At the risk of offending those who couldn’t care less about watches, much less watch straps, another post on the one accessory no man should be without (and no, a smartphone doesn’t replace a proper timepiece, from a style perspective). Watches, and even watch straps from colorful nylon NATO to leathers of all types, are everywhere——in every men’s store and all over the internet——and for good reason. A watch, and the choice of strap, means individuality in one’s style.
Whatever your brand of watch, from inexpensive quartz to Ferrari-level Swiss marvels of mechanical miniaturization, the strap or bracelet that fastens it to the wrist is almost as important as the watch itself. Of course watches costing thousands of dollars have beautiful fasteners—-leather or otherwise——that cost as much as good workhorse watch, and one may not think to replace them unless they wear out. Less expensive watches can have good looking straps, but more often than not they don’t, and a better strap will enhance any watch, even a cheap one. But more importantly, if you can’t afford a watch collection, a strap collection will afford you the opportunity to change the look of your accessory depending on your mood, the occasion, or whimsy.
There are many fine watch strap makers, and Da Luca Straps happens to have a wide selection——custom made if requested——of leather bands, some made of almost indestructible shell cordovan, all made in the U.S. and that will enhance even a Rolex or Panerai, particularly vintage models. Here, a Da Luca strap, the naturally distressed looking “Dark Fog”, is fitted on a German Archimede pilot’s watch——no logo on either will make the combination entirely personal