Custom Order Delay: Please note that a production problem is currently delaying the making of custom orders. Contact me for more details.
16 March 2023 Orders for stock items are being processed as normal. Custom orders are taking longer than usual to be made.
Some non-stock items can be custom made, such as non-standard length straps or gold buckles. There are limits to what can be made, and please bear in mind that custom orders do take time to manufacture, but they usually cost no more than a stock strap of the same specification.
Note that orders for made to order G10 and RAF straps and Two Piece straps, and also Albert Fobs, can be placed directly on their respective pages, just click on the relevant underlined link.
Limits: Please bear in mind that it isn't possible to make just any design that you can think of. To cut out parts from leather skins, special tools called a press knives, shaped and hardened steel cutters, are needed for every part. For more detail about this and how my straps are made, see Cutter Limitations.
Time: The normal flow of work can't be interrupted to make just one strap, it has to be added to a batch of similar straps. Because of this, and to allow for holidays, unforeseen events, etc., allow up to three weeks for a custom strap to be manufactured, plus the usual postage time for delivery.
Cost: There is usually no extra charge for a custom made strap, they are the same price as the nearest similar stock strap. For example, a custom made Type B with a 14mm strap in one of the premium Italian leathers is the same price as a stock Type B with a 12mm strap in the same leather. Type A, Type B and Type C design straps with base metal buckles in standard leathers are £25, with sterling silver buckles £55, and with 9 carat gold buckles £170, the premium Italian leathers are £5.00 more, plus postage and packaging.
If you want to place a custom order, e.g. for a non-stock strap width, length or buckle, please email me with the following details:
- What design you want, e.g. Type A, B or C.
- The width of the strap to fit the lugs of your watch.
- Single slots are standard, please make a note if you want double slots.
- The leather colour you want, see Leathers and Pictures of Straps and Leathers.
- Whether you want a standard base metal white or yellow metal buckle, or one of my hallmarked sterling silver or 9 carat gold authentic Type GW Great War buckles, which are more expensive but much more authentic, and much more satisfying in the long run.
- What your wrist measures around, preferably in millimetres.
- The country where you live so that I can work out the postage (I don't need your full address for this).
For the wrist measurement, please keep thing simple and send me the actual measurement around your wrist, preferably in millimetres. The best way to measure this is to wrap a dressmaker's flexible tape measure around your wrist at the point you wear you watch and take a reading from this, or wrap a piece of string around your wrist and make a mark with a pen where it overlaps and then measure the distance between the two marks with a rule. Don't try to second guess me on this and give me a measurement that you think will work better. If you take a measurement from an existing strap it produces a different result - see Wrist Size for an explanation of why this is.
Once the details are established and I am confident that I can supply what you want I will send you a PayPal invoice to place the order. You don't need a PayPal account to settle this, you can make the payment as a guest using a credit or debit card.
My email address is on the Contact Me page.
If you have any comments or questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch via my Contact Me page.
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