What Is a Perlon Strap? Perlon Watch Straps - The Complete Guide

The fact you are interested in this article means you are either already aware of the fantastic qualities of a Perlon watch strap and you want to find out more, or you are completely new to the strap and want to find out what all the fuss is about.

Either way, in this article, you will learn what makes the Perlon watch strap such a popular option, how you can style it with your watch and how best to care for it.

Are you looking for a watch strap that is lightweight, stylish and extremely easy to install to your watch?

Well then, you are in the right place! Say hello to the Perlon watch strap.

As we know, when it comes to watch straps, there are endless options available, each offering its own unique style and functionality. Among those many choices, it is Perlon watch straps that have gained popularity for their distinctive characteristics and ability to effortlessly enhance your timepiece.

With that said, as expert providers of quality affordable watch straps, we’ll start with a brief answer to the question “What is a Perlon strap”!

A Perlon strap is a braided synthetic watch band known for its durability, flexibility, and breathability. Originating in the 1950s, it's woven from nylon threads, offering comfort, adjustability, and a wide range of colours and patterns, making it a versatile and stylish choice for watch enthusiasts.

Today, we will delve into the world of Perlon watch straps and uncover the secrets behind their appeal – the combination of its effortless elegance and unmatched comfort.

Let's get started.

Navy Blue Perlon watch strap - an effortlessly stylish accessory for your chronograph watch


A Perlon strap is a type of watch band made from a unique material called Perlon. And, as you might expect from our Thrifty Gentleman establishment, we have a range of Perlon watch straps here awaiting your perusal.


Unlike traditional leather, rubber, or metal straps, Perlon straps are crafted from a durable, braided synthetic material.

This material is known for its exceptional strength, flexibility, and breathability, making it an ideal choice for watch enthusiasts seeking comfort and style.

They clearly boast several distinctive features that make them a desirable choice for watch enthusiasts. Lets check them out.

1. Unrivalled Comfort

One of the standout features of Perlon straps is their remarkable comfort. The woven nylon material allows the strap to conform to the shape of your wrist, providing a snug and comfortable fit.

The flexibility and softness of Perlon make it feel incredibly gentle against the skin, making it ideal for all-day wear. Whether you're typing away at your desk or engaging in outdoor activities, the comfort of a Perlon strap remains unparalleled.

2. Water-Friendly and Quick-Drying

Perlon straps are highly water-friendly, making them an excellent choice for those who enjoy water-related activities. Unlike leather straps that can be damaged by water or metal bracelets that may feel uncomfortable when wet, Perlon is resistant to water and dries quickly.

Whether you're swimming, participating in water sports, or simply caught in the rain, your Perlon strap will withstand the moisture without compromising its integrity.

3. Lightweight and Breathable

If you prefer a watch strap that feels barely there, Perlon is a great choice. The lightweight nature of the woven nylon material ensures that the strap doesn't weigh your wrist down, providing a comfortable and unobtrusive wearing experience.

Additionally, the breathable nature of Perlon allows air to circulate, preventing sweat and discomfort, especially during hot and humid conditions. Say goodbye to sweaty wrists and hello to breathable bliss with a Perlon strap.

4. Versatility and Style

Our Perlon watch straps are available in a wide range of colours, allowing you to customize your timepiece to match your personal style and preferences. Whether you prefer a classic colour such as Black or Navy Blue, or something a bit more vibrant, there is a Perlon strap for every taste.

This versatility allows you to effortlessly change the look and feel of your watch without investing in multiple timepieces. From casual to dressy occasions, Perlon straps offer a stylish and versatile option for any ensemble.

Incidentally, if durability is what you’re looking for, then also check out our popular NATO watch strap range.

stunning perlon watch strap in blue - comfortable and stylish


The origins of Perlon straps can be traced back to the mid-20th century, particularly to Europe.

Developed in the 1950s, Perlon, or Nylon 6 to give it its industrial name, was initially used in textile manufacturing due to its elasticity and robustness.

The material gained popularity for its versatility and was soon adapted for various applications... including watch straps.


Perlon straps are typically woven from numerous strands of nylon threads.

The weaving process results in a breathable and lightweight strap that is comfortable to wear for extended periods.

The straps often feature a unique braided pattern, enhancing their visual appeal and providing a distinctive look to the timepiece. Check out some of our Perlon braided patterns here.

