Hi to all,
I just wanted to share with you my very positive experience with the wonderful quality strap and great customer service from peter.watchacc from Thailand.
For some time I wanted to switch a rally type strap on my vintage Omega Seamaster for something more elegant, a genuine gator, so I have started to look out for an options sometimes in November last year. During the process I first looked at Di-Modell since I have their gold brown Teju lizard strap on another watch and have been very pleased with it, than Hirsch and the Rios. I thought that the pricing on Di-Modell and Hirsch was a bit steep, the price on Rios was great, but what bothered me was the fact that Rios didn’t produce gator straps in small or mid size, and I was afraid that the regular length would be too long for my wrists. After initial frustration, I’ve decided to look for ideas on my favorite watch forum and learned about Peter, a guy that ran a small manufacture of bespoke straps in Thailand, and thought I should give it a try.
I first contacted Peter mid December, and he replied promptly. I was pretty much determined about the specs: genuine alligator full cut with nice and interesting pattern, matt black (as matt as possible) with black stitching, length 110/70, width 19/16 and thickness tapering from 6 to 3 mm. He fully understood what kind of strap I wanted and the asked price was unbelievable for a bespoke strap (well under 200USD) so I’ve ordered it immediately, paid a deposit, and started to look at one month delivery time.
During the process of ordering we exchanged maybe 20 e-mails. Peter was extremely helpful and patient, answering all my questions in less than one day. The best part was sometimes mid January when Peter contacted me and said that he was not happy with the skin that he had on stock, so he waited for a new batch for my strap. He also said that as a watch collector himself, he will only sell straps of quality that he would be happy with. Despite prolongation, I was pleased that he would use nothing but the best skin for my strap.
Finally beginning of February Peter wrote to let me know the strap was finished. The delivery was stellar ten days, considering how far Thailand is from Bosnia. Strap came in nicely packaged, with a personal note from Peter, written by hand. How about that kind of personalized service?
The pattern is perfect with lots of character. The full cut extends all the way to the end (not turning small scales) which is great. The only thing I wish is that grooves between scales were deeper, but that is just my personal preference. I do not doubt that the Peter could make this if I asked. Padding was perfect, and… it really is matt. I couldn’t see how it could be more matt than this even if it is not evident from pictures where I always get some glare (don’t know why). At first I couldn’t believe how stiff the strap was, but after couple days, it started to conform nicely to my wrist. It looks like it is going to hold on for many years.
In the end, I can only highly recommend watch straps from peter.watchacc. The only downfall I can think of is waiting time for a bespoke strap that can be long (more than two months for me), but the quality is excellent, price comfortable, and you get fully custom strap, tailored to your needs.
Enjoy the pics. I tried to capture the look of the strap as best I could but it wasn’t an easy task. On few pictures the strap looks even bluish and it is not in reality.