I'm looking for a 20mm dark brown leather strap to put on my Stowa Flieger White/Blue LE, but there's a bewildering array of options out there! Ideally I'd like something that isn't too thick and has non contrast stitching along the edges, or maybe no stitching... hmmmm
I quite like the look of the Nomos brown shell cordovan (about AU$125) but I won't be able to use my Stowa buckle (OEM strap doesn't taper) and I feel it'll be a bit weird having the Nomos buckle:
I've previously bought from an Etsy seller called 'JonesInTokyo' but his prices seem to have gone through the roof and he's now charging around AU$180 for a strap similar to the Nomos... but on the plus side the buckle will be unsigned which I prefer (or I could specify untapered and use my Stowa buckle, but it might be a bit overpowering if the strap ends up being a lot thicker than my OEM Stowa strap):
The other option I'm considering is FinWatchStraps... their 'classic' stitched style (with the two stitches up near the lug) seems to be excellent value but I'd probably rather go with either un-stitched:
or fully stitched as I prefer the look (but it also increases the cost significantly to around the same as JonesInTokyo):
So what do you guys reckon? I'd love to hear of any other options out there, particularly anything that might be a little more affordable than these custom straps!