Today, we’re very excited to unveil our newest American-made watch strap, the Model 2! Our third American-made strap, the Model 2 was designed to be a simple, stylish go-to strap for all seasons. It’s a 2-piece design made out of unlined Horween leather, cut with a slight taper. The edges are raw, letting them gain a nice patina, and the knots are hand-tied out of thick waxed linen thread for a crafty, hand-made finish. We used both a fixed metal loop as well as a wide leather band for keepers, creating a rugged detail that hints at military straps.
The Model 2 strap was created to split the difference between our heavy-duty, finely finished Model 1, and our rugged, military inspired NYC NATOs By mixing elements of dress and sport straps, the Model 2 has a retro aesthetic that is simultaneously masculine and elegant. Try this on everything from beat up tool divers to dress-casual vintage pieces.
The rich, waxy Cavalier Chromexcel Horween leather used with the Model 2 – Crimson has a dark, reddish brown color that subtly changes under stress as the oils move around the surface, creating a dynamic appearance. This also allows the Model 2 – Crimson to develop a distinct, beautiful character as it is worn, picking up nicks and scuffs for a rugged patina. The Crimson has been finished with natural/light brown waxed linen thread, bringing out the earthy tones in the leather.
The Tumbled Essex Horween leather used for the Model 2 – Black has a deep, dark color and a beautiful texture. This leather is seriously as soft and supple as leather gets, feeling “broken in” immediately. We offset the black with natural/light brown waxed linen for a rugged, worn-in look that goes with everything. Dress down your formal watches or dress up your sports watches with this one.
Our newest color, Russet is a gorgeous earthy brown hue that will darken and patina beautifully with wear. The matte, oiled Stampede Chromexcel Horween leather chosen for the Model 2 – Russet is tough, but supple and will wear in nicely. We accented the Russet with charcoal waxed linen thread for a dark, faded palette that looks especially good against titanium or blasted steel.
The Model 2 currently comes in 20 + 22mm widths with polished hardware, all ship with an extra set of springbars on the house. We love these straps and have already been wearing them non-stop for several weeks, so we think you’ll all love them too. Available now for $59 + shipping.