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Vintage Watch Straps

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



Ordering straps with standard buckles

Copyright © David Boettcher 2006 - 2017 all rights reserved.

You can use this page to order period replica vintage wristwatch straps with silver coloured base metal buckles that I keep in stock. These are designed for watches with fixed wire lugs that take a pull through strap. There are separate pages for vintage straps with sterling silver buckles and G10 / RAF type leather NATO straps. If you want to order something that is not a stock item please contact me.

Please read this first

If you are not familiar with my designs of vintage watch straps, please read the page about My designs of vintage watch straps before you place an order. That page includes guidance on strap thickness, widths and lengths, and much more; I have tried to answer as many questions as possible. By proceeding with an order you acknowledge that you have read and understood the information there and here.

If you have not ordered from me before, please read down this page before ordering. The items listed on this page are ones that I keep in stock with standard silver coloured base metal buckles and 10mm and 12mm strap widths, other widths are available to order. Stock straps are a length which fit most wrists between about 165mm/6½" 195mm/7½" around. If you need a longer or shorter strap this is no problem, just email me with your wrist measurement.

If a strap is marked as "Temporarily out of stock" it will be back in stock in about a week. If you want something that is either not a stock item or is out of stock, please don't buy something else and then email me to tell me what you really want. If you want a non-stock strap please email me your requirements. This applies to extra long or extra short straps, non-stock-widths, etc.

Buckles

Stock straps are fitted with silver coloured base metal (usually chrome plated) buckles of the best period look that I can find.

Gold coloured buckles can be supplied to order at no extra cost. I don't keep straps with gold coloured buckles made up because there are nothing like as many gold watches as silver due to the great melting of cases for their bullion that has happened over the years. Original Swiss records show that the number of gold and silver cases manufactured was roughly the same, whereas today gold cases from the era of the Great War are very rare compared to silver; a great shame.

Sterling Silver Buckles To further improve the authenticity of my replica Great War straps I now offer straps with hand made solid sterling silver (925) reproduction buckles. These are copies of authentic period buckles and are hallmarked by the London Assay Office, with a full set of hand punched UK hallmarks including the leopards head and the walking lion, just like the originals were marked 100 years ago. There is a separate page for ordering straps with sterling silver buckles.

Gold buckles I have made some gold buckles and had them hallmarked by the London Assay Office. I don't keep gold buckles in stock because of the cost of the material but they can be made to special order.

Your own buckle If your watch is fitted with a buckle that you would like to re-use, this is no problem and I have done this many times for customers. If the buckle uses spring bars we can simply leave off the standard buckle, but if it is an older type buckle that needs to be stitched in, you just need to post the buckle to me and we will get it stitched into the strap as it is made. Email me for posting details. If you don't have a matching metal keeper loop, I can get the workshop to make a leather loop in the same leather as the strap.

Special Orders

If you want to make a special order, e.g. for a non-stock width or length, please email me with details first. This is so that before you actually place the order I can make sure we can fulfil your requirements, to avoid the disappointment of ordering something which we can't actually make. Once all the details are agreed I will send you a PayPal invoice to place the order.

In addition to the details of the strap you want, please also send a measurement around your wrist in millimetres and where you live so that I can cost the postage, I don't need your full address, just where you are in the world.

There is usually no extra charge for a special order, they are the same price as the nearest similar stock strap. For example, if you want a Type B with a 14mm strap and a gold coloured buckle, it is the same price as a stock Type B with a 12mm strap and silver coloured buckle.

I am always happy to take special orders provided you understand that they do take extra time. I can't ask the workshop to drop everything and make just one strap, that would be totally impractical and uneconomic, so I have to tag it on to one of my orders for a batch of straps. You may be lucky and place your order just as I am about to submit a batch order, or you may be unlucky and I have just received a batch, in which case your order will have to go in with the next batch.

Because of this I ask you to allow two to three weeks for the strap to made, and then postage time after this. You are welcome to ask me for an estimate of time before you place the order, and about progress as time goes on, but I can't make the workshop work any faster, they always do their best.

silver polishing cloth

Cleaning Silver

For cleaning silver I find that the polishing cloths made by Town Talk are ideal. Town Talk have been making polishing cloths since 1895 so they have really got the hang of it now. Their high quality cotton silver polishing cloths are impregnated with silver cleaner and an anti-tarnish agent. They remove tarnish from any silver item leaving it really sparkling, and the anti-tarnish agent helps to keep it that way for longer.

Town Talk silver polishing cloths are ideal for cleaning silver watch cases because there is no messy liquid involved that might get into the case, just a rub with the cloth brings up the silver beautifully. I find the 5 x 7 inch (12.5 x 17.5 cm) cloths are ideal, and you can use the button underneath the picture to the left to add one of these to your order for just £2.00.

