Update 6 April: Manufacture of custom and stock straps is suspended. At the moment I cannot give an exact date when it will resume but it should be within weeks rather than months, I hope before the end of April. Please keep checking here for the latest update. In-stock items can be ordered, they are listed on their respective pages and will be dispatched as usual.
There is a new blog post at Chronographs. If you thought direct centre seconds was a twentieth century Swiss invention, you need to read it.
The blog about The Great War and Gold Cases has been updated to include information about a Royal Proclamation in December 1916 that prohibited the import into Britain of gold watches and gold watch cases for the remaining duration of the war.
The blog post about Swiss Poinçons de Maître has been updated with some information about what happened to the mysterious “hammer with handle” mark that fell out of use soon after the system was introduced in the 1920s.
I am always happy to take orders for custom made items, such as non-standard length straps or gold buckles. 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 of the same specification.
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 hardened steel cutters called a press knives, for every part. For more detail about this and how my straps are made, see Cutter Limitations.
Time: I can't ask the workshop to drop everything and make just one strap so I have to tag it on to a batch of straps. Because of this, and to allow for holidays, unforeseen events, etc., I ask that you allow up to three weeks to get custom a strap made, and then 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 or length, 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 questions or comments, please don't hesitate to to get in touch via my Contact Me page.
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