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Vintage Watchstraps

Straps for Vintage Fixed Wire Lug Trench Watches or Officer's Wristwatches



Ordering Straps with Standard Buckles

Copyright © David Boettcher 2006 - 2020 all rights reserved.

This page is for ordering the cheaper option of my period replica vintage wristwatch straps with silver coloured base metal buckles. These are for trench type watches with fixed wire lugs that take one piece a pull through strap.

If you have a vintage wristwatch with a sterling silver or gold case, then you really should consider a strap fitted with one of my hand made sterling silver or 9 carat gold buckles. These are authentic replicas of Great War period buckles and look great on an original trench watch.

There is a separate page for G10 and RAF type leather NATO straps. If you want to order anything that is not a stock item please refer to the section below about Custom Made Items.

Update 2 December: Stock levels updated today. I have revised the preamble to the blog about Three Bears and 0·935 Silver to discuss tolerance on Swiss assay in more detail. Have you been told that your watch is Not Worth Repairing? Click the link to find out what to do.

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 men's wrists, those between about 165mm/6½" 195mm/7½" around, see Wrist Size and Strap Length. If you need a longer, shorter or wider strap, please refer to the section below about Custom Made Items.

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 Custom Made Items.

Please note that PayPal no longer refund the fees on cancelled orders so unfortunately I cannot refund that element if you change your mind and request to cancel an order.


Wrist Size and Strap Length

From experience I know that the standard length of my straps suits most men, with wrists between about 165mm / 6½" to 195mm / 7½" around, and this is the length that the stock (ready made) straps are made to. Straps can be custom made to any length (within reason) so if you have trouble finding a strap the right length, then this would be perfect for you.

NB: Making leather watch straps is not like precision machining metal; please understand that there may be a few millimetres variation in the sizes as made.

How a strap fits depends on the shape of your watch, the path the strap takes through the lugs, and also how tight you like to wear your strap. The path that the strap takes can make a significant difference to its effective length, so please make sure that you read the section about Strap Path – this is important; a significantly different path will need a different length strap.

Standard Strap Lengths

The standard length of the strap fitted to the Type A, B and C designs is 230mm long, excluding the buckle. These straps are designed for trench watches with fixed wire lugs and for wrists that measure between approximately 165mm / 6½" and 190mm / 7½" around. I know this standard size works pretty well for most wrists and trench watches with fixed wire lugs because I have been using it for over a decade now – but please do make sure that you read the section about the Strap Path.

If you have a small wrist, please see Designs for Smaller Wrists.

Measuring Your Wrist

If you are close to either of the limits and you don't want to be on the last hole of a standard length strap, then you can send me the measurement around your wrist and I will get a strap made of the correct length to suit you, see Custom Made Items for how to do this. If you send me a wrist measurement I add 50mm to it to get the length to make the leather part. This works well for trench watches with wire lugs as shown in the section about the Strap Path. If your watch has lugs that are not like this, then you must let me know.

Please keep thing simple and just send me your actual wrist measurement, preferably in millimetres. The best way to take the measurement 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.

Please don't try to second guess me on this and give me a measurement that you think will work better. If you take what you think is a wrist measurement from an existing strap, be aware that this is different from an actual wrist measurement. Please also make sure that you have read the section about the Strap Path.

Back Pad Lengths

If you have a small wrist, then there is the possibility that the ends of the back pad will meet or overlap. The back pads are all slightly different lengths as shown in the table. They will fit wrists somewhat smaller than their length, because they sit on top of your skin and simple geometry means that the average radius of the back pad is greater than that of the wrist, but this effect is difficult to measure exactly because wrists are not round.

I estimate that the effect means that your wrist can be 10mm less than the length of the back pad for the ends to only just touch. However, be aware that this is a guide and if you are close to the limit and want to be sure that the ends of the back pad do not meet, then see Designs for Smaller Wrists.

DesignBack Pad LengthMinimum Wrist Size
Type A164mm154mm
Type B171mm161mm
Type C172mm162mm
Type C XL188mm178mm

If your wrist is less than the minimum size for the design you want given in the table, please see Designs for Smaller Wrists.


Buckles

Stock straps are fitted with silver coloured base metal (usually chrome plated) buckles of the best period look that I can find.

Gold coloured buckles can be supplied to order at no extra cost. I don't keep straps with gold coloured buckles made up because there are nothing like as many gold watches as silver due to the great melting of cases for their bullion that has happened over the years. Original Swiss records show that the number of gold and silver cases manufactured was roughly the same, whereas today gold cases from the era of the Great War are very rare compared to silver; a great shame.

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. There is a separate page for ordering Sterling Silver and Nine Carat Gold Buckles.

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 order, although this might involve a wait. Details of these buckles can be found at Sterling Silver and Nine Carat Gold Buckles.

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.


Order a Stock Strap

To place an order for a stock strap of standard length with silver coloured buckle, please just select your items from the Stock and Order List below by clicking one of the PayPal buttons.

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.

If PayPal says that an item is out of stock, please let me know.


Custom Orders

Update 2 December: Stock levels updated today. I have revised the preamble to the blog about Three Bears and 0·935 Silver to discuss tolerance on Swiss assay in more detail. Have you been told that your watch is Not Worth Repairing? Click the link to find out what to do.

I am always happy to take orders for custom made items, such as a Type A, B or C design with a non-standard length strap. 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 of the same specification.

Note that custom order for 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 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 £160, 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:

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.


Worldwide Delivery

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.

Packaging and Postage

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.

