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



Pictures of Straps and Leathers

Copyright © David Boettcher 2005 - 2024 all rights reserved.

This page contains some detailed photographs of the leather colours and finishes available, and some pictures of my own watches to give you an idea of how they look on the wrist. Some of the pictures you should be able to click on to get a bigger view, but this will only work if you have javascript enabled.

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me via my Contact Me page.


Leather Colours

Type B straps with Great War sterling silver buckles:<br> Black, Dark Brown, Sepia, Chestnut, Tan Morocco, Italian Dark Chestnut, Italian Brandy
Type B straps with Great War sterling silver buckles:
Black, Dark Brown, Sepia, Chestnut, Tan Morocco, Italian Dark Chestnut, Italian Brandy: Click image to enlarge

The photo here shows the leather colours of the straps that are kept in stock.

There are more pictures that give views of the leathers made up into different straps and on customer's watches on the pictures and Customer's Watches page (click on the links to open the pages).

Please bear in mind that it is difficult to get good colour reproduction on computer screens, but if you have a look at a few pictures, here and on the other pages, you will get a better feel for the actual colours.

The leather colours illustrated in the picture of the Type A straps to the right are :

The first five colours are standard leathers, the Italian brandy and dark chestnut leathers are premium leathers, see below for more details about these.

The colour varies across each hide, and it is always difficult to get a good colour representation on a computer monitor, so please take these picture as guides rather than absolute colour references. It is also worth taking a look at the page of Customer's Watches which shows plenty of examples of watches on my straps taken in many different lighting conditions.


Premium Italian Leathers

brandy and dark chestnut
Italian Brandy (lighter) and Dark Chestnut (darker) Leathers. Click image to enlarge.

This photograph shows Type B and Type A straps in brandy and dark chestnut Italian leather, both with my hand made sterling silver buckles, on small samples of the hides, to give you a different view of the two colours. The brandy is the lighter of the two colours.

These are beautiful Italian leathers that I have to import myself because they are not available from any leather supplier in the UK. They are premium leathers, the best I have ever seen. They are much more expensive than the standard leathers so there is a supplement of £5.00 for straps made from these premium Italian leathers.

The colour can vary a little across each hide for all leathers, and it is always difficult to get a good colour representation on a computer monitor, but these are high quality Italian leathers with beautiful deep rich colours.

I keep in stock straps made up in these two leathers with standard and Type GW sterling silver buckles, please see the ordering pages for details.

Straps that are not stock items can be made up on request, please see Custom Made Items.

There are also pictures of straps made up in these leathers on the customers page.

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Montana Grain


Strap in Montana Tan Leather. Click image to enlarge.

A leather with a nice grain pattern is Montana leather. This is shown in tan in the pictures of alternative tan leathers below, but it looks different when made up as a strap and actually worn on the wrist. It's not a light tan colour, more of a mid brown. This leather is also available in a dark brown Montana grain.

I do not keep straps in stock made up in Montana grain leather but they can be made up on request, please see Custom Orders.

The watch is a Borgel wristwatch with a centre seconds Lemania movement. The strap is a Type B in tan Montana leather.

I have the Montana leather black, dark brown and tan. The tan is as pictured here, and in another picture in the next section below on alternative tan leathers. The dark brown is pictured below, I havn't picture the black because it is doesn't come out well in a photograph, it just looks black.

The picture below shows a strap made up in a dark brown Montana grain leather with one of my hallmarked sterling silver buckles.


Strap in dark brown Montana Grain. Click image to enlarge.

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Chestnut Leather


Straps in chestnut leather
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This picture shows some straps made up in chestnut.

It is very difficult to get this colour to reproduce accurately in a photograph on a computer screen, but if you think of the colour of a freshly opened conker you will be very close.

The chestnut leather has a shiny finish, but it is a nice colour.

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Other Standard Leathers


London Tan (top) and Montana Tan (bottom) Leathers. Click image to enlarge.

Dark Blue Leather

There are also some standard leathers that are available but I don't keep straps already made up in these colours. A custom made strap in one of these other standard leathers is the same price as a stock strap in standard leather.

If you want to order a Type A, Type B or Type C strap in one of these leathers, please refer to Custom Orders. The ordering pages for open ended straps and NATO G10 RAF style straps have “other standard leather” as an option, just include a note of what colour you want.

There is a classy dark blue leather. It's rather difficult to photograph dark colours well but this gives you an idea of the colour, the actual shade is a little darker in practice. If you want a dark blue, this is a nice one. There are pictures of straps made up in this leather on the customers page.

The next picture shows some alternative tan leathers, at the top a traditional “London tan”, at the bottom a tan leather with a “Montana” grain. This leather is also available in a dark brown Montana grain as shown in the separate image lower down.

Burgundy / Maroon Leather
Burgundy / Maroon Leather: Click image to enlarge

Strap in dark brown Montana Grain. Click image to enlarge.

There is also a burgundy / maroon leather which I have tried to show in the separate image, but it turns out that this colour is really difficult to reproduce accurately. On my screen the colour looks reddish, but the leather really is a burgundy maroon colour, like red with shades of blue and purple; in some lights has a more purple tinge than in others. I believe that this colour is also called boysenberry in the USA.

More Adventurous Colours

If you want a colour I haven't illustrated, please ask - I can supply green, red, yellow, blue, white etc. as well as metallics. I have supplied straps in dark green, yellow, silver, etc. The pictures below show straps made in dark green, yellow, red and white.

I have included the white G10 strap not because I don't think you know what white looks like, but because when a customer asked me to make one for his girlfriend I was rather sceptical about how it would look. In fact it turned out very nicely, as you can see.

If you click on the images, larger versions will pop up. These pictures give you an idea of just some of the different colours that I can supply. Pictures of straps in some of these other colours can be found on the pages of Pictures of Straps and Leathers and Customer's Watches and Straps.

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Type A Straps with Sterling Silver Buckles


Type A with Great War sterling silver buckles: Click image to enlarge.

The picture to the right shows some of my Great War sterling silver buckles made up into Type A straps, and some of the available leather colours.

If you click on the picture you will get an enlarged image.

The colour varies across each hide, and it is always difficult to get a good colour representation on a computer monitor, so please take these picture as guides rather than absolute colour references. It is also worth taking a look at the page of Customer's Watches which shows plenty of examples of watches on my straps taken in many different lighting conditions.

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Type B Straps with Sterling Silver Buckles


Type B with Great War sterling silver buckles: Click image to enlarge.

The picture to the right shows some of my Great War sterling silver buckles made up into Type B straps, and some of the available leather colours.

If you click on the picture you will get an enlarged image.

The colour varies across each hide, and it is always difficult to get a good colour representation on a computer monitor, so please take these picture as guides rather than absolute colour references. It is also worth taking a look at the page of Customer's Watches which shows plenty of examples of watches on my straps taken in many different lighting conditions.

If you have any comments or questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch via my Contact Me page.


Copyright © David Boettcher 2005 - 2024 all rights reserved. This page updated February 2024. W3CMVS. Back to the top of the page.