To Place An Order for a Stock Strap

To place an order for a stock strap of standard length with silver coloured buckle, please just select your items from the list below. You will then be taken to the PayPal web site. You will need to return to this page to choose more straps, or to add postage to the shopping cart. If you are using a tabbed browser you will probably find that the PayPal page opens in a new tab, and that you can just select the tab for this page to return to where you were. If not, choose the "Continue Shopping" option on the PayPal page to return here. You can use the "View Cart" button to review your selections at any time, and make your purchase. If you have any problems, please don't hesitate to email me.

If PayPal says that an item is out of stock, please email me and let me know.

Worldwide Shipping

I am based in Cheshire, England, but I am happy to take orders from anywhere in the world, and I have many satisfied customers all over the world.

Postage and Packaging - P&P

The cost of packaging and postage (p&p) is not included in the price of the straps. I make a single charge for p&p, no matter how many straps you order. The current p&p charges are shown underneath each set of ordering buttons.

Unfortunately PayPal is unable to calculate the correct postage so it needs to be added as a separate item. Please make sure you add one lot of p&p to your order. Please try to add this to your order (to your PayPal shopping cart) before checking out, because PayPal makes a charge for each separate transaction in addition to charging a percentage of the total, so if you pay for p&p separately the charges work out expensive for me.

Delivery times

Standard delivery in the UK is by Royal Mail First Class, which usually takes one to two days.

Overseas shipping is by standard airmail, which takes a few days in Europe, but longer outside Europe because it is subject to incoming customs examination.

Items sent to the USA usually fly out from Manchester on same day that I post them, and are delivered overnight to the mail centre at JFK airport. Delivery to their US destination can then take between seven days and two weeks, and sometimes even longer to the West Coast. I think the major delay is the requirement for examination by US customs. Delivery times to other worldwide destinations such as Canada, Australia and Hong Kong are similar.

I don't recommend using a tracked postal service because international tracked services are very expensive, and often slower than standard airmail. I have posted a lot of these packages over the years and problems with the standard airmail service are extremely rare. The biggest problem I ever had was with a tracked item to the USA. The customer wanted it for a Christmas present and ordered it on 10 December with a priority tracked service. A few days later we could both see that it was at the Kennedy mail centre at JFK airport in New York, presumably waiting for customs clearance. It remained there until the end of February, the tracking showed exactly where it was and neither of us could do anything about it.

Delivery in the Russian Federation can be very slow. The last time I used standard airmail to Moscow the 2,027 miles journey took 47 days, which is 1,128 hours and works out at 1.8 mph - I can walk faster than that! The customer was not very happy. Tracked deliveries to the Russian Federation are prohibitively expensive and anyway would not help, because no plane flies at 1.8 miles per hour so I am sure that the delay was entirely due to customs, so at the moment I don't deliver to the Russian Federation.

Delivery to South Africa can take up to six weeks. Again, I am sure that the delays are entirely due to customs, so using a tracked service would not speed things up.

Insurance

I insure shipments myself so you don't need to worry about it getting lost in the post.

How to pay

You can pay securely on line by PayPal using your credit or debit card, even if you don't have a PayPal account. I can take payment in any currency, dollars, yen, whatever you like, PayPal handles the currency conversion. Just simply follow the instructions and you will be charged in your preferred currency. You are not charged for payments by PayPal, the merchant (that's me in this case) pay all the fees.

You can also pay by cheque in £GBP Pounds Sterling drawn on a UK bank. If you want to pay by cheque, just let me know and I will send you an order form.

Please don't forget to add postage and packing / packaging and shipping (p&p) to your order!


Stock List

Updated Thursday 09 February 2017.

Type A Straps

NB: Postage and packing must be added to your PayPal cart as a separate item.

For current leather colours see Pictures. Anything that is not a stock item can be made to special order.


Type A 10mm
black
£25

Type A 10mm
dark brown
£25

Type A 10mm
sepia
£25

Type A 10mm
military tan
£25

Type A 10mm
chestnut
£25

Type A 10mm
tan morocco
£25

Type A 10mm
Italian leather
brandy
£27

Type A 10mm
Italian leather
dark chestnut
£27

Type A 12mm
black
£25

Type A 12mm
dark brown
£25

Type A 12mm
sepia
£25

Type A 12mm
military tan
£25

Type A 12mm
chestnut
£25

Type A 12mm
tan morocco
£25

Type A 12mm
Italian
brandy
£27

Type A 12mm
Italian
dark chestnut
£27

Postage and packing / shipping and handling

UK Post
First Class

£1.50
Standard Airmail
within Europe

£2.95

Please add one lot of p&p to your cart before you checkout. I don't recommend a tracked service for reasons explained here.

