Silicone and Rubber Women's Watches - Stylish and Sporty Style  

Silicone and rubber ladies watches are stylish sporty fashion accessories. They are comfortable to wear, resilient and modern. Where fashion meets versatility. Rubber is one of the most durable watch materials and silicone women's watches in unisex and colorful styles are some of the most popular fashion rubber watches.

They are common in sport watches, fashion watches and children's watches but rubber watch straps are ideal for all sorts of watches and lifestyles. There are all kinds of watches with rubber bands from diving to dress watches. Rubber watch straps are especially ideal for an active lifestyle because they are durable and lightweight and can be worn while swimming, hiking and running.


Stylish Silicone and Rubber Ladies Watches 

More women's rubber and silicone watches by brands like Invicta, Momentum, Lacoste, Technomarine, Salvatore Ferragamo, Guess, Marathon, Swatch, Tissot, Victorinox, Nautica among others.


About Silicone and Rubber Women's Watches

The two types of rubber used for watch straps are natural rubber (caoutchouc) and silicone, which is made of polymer materials.  

What is Natural Rubber?

Natural rubber is one of the most well known natural polymers. The first natural rubber was obtained from the sap of Hevea trees in Central America. Today, there are other kinds of rubber whose invention was inspired by natural rubber.

Rubber got its name from its ability to erase or rub out writing in pencil. Rubber watches may have a plastic or metal case.

Developed in the 1960’s for diving watches, the Tropic strap was the first rubber watch strap made. The  popularity of rubber in contemporary watchmaking began in the 1980s.

Advantages of Rubber Watch Straps

  • Rubber is robust and durable. Quality rubber will last a long time if properly cared for.
  • Rubber is soft- it feels pleasant to touch, lightweight and flexible so it is comfortable to wear.
  • It is heat and cold resistant making it comfortable to wear under all kinds of weather conditions.
  • Rubber is waterproof and repels water making it perfect for use in diving and sports watches as well as for wearing in hot and humid climates. It dries quickly after water exposure, does not stick to the wrist and does not fade or change colors in the sun.
  • Rubber watch straps are affordable.
  • Rubber does not stain and is easily cleanable.

Disadvantages of Rubber Watch Straps

  • Rubber does not breathe well.
  • Like steel, rubber is more difficult to customize than leather


What is Silicone?

Silicone is a soft, synthetic rubber-like material comprised of silicon, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Silicone rubber is derived from silicon metal and silica sand. It is a high performance polymer first developed in the search of a better insulating material for electric motors and generators. 

Silicone is a very common material that is used in everything from toys to medical equipment applications, electronics, automobiles, electrical wiring, and in the food industry. Silicone rubber is an extraordinary high performance material. Tough enough to for use in jet engines and safe enough to make baby bottle teats.  

Benefits of Silicone Watch Straps

  • Being synthetic, silicone is available in a wide variety of color options including bright and fashionable hues.  
  • Silicone is waterproof, doesn’t absorb liquid and repels water. If your watch gets wet or spilled on, you just wipe it off.
  • Silicone watches are stable, tough and and less prone to deformation because silicone has good resistance to extreme temperatures, magnetic fields and shock. 
  • Silicone is pleasant to the touch with a high-grade feel. It is lightweght, flexible and can have some stretch. It is very comfortable to wear. Silicone straps are silky smooth and don’t pinch like metal watch links.
  • Silicone is inert and does not react with most chemicals. It is safe for people with sensitive skin and those wth metal allergies to wear.  
  • Silicone is durable and has good weatherbility.
  • Silicone doesn't smell. Some vulcanized rubber straps are infused with vanilla scents so they never smell badly when wet.
  • Some synthetic rubbers are blends of polycarbonate and other materials to maintain high performance without getting dry and brittle.
  • Silicone requires little lubrication and is easy to work with.

Cons of Silicone Watch Straps

  • Some types of silicone polymers especially cheap ones can be brittle.
  • Silicone rubber has a very low tensile strength.
  • Silicone is also highly sensitive to fatigue from cyclic loading. 

What is the Better Watch Strap Material - Natural Rubber or Silicone?

Natural rubber and silicone both have amazing properties. Silicone is refined and natural rubber perfected with additives. It comes down to your preference. You can choose rubb5er ladies watches or silicone women's watches with confidence.

Maintenance

Rubber and silicone watches are durable and easy to care for. To clean a rubber or silicone watch strap, rinse the strap with water and dry it with a soft cloth.

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