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Vintage Watch Straps

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



Pictures of straps and leathers

Copyright © David Boettcher 2006 - 2017 all rights reserved.

This page contains some detailed photographs of the leather colours and finishes available, and some pictures of my own watches to give you an idea of how they look on the wrist. Some of the pictures you should be able to click on to get a bigger view, but this will only work if you have javascript enabled.

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

Premium Italian leathers: brandy and dark chestnut

brandy and dark chestnut
Samples of leather and straps in Italian brandy and dark chestnut
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This photograph shows Type B and Type A straps in brandy and dark chestnut Italian leather, both with my hand made sterling silver buckles, on small samples of the hides, to give you a different view of the two colours.

These are beautiful Italian leathers that I have to import myself because they are not available from any leather supplier in the UK. They are premium leathers, the best I have ever seen. They are much more expensive than the standard leathers so I have to charge an extra £2.00 for straps made from these premium leathers.

The colour can vary a little across each hide for all leathers, and it is always difficult to get a good colour representation on a computer monitor, but these are high quality Italian leathers with beautiful deep rich colours.

Montana grain


Strap in tan Montana - click image to enlarge

Some people don't like grained leathers, but one leather with a subtle grain that has been getting a lot of time on my wrist recently is the tan Montana. This is shown in the pictures of alternative tan leathers below, but it looks different when made up as a strap and actually worn on the wrist.

The watch is a Borgel wristwatch with a centre seconds Lemania movement.

The strap is a Type B in tan Montana, which has a subtle grain.

I have the Montana leather black, dark brown and tan.

The tan is as pictured here, and in another picture in the next section below on alternative tan leathers.

The dark brown is pictured below, the black is black.


Strap in brown Montana Grain. Click image to enlarge

This picture shows a strap made up in a dark brown leather with a "Montana" grain with one of my hand made and London hallmarked sterling silver buckles.

Alternative tan leathers


Top - London tan, bottom - tan Montana grain. Click image to enlarge

This picture shows some alternative tan leathers

  • top - London tan
  • bottom - Montana tan, which has a subtle grain.

Chestnut leather


Straps in chestnut leather
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This picture shows some straps made up in chestnut. It is very difficult to get this colour to reproduce accurately, but if you think of the colour of a freshly opened conker you will be very close. The chestnut leather is quite shiny, but it is a very nice colour.

Type A straps with sterling silver buckles


Type A straps with Great War sterling silver buckles
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The picture to the right shows some of my Great War sterling silver buckles made up into Type A straps, and some of the available leather colours.

  • black
  • dark brown
  • sepia
  • military tan
  • chestnut
  • brandy
  • tan morocco

If you click on the picture you will get an enlarged image.

The colour varies across each hide, and it is always difficult to get a good colour representation on a computer monitor, so please take these picture as guides rather than absolute colour references.

Type B straps with sterling silver buckles


Type B straps with Great War sterling silver buckles
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The picture to the right shows some of my Great War sterling silver buckles made up into Type B straps, and some of the available leather colours.

  • black
  • sepia
  • military tan
  • a previous chestnut no longer available
  • brandy
  • tan morocco

If you click on the picture you will get an enlarged image.

The colour varies across each hide, and it is always difficult to get a good colour representation on a computer monitor, so please take these picture as guides rather than absolute colour references.

"Brandy" leather colour

Borgel 1914 - 18 carat - IWC calibre 64

The picture to the right shows a Type B strap in brandy colour leather on a Borgel watch hallmarked for 1914/15 in 18 carat gold with an IWC calibre 64 movement.

Morocco grain

When we ran out of the old printing of tan morocco I found that the company we got that from has gone out of business. We managed to find another company which could print up some tan morocco for us, but you will notice that the morocco pebbling is slightly larger than that pictured elsewhere on the web site. I hope you like it, I think it rather more authentic than the previous version.

Type A and B designs

The two basic designs - Type A below, Type B above

This picture shows the two basic designs of my watch straps - The broader Type B with the notch for the winding crown at the top in black and chestnut, and the narrower Type A at the bottom in chestnut and dark brown.

For full details of my designs, see the page with details of my vintage watch strap designs.


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.