In the market for a new timepiece? There are plenty of things you'll need to consider: will it be mechanical or quartz? A chronograph? A sports watch? One detail that's all too often overlooked however, is the watch strap. And wrongly so, given that a strap can hugely impact the appearance and overall feel of a watch.
We're here to argue that leather straps in particular make for some of the most handsome timepieces. Choose a watch with a high quality leather strap and you'll be rewarded with years of wear. A leather strap watch is far more than a mere accessory – it's a symbol of sophistication, of time-honoured craftsmanship.
The inherent classic nature of leather means it transcends trends and seasons, lending any outfit timeless appeal and offering ultimate versatility. Leather straps make for great dress watches, but can just as easily be dressed down, with casual everyday attire. Plus, they feel amazing to wear. Leather is soft, supple and lightweight, so you'll barely notice your watch on your wrist.
Ready to add a new leather strap watch to your collection? Here are some of the best men's leather strap watches to invest in now and cherish forever.
Best leather strap watches for men in 2023
BALTIC Watches Navy Blue / Silver Bicompax 002 Watch
This chronograph watch from French watch label BALTIC Watches draws design inspiration from classic 1940s timepieces, but offers a contemporary take in the form of cutting-edge modern mechanics. With three different finishes of the silver dial, it captures the light beautifully. An Italian calf leather strap – available in a range of hues – makes for an elegant accessory that you'll reach for time and again.
NOMOS Glashütte 201 Ludwig Watch
German watchmakers NOMOS Glashütte are renowned for their minimalist take on wristwear, and this Ludwig style perfectly epitomises the brand's refined aesthetic. Its classic dial is offset by the subtle statement of blue hands and the luxurious Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan leather strap oozes sophistication.
VOID Watches PKG01-SI/LB/WH Watch
Keep it simple with VOID Watches' Scandinavian-designed classic date watch. Drawing on classic design principles, the elegantly understated timepiece boasts a timeless combination of clean white face and brown Italian leather strap. The ultra-thin 7mm case makes its ideal for tucking underneath bulky outerwear. Priced at under £200, it's an absolute steal.
Tapferkeit Löwenherz Watch
Tapferkeit creates clean and simple Bauhaus-inspired timepieces that are utterly elegant yet affordable. The Löwenherz (translation: lion heart) lives up to its name, with a bold, all-black look that's guaranteed to leave its mark. A refined and easy-to-read dial, sleek stainless steel case and supple leather strap lend it a sense of sophistication.
Nezumi Voiture Ref. VQ3.201 Watch
Nezumi's Swedish-designed and German-assembled Voiture Ref. VQ3.201 draws inspiration from the 1960s racing era, with its retro dial design and vegetable tanned leather rally strap. The chronograph watch features a fixed bezel with a a satin aluminium bezel insert and a Tachymetre scale, plus lumed indices and hands for easy legibility. Powered by a VK63 mecha-quartz movement from Seiko, it offers reliance without breaking the bank.
Dalgado Luca Limited 3-Hand Bauhaus Watch
Dalgado keeps things classic with its minimalist Luca watch, a Bauhaus-inspired timepiece that's as functional as it is elegant. The clean white dial is complemented by a classic 316L brushed stainless steel case from Switzerland and a sophisticated organic leather strap handmade in Germany. Only 25 pieces exist, so be quick.
Fossil Neutra Chronograph Amber Leather Watch
Fossil's men's leather strap watches are renowned for their timeless elegance and high quality craftsmanship. The brand's Neutra is a clever chronograph watch that fuses good looks with durability and functionality. Wear it day to day with denim and boots for a contemporary rugged look.
Tissot's Swiss-made PRX watch is a modern update on the iconic 1978 model. The slim, sporty style is ideal for everyday wear. Not feeling the leather strap? An easy unlock system allows you to easily swap your strap out for another style in two simple clicks.
Omega Constellation Globemaster Co‑Axial Master Chronometer 39mm
Quietly confident and exuding elegance, this classic chronograph watch from Omega makes for the perfect dress watch, but its sleek simplicity also means it will fit seamlessly into your everyday wardrobe. Made to stand the test of time, it's a veritable heirloom to pass down through the generations.
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