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



Two Piece Straps

Copyright © David Boettcher 2006 - 2020 all rights reserved.

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 a metal ‘tin tab’, or they can be glued together if you prefer, or both 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 cane be seen 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 normal straps, especially if the lugs are curved not straight.

Update 23 June:

Stock levels updated today. Manufacturing of straps is now back to normal. All sizes of Type GW hallmarked sterling silver buckles are in stock. Type GW 12mm buckles in 9 carat yellow and rose gold are in stock ready to be made into a custom strap of your choice.

A revised post about the Swiss hallmark of “three bears” for 0·935 silver can be found under “Blog” on the blue navigation bar, or by this link: Bears Galore!. I have moved the discussion of “flaming June” to the post about The Solstices.

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

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. NB: Because the tapered straps have dedicated cutters, they can only be made in standard lengths,

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

Keepers

Standard keepers are metal for straps in standard sizes: 16mm, 18mm, 20mm. Because of the difficulty of sourcing and stocking metal keepers in every possible size, unusual size 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.

Strap Lengths

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, 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 two sizes, standard and XL, specified below are fairly generous to accommodate smaller watches and suit 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 have 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

If you know how long you want the buckle side and the tail side, then choose the “Custom Lengths in Notes” length option and put those measurements in the Notes box. You don't need to tell me which is which, the buckle side is always shorter than the tail side so 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, you can base measurements on that. If, for example, it is a bit long, make the measurements a bit shorter so that the new one will be the perfect length.

The tapered straps need special individual cutters and therefore can only be made in men's standard and extra long XL lengths.

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 “Ladies' XL” size from the “Length” drop down, or choose 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.

If you have a vintage watch with a gold or silver case you might be interested in my hand made nine carat gold or sterling silver buckles, which is a custom made option at extra cost. Please bear in mind that these are replicas of Great War era buckles and are only suitable in style for watches from that era with fixed wire lug cases.

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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Custom Orders

Update 23 June:

Stock levels updated today. Manufacturing of straps is now back to normal. All sizes of Type GW hallmarked sterling silver buckles are in stock. Type GW 12mm buckles in 9 carat yellow and rose gold are in stock ready to be made into a custom strap of your choice.

A revised post about the Swiss hallmark of “three bears” for 0·935 silver can be found under “Blog” on the blue navigation bar, or by this link: Bears Galore!. I have moved the discussion of “flaming June” to the post about The Solstices.

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, with sterling silver buckles £50, and with 9 carat gold buckles £150, the premium Italian leathers cost £2.00 more, 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.

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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 June:

Stock levels updated today. Manufacturing of straps is now back to normal. All sizes of Type GW hallmarked sterling silver buckles are in stock. Type GW 12mm buckles in 9 carat yellow and rose gold are in stock ready to be made into a custom strap of your choice.

A revised post about the Swiss hallmark of “three bears” for 0·935 silver can be found under “Blog” on the blue navigation bar, or by this link: Bears Galore!. I have moved the discussion of “flaming June” to the post about The Solstices.

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. Custom lengths can only be specified for straight straps.

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. 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 up to three weeks to get custom a strap made, 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

£3.90

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 July 2020. W3CMVS. Back to the top of the page.