There’s a lot that goes into making a quality leather watch band. For such a simple product, there’s a surprising number of details that have to be done right. As with many other hand crafted, artisan products, the cost of labor has dictated that modern manufacturing be outsourced to China, resulting in ubiquitous, cheap watch straps that flood the internet, our malls, and even many of the fine jewelers in this country. Sadly, the quality just isn’t what it once was.
I was fortunate enough to buy out the remaining stock from a watchmaker who retired after many years in the trade. These watch bands and straps are (NOS) new, old stock, and were made back when you could trust that you were buying a quality product. These were stored carefully and are in new or like new, unworn condition. The leather is supple and they’re the perfect compliment to your fine time piece. I’m able to offer these at a fraction of the cost of an equivalent Swiss, French, or Italian watch band of contemporary production. Problem is: when they’re gone, they’re gone. There’s no reordering. So don’t delay, pick up a replacement watch band today, and consider buying a couple extra for your own supply before they run out.
Here are the details for this strap:
- 19mm padded, matte finish tan/brown boar or pigskin. The buckle end is 7.3cm long (8.55 counting the buckle), and tapers down to 1.35 cm (13.5 mm) at the buckle. If you plan to use a replacement buckle, it will fit standard 17mm buckles (measure yours to double check!) The long end is 11.5 cm long and tapers down to 10.65mm at the end. This is a standard or regular sized watch band (as opposed to the long or short lengths).
- 100% quality, genuine pigskin/boar leather. The leather quality is incredible. It is pressed smooth and scored along the edges creating a nice border outline. This sort of hand tooled leather working is not something you see much of today as the time and craftsmanship involved is cost prohibative. It is stamped “Kalbe Austria” on the reverse, and refers to the Hadley Kalbe company, which later became the Hadley Roma company. When this band was made, remember that people were not traveling the world like we do today. An imported watch band from the famous houses in Austria was an indulgent–and expensive–treat.
- Edge turned construction. One of the subtle details that sets a nice watch band apart, edge turned construction refers to the treatment of the edges of the band. On the highest quality bands, you’ll notice that the high quality upper is cut extra wide so that it can be turned down over the sides to cover the base leather below. This adds an elegant touch.
- 2 keepers: 1 fixed and 1 floating
- Gold tone buckle with spring bar retainer. This means it can be easily swapped out for a different color or style buckle. If you have the special Patek Philippe, Rolex, Omega, Breitling, or other manufacturer buckle of the same width, it’s easy to install on this band using a spring bar tool.
- Vintage quality!
I am happy to include a free pair of spring bars by request. If you would like me to include the spring bars, please send me a message/email, or include your request in the comment section at check out.
I highly recommend purchasing a spring bar tool from me or anther vendor; they are quite reasonably priced. These help with removing your old band and installing the new band. Having the proper tools makes the job much easier and can help prevent scratching your fine watch during band changes. If you purchase the spring bar tool and the watch band together, I’m happy to waive the extra shipping charge to save you some money.