Like the Horween Chromexcel leather but want a more casual style than our Signature? The Chromexcel in Side-Stitch is what you're looking for. The Side-Stitch style is perfect if you want that vintage, casual look. It is still lined with Zermatt to keep give it some structure, as compared to the floppy, minimalist side-stitch straps that other sellers make.
Chromexcel leather is the stuff of legends. When people say leather, Chromexcel is the image that pops up in your head and Horween is the tannery that you think of. Why is that the case? Beautiful grain, smooth texture, rich colours, patina potential and that pull-up effect.
All watch straps will come with our Delugs 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!
If you're wondering: how is this any different from the cheaper, discontinued Chromexcel side-stitch strap? The material used is better - we added the synthetic strengthener to give the strap more structure, used Zermatt instead of goat leather for lining. The construction is also better - tighter keeper, added details such as edge crease line and logo stamping, and better edge paint finishing. That's what you're paying more for.
Straps in the Side-Stitch collection have the minimalist look, but still go all out on the construction and durability. There are a total of 3 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) synthetic strengthener, (3) lining leather.
All layers are firstly glued and pressed together, before they are stitched at the crucial points (lugs, buckle and fixed keeper). Finally, the edges are finished with edge paint, which adds an additional layer along the exposed edges of leather and protects it from wear and tear, and water damage, over time. This also prevents the different layers from separating - a crucial layer of prevention given that the strap isn't stitched all around.
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.
Overall, it was a great experience dealing with Ken from Delugs. Shipping was fast, straps arrived in great condition. The Navy Chromexcel strap was up to my expectation. It was soft right out of the box (more specifically, a felt pouch). Very comfortable to wear, well-finished. The ends were slightly thick so I had some problems fitting them into several of my watches. But once it was in, there were no more issues.
The buckle could be slightly better, I would have liked to see an engraved logo rather than a print that may fade over time. The stitching seems sturdy and well-executed. The Zermatt lining makes it a joy to wear. One thing to note is that the color is more black than navy.
Overall, really satisfied with the strap. I would definitely recommend it.
This Navy Chromexcel Side-Stitch Strap is a perfect example of a "do it all" strap. A side stitch strap by nature is a casual look but the high quality of the chromexcel leather gives it a more dressed up vibe. Bottom line, I love that this can allow my dual time JLC to dress up or down depending on the occasion. My only minor complaint is that the color of the strap is extremely dark, bordering on black. Only in bright lights can you begin to see the blue hue of the strap.