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Vintage Watch Straps

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

Custom Orders

Update 30 May:

Some new stock has been made and I have updated some stock levels so that these are available to purchase. However, there is a problem with a few PayPal buttons which means I can't update them. I have a support request in with PayPal and hope this will be resolved soon, in the meantime if you notice anything odd please let me know.

Manufacturing of straps is now nearly back to normal. A batch of 12mm Type GW hallmarked sterling silver buckles returned from the London Assay Office today so manufacture of 12mm straps and Albert fobs with these buckles will restart on Monday 1 June. Some 14mm and 16mm Type GW hallmarked sterling silver buckles which customers are waiting for are being hallmarked and I hope to get those back during the week so that they can be used week commencing 8 June.

To check whether post is currently being delivered to your country see International Incident Bulletin.

The most recent blog post is about the Zodiac symbol of Leo which the London Assay Office stamped onto imports which, for some unknown reason was stamped upside down. You can access this via the blue navigation menu, or directly at Blog: Leo Upside Down.

The most recent entry to the “My Watches” section is about an English wristwatch made in Coventry by Rotherham & Sons during the Great War. You can access this via the blue navigation menu, or directly at Rotherham & Sons Wristwatch.

I am always happy to take orders for custom made items. However, there are limits to what I can make, and custom orders do take time to manufacture, but they usually cost no more than a stock strap.

Limits: Please bear in mind that I can't make just any design that you can think of. To cut out parts from leather skins I need to have special tools, shaped cutters called a press knives, for every part. Press knives are made in hardened steel with knife sharp cutting edges and are pressed through the leather using a powerful hydraulic press, in principle like a pastry cutter is used to cut out shapes from flat sheets of pastry. For more detail about this and how my straps are made, see Cutter Limitations. I have cutters to make the designs of watch straps shown on the various pages of this web site. If you can come up with something that utilises the cutters that make these designs, all well and good. If you want something that I don't have a cutter for, then I won't be able to make it.

Time: Custom orders take time to manufacture because 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 a batch of straps. You might be lucky and place your order just as a batch is about to go through, or you might be unlucky and just miss a batch, in which case your order will have to go in with the next. Because of this, and holidays, unforeseen events, etc., I ask that you allow two to three weeks to get custom a strap made, and then the usual postage time after this for delivery.

Cost: There is usually no extra charge for a custom made item, 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, B and C straps with base metal buckles in standard leathers are £25, or £27 in Italian leather, with sterling silver buckles £50 and £52, and with 9 carat gold buckles £135 and £137, all plus postage and packaging.

Note that custom G10 and RAF straps and Two Piece straps, and also Albert Fobs, can be ordered directly from their respective pages.

If you want to place a custom order, e.g. for a non-stock strap width or length, please email me with the following details:

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 checkout as a guest using a credit or debit card.

You can get my email address from the Contact Me page.

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to to get in touch via my Contact Me page.

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