How much do you pay for straps?

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How much do you pay for straps?

Joined: October 4th, 2017, 11:26 am

November 6th, 2017, 7:08 pm #1

Been searching online a lot on this and found leather straps that ranges from $30 to $350. These prices are for aftermarket straps.

Question is how much did you pay for your straps? I know the prices may reflect on the quality but some cheaper straps seems really well made. Saw a few that was around the $60 range and they seem like a bargain. Though they are only pictures I’m not sure wheather the material are actually comfortable to wear on a daily basis.

My question to you are;

1. Have you bought any straps for around the $50 range and whether it was actually comfortable to wear.
2. For those whom have bought straps in the higher range, do you think it was worth the difference if getting a cheaper version strap?

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Joined: January 27th, 2005, 2:10 pm

November 6th, 2017, 7:19 pm #2

if you'll drop me an email, please.

simples@gmail.com
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Joined: January 15th, 2010, 11:15 am

November 6th, 2017, 7:30 pm #3

Been searching online a lot on this and found leather straps that ranges from $30 to $350. These prices are for aftermarket straps.

Question is how much did you pay for your straps? I know the prices may reflect on the quality but some cheaper straps seems really well made. Saw a few that was around the $60 range and they seem like a bargain. Though they are only pictures I’m not sure wheather the material are actually comfortable to wear on a daily basis.

My question to you are;

1. Have you bought any straps for around the $50 range and whether it was actually comfortable to wear.
2. For those whom have bought straps in the higher range, do you think it was worth the difference if getting a cheaper version strap?
and I'm notoriously cheap when it comes to straps, if it's got three digits before the decimal point it isn't for me! I've used one maker predominantly over the past few years although I won't disclose who or else I'll be run out of town by the schilling posse. He's made me some very nice straps for roughly £60-70 each. I've also some nylon velcro B&R style generic straps that were cheap as chips off eBay, they look great as well as being very practical either at the beach or neck deep in freezing mud. I can't say I've ever encountered an uncomfortable strap.
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Joined: August 23rd, 2006, 10:24 pm

November 6th, 2017, 9:16 pm #4

Been searching online a lot on this and found leather straps that ranges from $30 to $350. These prices are for aftermarket straps.

Question is how much did you pay for your straps? I know the prices may reflect on the quality but some cheaper straps seems really well made. Saw a few that was around the $60 range and they seem like a bargain. Though they are only pictures I’m not sure wheather the material are actually comfortable to wear on a daily basis.

My question to you are;

1. Have you bought any straps for around the $50 range and whether it was actually comfortable to wear.
2. For those whom have bought straps in the higher range, do you think it was worth the difference if getting a cheaper version strap?
I spend around $100-200 on a strap..but haven't bought one in ages.

I have a $350 strap that is worth every penny, and one for $90 that gets the most wrist time...its about what you like.

I am actually gravitating to OEM now, about 10 years into the madness...but I would have to say...of the makers that I like...$150-$175 is the sweet spot.

Hope that helps...I can give you specifics if you email me (clink the link above)

~Mike
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Joined: February 26th, 2009, 3:27 pm

November 7th, 2017, 12:47 am #5

Been searching online a lot on this and found leather straps that ranges from $30 to $350. These prices are for aftermarket straps.

Question is how much did you pay for your straps? I know the prices may reflect on the quality but some cheaper straps seems really well made. Saw a few that was around the $60 range and they seem like a bargain. Though they are only pictures I’m not sure wheather the material are actually comfortable to wear on a daily basis.

My question to you are;

1. Have you bought any straps for around the $50 range and whether it was actually comfortable to wear.
2. For those whom have bought straps in the higher range, do you think it was worth the difference if getting a cheaper version strap?
Then why a cheap strap on an expensive watch? The few straps I own have been dirk straps and the quality is superb. As my grandfather used to say “I'm not rich enough to buy cheap things.”
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November 7th, 2017, 2:49 am #6

It took many years, but I finally learned that exact truth about tools.

You can buy the cheap one first then buy the nice one later, or save yourself some money and just buy the nice one to start out with
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Joined: January 25th, 2005, 7:47 pm

November 7th, 2017, 3:37 am #7

I use inexpensive tools and have never damaged anything I work on because I know what I'm doing.

Even in the hands of a poor workman. High quality tools will not help.

Same as a poor golfer buying expensive clubs will not improve his game

Just saying

DON
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Joined: January 25th, 2005, 7:47 pm

November 7th, 2017, 3:47 am #8

Then why a cheap strap on an expensive watch? The few straps I own have been dirk straps and the quality is superb. As my grandfather used to say “I'm not rich enough to buy cheap things.”
Is a $60 strap made with Horween leather going to be poorer than one that sells for $150.00?