Now let’s move on to the all-important thrifty gent style aspect.


Now that we've explored the unique qualities of Perlon watch straps, let's check out that versatility element in a little more detail and delve into how you can style the watch strap for various occasions.

1. Casual and Everyday Wear

Perlon straps excel in casual settings, offering a laid-back and effortless style. Pair a colourful Perlon strap with your favorite jeans and a t-shirt for a relaxed and trendy look.

Opt for bright and bold colours to add a pop of personality to your outfit, or choose a subtle pattern for a more understated yet fashionable appearance.

The lightweight and breathable nature of Perlon straps make them ideal for everyday wear, ensuring comfort throughout the day.

2. Outdoor Adventures

If you're an outdoor enthusiast, Perlon straps are an excellent choice for your adventures. As we previously identified, their water-friendly nature and quick-drying capabilities make them perfect for activities like hiking, camping, or even a day at the beach.

Choose a durable Perlon strap in a colour that complements your outdoor gear, and enjoy the comfort and versatility it offers during your explorations.

If you're looking for a little bit of inspiration check out this Perlon Watch Strap in Green, the perfect affordable watch strap for outdoor escapades.

3. Formal and Dressy Events

Contrary to popular belief, Perlon straps can also be styled for more formal occasions. Opt for a sleek and solid-coloured Perlon strap, such as black or navy, and pair it with a dress watch or a more sophisticated timepiece.

This combination of elegance and simplicity adds a unique touch to your formal attire, allowing you to stand out while maintaining a refined and classy look.

If you're feeing creative why not try pairing a Perlon strap with your watch at a wedding or a similarly formal event. You could take some inspiration from this article when deciding which watch and watch strap to wear to a wedding. Could this be the perfect watch strap to complete your wedding look?

4. Mix and Match

One of the advantages of Perlon straps is their ability to adapt to various styles and watch cases. Don't be afraid to experiment and mix different strap colours with your watch collection. Consider alternating between Perlon straps to match different outfits or to reflect your mood for the day.

The versatility, affordability and ease of application of Perlon straps make it extremely easy to build a collection that suits your ever-changing style.

perfect accessory for the Seagull 1963 watch - this beautiful green perlon watch strap


Now, when perusing The Thrifty Gentleman's watch strap store, here’s what you need to consider.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Perlon Strap

  • Size and Width: Perlon straps come in various widths and lengths to accommodate different watch lug sizes and wrist circumferences. Ensure the strap's width matches your watch's lug width for a proper fit.
  • Buckle Type: Perlon straps usually feature stainless steel or plastic buckles. Choose a buckle material that complements your watch and suits your preferences for durability and aesthetics.
  • Quality of Material: Pay attention to the quality of the Perlon material. We only deal with High-quality Perlon straps that are tightly woven, ensuring durability and longevity.
  • Colour and Style: With an extensive range of colours and patterns available, select a Perlon strap that resonates with your style and complements your watch's design.


To ensure your Perlon strap remains in excellent condition, proper maintenance is essential. While Perlon is known for its durability, it's still important to take care of your strap to prolong its lifespan. Here are some tips for maintaining your Perlon strap:

  • Regularly clean your strap with mild soap and water to remove dirt and sweat.
  • Don't leave your strap in water for longer than 30 seconds to avoid damage.
  • Air dry for best results.
  • Avoid exposing your Perlon Watch strap to harsh chemicals or solvents, as they may cause discolouration or damage.
  • Consider rotating your straps to allow them to rest and retain their shape.

With these simple maintenance practices, your Perlon strap will continue to look great and provide you with a stylish and comfortable wearing experience for years to come.


The Perlon strap's rise to popularity in the watch community can be attributed to its blend of style, comfort, and versatility.

And what's more, whether you're aiming for a casual, sporty, or refined look, these straps offer an array of options to suit your preferences and complement your timepiece.

Their lightweight nature, breathability, and durability make them an excellent choice for everyday wear, while their ability to effortlessly transform the appearance of a watch ensures they remain a favourite among us thrifty gentlemen, and thrifty watch strap collectors.

With their rich history, craftsmanship, and versatility, Perlon straps are more than just watch bands—they're an essential accessory that adds character and charm to your wristwear collection, so go ahead and choose yours today.

We certainly do here at The Thrifty Gentleman. You will often see our Perlon strap range in regular rotation around the workplace.

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