Why is wrist size so important for custom Elastic / Velcro Watch Strap

How to Accurately Measure Your Wrist Size: A Guide to Custom Elastic / Velcro Strap Watch Bands

At Drwatchstrap, we specialize in crafting high-quality, luxury custom watch straps. When it comes to custom Velcro / elastic watch straps, we often need our customers to provide an accurate wrist size.

Why is wrist size so important?

It is important to have accurate wrist measurements because Velcro/elastic watch straps are not easily adjustable once made.  This article will explain the importance of measuring your wrist size and knowing the case diameter of your watch case when custom velcro watch band.

Can you make an S / M / L size velcro / elastic watch band for my wrist?

NO. Some customers might prefer choosing standard SML sizes (small, medium, large) for convenience, but this approach has significant drawbacks:

  • Lack of Precision: Everyone’s wrist size is different, and SML sizes do not guarantee a perfect fit for everyone.
  • Too Long or Too Short: Standard sizes may result in a strap that is either too long or too short, affecting comfort and the security of the watch.

Unless you are reselling your watch, you are not sure who will wear it. Therefore, we recommend that you make a custom watch band for men that fits a 17 cm wrist. This is a common wrist size for most men. Women’s common wrist size is 15cm. Everyone has a different wrist size. If you are buying for a specific person, please be sure to give us the exact wrist size.

Why Accurate Wrist Measurements Are Necessary

Velcro Watch Strap:

    • Limited Adjustment Range: Velcro straps adjust in length using the Velcro, but this adjustment range is limited to about 10mm. For example, if a strap is designed to fit a 16.5cm wrist, it can only adjust to fit wrists from 16.5cm to 17.5cm. If your wrist is smaller than 16.5cm, the strap cannot be adjusted to fit. Therefore, providing an accurate wrist measurement is essential to ensure the custom strap fits correctly.

Two velcro strap watch bands with a difference of 1 cm have a huge difference in effect when worn on the same customer’s 16.5 cm wrist.

Custom velcro watch band strap total length

Custom Velcro watch band strap length wrist size matters


Elastic Watch Strap:

    • Higher Precision Requirement: Elastic straps (also called stretchy watch band ) require even more precise measurements than Velcro wrist watch straps.
    • If the measurement is too small, the elastic watch band will be too tight and uncomfortable, potentially restricting blood flow.
    • If the measurement is too large, the watch will spin around your wrist, which can be inconvenient and uncomfortable.

Hence, an accurate wrist size is crucial. If the watch band is 5mm smaller, it will be too tight like picture below

Custom elastic watch band too tight strap

How to Measure Your Wrist Size

How to measure wrist size

Here are the detailed steps to measure your wrist size:

  1. Prepare Tools: You’ll need a soft measuring tape or a piece of string and a ruler.
  2. Measurement Location: Measure at the place on your wrist where you normally wear your watch, usually the narrowest part of your wrist.
  3. Using a Soft Measuring Tape:
  • Wrap the tape around your wrist, ensuring it is snug but not tight.
  • Read the measurement on the tape and record your wrist circumference.

4. Using a Piece of String:

  • Wrap the string around your wrist and mark where it meets.
  • Lay the string flat and measure the marked length with a ruler, which will give you your wrist circumference.

Measure wrist size with a string

Ensure the measurement is accurate, as even a few millimeters can affect the comfort and appearance of the custom strap.

Why Do We Need the Watch Case Diameter?

In addition to the wrist size, the diameter of your watch case is crucial for customizing the strap. The watch case diameter determines the total strap length:

  • Calculation Method: Subtract the watch case length from your accurate wrist size to get the strap length we need to make.
  • Example: If your wrist circumference is 17cm (170mm) and the watch case diameter is 42m, the total strap length we need to make is 170mm – 42mm = 128mm.

How to measure watch case diameter

Can you custom velcro / elastic watch band for my watch? What kind of watch can you customize with Velcro or elastic strap?

Drwatchstrap has made velcro / elastic watch straps for Richard Mille, Franck Muller, Corum, Hublot, Apple, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre JLC, Omega, Tudor, Garmin, MTW Geneve and more watches.

Velcro strap

What colors can you make for elastic / velcro watch bands?

Drwatchstrap has more than 50 different nylon colors available for velcro / elastic watch straps.

Canvas Nylon color chart (5)




To ensure your custom watch strap fits your wrist perfectly, it’s essential to provide accurate wrist measurements and the length of your watch case. We know the case diameter for most of the hot sale models. (Richard Mille / Franck Muller / Rolex / Omega / Hublot watches we know the case diameter, for watches other than the hot sale models, we need you to give us the watch case diameter)  Accurate measurements will result in a strap that is both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, giving you the best wearing experience.

We hope this article helps you understand the importance of measuring your wrist size accurately and provides you with the correct method to do so. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please feel free to contact our customer service team.

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