So just before I went off on Holiday I was slowly starting to realize that my Seiko Sarb017 just wasn't getting the wrist time it used to. After thinking about it for a bit I came to the conclusion that it was because of the strap. it was on a leather Nato from natostrapco. The strap was great, comfortable and all that, there were just two problems. I've come to realize that I no longer really like Natos, the excess strap gets on my nerves as it never seems to stay in its keepers. Secondly because the strap was quite thin due to it being a Nato it had stretched as I wore it. I was now stuck with a choice of either wearing the watch too tight or wearing it so that it spun around my wrist. Neither of which was comfortable for me.
This stewed in the back of my mind for a while as my Alpinist got less and less wrist time. Eventually I stopped wearing it all together. Looking around the forums I started seeing some of Patriks' work, most notably the work he had done for Bradjhomes. This eventually led me to his Facebook page and next thing I new I was sending him a PM as a "Feeler". I wanted to get an idea of what it would cost because, custom strap man, can't be cheap. My mind was quite blown then when in the end the strap cost me a grand total of $50 shipping and buckle included!
Working with Patrik is great, he makes everything easy to understand and goes well out of his way to make sure that he knows exactly what you want for your strap. Which considering I had no idea what I wanted was no mean feat. Originally I went to him and I had the idea of having brown strap with green stitching. After talking for a while I basically gave him free reign and told him to make a strap that he thought would fit the Alpinist.
After all the talking was done I went on holiday and let Patrik work his magic. By the time I was back there was an e-mail sitting in my inbox letting me know the strap was ready. He'd gone a different direction to what I'd initially specified and made me a dark green strap with cream stitches. It's Fantastic. Patrik offered to make me another strap that was more to my specifications and I wouldn't have to pay a cent extra. I told him to shut up and take my money
I must also note that due to the fact that I barely looked at my mails while on holiday I was extremely late to the table with payment and Patrik just shrugged it off. I know a lot of sellers who would have just blacklisted me and then sold the strap to someone else. Like I said, awesome guy to work with!
Before I bore you chaps completely lets get on to the unboxing :
Nice brown envelope, had some padding in... Not much more to say really...
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Unfortunately the Wax seal didn't survive the intercontinental travel. Great touch though, nice business card as well
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Boom! The strap, love the little clover leaf. Got it attached to my car keys now
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With the watch the strap was made for :
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Both sides of the strap are stamped in the underside:
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Sunlight shows off the colour better:
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Finally on the watch and oh my, you'd swear this was the strap the watch came on
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Finally on the wrist
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I think it looks fantastic and it is most definitely the most pliable leather watch strap I have. Sits on my wrist like it was made for it (Wink, wink). It has literally breathed new life into my Alpinist. I'm now eager to wear the watch, it's amazing the difference a well made strap can make in the appearance of watch and how it wears
Anyone else with a clover strap, please share you experiences here as well