Today I have a few surprises. Firstly, the leather I am using, a beautiful, brown with tiny light specs where the hair follicles must have been, is not cow, or kangaroo, but Kidd leather! And, instead of my usual natural edge finish, I have rolled-finish the edges. Rolled edges gives an added elegance to the strap, especially when using the finer leathers. Rolled edges work very well in most exotic leathers, especially Kangaroo. So when I looked at the Kidd leather, I thought I was going to try a rolled edge on it as well and the results are awesome. Kidd leather is a lovely soft and thin leather, usually
reserved for gloves and linings of expensive purses and bags.
Because of the fact that this leather is so soft and thin, I have made this strap from triple layers of Kidd leather, bonded with a water-based adhesive and then stitched on the edges. I have omitted the stitching before on a number of other straps, relying only on the glue, and the test results over a number of months of everyday wear (and every night- I sleep with my watches to test the straps), was very positive. Omitting the stitches present an uncluttered, plain surface, desirable in some cases.
This strap was matched to a vintage copper-coloured Raketa, probably from the late seventies, early 80”S. You will also notice that I used two different coloured stitches, dark brown on the buckle end, and a lighter brown on the opposite end. No, I didn’t run out of thread, I have done it on purpose to give me an idea of how these colours match up with this leather. This strap is fitted with an 18mm, stainless steel buckle. Prices from 40.00 AU, plus postage.