Watch strap making isn’t just limited to major brands and big shops; across the world there are small strapmakers making a living designing unique and custom straps. Our small brand spotlight series interviews these strapmakers to see what makes them tick.
Today the spotlight is on Jun Talusan and his Philippines-based shop, Two One Four Straps.
Name: Jun Talusan (Two One Four Straps)
Website: www.facebook.com/twoonefourstraps; Instagram (Contact him via Facebook or Instagram to buy)
What: Custom handmade, handstitched watch straps
How did you get into watchstrap making?
A few years back I got into collecting watches. At one point I acquired several pieces and decided to change straps instead of buying a new one, but since I have skinny wrists most straps sold at shops didn’t fit. That’s the time I decided to make my own.
I’m a very lucky guy to have a wife that supports my hobby, and she’s the one who actually pushed me to pursue strap making. At first it was so frustrating because my straps don’t look anything close to the ones I see online. It is when I realized that strap making is not something you can learn easily, it takes time and effort and a detailed eye to make your strap presentable.
What materials do you use in your bands?
Mostly Full grain cowhides, but I also use denim, canvas and exotic hides
What is your favorite material to work with?
I love working with Crazy Horse and vintage reclaimed leathers. They have so much character in them.
What style of bands is your favorite to make or wear?
My sense of style changed, before I like making and wearing big, bulky and wide straps. But now I’m into tapered and not too thick straps. It’s more comfortable to wear and looks elegant.
Do you have a favorite watch?
I’m partial to Japanese diver’s watches with iconic and classic look because they are very versatile. You can make them look rugged, casual or dressy.
What do you like to do outside of strap making?
I love watching movies and if given the time, some woodworking.
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NATO and ZULU watch straps are fun, colorful, and let’s face it, relatively cheap if you know where to look. We’ve found five strap options under $20 for you to check out. All are available on our Amazon Watch Strap Shop, where you can find all of the best rated watch strap and tool options on Amazon.
1. Barton Watch Bands NATO Strap ~$12
One of our favorite brands, this strap is also Amazon’s choice when it comes to a good quality NATO strap for a good price. Simply put, this strap at this price can’t be beat.
2. Blueshark NATO ~ $17
A popular forum recommendation, the love people show for this brand shows up in the reviews. Very good quality for the price and one of Amazon’s Choice watch bands.
3. Clockwork Synergy Premium Nylon NATO Watch Straps ~ $15
A popular brand of watch strap with some interesting designs. A ton of bright colors makes this a popular gift strap for teenagers with a new watch.
4. ArtStyle ZULU 5-Ring band ~$9
Good quality, good reviews, cheap price. This is your basic NATO strap on Amazon.
5. CIVO NATO 4-Pack ~$14
They’re cheap, they’re colorful, and they’re perfect for trying out the whole NATO strap trend. The perfect watch strap for a stocking stuffer or to complement a new watch. Comes with a spring bar tool and spring bars as an added bonus.
Some bands come with a watch strap removal tool, but if you need one, we suggest this inexpensive spring bar tool from Barton.
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