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Type B Straps - Standard Slots

NB: Postage and packing must be added to your PayPal cart as a separate item.

For current leather colours see Pictures. Anything that is not a stock item can always be made to special order.


Type B 10mm
black
£25

Type B 10mm
dark brown
£25

Type B 10mm
sepia
£25

Type B 10mm
military tan
£25

Type B 10mm
chestnut
£25

Type B 10mm
tan morocco
£25

Type B 10mm
Italian
brandy
£27

Type B 10mm
Italian
dark chestnut
£27

Type B 12mm
black
£25

Type B 12mm
dark brown
£25

Type B 12mm
sepia
£25

Type B 12mm
military tan
£25

Type B 12mm
chestnut
£25

Type B 12mm
tan morocco
£25

Type B 12mm
Italian
brandy
£27

Type B 12mm
Italian
dark chestnut
£27

Postage and packing / shipping and handling

UK Post
First Class

£1.50
Standard Airmail
within Europe

£2.95

Please add one lot of p&p to your cart before you checkout. I don't recommend a tracked service for reasons explained here.

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Type B Straps - double slots

NB: Postage and packing must be added to your PayPal cart as a separate item.

For current leather colours see Pictures. Anything that is not a stock item can always be made to special order.


Type B 12mm
double slots
black
£25

Type B 12mm
double slots
dark brown
£25

Type B 12mm
double slots
sepia
£25

Type B 12mm
double slots
Military Tan
£25

Type B 12mm
double slots
chestnut
£25

Type B 12mm
double slots
tan morocco
£25

Type B 12mm
double slots
Italian
brandy
£27

Type B 12mm
double slots
Italian
dark chestnut
£27

Postage and packing / shipping and handling

UK Post
First Class

£1.50
Standard Airmail
within Europe

£2.95

Please add one lot of p&p to your cart before you checkout. I don't recommend a tracked service for reasons explained here.

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Type C Straps - double slots

NB: Postage and packing must be added to your PayPal cart as a separate item.

For current leather colours see Pictures. Anything that is not a stock item can always be made to special order.


Type C 12mm
double slots
black
£25

Type C 12mm
double slots
dark brown
£25

Type C 12mm
double slots
sepia
£25

Type C 12mm
double slots
military tan
£25

Type C 12mm
double slots
chestnut
£25

Type C 12mm
double slots
tan morocco
£25

Type C 12mm
double slots
Italian
brandy
£27

Type C 12mm
double slots
Italian
dark chestnut
£27

Postage and packing / shipping and handling

UK Post
First Class

£1.50
Standard Airmail
within Europe

£2.95

Please add one lot of p&p to your cart before you checkout. I don't recommend a tracked service for reasons explained here.

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Two Piece Open End or Closed End Straps

NB: Postage and packing must be added to your PayPal cart as a separate item.

The button below allows you to place an order for either an open ended strap or closed ended two piece strap.

These two piece straps don't cross the back of the case, they are in two pieces with either open ends that will fit any fixed bar or spring bar case, or with closed ends that will only fit cases with spring bars. Open ended straps have open ends that wrap around the bars and are then easily fixed together with the supplied "tin tab", or they can be glued if you prefer.

Because the overall length of the strap and watch combined is affected by the size of the watch I can't offer to make the strap the correct length for your wrist, but if you find standard straps a bit long or short for your wrist and watch combination please make a note of how much in the notes box and I will adjust the standard size by that amount.

Please allow two to three weeks for your strap to be made. I can't ask the workshop to make just one strap, I have to order a batch.

Two piece open or closed end strap
Leather
Open / closed ends
Width (mm)
Loop type
Metal loop colour
Notes:

Postage and packing / shipping and handling

UK Post
First Class

£1.50
Standard Airmail
within Europe

£2.95

Please add one lot of p&p to your cart before you checkout. I don't recommend a tracked service for reasons explained here.

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One Offs In Stock

Prices as indicated, plus plus packaging & postage / shipping, which must be added to your order as a separate item..

The following section contains some one offs - prototypes, test pieces, etc. They are not seconds, they are all first quality, but they are not stock items and once these are gone they will only be available to special order. But if you need something out of the ordinary and can't wait for a special order, you might just find it here!

The straps below are all variants of my standard straps. They all have chrome buckles unless otherwise stated. They are priced at £25 plus packaging and postage / packaging and shipping as indicated below.

Nothing available in this section at the moment

Postage and packing / shipping and handling

UK Post
First Class

£1.50
Standard Airmail
within Europe

£2.95

Please add one lot of p&p to your cart before you checkout. I don't recommend a tracked service for reasons explained here.


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.