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Strap Guide written by @rjkama.

The SBGM221 is one of those watches that I instantly fell in love with. The creamy dial is much more complex than it would seem, going from a cappuccino brown to almost a porcelain egg shell. Whereas some watches are offered on strap and bracelet, this one was never meant to be on anything but leather.  This, and the neutral dial makes it the prototypical ‘Strap Monster’.

A watch too dressy to be a sports watch, and too sporty to be a dress watch, it is the perfect business casual piece that can be dressed up or dressed down based on the strap. I anticipated the watch to take on a more casual or formal countenance with different straps, but what I didn’t expect when playing with the different options, was how much the dial changes with the strap colours.

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While bracelet watches are all the craze these days, strap watches have always been my preference due to the ability to completely transform the look of a watch by changing the strap. The FP Journe Chronometre Bleu is probably the favourite strap watch that I have in my staple. The Chronometre Bleu’s ever-changing blue dial paired with the dark grey tantalum case means that it will look great with anything from a three piece suit to a shorts and t-shirt ensemble. It also truly deserves the title of a ‘strap monster’ since it handles straps of any colour or material that you throw at it with flying colours. As with all FP Journe watches, the Chronometre Bleu requires curved lug straps, which is normally quite challenging to find in the market. However, Delugs offers great curved lug straps in a variety of materials, which allows me to constantly change the look of this watch.

Strap Guide written by @rolapalooza.

It was only December 2016 when I really started this hobby and stumbled across a Dutch watch forum and the Zenith El Primero. From the moment I saw that tricolore dial I was hooked. Who needs a Speedmaster when a beauty like the El Primero exists right? Soon my search started to get that grail and then it happened, the size, 42mm... A 17cm wrist like mine is not able to pull that off (imho) so I moved on feeling a bit sad as I truly loved those colorful sub dials. Half a year or so went by and I became a frequent contributer on that Dutch watch forum when on a certain day someone posted a wristshot of an El Primero. I had no idea, the Zenith was also available in 38mm! Feeling ecstatic the hunt was on again. Not much later a 1 year old El Primero was put up for sale at the forum. Without hestitation I sent the guy a message and the next day I drove down to pick it up. Stunning!

That particular El Primero turned out to be quite a strap monster. I enjoyed it a lot over the years and put all kinds of straps on it. Up to half a year ago. A watch buddy asked if I was interested in his spot on the waitinglist for the new El Primero Original. This newer version is closer to the original ZEP and I took the offer. The new OG (full ref: 03.3200.3600/69.C902) has, in my opinion, a nicer case and the dial is just looking a bit fresher. And don't forget that new El Primero movement boasting 1/10th of a second precision and time measurement. What's not to like about it!

Delugs approached me for a strap guide and of course as a 'strap guy' I had to play along. Enjoy!

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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Geographic Sector dial was my first nice watch and as I felt I only ever needed one, I wanted to get a versatile one. Easy to both dress up or down, I’ve constantly changed the straps on it to suit my outfit and occasion and here are a few of my favourites.

Strap Guide written by @watchaddictwt

Grand Seiko is a watch brand I am very fond of. It is well known for its nature-inspired dial work, its incredible case-finishing and also innovative movements. To me one technology Grand Seiko has that allows it to stand out amongst its peers is definitely the Spring Drive technology. Nowhere else will you find a sweep so smooth that there is absolutely no step in its movement even in slow-motion – truly mesmerizing. So, when the new 9RA2 with 5-day power reserve was announced, it was only going to be a matter of time before I would add one into the collection. When the original Hi-Beat White Birch came out, I found it a bit too flashy for my personal tastes, so when the subtler Spring Drive SLGA009 was released at the start of 2022, I just had to add this to my collection. With its much subtler dial texture, this watch has all the makings of being great with straps. So without further ado, allow me to showcase a few Delugs pairings that I believe allow this watch to truly shine!

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In my journey of watch collecting, I find that a new set of straps can dramatically change the look and feel of your watch. Sometimes it’s almost like getting a new watch, except in the case of the Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso Duo Face Small Seconds, you get two, new watches. In this guide I’ll be sharing my choices for five straps for nine different combinations of looks. 

Strap Guide written by @onceuponatimepiece.

When Cartier revealed the new colorful Tank Must collection, I knew I had to get one. These minimalist pieces are similar to the Must de Cartier watches from the 80s that I simply adore. The smaller case and the minimal dial make this watch elegant and timeless. However, after purchasing this blue Tank, I wanted to see what it would look like with different straps. To my amazement, this piece is quite versatile, but before I dive into the various straps that I chose, let’s go with the basic information. The case size is 33.7 mm x 25.5 mm, and the lug width is 19mm. For reference, my wrist is 16.5cm/6.5,” and all straps are 19mm lug width. The OEM buckle can be fitted to these straps. The dial is a beautiful darker blue with a lacquer finish. And because it is a Tank, it has the signature cabochon crown.