How to Pay

You can pay securely on line by PayPal even if you don't have a PayPal account, just look for the option to "Check Out as a Guest" or similar.

Please don't forget to add packaging and postage / packaging and shipping (p&p) to your order!


Stock List

Updated Wednesday 02 December 2020.


Type A Design

Type A Straps with Base Metal Silver Coloured Buckles

Stock list updated: Wednesday 02 December 2020. If PayPal says an item is unavailable, please let me know.

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

For full details of leathers and additional colours see Leathers. To order a custom made item see Custom Orders.

Update 2 December: Stock levels updated today. I have revised the preamble to the blog about Three Bears and 0·935 Silver to discuss tolerance on Swiss assay in more detail. Have you been told that your watch is Not Worth Repairing? Click the link to find out what to do.



Type A 10mm
Black
£25


Type A 10mm
Dark Brown
£25


Type A 10mm
Sepia
£25


Type A 10mm
Chestnut
£25


Type A 10mm
Tan Morocco
£25


Type A 10mm
Italian Leather
Brandy
£30


Type A 10mm
Italian Leather
Dark Chestnut
£30


Type A 12mm
Black
£25


Type A 12mm
Dark Brown
£25


Type A 12mm
Sepia
£25


Type A 12mm
Chestnut
£25


Type A 12mm
Tan Morocco
£25


Type A 12mm
Italian Leather
Brandy
£30


Type A 12mm
Italian Leather
Dark Chestnut
£30

Packaging and Postage

UK Post
First Class

£2.00
Standard Airmail
within Europe

£3.95

Please add one lot of p&p to your cart before you checkout. I don't recommend a tracked service for reasons explained here.

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Type B Design

Type B Straps with Standard Slots and Base Metal Silver Coloured Buckles

Stock list updated: Wednesday 02 December 2020. If PayPal says an item is unavailable, please let me know.

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

For full details of leathers and additional colours see Leathers. To order a custom made item see Custom Orders.

Update 2 December: Stock levels updated today. I have revised the preamble to the blog about Three Bears and 0·935 Silver to discuss tolerance on Swiss assay in more detail. Have you been told that your watch is Not Worth Repairing? Click the link to find out what to do.



Type B 10mm
Black
£25


Type B 10mm
Dark Brown
£25


Type B 10mm
Sepia
£25


Type B 10mm
Military Tan
£25


Type B 10mm
Chestnut
£25


Type B 10mm
Tan Morocco
£25


Type B 10mm
Italian Leather
Brandy
£30


Type B 10mm
Italian Leather
Dark Chestnut
£30


Type B 12mm
Black
£25


Type B 12mm
Dark Brown
£25


Type B 12mm
Sepia
£25


Type B 12mm
Military Tan
£25

Type B 12mm
Chestnut
£25


Type B 12mm
Tan Morocco
£25


Type B 12mm
Italian Leather
Brandy
£30


Type B 12mm
Italian Leather
Dark Chestnut
£30

Packaging and Postage

UK Post
First Class

£2.00
Standard Airmail
within Europe

£3.95

Please add one lot of p&p to your cart before you checkout. I don't recommend a tracked service for reasons explained here.

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Type B Design

Type B Straps with Double Slots and Base Metal Silver Coloured Buckles

Stock list updated: Wednesday 02 December 2020. If PayPal says an item is unavailable, please let me know.

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

For full details of leathers and additional colours see Leathers. To order a custom made item see Custom Orders.

Update 2 December: Stock levels updated today. I have revised the preamble to the blog about Three Bears and 0·935 Silver to discuss tolerance on Swiss assay in more detail. Have you been told that your watch is Not Worth Repairing? Click the link to find out what to do.



Type B 12mm
Double Slots
Black
£25


Type B 12mm
Double Slots
Dark Brown
£25


Type B 12mm
Double Slots
Sepia
£25


Type B 12mm
Double Slots
Military Tan
£25


Type B 12mm
Double Slots
Chestnut
£25


Type B 12mm
Double Slots
Tan Morocco
£25


Type B 12mm
Double Slots
Italian Leather
Brandy
£30


Type B 12mm
Double Slots
Italian Leather
Dark Chestnut
£30

Packaging and Postage

UK Post
First Class

£2.00
Standard Airmail
within Europe

£3.95

Please add one lot of p&p to your cart before you checkout. I don't recommend a tracked service for reasons explained here.

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Type C Design

Type C Straps with Double Slots and Base Metal Silver Coloured Buckles

Stock list updated: Wednesday 02 December 2020. If PayPal says an item is unavailable, please let me know.

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

For full details of leathers and additional colours see Leathers. To order a custom made item see Custom Orders.

Update 2 December: Stock levels updated today. I have revised the preamble to the blog about Three Bears and 0·935 Silver to discuss tolerance on Swiss assay in more detail. Have you been told that your watch is Not Worth Repairing? Click the link to find out what to do.



Type C 12mm
Double Slots
Black
£25


Type C 12mm
Double Slots
Dark Brown
£25


Type C 12mm
Double Slots
Sepia
£25


Type C 12mm
Double Slots
Chestnut
£25


Type C 12mm
Double Slots
Tan Morocco
£25


Type C 12mm
Double Slots
Italian Leather
Brandy
£30


Type C 12mm
Double Slots
Italian Leather
Dark Chestnut
£30

Temporarily
Out Of Stock

Packaging and Postage

UK Post
First Class

£2.00
Standard Airmail
within Europe

£3.95

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 to get in touch via my Contact Me page.


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