People were paying a seller $200 for straps that the seller stated on his site he got for an old leather chair found in the trash.

What was the quality of that leather? People based the quality on the price and not the leather

Here's an email I got from a customer

"Are you still in the strap business? I hope so...last one was good for almost 7 years of use"

That was a $30.00 strap he bought

Price has nothing to do with quality when it comes to most leather straps. It has to do with quality workmanship
and construction.

Even a supposed quality strap can be poorly constructed

18 years and only 12 straps returned for repair or replacement

How many car of the year awards has Ferrari won compared to Toyota or Honda?

If you want to use your analogy. The Japanese cars are poor quality and cheap compared to the Ferrari, but I can bet those cars will spend more time on the road and less in the shop than the Ferrari

DON
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Joined: January 27th, 2005, 3:20 pm

November 7th, 2017, 5:05 am #9

Or pride of ownership?

Some cultures honor affluence, some admire thriftiness.

Cheap vs. Expensive, there's no right or wrong or absolutes. If cost is a primary consideration then the argument is ridiculous because a $25 quartz watch will tell the time as well as a $5000 Panerai so why would you waste your money?

We all have a different algorithm for what we prefer. There are really great cheap straps and horrible expensive straps. But, to some extent, most people typically expect there to be some correlation between price and value (quality, rarity, style, etc).

It's no different than clothing.

I wouldn't wear this jacket if you paid me, yet Steiny bought 2 of them @ $1085 each. One to rock and one to stock.


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Joined: March 3rd, 2006, 5:46 am

November 7th, 2017, 5:22 am #10


I’m just holding those jackets to flip to some millenials so I can buy more expensive straps!
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Joined: April 1st, 2014, 1:22 pm

November 7th, 2017, 9:42 am #11

Been searching online a lot on this and found leather straps that ranges from $30 to $350. These prices are for aftermarket straps.

Question is how much did you pay for your straps? I know the prices may reflect on the quality but some cheaper straps seems really well made. Saw a few that was around the $60 range and they seem like a bargain.  Though they are only pictures I’m not sure wheather the material are actually comfortable to wear on a daily basis.

My question to you are;

1. Have you bought any straps for around the $50 range and whether it was actually comfortable to wear.
2. For those whom have bought straps in the higher range, do you think it was worth the difference if getting a cheaper version strap?
There are strapmakers who are more talented than other strapmakers, just like with your watch you will understand the quality of the experience when something is not right with the strap or when there is a wear and tear that needs to be taken care of. Some give an unconditional warranty on all straps they make for life and no questions asked what happened to the strap, they just replace the strap, some are a deaf ear when you are asking them the change the stitching with another color and instead make you a new offer for a strap at a full price again.

Second there are strapmakers who make the latest and greatest straps that are popular at the moment, you cannot blame the strap maker to charge a bit more for the "brand" you buy. You should also look further than just the piece of leather used, is it vegetable tanned leather or not, is the strap completely hand-sewn, does the maker create his/her own buckles, are there special leather types used, etc.

I once had two ammo straps, one 350$ made by a very famous strapmaker, the other one $100 by a new strapmaker and enjoyed both of them.

That doesn't mean a strap should always have to cost you more than 100$ to be a nice strap, but the same is with shoes, clothes and watches. I recently spotted a new Seike Pressage watch for 400$, super nice and would not mind to wear one.

You have to make out for yourself what strap is singing to you, after that you can always ask for references, maybe not on this forum, maybe better to do that on FB, just to prevent shilling.
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Joined: January 25th, 2005, 7:47 pm

November 7th, 2017, 12:30 pm #12

Or pride of ownership?

Some cultures honor affluence, some admire thriftiness.

Cheap vs. Expensive, there's no right or wrong or absolutes. If cost is a primary consideration then the argument is ridiculous because a $25 quartz watch will tell the time as well as a $5000 Panerai so why would you waste your money?

We all have a different algorithm for what we prefer. There are really great cheap straps and horrible expensive straps. But, to some extent, most people typically expect there to be some correlation between price and value (quality, rarity, style, etc).

It's no different than clothing.

I wouldn't wear this jacket if you paid me, yet Steiny bought 2 of them @ $1085 each. One to rock and one to stock.


And when I put on a leather strap. Fun is not the first thought that comes to mind.

Fact is. I just get so tired of these foolish strap discussions.

Will wait now for the usual "You get what you pay for" member to jump in

DON
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Joined: September 17th, 2014, 2:44 pm

November 7th, 2017, 1:57 pm #13

Been searching online a lot on this and found leather straps that ranges from $30 to $350. These prices are for aftermarket straps.

