The Hirsch Liberty and the DiModell Jumbo. I'm a bit of a strap junky, I've read a fair amount of positive comment about both of these straps on various boards, I rather like the look, so I decided I'd do a (rather unscientific) test for myself to see if I liked them in 'person', and which one I preferred.
These are pretty similar straps, my two are a tan Jumbo and a brown Liberty, the Hirsch cost me about £22.50 and the DiModell £14. Length-wise, the Liberty is 115/85mm and the Jumbo 118/80mm. The Liberty is a constant 4mm thick, the Jumbo is 5mm at the lug end and tapers to about 2mm at the buckle. Both taper from 20mm to 18mm width at the buckle. Both have solid looking and feeling stainless steel buckles and both have one fixed and one floating keeper and contrast stitching. The Liberty's stitching looks heavier and more noticeable, the Jumbo continues the stitch motif onto the keepers. Both are quite stiff to start with, but moulded nicely to the wrist after a short while, and share a sealed edge construction without padding. So far, so similar, frankly.
My (unscientific) test consisted of attaching them to my Breitling SuperOcean and then wearing each for a solid 2 days, day and night. This seemed a decent test for comfort, and the SO is a reasonably heavy watch head for them to deal with. For purposes of the following pics, probably worth noting that my wrist is about 6.75”, and more wide than deep, if that makes sense!
First the Jumbo!
On the Jumbo, I was on the last but one hole. The buckle is quite a long way around the underside of my wrist, as the shot above shows, but not overly so, The taper in the thickness meant that there wasn't a huge bulk of strap under the wrist, which did make it very comfortable, and it did a pretty good job of securing the watch head (I like my straps with a little room under them for the watch to move, but not too much). The thickness at the lug end matched the case well and filled the gap between the lugs nicely. Quality is very good.
Overall, a success for me. Comfy, secure and a good visual match (assuming you like the mix of brown strap and blue dial like I do ).
Now the Liberty.
With the Liberty, I am on the last hole. The buckle is slightly further round my wrist, but not much. Because there's no taper in thickness, there's more bulk of strap under the wrist, but it's not unmanageable at all. The extra thickness also means that some of the length is eaten up going round it where there is overlap between the keepers, hence why the buckle isn't too far round. The extra bulk of strap does a slightly better job of balancing the watch head as well, and the thickness at the lugs is a slightly better match to the case thickness for me. Quality of manufacture is extremely good.
Another success for me . Again,comfy, secure and looks good to my eyes.
Which is best, though?
For me, it's the Liberty. I think it did a better job of securing the watch head, and had a slightly more 'chunky' appearance which I prefer. The constant thickness meant it felt a touch more sturdy to me as well. After 2 days of wear there was a crease in the Jumbo from the buckle, the equivalent crease in the Liberty was much less noticeable. Both are very good, but for me the Liberty just shades it (it won't stop me getting more of both, though ).