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



Two Piece Straps

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Two piece straps fit onto the bars of a watch with spring bars or fixed bars, without the strap crossing the back of the watch case.

Open Ended Strap
Two Piece Open Ended: Click to Enlarge.

These are the type of strap fitted to wristwatches with horns and bars, rather than trench type wristwatches with fixed wire lugs. They are usually made with closed ends for use with removable spring bars, but can be made with open ends as shown in the image here to fit watches with fixed bars; bars that are fixed to the horns on the case and can't be removed to fit a strap.

Two piece open end straps will fit any case with either fixed bars or spring bars. You can fit them yourself as shown in the image here, no special tools or techniques are required. The two strap pieces have open ends that wrap around the bars and are then fixed together with metal “tin tabs” which can be seen in the image, or they can be glued together if you prefer; or you can use both methods if you are a belt-and-braces type.

I can also supply two piece closed end straps. These are the type most often seen today. Obviously they are only suitable for watches with spring bars or removable bars.

In either case there is only a single thickness of leather between the bar and the case, the lining is not carried around the bit that wraps around the lugs; this is illustrated in the image. This can make possible fitting a strap if the bars are close to the case. However, it inevitably affects the durability of the strap because it is only one thickness of leather where it wraps around the bars. I don't recall getting any complaints about the ones that I have supplied, but I can't guarantee that they will last as long as my one piece pull through straps, especially if the lugs are curved.

Update 23 November: Stock levels updated today. 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 have a look at the page about My Designs of Vintage Watch Straps and read the details on this page before you place an order.

I don't keep any two piece straps in stock, they are all made to order. Please allow two to three weeks for your strap to be made. I can't ask the workshop to make just one strap, I have to feed my orders into production in batches and it takes a few days to get a batch together, and then things like holidays or sickness can intervene.

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.

Strap Details

Open ended straps
Two Piece Straight Open End Straps
with Non-Standard Leather Keepers

Two piece straps can be “open end” as shown in the image here, where the end wraps around the bars of a watch and are secured with the metal fixing built into the strap. This is bent up and the two ends passed through slots cut in the folded over end, and then flattened down to secure it, or the folded over ends can be glued to the strap. Open ends make it possible to fit the strap to a watch with fixed bars. If a watch has spring bars, then the strap can be “closed end” and the spring bars used to fasten the strap to the watch.

Strap Widths

The width refers to the lug width, the gap between the lugs or horns that project from the case. I can only supply straps in even numbers of millimetres, e.g. 16mm, 18mm, etc. Because leather is a soft and supple material, an 18mm strap will fit a 17mm lug easily. Don't choose a narrower strap thinking that it will fit better, it will leave an ugly gap showing either side.

Straight: Two piece open end or closed end straight (parallel sided) straps are available in widths from 8mm to 24mm in 2mm increments in any length and in your choice of leather colour.

Tapered: I can also supply two piece open end or closed end straps that taper from the watch lug to a narrower buckle, in watch lug widths from 24mm down to 8mm.

Taper sizes from lug to buckle are: 24 → 18, 22 → 18, 20 → 16, 18 → 16 or 14, 16 → 14, 14 → 10, 12 → 8, 10 → 8, 8 → 7.

NB: Because the tapered straps have dedicated cutters, they can only be made in standard lengths plus or minus a bit, see the note below about custom lengths of tapered straps.

Keepers

Standard keepers are metal for straps in widths 16mm, 18mm, 20mm. Because of the difficulty of sourcing and stocking metal keepers in every possible size, other width straps (usually smaller widths) will be supplied with a straight leather keeper. If you specifically want a metal keeper in an unusual size, then please inquire about availability before ordering.

If you specifically want a leather keeper, either straight or angled like the one shown in the image, specify this in the notes box, e.g. “straight leather keeper” or “angled leather keeper”.

Lengths of the Parts

Because the overall length of a two piece strap and watch when they are joined together is affected by the size of the watch, I can't offer to make the parts of the strap the “correct” length for your wrist size, unlike for my one piece straps.

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.

Lip Strap Dimensions
Measuring the Parts

Men's Standard Sizes

The men's standard size specified below suits most men's wrists, but I urge you to do some basic checking to make sure that you get a size that is right for your wrist and the watch you want to wear with the strap.

If you know that you have problems with “over the counter” straps, that they are usually either too long or too short, or want a size other than the two specified below, then please read the section below about custom lengths.

The two pieces of a two piece strap comprise a shorter “buckle” side, and a longer “tail” side which has the holes for the buckle pin. These are measured as if the strap is attached to the watch as shown in the image.

If you are going to measure an open ended strap, fold the ends over as if it is attached to the watch. Do not include the end pieces that fold over into the measurement.

