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I love straps and a custom leather strap for a Sinn U1 deployant isn’t one of those common strap projects. I was able to find only two forum threads on the subject and both were rather old.

My wrist size is between 6.75”-7.00” and have always had custom straps made for my for me. I’ve dealt with only a few strap makers in the past and am always looking to find a US based, up and coming timepiece tailor.

I recently started following Level.5x and his journey as a strap maker. A committed artisan who is working on refining his craft and willing to share his progress with an audience. I liked what I saw, decided to reach out and this is what happened.

Cognac Brown with Gunmetal thread.












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I love straps and a custom leather strap for a Sinn U1 deployant isn’t one of those common strap projects. I was able to find only two forum threads on the subject and both were rather old.

My wrist size is between 6.75”-7.00” and have always had custom straps made for my for me. I’ve dealt with only a few strap makers in the past and am always looking to find a US based, up and coming timepiece tailor.

I recently started following Level.5x and his journey as a strap maker. A committed artisan who is working on refining his craft and willing to share his progress with an audience. I liked what I saw, decided to reach out and this is what happened.

Cognac Brown with Gunmetal thread.












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Amazing I am going to reach out for my next strap


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Looks fantastic Ray! Love how it looks on that watch. Heres some additional pics of the strap and leather used.

Thanks for the opportunity to make this for you!



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Sweet leather,what kind of horween is that ?


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Sweet leather,what kind of horween is that ?


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Not Horween actually. Its from an Italian tannery called Badalassi Carlo. Its cow hide with a waxy content and then 'tumbled' in a giant cylinder to give it a natural distressed look. This also helps the leather have a softer, more flexible hand. The wax and oils do give it a 'pull up' effect similar to Horween Dublin/Derby tannage as well as Horween Chromexcel tannage.


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Not Horween actually. Its from an Italian tannery called Badalassi Carlo. Its cow hide with a waxy content and then 'tumbled' in a giant cylinder to give it a natural distressed look. This also helps the leather have a softer, more flexible hand. The wax and oils do give it a 'pull up' effect similar to Horween Dublin/Derby tannage as well as Horween Chromexcel tannage.


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Very nice and excellent work!! Will DM you soon


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Looks fantastic Ray! Love how it looks on that watch. Heres some additional pics of the strap and leather used.

Thanks for the opportunity to make this for you!



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Thanks for an amazing job on this project. This is just the start!


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Level 5 sure has come along, I remember those first posts where I was like "that's not bad for a first try!" These days I have no doubt he could do strap making for money and legitimately succeed, kudo's man great work!
 

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Level 5 sure has come along, I remember those first posts where I was like "that's not bad for a first try!" These days I have no doubt he could do strap making for money and legitimately succeed, kudo's man great work!
Thanks Karkarov! I know youve been following me from the start so I appreciate you noting the progression. I hope to open a webpage or etsy store soon, though I have to say WUS has been so helpful to getting me started. To post FS ads and have thousands of views and not have to pay anything is extremely generous now that I explore other platforms. Really helps us little guys get off the ground running!

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Thanks Karkarov! I know youve been following me from the start so I appreciate you noting the progression. I hope to open a webpage or etsy store soon, though I have to say WUS has been so helpful to getting me started. To post FS ads and have thousands of views and not have to pay anything is extremely generous now that I explore other platforms. Really helps us little guys get off the ground running!

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When/If you set that store up, let us know man!
 

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I love straps and a custom leather strap for a Sinn U1 deployant isn’t one of those common strap projects. I was able to find only two forum threads on the subject and both were rather old.

My wrist size is between 6.75”-7.00” and have always had custom straps made for my for me. I’ve dealt with only a few strap makers in the past and am always looking to find a US based, up and coming timepiece tailor.

I recently started following Level.5x and his journey as a strap maker. A committed artisan who is working on refining his craft and willing to share his progress with an audience. I liked what I saw, decided to reach out and this is what happened.

Cognac Brown with Gunmetal thread.

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When it looks so good on the diver guess how amazing it looks on the pilot? ;-) Show them, Nick! You have my permission.

For those of you guys considering - not only the leathers and skills are top quality but the man is a pleasure to work with and super fast with the project.
5 Stars*****
 

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When it looks so good on the diver guess how amazing it looks on the pilot? ;-) Show them, Nick! You have my permission.

For those of you guys considering - not only the leathers and skills are top quality but the man is a pleasure to work with and super fast with the project.
5 Stars*****
I’ve already placed a second order to strap up a Stowa Ikarus. Nick is absolutely a pleasure to work with.


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When it looks so good on the diver guess how amazing it looks on the pilot? ;-) Show them, Nick! You have my permission.

For those of you guys considering - not only the leathers and skills are top quality but the man is a pleasure to work with and super fast with the project.
5 Stars*****
I’ve already placed a second order to strap up a Stowa Ikarus. Nick is absolutely a pleasure to work with.


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Thank you guys! Have had quite a weekend with custom orders to make. The Waxy Veg tans by Badalassi Carlo tannery in Italy have been very popular! Here's one on transporter305's beautiful Zenith...

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Also sending this one out to another repeat customer tomorrow!

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And sending this Horween English Tan to a new customer tomorrow!

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And my first custom order of the new Red Waxy Veg tan leather for Ray finished today! Expecting more orders with this material but for now, only have enough material left for 3-4 more straps!

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Thank you everyone for your orders!
 

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Couple new leathers I've been working with this weekend! Few new projects finished...1 sold, 2 available, 1 for me. b-)

1. Custom order for 18/16 Horween Dublin Chestnut w/ cream thread-
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2. 22/20mm Red Waxy Veg tan w/ pyrite(dark grey) thread-

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3. 20/18mm green Horween Chromexcel lined with soft veg tan calf w/ pyrite thread-

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4. For me - 22/20mm blue Tochigi Harness leather minimal stitch and lined with natural veg tan calf. With curved spring bar holes for my Chr. WARD C60!

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