Watch Materials

With so many different watch styles out there, REEDS understands that choosing the best watch for you can be difficult. With a further understanding of the materials our watches are made from, you can be certain to pick the perfect timepiece for you!

Watch Band Materials

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Acetate
  • Acetate watches are made from a type of bio-friendly plastic-like material called Acetate. Acetate is made from polymers found in nature (wood, cotton, etc.). Acetate is a lightweight and versatile material that can be shaped, polished, and colored with a high quality finish, similar to ceramic in appearance.
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Black PVD
  • Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) with a black tone. Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) is steel with a layer of oxides, carbides or nitrides, deposited by ionic attraction in a vacuum. PVD watches have increased durability and reduced friction on metal components.
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Carbon Fiber
  • Carbon fiber watches have an extremely strong and light fiber-reinforced plastic which contains carbon fibers. Carbon fiber is created by thermally decomposing carbon into braided fibers and surrounding it by resin. It is sometimes used in combination with polymer for improved strength. Carbon fiber watches are tough, lightweight, and very contemporary in style.
Ceramic
  • Ceramic watches are durable, lightweight, and modern. Because ceramic must be fired at high temperatures and polished, ceramic watches are also highly scratch-resistant. In addition, they're hypoallergenic, making them a good choice for people allergic to metals or with sensitive skin.
Cloth
  • Watch strap made out of fabric instead of metal or other material. These bands can be more comfortable than other styles of bands and come in a variety of colors. Cloth watch straps can be dirtied easier, however, and should be taken care of to prevent discoloration.
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Gold Plated
  • A non-precious base metal with a very thin layer of gold.
Gold Tone
  • A base metal coated with gold color with no real gold content. Gold tone items have no karat weight.
Gunmetal PVD
  • Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) with a gunmetal tone. Gunmetal toned items are a shade of grey similar to those similar to the metal used in firearms. Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) is steel with a layer of oxides, carbides or nitrides, deposited by ionic attraction in a vacuum. PVD watches have increased durability and reduced friction on metal components.
Gunmetal Tone
  • Gunmetal toned items are coated in a shade of grey similar to that of the metal used in firearms.
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Ion Plated
  • Ion plating is one of the most advanced surface finishing processes in the trade. It involves adding a titanium nitride layer to the base metal, in a vapor form. Ion plating makes a harder and more durable surface which offers greater brightness and sheen than the traditional methods of plating. Also known as IP Plating.
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Leather
  • Leather watches are form-fitting, comfortable, and stylish. Leather bands have plenty of colors to choose from and different types of hides provide different textures. It is important to take care of your leather watch, as most leathers are not water resistant and will stain over time with wear. Leather is fairly easy to care for and generally does not require anything more than surface cleaning. Leather tends to look better as the material ages, so as along as you care for it, it will look better with time.
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Nylon
  • Nylon watch straps are light, inexpensive and durable. Many nylon watch bands afford the wearer an additional layer of protection against loss: the design incorporates a one-piece loop that prevents a watch from detaching from the wrist even if a spring bar breaks or pops open. Like leather, fabric straps are not water resistant and will stain and wear out over time if not cared for.
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PVD
  • Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) is steel with a layer of oxides, carbides or nitrides, deposited by ionic attraction in a vacuum. PVD watches have increased durability and reduced friction on metal components.
Plastic
  • Watches made from plastic are lightweight and water resistant to a high degree. Due to the plastic being such high quality, many of these watches are scratch resistant as well. Plastic watches can be a more cost-friendly material as well.
Polyurethane
  • Polyurethane is a synthetic resin used to make tough resistant coatings and adhesives. They make to be a useful watch material because they are tough and provide a good coating for watch parts.
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Resin
  • Tough, durable and available in many colors, resin watch bands are a stylish and sporty look. Resin is a high-impact plastic that can be used on each watch bracelet link, or to create the complete watch band. Resin is easy to care for and will last a long time with proper care.
Rose Gold Tone
  • A base metal coated with rosy pink color with no real gold content.
Rubber
  • Soft yet surprisingly durable, rubber watch bands are a great option for active people. Typically used with sport watches or for children's watches, rubber watch bands can be manufactured in a variety of colors and textures. Rubber watches are very durable and are generally a less expensive option for watch types.
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Silicone
  • Silicone is a synthetic material used to make rubber, plastics, polishes, and lubricants. Silicone watches have the ability to maintain its properties within a wide range of temperatures. Silicone watch bands can be worn in all types of temperatures are very hardy watches. They are also very easy to clean in comparison with leather and cloth straps.
Silver Tone
  • Similar to gold tone, silver tone watches are base metal that are silver in color. They have the look of silver but contain no actual silver metal.
Stainless Steel
  • Considered durable and long lasting, stainless steel watches are lightweight and highly corrosion resistant. Stainless steel items are made from iron-carbon alloy mixed with chromium and nickel. More affordable than other metals, stainless steel is a great option for both dressy and sporty watches.
Synthetic
  • These watch bands are from a variety of manufacturers and are made predominantly out of synthetic materials such as silicone, faux leather, etc. These are made to mimic other materials and are a more price friendly option.
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TR-90 Plastic
  • TR-90 plastic is a type of nylon material and can be found in a rubber-like texture, or a hard, plastic type texture. TR-90 is tough, yet flexible. TR-90’s flexibility and high resistance to cracking make it an excellent choice for watch band links.
Titanium
  • Lightweight and tough, titanium is about half the weight of steel, but is almost 30 percent stronger. Titanium is a great metal for luxury sport and utility watches. Titanium is dent and corrosion-resistant, as well as hypoallergenic, so it is good for those with allergies to metals.
Tungsten Carbide
  • A chemical compound containing equal parts of tungsten and carbon, tungsten carbide is popular due to its extreme hardness and high resistance to scratching. Tungsten carbide is roughly 10 times harder than 18k gold. Even with high-impact resistance, this extreme hardness also means that it can occasionally be shattered under certain circumstances.
Two-tone
  • Having two different shades. For example, a watch could be both gold and silver tone.