I always wanted to try a fully bespoke truly custom watch strap. What had stopped me over the years was just never having a watch I loved enough to justify the expenditure such a thing would be. Well that changed when I got my Zelos Abyss, this was a watch I felt willing to spend some scratch to get a nice set of straps for. To some maybe it is too bulky, or ostentatious, or whatever, but I love the thing just oodles and oodles. So it came down to a decision of who to order this strap from, and what specifications do you want for it? I reviewed a metric ton of custom makers. Some more well known like Gunny Straps, Combat Straps, and Drunk Art but also more obscure things like more Etsy accounts than I care to remember. In the end I settled on making an order from John Glance of Dangerous 9 Straps.
So here we are roughly 4.5 months later and short a reasonable sum of my filthy lucre. In exchange though I got one helluva watch strap. The specs on this strap are as follows... 22 mm width no taper, rounded tip, brown finishing on the edges, brown no contrast straight stitch, two keepers (one fixed one floater), 3mm thick, 3mm holes and tang slot, and no padding. The internal side is a kangaroo leather with the outside being african goat. Yes, a poor goat was taken out to make this strap. It is refered to as "zanzibar" leather on his site for those curious.
I have got to say the pictures really don't do it justice. The fit and finish is as good as I can ever imagine a watch strap being, it is firm without being stiff, thick with weight... but can glide over your wrist, the texture on the leather is fantastic, and the inner lining has such a soft touch you don't even feel it. It is definitely the best strap I have ever owned, and I have owned a lot of straps, many of them from high end makers like Bulag and Sons. John was even great to work with, upfront with realistic finishing time, explained all options, made suggestions, and was always quick to respond. So I definitely recomend D9 to anyone who wants to take the plunge on a serious bespoke strap, just be ready to wait, and pay for it. This is not a strap your getting for fifty dollars, or even a hundred.
So for those thinking about taking a dive, here is the site: Dangerous9straps