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Vintage Watch Straps

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



Two Piece Open End and Closed End Straps

Copyright © David Boettcher 2006 - 2017 all rights reserved.

Two piece straps are different from my usual vintage straps in that they fit without the strap crossing the back of the watch case. They are more suited in design and style to modern watches with horns and bars rather than watches with fixed wire lugs.

Two piece open end straps will fit any case with either fixed bars or spring bars. The two pieces have open ends that wrap around the bars and are then fixed together with a metal "tin tab", or they can be glued together if you prefer.

I can also supply two piece closed end straps that are only suitable for watches with spring bars.

In either case there is a single thickness of leather between the bar and the case, which can aid fitting if the bars are close to the case. However, this inevitably affects the durability of the strap because it is only single thickness where it wraps around the bars. I don't recall getting any complaints about the ones that I have supplied, but I can't guarantee that they will last as long as my normal straps.

Dispatch dates

Orders for stock straps placed before Friday 28 April will be dispatched on Friday 28 April. Orders for stock straps placed on or after Friday 28 April will be dispatched on Monday 15 May.

Special orders for straps to be made placed before Tuesday 25 April will be dispatched on Friday 28 April. Special orders placed on or after Tuesday 25 April will be dispatched on 15 May, or when ready if later.

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 information about my designs, strap thickness, widths and lengths, leathers, and much more.

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, shorter or wider strap please refer to the section below about Special orders.

If a strap is marked as "Temporarily out of stock" it will be back in stock in about a week. If PayPal says that an item is out of stock, please let me know. 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 refer to the section below about Special orders.

Two Piece Strap Details

Open ended straps
Two Piece Open End Straps

Two piece open end or closed end straight (parallel sided) straps are available in widths from 8mm to 24mm in 2mm increments in any length and in your choice of leather colour.

Because of the difficulty of sourcing and stocking metal keepers in every possible size these straps will usually be supplied with leather keepers - either angled as shown in the picture or straight, there is an option to specify which which you prefer. If you particularly want a metal keeper, then please inquire about availability before ordering.

The two pieces are a shorter "buckle" side and a longer "tail" that has the holes for the buckle pin bar. The standard lengths of these are about 80/135mm and there is a standard extra long 110/135mm.

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, or if you know how long you want the buckle side and the tail side please note those measurements with the order.

I can also supply two piece open end or closed end straps with tapered sides in 1mm increments from 6mm to 24mm, but only in standard and extra long lengths. The standard length is about 135/80 and the XL 135/110.

Buckles

Standard buckles are available in either silver or gold colour.

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.

Nine Carat Gold buckles I have made some nine carat gold buckles and had them hallmarked by the London Assay Office. I keep only a small number of 12mm gold buckles in stock because of the high cost of the gold. Other sizes can be made to special order, although this might involve a wait.

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.

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Special Orders

If you want to make a special order, e.g. for a non-stock width or length, please email me with details of what you want, what your wrist measures around, and where you live so that I can work out the postage; just your country, I don't need your full postal address. Once all the details are agreed I will send you a PayPal invoice to place the order.

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.

To Place an Order

To place an order please select your requirements from the drop down lists in the Order Two Piece Open End or Closed End Straps below and clicking the PayPal button.

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 to this page.

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.

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!

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Order Two Piece Open End or Closed End Straps

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

Dispatch dates

Orders for stock straps placed before Friday 28 April will be dispatched on Friday 28 April. Orders for stock straps placed on or after Friday 28 April will be dispatched on Monday 15 May.

Special orders for straps to be made placed before Tuesday 25 April will be dispatched on Friday 28 April. Special orders placed on or after Tuesday 25 April will be dispatched on 15 May, or when ready if later.

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

Length: 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, the two parts will be the standard lengths described in the details above which fit most men. If you usually 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, or if you know how long you want the buckle side and the tail side please note those measurements with the order. If you want the extra long option please specify this in the notes.

Width: Straps are available in widths of even increments of 2mm, e.g. 16mm, 18mm, 20mm. For more details about what width you need, especially if you have lugs that are an odd size, see What Width Strap or Band Do I Need?.

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 feed my orders into production in batches and it takes a few days to get a batch together.

Leather
Open / closed ends
Width (mm)
Buckle colour
Loop Type
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.


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 April 2017. W3CMVS.