Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Wotancraft strap a pictorial review...

This is review of sorts of the Wotancraft Hand Dyed Leather Strap Tea Brown no.61 from their Hand Dyed Gradient Leather Strap Series designed for Apple Watch. For more information:


Please note that I bought the strap and the review is my personal opinion. This is a photograph heavy review.



The strap comes in a beautiful pouch with the Wotancraft logo at the bottom of the strap. The pouch makes a good carrying case not only for the strap, but also as a carrying case for your watches. 


The strap.


The two halves of the strap. The strap is 4mm thick and measures 125mm on the long half and 75mm on the short half. They (Wotancraft) do have other sizes or they can even customized the length of the strap to your requirements. 


The longer half with the holes.


The shorter half with the buckle. 



The back of the strap. We will take a closer look later. 



The strap is signed on the the longer half. 




The strap comes with the hardware to fit into your Apple Watch. You can choose the colour of the hardware to suit your watch. The strap is mounted to the hardware by spring bars and it has lug holes to make removal easier.


Lets have a closer look at the strap. We begin with the long half. The strap is well made and I do like the gradient dye finish of the strap. The stitching matches the dark dye used. The threads are dark brown in colour. You will see this later when we look at the back of the strap.


The strap has a dark dyed end and it has a rounded pointed tip (?).


The strap offers 30mm of adjustment with the holes being 6mm apart. The finishing of the holes is very good. 


The edges are waxed covered. With use, the leather will show through the edges but it does not fray.


The hardware. It is very well made and it is coated black. No tool marks can be seen.


The strap is 24mm at the lug side and tapers down to 22mm at the tip. The strap will fit both the 42 and 44mm Apple Watch. 


Just love the finish and the quality of the leather used.


The back of the strap is leather lined. The finishing is good if not great. The back is not dyed and you can see the colour of the threads used.


Closer view of the stitching on the back of the strap.


The buckle half of the strap have two strap keepers. One is fixed and the other is floating. I like how the strap keepers are dyed around the edges as well just like the strap. 


A closer view of the strap keepers. 


The finishing of the strap is just awesome actually. Look at the stitching on the buckle side of the strap. As with the long half, this strap tapers from 24m down to 22mm at the buckle mounting. 


The back of the strap does not disappoint. The cross stitching on the floating keeper and the stitching along the edge of the strap is great. 


Closer view of the cross stitching on the floating keeper. There are also no tool marks on the leather anywhere. 


The stitching along the edge of the strap just before the buckle. Nice.



A closer view of the hardware. 


The buckle. The watch is fitted with a polished buckle. The buckle is well made but the down side of the polished buckle is finger prints and scratches do show. 


The top part of the buckle. 


The bottom part of the buckle. Again no tool marks can be seen anywhere on the buckle. 



The buckle is screw mounted onto the strap. This allow easy change of the buckle. Nice little things about the strap. 



It is not all good about the strap. It can be a bit tough when you first get the strap. You will need to break in the strap before it get comfortable. 

So how is the strap mounted on the Apple Watch?


The Apple Watch Series 3 42mm.



The watch ready for the strap. Mounting the strap is as easy as sliding the strap onto the watch. Look at the photographs below.




The hardware fits the watch perfectly.








The strap mounted onto the the Apple Watch. I have to say it does look good. 




It is comfortable on the wrist.


Now the best part about the strap is that since it is mounted onto the hardware via spring bars, you can change your strap to other 24mm straps that you may already have. It also allows you to buy other 24mm straps that is not specifically design or made for the Apple Watch.


The hardware or now your new lugs for your Apple Watch. :)



The lug ends fitted onto the Apple Watch. 



The view from the back.


The view from the front. 


The watch is now fitted with another strap. This is a Special Edition 1 of 4 strap from Di Stefano. They also make awesome straps. I will review (long term) this strap soon. I got this strap back in 2013.

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