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Vintage Watch Straps

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



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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, systems analysis and nuclear safety. I am interested in history and technology generally, and 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.

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Please read the notes below before sending me an email.

  1. No maker's name or brand on a watch but you want to know who made it? Start by clicking this link Who made my watch?
  2. To find out what the letters F.S.A.R, or A.F.R.S, or FS, or AR, on a movement mean click on this link F.S.A.R..
  3. If you have a question about hallmarks, please try to send a picture of the marks.
  4. If you want help to identify the maker of a movement, please state the size of the movement - see Measuring movements.
  5. Photographs: Two, movement and inside case back, sent as email attachments are usually enough. Don't send more than three unless really necessary.
  6. Photographs that are small, blurred or out of focus are useless. For some easy to follow tips click on this link taking close ups.
  7. I am interested in the history and technology of old watches not their market value so I don't do appraisals or valuations.

If you have read the notes above, then email me at . To avoid wasting time read the notes above first, especially about photographs. Don't worry about my family name, call me David. I might not reply at the weekend but if you don't get a reply in a few days check your junk or spam folders.

Please don't give out my email address, send people to this web site instead.

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.


If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me via my Contact me page. Back to the top of the page.

Copyright © David Boettcher 2006 - 2017 all rights reserved. This page updated March 2017. W3CMVS.