Custom Lengths

Although the standard sizes fit most people fairly well, there is nothing like getting a strap tailor made to fit your wrist and your watch perfectly. Unfortunately, because watches vary in size, and people like to wear their straps tighter or looser, I can't offer to do this just from your wrist measurement. However, I can make a strap where the two parts are lengths that you specify.

Bear in mind that altering the lengths of the two parts of the strap changes where the buckle sits on your wrist. This can be useful even if you have a strap that fits you OK but the buckle sits in the wrong place - just make the buckle side shorter or longer to move the buckle, and then alter the length of the tail side by the same amount so that the combined lengths remain the same.

If you already know how long you want the buckle side and the tail side, then choose the “Custom Lengths in Notes” option and put the measurements into the Notes box.

The buckle side is always shorter than the tail side so you don't need to tell me which is which, you can just put e.g. 70/110 to get a 70mm buckle side and 110mm tail.

If you have an old two piece strap that is too long or too short, you can base measurements on that and make allowance for how much longer or shorter it should be. If, for example, the old strap is a bit long and you would prefer the pin to be two holes closer to the end, make the measurements a bit shorter by the distance between those two holes so that the new one will be the correct length for the pin to be in the hole you want.

Old straps often break on the tail part at the point where the pin passes through a hole and the buckle presses on the leather. If you have a strap like this but don't have the missing part of the tail, just let me know the length from the lug to the break and I will add on the missing length to the end. If you want the strap to be longer or shorter than it was before it broke, make this adjustment to your measurement or let me know by how much.

Tapered straps need special individual cutters and therefore can only be made in men's standard plus or minus a little. If you specifically want a certain length tapered strap, please inquire first. If you are not too bothered, specify a tapered strap and custom length and I will try to make it, but if it can't be done a straight strap will be made.

Ladies' Sizes

Two piece straps can also be supplied in ladies' sizes. The image here shows one in red leather supplied to a customer, more details of which can be found on the customers page at Julieanne's watch.

There are two standard lengths for ladies' two piece straps, but I urge you to do some basic checking to make sure that you get a size that is right for your wrist and the watch you want to wear with the strap. If you know that you have problems with “over the counter” straps, that they are usually either too long or too short, or want a size other than the two specified below, then please read the section about custom lengths.

If you want to order a ladies' size two piece strap, please choose the appropriate “Ladies' Standard”, or the “Custom Lengths in Notes” option and specify the lengths in the Notes box.

Buckles

Standard buckles in base metal are available in either silver or gold colour. These are the buckles that will be supplied with straps ordered from this page. I will generally try to supply a vintage style buckle, but buckle styles are restricted to what I can source so I don't have a wide choice available.

If your watch is fitted with a buckle that you would like to re-use, this is no problem; 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 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.

The options in the drop down menu below are for silver or gold coloured buckles in base metal. If you have a vintage watch with a gold or silver case a sterling silver or nine carat gold buckle is an option at extra cost. Please contact me for details.

Contrast Stitching

If you want the stitching in a contrasting colour, please put this in the Notes box, e.g. “red stitching”.

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To Place an Order

To place an order please select your requirements from the drop down lists in the Order Section below and clicking the PayPal button.

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.

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.

Postage and Packaging Costs

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.

Insurance

I insure shipments myself so you don't need to worry about it getting lost in the post. This does require a reliable delivery address so I will only send to a postal address confirmed by PayPal.

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 postage and packing / packaging and shipping (p&p) to your order!

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Order Two Piece Open End or Closed End Straps

Update 23 November: Stock levels updated today. Have you been told that your watch is Not Worth Repairing? Click the link to find out what to do.  

The order form below allows you to place an order for either a straight open ended strap or closed ended two piece strap with a standard base metal buckle in either silver or gold colour. Please make sure you have read the details above so that you know what you will be getting.

Buckles: The options in the drop down menu below are for silver or gold coloured buckles in base metal. If you have a vintage watch with a gold or silver case a sterling silver or nine carat gold buckle is an option at extra cost. Please contact me for details.

I can't ask the workshop to drop everything and make just one strap so because of this, and holidays, unforeseen events, etc., I ask that you allow up to three weeks fgor manufacturing, and then the usual postage time after this for delivery.

Remember that these straps are all custom made and therefore cannot be returned if the details are wrong. I especially urge you to check the lengths of the two parts before you proceed with the order. Don't assume! It only takes a moment to check. Custom lengths can be specified for straight straps, tapered straps can only be supplied in standard and XL lengths.

NB: Please remember that postage and packing must be added to your PayPal cart as a separate item.

Leather Colour
Type and Ends
Width (mm)
Length
Buckle Colour
Notes:

Postage and packing / shipping and handling

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.


Copyright © David Boettcher 2006 - 2020 all rights reserved. This page updated November 2020. W3CMVS. Back to the top of the page.