The strap looks and feels (and smells) great, with the exception of a couple of scratches that don't look organic (they look like they were scratched by tools/equipment). Not sure if that's part of the natural/casual look that Delugs is going for, but that's what I received.
Edited to add: I reached out to Ken (as I had received a follow up email inviting me to provide him feedback, which I felt was a nice touch) with the same information as I wrote above, and only received a “sorry, and thanks for the feedback” response, without any offer of a refund/exchange or even a simple explanation regarding the scratches at the very least. I’m a bit disappointed that this is the way he chose to respond to earnest feedback, and where I previously had thought I had found a go to watch strap source, I doubt that I will be buying from this site again.
Edit 2: Ken reached out again and offered a 30% refund on the strap, which I found to be fair enough, as the strap is still wearable anyway. I will be considering buying from Delugs again.
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.