Our signature watch strap in Buttero is the second item in our Signature line. Each strap is padded, lined and handstitched, using a veg-tanned leather that is extremely popular amongst leathercrafters. Being veg-tanned means that the strap is stiff to begin with, but within a few days of wear it will mould to the shape of the wearer's wrist. While all of the straps are identical to begin with, over the weeks, months and years of wear, the strap will quickly patina and become unique to the owner. What's patina? I'll let the folks over here tell you all about it. In a nutshell, more wear, more patina, more sentimental value.
All watch straps will come with a silver tang buckle and quick release bars, so that you can easily swap out between your favourite watch straps and not have to fuss about scratching your watch lugs. No one will judge you for changing straps every day!
Note: All Buttero straps are made-to-order and will take around 4 weeks before it is shipped out.
The main and lining leather used is Buttero from Conceria Walpier tannery in Italy.
See here for more details on the leather we use, because calling them "full grain leather" or "genuine leather" on its own does not do it justice.
There are a total of 4 layers of various material that goes into each strap, with each layer serving a specific purpose. From top to bottom, they are: (1) exterior leather, (2) padding, (3) synthetic strengthener, (4) lining leather.
All layers are firstly glued and pressed together, before they are stitched. Finally, the edges are burnished to seal the edges, which protects the leather from wear and tear, and water damage, over time.
Lug Width: Find out the lug width of your watch mode. You can do this by searching the following "(watch model) lug width" in Google. Once you know the lug width (for e.g. 20mm), select the 20/18 variant for the lug width. 20 refers to the lug width, while 18 refers to the buckle width. Our straps come with a taper because it looks classier than straight straps.
Size: Not sure what size (length) to get for the straps? There are two methods to determine this.
Method 1: If you have an existing strap on your watch, measure the long and short straps, sum up the lengths, and choose the variant (Small or Medium) that is the closest to the total length of your existing straps. For example, if your existing straps measure 105mm on the long strap and 80mm on the short strap, the total length is 185mm. The closest variant would be Medium (115mm/70mm = 185mm). Note that this is still an approximation, and you should adjust accordingly if your current strap does not fit your wrist perfectly.
Method 2: If your existing watch does not have a normal strap (you have a bracelet on), you would need to measure your wrist size and purchase the strap size according to the guidelines below. If you are between sizes (for e.g. wrist size of 17.5cm), we recommend to size up.
Small: 14.9cm - 18.4cm
Medium: 16.3cm - 20.5cm