Overall a fantastic strap. It has a charming rustic look and feel to it, which works well to add a bit of ruggedness to sports watches or to give dressier watches a more casual laid back vibe. The shade of blue on this leather is like a very dark slate grey with a tinge of blue; whether you see that as a more "mature" blue or a more "boring" blue is personal preference, but I do think it contributes to the strap's versatility. I personally really like the color in that it strikes a great middle ground between black/grey and blue.
I have chromexcel straps from a few other strapmakers, but the Delugs chromexcel strap is the most comfortable; not really sure what it is though, maybe just better construction and better lining leather. The chromexcel on top probably gets all the glory, but Delugs hasn't neglected the importance of quality lining leather either.
The stitching, creasing, and edge paint are all really well done. I ordered the chromexcel strap in two different colors, and there is some variation in the amount of padding between the two straps, but other than that the construction and QC is very consistent.
The leather is supple and looks to be quality however the navy colour is a bit too light and appears grey in certain lights.
Leather was soft and supple, did not require breaking in. Even though these were supposed to be “damaged” the quality was still great! Best of all, it was at a steal ;-) Thanks Kenneth!
Navy Horween Chromexcel Signature Strap