Strap Guide written by @thewatchphoto.

Vacheron Constantin needs no introduction. The company had already celebrated its centennial anniversary before some of today’s most well-known watch brands even existed. So when the opportunity to pick up the quintessential Vacheron dress watch came up last year and I began weighing the pros and cons, I had one fear: I worried that I might not wear it enough due to how formal it is--for context, these typically come on black alligator straps. The thing about well-designed dress watches, however, is that they can easily be dressed up or down with a quick strap change. Follow along as I explore several options on the formality spectrum.

Strap Guide written by @wh1chw4tch.

The Tudor Black Bay 58 is widely known among watch nerds as a total “strap monster”. However the Blue version? Not so much. Well folks, I’m here to dispel that myth and prove unequivocally that the BB58 Blue can handle any leather strap you throw at it, and looks darn good in the process! Now full disclosure, some of my photography is a little unorthodox for a Strap Guide. But I hope these shots showcase how different straps can compliment the beautiful blue dial of the Tudor, and inspire you to FINALLY TAKE OFF THAT BRACELET!

Strap Guide written by @samsveblenianobsession.

The Reverso is a watch that needs little introduction.  From its rectangular case shape to its Art Deco flourishes to its reversible face, this watch defines what it means to be an icon.  Born for the polo fields, it is an early example of a watch purposed for sport, though over time it has become viewed as a dress watch.  I don’t think it has to be one or another. This is where the importance of a good strap comes into play: while I agree the watch dresses up beautifully, with the right straps, the Reverso can be worn quite casually.  Thanks to Ken and the good people at Delugs, I have a lot of fun options.

Strap Guide written by @onefree5ole.

The Lange 1815 Up Down is a watch I knew I wanted the first time I set sights on it on a few Instagram accounts. The combination of classic pocket watch design with the beautiful blue hands and the hue of that rose gold case just spoke to me. Lange makes incredible watches with amazing caseback too and as a result, I was convinced that this piece would be the first Lange in my collection and possibly the only one I will ever need. When I add dress watches to my collection, I need it to also look the part casually too and I was convinced that with a 20mm lug width, this 1815 will play well with a variety of looks. So this is my guide for 5 different looks you could pair with the 1815 Up Down. 

Strap Guide written by @thespeedyshutter.

In an attempt to slow down a bit, for my 30th birthday, I wanted to buy something that I would feel comfortable hanging on to that would stand the test of time. A “keeper” if you will. I spent almost a year thinking about it, and as time passed, it got clearer and clearer that it was a Cartier Tank I wanted. A design that has survived over a hundred years, that can be dressed up or down with ease.

Strap Guide written by @averagewatches.

I think when many Rolex Explorer owners consider their watch, the first word that comes to mind is “versatility”.  With a highly legible black dial, a practical 100m water resistance, and a clean, classic style that has remained largely unchanged since its first iteration in 1953, the Explorer checks all the boxes for a GADA (Go Anywhere Do Anything) watch. 

Strap Guide written by @wonger.bonger.

When Ken approached me to do a strap guide for the Polerouter, I wanted to do something different. As we all know, the Polerouter looks great on many different straps. However, I wanted to really show that the Polerouter can do so much better than just different shades of brown and black. It’s easy to pair the Polerouter with a nice matte brown croc strap and call it a day. However, for this strap guide, I took it as a challenge to find unexpected pairings that normally one wouldn’t expect the Polerouter to pull off. Here are my choices.

Strap Guide written by @24horiginal.

The SBGW231 is without a doubt my favorite Grand Seiko watch. It’s a beautifully executed watch, with impeccable mirror polishing on the case and the dial. The way light bounces off the applied indices and three hands is fascinating and stays true to Grand Seiko’s decades old design language. While the SBGW231 does not feature an exotic dial like the Grand Seiko Snowflake and other modern models, its simple and creamy dial makes it a strap monster, and a watch which can be easily dressed down or up. I usually pair the watch with Delugs’ Matte Black Alligator Signature Strap, but I wanted to explore different leather types, styles and colors. In this guide, I look at 5 different straps from Delugs for the Grand Seiko SBGW231.

Delugs Lookbook (DLB) is an on-going series where we pair watches with a wide variety of leather straps. Our goal is to provide some strap recommendations and inspiration, and show you the combinations that are possible with the watches. For this edition of DLB, we will be exploring the Baltic Watches MR01 in Blue, Silver and Salmon.
Delugs Lookbook (DLB) is an on-going series where we pair watches with a wide variety of leather straps. Our goal is to provide some strap recommendations and inspiration, and show you the combinations that are possible with the watches. For this edition of DLB, we will be exploring the Kurono Anniversary 朱鷺:Toki.
Delugs Lookbook (DLB) is an on-going series where we pair watches with a wide variety of leather straps. Our goal is to provide some strap recommendations and inspiration, and show you the combinations that are possible with the watches. For this edition of DLB, we will be exploring the Omega Speedmaster Mitsukoshi.