Saturday, May 18, 2019

Strap review...

Today we shall be looking at Wotancraft's WWII Leather strap reference #71r2. I picked up this strap for my Tudor 7016 Submariner. The strap comes in at 120/70 mm 20mm version.

Some basic specifications:

Leather with ivory stitching and leather lined on the inside
Thickness: 3mm
Keeper type: fixed and floating
Edge finish: waxed edge (?)
Buckle: IWC style pin buckle 

The long side. 

The strap width tapers from 20mm at the lug end to 18mm as it moves down the length of the strap. The end of the strap is pointed. 

The strap is signed on the long side, on the inside of the strap. 

The stamping is not very clear sadly. 

The strap provides about 30mm of adjustment with the holes spaced 5mm apart. There are 6 adjustment holes.

The view of the adjustment holes from the under side. You can already see some stretching on one of the adjustment holes. :)

The buckle end. 

The fixed and floating keepers are very well made. The keepers are 7mm wide. The edge of the keeper is not treated and left raw. 

The floating keeper is very secure with the cross type stitching. Very nice touch. 

The watch comes with an IWC style pin buckle. It is well made but there are signs of tool marks. The buckle has a brushed and polished finish. 

I especially like the beveling along the edge of the buckle.

The tang is 1mm thick and is polished.

The insides or underside of the buckle has a polished finish as well.

The edge of the strap looks like it is wax sealed but I am not sure. I like the overall finish of the strap.

Oh, the strap is not made of ammo pouch leather but  with modern leather that has been treated to look like vintage leather.

The inside of the strap is lined with a darker leather strip. 

In conclusion, it is a well made strap. It is very comfortable on the wrist and while the strap looks like it is rough and tough, the leather is actually very soft, more so once the strap is broken in. I like the strap. I like the finishing, the overall quality and the overall feel. 

I have to say that Wotancraft thus far have not failed me  with their straps.

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