The second post in a new series, a brand showcase highlights a particular watch strap company, in this case, Two Stitch Straps. You can find their website at https://www.twostitchstraps.com. They make a variety of both regular and customized watch straps. Check out their work below and contact Ivan (founder) for more info or to order a strap.
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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 Pavel Slow and his shop, Neptune Straps.
Name: Neptune Straps/Pavel Slow
What: Mainly watch straps but also small leather goods (bifold wallets, cardholders, etc.)
How did you get into watchstrap making?
I think it’s a similar story to many other strap makers. I’m a watch enthusiast and made my first straps for myself. I’m a member of several watch forums and saw many watches there with superb handmade straps. Unfortunately, those straps were expensive to buy.
So I decided to try one myself. Of course, my first attempt was terrible because I didn’t have any previous experience with leather craft. But I didn’t give up and tried again and again. Now it’s been over five years that I’ve been doing it and there are still plenty of things to improve.
I think it’s a great hobby. It helps me relax after work and helps me develop precision, patience and manual skills. It has also allowed me to meet many wonderful people in the watch enthusiast community.
What materials do you use in your bands?
Mainly calf/cow hide leather, sometimes exotic leather. I’m always trying to just pick the finest quality leather.
What is your favorite material to work with?
My favorite material is Horween Dublin leather. I also like to work with old, vintage leather.
What style of bands is your favorite to make or wear?
I like to make Panerai style straps and ammo straps. I think they have a lot of character and they are quite unique.
Do you have a favorite watch?
It is a hard question to answer because it’s changing all the time. Watches that come to mind are the Cartier Santos or Rolex Oysterquarz.
What do you like to do outside of strap making?
I enjoy spending time with my family. Strap making is just my hobby and I do it in my spare time.
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Today’s band is a custom vintage canvas strap from Dan of RedRockStraps on an Omega Speedmaster. Made from a Vietnam era panel marker bag, you can find more of Dan’s custom watch straps on the RedRockStraps Etsy Shop. Also check out our list of custom watch strap companies.
If you are interested in the watch, you can see prices for the Omega Speedmaster on Jomashop
Today’s bands are courtesy of reddit user Doo_doo and his awesome collection of watches and straps. From left to right we have a Longines Conquest Classic watch with a brown Hirsch Merino strap, an Omega Speedmaster on a black Hirsch Modena alligator leather strap with white stitching, and a Rolex Explorer 1 on an orange Hirsch Caoutchouc rubber strap.
Check out the straps at their respective links, or you can also find all the straps on Hirsch’s website.
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