Question is how much did you pay for your straps? I know the prices may reflect on the quality but some cheaper straps seems really well made. Saw a few that was around the $60 range and they seem like a bargain. Though they are only pictures I’m not sure wheather the material are actually comfortable to wear on a daily basis.

My question to you are;

1. Have you bought any straps for around the $50 range and whether it was actually comfortable to wear.
2. For those whom have bought straps in the higher range, do you think it was worth the difference if getting a cheaper version strap?
Before you start screaming, I'm saying that on a small scale... Handmade, one guy or girl at their desk, you can get really amazing stuff for not that much money.

I guess lack of overhead, middleman, etc.

So I think that some makers here produce amazing quality and the ability to customize with price point similar or less than oem.

I also have straps that were not expensive, like fifty to seventy bucks USD. And they're phenomenal.

Has to do with who and how they were made, again smaller Craftsman that are selling reasonably.

Marketing trains is that more expensive us better. And maybe that's true with mass made stuff, but allot of times we're paying for the cache of the brand and the assumptions that go with it.

I love being able to say that, "I found a guy/girl in .... That custom made this for me" when someone asks about a strap.

Makers, whatever your price point, keep it up, I appreciate it.
Mike C, 312 NYC
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Joined: March 3rd, 2012, 1:55 am

November 7th, 2017, 2:27 pm #14

I use inexpensive tools and have never damaged anything I work on because I know what I'm doing.

Even in the hands of a poor workman. High quality tools will not help.

Same as a poor golfer buying expensive clubs will not improve his game

Just saying

DON
Skill matters more than anything else.

And with skill comes the understanding of the limitations cheap tools can put on your work. The right tool for the right job in the right hands will generally provide a superior result and open up options otherwise not known.
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Joined: January 28th, 2005, 1:31 am

November 7th, 2017, 3:02 pm #15

And when I put on a leather strap. Fun is not the first thought that comes to mind.

Fact is. I just get so tired of these foolish strap discussions.

Will wait now for the usual "You get what you pay for" member to jump in

DON
you speak your mind Don! Yours was the first aftermarket straps I ever bought back sometime in 2002 or so. Bank then it was only you and Dirk. I guess everything was simpler back in the day.
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Joined: January 28th, 2005, 1:31 am

November 7th, 2017, 3:03 pm #16

And when I put on a leather strap. Fun is not the first thought that comes to mind.

Fact is. I just get so tired of these foolish strap discussions.

Will wait now for the usual "You get what you pay for" member to jump in

DON
you speak your mind Don! Yours was the first aftermarket strap I ever bought back sometime in 2002 or so. Best bank for the buck! Bank then it was only you and Dirk, who are really the only non gem straps I wear these day. I guess everything was simpler back in the day.
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Joined: November 13th, 2006, 8:34 pm

November 7th, 2017, 8:29 pm #17

Is a $60 strap made with Horween leather going to be poorer than one that sells for $150.00?

People were paying a seller $200 for straps that the seller stated on his site he got for an old leather chair found in the trash.

What was the quality of that leather? People based the quality on the price and not the leather

Here's an email I got from a customer

"Are you still in the strap business? I hope so...last one was good for almost 7 years of use"

That was a $30.00 strap he bought

Price has nothing to do with quality when it comes to most leather straps. It has to do with quality workmanship
and construction.

Even a supposed quality strap can be poorly constructed

18 years and only 12 straps returned for repair or replacement

How many car of the year awards has Ferrari won compared to Toyota or Honda?

If you want to use your analogy. The Japanese cars are poor quality and cheap compared to the Ferrari, but I can bet those cars will spend more time on the road and less in the shop than the Ferrari

DON
Here's an email I got from a customer

"Are you still in the strap business? I hope so...last one was good for almost 7 years of use"

That was a $30.00 strap he bought


Nice shill...er...advertisement...bahahahaha

Just teasing ya!
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Joined: January 9th, 2012, 5:15 pm

November 7th, 2017, 10:26 pm #18

An interesting shill from the "anti-shill-queen"

Tough times we are
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Joined: September 9th, 2009, 11:51 pm

November 7th, 2017, 10:48 pm #19

I’m just holding those jackets to flip to some millenials so I can buy more expensive straps!
lol [nt]
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Joined: January 25th, 2005, 7:47 pm

November 8th, 2017, 12:03 am #20

An interesting shill from the "anti-shill-queen"

Tough times we are
The fact I sell straps? I think after 16 years it's a known fact.

No images, strap names posted. Just a fact that a $30.00 strap lasted 7 years to counter cost vs. quality posts.

Funny comment from someone that has 3 posts on this front page of the forum. None of which contribute anything to the forum.

DON
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