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Vintage Watch Straps

Straps for vintage fixed wire lug trench or officer's wristwatches.

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Copyright © David Boettcher 2006 - 2018 all rights reserved.
My grandfather's and grandmother's Rolex wristwatches
My grandfather's 1918 and grandmother's 1917 Rolex wristwatches. My grandfather's watch is on one of my Type B straps. Click on the picture for an enlarged view.

Hi, I'm David. I am always happy to hear if you have comments on this web site, or questions about a watch, or about British or Swiss hallmarks.

I live in Cheshire, England. I am a Chartered Engineer with a background in Nuclear Power Station design and construction, nuclear safety and systems analysis, and also Information Technology. I am interested in history, engineering and technology generally. I got interested in early wristwatches when I inherited my grandfather's and grandmother's vintage 1917/1918 Rolex wristwatches, shown in the picture here.

I needed a strap so that I could wear my grandfather's watch, but I couldn't find one so I had some made, but in the process of researching what a strap should look like for an early fixed wire lug wristwatch. I got so interested in old watches that I now have a significant collection of early wristwatches, I have learnt to service and restore my own watches, and I write about the history of watches and the watch industry.

I am a Member of the British Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS), the American National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) and an Associate Member of the British Horological Institute (BHI). I am particularly interested in early wristwatches, especially with water resistant features. In addition to the research published on this web site, I have also had a number of articles published in the NAWCC Watch & Clock Bulletin.

Questions and Comments

There is a lot of information on this web site that you can use to find out about your own watch, not just watches in general. There are a couple of links in the box below that will help you get started, but also use the navigation to explore all the pages that are available.

If you want to request information about a watch, please read the notes in the box below first.

If You Want My Help . . . .

I am always happy to try to answer questions about old watches, but I don't give valuations.

Please read the Notes below before sending information or photographs, it makes my life a lot easier if you follow them.

NB: Please, no more than three photographs - taken in daylight!


  1. If the watch case has marks that you think might be hallmarks, start at this page: Case Marks.
  2. If there is no obvious name or brand start at this page: Who Made My Watch?
  3. To find out what the letters F.S.A.R or A.F.R.S, or FS, AR, or even VN, mean, click this link: F.S.A.R..
  4. Maximum of three photographs, taken using daylight
  5. Images in order of Importance: 1: Inside Case Back, 2: Movement, 3: Face. Send as email attachments.
  6. Don't send photographs that are small, blurred or out of focus. If I can't see details I won't be able to tell you anything. Even mobile phones are capable of taking good quality images if you use them properly. There is no excuse for sending poor quality images.
  7. For some easy tips on taking great close up photographs, click on this link Taking Close Up Photographs.
  8. Photographs must be taken in daylight. Don't send more than three photographs.
  9. To attempt identification of a movement send an image taken square on with the stem at the top and give the Movement Size. If you don't do this I can't help you. I can't use a photograph taken at an oblique angle for identification.
  10. I am interested in the history and technology of watches not their value, please don't ask for appraisals or valuations.
  11. Please note that I do not answer questions about electrical, battery powered or quartz watches.

Please read the Notes above before emailing, and note: Maximum Photographs: Three (3) taken in Daylight.

After reading the ⇧ ⇧ Notes ⇧ ⇧, email . Don't worry about my family name, please call me David.

Sorry if that all sounds a bit off-putting, I really don't mind trying to help. I might not reply over a weekend, but if you don't get a reply within a few days check your junk or spam folders. Please don't pass on my email address, direct people to this web site instead.


If you find the information on this web site useful, or if I have answered a question, and you would like to express your appreciation, you can use the PayPal button below to make a donation. Any amount will help to keep this web site going and is much appreciated.


Watch Servicing

A watch is a complicated and delicate machine and it needs cleaning and oiling every so often to reduce wear and prolong life, even if it appears to be working perfectly well. Read more about this on my page Looking after a mechanical watch. There is also advice on that page about how to find a reliable watch repairer to service and repair your watch. Don't rely on qualifications alone, a certificate only shows that someone put in enough effort at one time to pass a test, it doesn't tell you about their approach to looking after a customer and their treasured watch, do some background research.

Case Repairs

If you have a watch case that needs repairing, get in touch with my good friend Adam Phillips. Adam is a goldsmith with over 30 years experience in the making and repair of all types of watch case, from antique pocket watches to modern wristwatches.

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