made at one of the most highly acclaimed tanneries in the world and the soft, pliable leather straps are a genuine demonstration of that.

The Minerva Box leather straps are meticulously handmade at the renowned Baladassi Carlo tannery in Tuscany, Italy, using vegetable tanned calf leather. Smooth, supple and stylish, each Overton Baladassi strap has a unique texture thanks to its natural grain. Minerva Box is considered one of the best leathers in the world, so we can guarantee these straps are supple, richly coloured and luxurious, despite their affordable price point.

Make sure to check out our full range of leather watch straps here.

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Safie Agar-Hutton

About the Author: Safie Agar-Hutton

As a passionate writer, working on the Magazine Team is a great outlet for my creativity. I joined WatchGecko in 2024 and enjoy the varied nature of my job, but my true motivation comes from delivering horological-focused content. My writing includes press releases containing important news from the biggest brands in the industry, timepiece reviews, and Top Choice pieces showcasing the best products from our online store. If it's watch related, I’ll write about it!

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