Made exclusively for Black Bough, these pull-through watch straps are handmade in Shropshire. The straps are ideal for watches with fixed bar lugs and can be attached in a similar way to NATO-style straps. Chris thins down the leather to a depth of approximately 1.1mm and the supple nature of the leather ensures that the straps fit easily around a watch’s lug bars and case back. To ensure the thin and supple nature of the straps, they are unlined. A solution of carrageen moss extract is applied to the back of the leather to bind the fibres and smooth the surface. The buckles and keeps are hand sewn using linen thread coated with beeswax.
During the 20th century, pig skin was often used in strap making and remained popular until the end of the 1960s. Today the use of pig and boar skin for watch straps has greatly diminished and it is now difficult to find straps made with this leather on the market today. The traditional look of these straps make them ideal for use with vintage wristwatches.
Vegetable tanning is the historic and traditional method of making the leather durable and involves steeping animal skins in a succession of pits filled with tanning liquor, this is derived from natural plant materials such as oak bark, sumac or mimosa. The process can take months or even years and leaves the leather with a slightly open texture which allows the leather to change with age, developing its own patination and suppleness. Today, only around 4% of leather worldwide is tanned in this way.
16mm – 20mm lug gauges – 1.1mm
12mm & 14mm lug gauges – 0.8mm
Suitable for wrist sizes from 160mm-215mm
12mm-16mm lug gauges: total strap length 230mm (excluding buckle)
17mm-22mm lug gauges: total strap length 240mm (excluding buckle)
Buckles are available in either yellow gold plated or steel. All buckles are nickel free.
All straps are supplied with a pair of spring bars
The watches shown in the photographs is for illustrative purposes only