As part of our long-running strap showcase series, we take a closer look at sailcloth straps with plenty of pictures for inspiration

Finding a waterproof, rugged, strap which also really enhances the look of your watch is no mean feat. Fortunately, your search is over. Welcome to the world of the sailcloth straps!

The sailcloth is one of the finest quality and most versatile straps we have produced and offers a sophisticated look which technically achieves the enviable status of a single strap that fulfils almost all needs.

The characteristics are impressive:

• Sailcloth material, which is soft from new, is renowned for its strong and durable properties

• A superior waterproof alternative to leather which has been expertly finished with a rembord edge

• Vivid contrast colour stitching to complement dial features

• Brushed steel or PVD black buckle

• Padded, flat or perforated strap styles

The Sailcloth strap looks stylish and functional on a vast range of watches, not just divers.  But don’t just take our word for it - have a look at a selection of our favourite watches below - which show the Sailcloth off to its very best.

The ZULUDIVER Quick-Release Sailcloth

With six contrasting stitch colours to choose from and quick release spring bars for easy fitting, this strap is ready for your next adventure. The design tapers down by 2mm from lug end to the robust thumbnail style brushed buckle, and you can choose either 20mm or 22mm lug width.

Ollech & Wajs P-104 paired with the ZULUDIVER Sailcloth in Black/Orange - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

Omega Seamaster on ZULUDIVER Sailcloth in Black/Grey - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

The Raven Trekker paired with a ZULUDIVER Sailcloth in Black/Blue - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

The Squale 20 ATMOS 1545 paired with the ZULUDIVER Sailcloth in Black/Grey - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

The Christopher Ward C65 Sandhurst paired with the ZULUDIVER Sailcloth in Black/Red - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

The Rolex Explorer paired with the ZULUDIVER Sailcloth in Black/Grey  - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

Stitching detail and buckle of the ZULUDIVER Sailcloth - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

The ZULUDIVER Quick-Release Padded Sailcloth

This strap also makes a great alternative to a leather strap, as it has been superbly finished with a "rembord" edge, making it clean and seamless for a fresh traditional style. It is available in four lug widths and is 4.3mm thick at the lug ends and reduces to 3.2mm at the buckle end. It has a more pronounced taper than the standard ZULUDIVER sailcloth and features a less aggressive buckle. You can choose between subtly contrasting beige or grey stitching.

The Tudor Black Bay 58 paired with the ZULUDIVER Padded Sailcloth in Black/Beige - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

The Geckota Phalanx paired with the ZULUDIVER Padded Sailcloth in Black/Beige - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

The Omega Speedmaster paired with the ZULUDIVER Padded Sailcloth in Black/Beige- Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

The Longines Spirit paired with the ZULUDIVER Padded Sailcloth in Black/Grey -Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

The Yema Naygraf Maxi Dial paired with the ZULUDIVER Padded Sailcloth in Black/Beige- Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

Stitching and buckle detail of the ZULUDIVER Padded Sailcloth - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

The ZULUDIVER Perforated/Rally Sailcloth

Our perforated sailcloth is a great option for those seeking something a little less safe and a bit more breathable. For this design we have taken inspiration from racing history, and the watch strap comes in two designs, perforated or rally holes. There is even a black 'stealth' option which gives a cleaner look as it has no stitching. This strap comes in either 20mm or 22mm lug widths.

The Geckota C-04 Chronograph paired with the ZULUDIVER Perforated Sailcloth with grey contrasting stitching - Image Credit: WatchGecko Online Magazine

So there we have it - your one stop shop for sailcloth straps is complete. We hope you agree that it's a surprisingly versatile type of strap.

For even more options, check out the full range of sailcloth straps.