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Old 03-15-2013, 03:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Strap being reviewed: SNPR Horween Chromexcel Leather(Light Chesnut)

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Welcome to my little corner of the world. Here you will find examples and information about my work. A little background about me. My Name is Joe and I’m an obvious fan of everything watches. I set out some time ago to make my own straps because I was not happy with what the current market had to offer. Most of the straps I’ve encountered have suffered from the same issues such as lug spacing too wide or not wide enough. No one wants a strap that is not ready to wear. Another issue is hole sizing that was off or too small to fit the buckle tang through.
I think you will find that my straps are different. I choose to use Oil Tanned leather hides which make a very comfortable strap that requires no breaking in periods. I also use premium Veg Tan hides which yield a very clean looking strap with endless color and finishing options. Veg Tan however requires breaking in. I can also source vintage leather for that one of a kind strap with history. I do not charge extra for “custom sizing” whatever that means. Your strap is completely custom to begin with. I constantly check dimensions to ensure your strap will fit as it should. Lug areas may be skived down thinner to make installation a breeze. I use generous sizing holes which allows you to use a variety of buckles. I can generate sketches for involved custom designs to make sure you and I are on the same page.
I pride myself on creativity and original designs. I try to stay away from the everyday run of the mill production strap designs. Each one is %100 handmade by me in the USA. I use no machines only hand tools. Please keep this in mind when purchasing your strap. If your looking for the exacting look of a machine made strap such as stitching and coloring your probably in the wrong place. Each strap has its own character and artistic appeal.
Im a one man operation but I take customer service extremely serious. Bottom line is you’re the paying customer and will be treated with the upmost respect. My business is completely ran via iPhone and iPad so communication is instant. If you happen to have any issues with a SNPR Strap I will do whatever it takes to correct the problem or refund your payment. I guess you can call that my warranty.
I thank you for visiting my page and considering a SNPR Strap for your next timepiece.
WE’RE DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY HERE!!!


About Horween Chromexcel Leather (From Horween Website):




Chromexcelis the original pull-up leather; using time honored techniques and formulas that were developed nearly 100 years ago. Chromexcel is still produced in the United States using a bark retannage from a proprietary recipe, and then genuine hot stuffed with our secret blend of natural oils and greases.

Chromexcel is characterized by a rich pull-up in full aniline, hand rubbed finishes. Made to this day with old world craftsmanship, modern Chromexcel carries on a long history of superior comfort and durability.
http://horween.com/


Strap Description:
Handmade, Hand stitched Horween Chromexcel(Pull up Leather strap), Light Chestnut brown.
Horween is some of if not the best leather available, and is sold at a premium price. Because of the amount of oils used in this leather, it will get lighter in color when creased or stretched, but will get darker and lighter due to wear and retain a beautiful color and finish.



Strap specifications::
Width: 22/22mm
Length: 130/80mm
Thickness: 5mm (15mm in thickness on wrist with the keepers)
Keepers: 2 floating
Stiffness: Scale of 1-10, 0
Stitching: Creme colored277 Nylon Bonded thread
Holes: 6 round
Buckle: Stainless Steel SNPR Pre V

Price: $175


Packaging:
The strap came delivered in a padded mail envelope and inside was 2 SNPR post cards, an invoice and the strap inside a canvas SNPR branded logo pouch. Kinda of rustic, but nice and not just a strap wrapped in paper.




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Thoughts and Impressions:
Joe had emailed me and asked if I would want to review one of his new Horween Straps. Joe was very excited to be able to finally purchase Horween leather, as they have a long wait list, and its not cheap either.
He wanted to be able to show why this leather commanded the premium price.

It is true that Horween leather is one of the best leathers out there. Soft, supple, beautiful coloring and feel.

But, that's the leather. But how is the strap?
One word.
Amazing.

I have reviewed many straps. Many know that I am a leather freak, and it translates to watch straps as well.
I have seen, worn and owned straps from many makers.
With one exception , this might be the best strap I have seen and worn.

The leather, again, is beautiful.
At first I was a bit worried , as it is a very thick strap at 5mm and I thought it would be too thick and not comfortable, or not be able to bend and conform to the wrist without some breaking in period.
I was dead wrong. There is NO breaking in period. This might be the softest, most supple strap upon delivery I have ever had.

Joe makes a great strap, the hand stitching is nearly perfect, signed logo on the back of the strap, 2 large floating keepers and a branded SNPR stainless Pre V screw in buckle. The sides of the strap are burnished black, and overall with the coloring of this Horween, creates a great strap for many different watches.

If I had one negative, it would be the large round holes, and the spacing in between. When I first put it on, I was 3rd hole from the top. After a few hours and the stretching of the leather, I found it too loose, so moved it up one.
It does fit me fine, because the leather does stretch, but if the holes were smaller and closer together, you could obtain a better fit, especially for those in between wrist sizes.

Otherwise, I can not say enough good about it. It's just a great, premium leather watch strap, one that will continue to get better over time. The Horween leather really is like nothing else out there.
Joe said he will be getting more colors of this leather in the coming months, including an English Honey Tan.
I look forward to seeing that one as well.

Thank you for reading. As always any comments are welcome.



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Old 03-15-2013, 08:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thank you Don.
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Ordered one, now struggling with the wait, but luckily I have developed lots of patience in this hobby
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Great review of what looks like a great strap. I do agree that the holes look rather large, at least from a couple of the pics.
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Great review of what looks like a great strap. I do agree that the holes look rather large, at least from a couple of the pics.
I have run across this before and I just want to put it out there. My reason for the choice of hole size i use is prior to me making my own straps I would constantly come across straps from makers that after installing the normal Pre V buckle I would need to push the tang through in order for it to buckle. In my eyes it seemed as if they were cut for GPF Mod Dep. buckles and not the Pre Vs. It seemed to almost damages the strap. I wanted the strap to be able to buckle easily on and off and not have to search around to buckle it. The reason for the the spacing I choose is over time and constant wear I do not want the leather in between to damage or wear thin. I want it to have integrity and security.Now with all that said.......
I can certainly give you a smaller hole and place them closer together. In the end I'm just the maker and the customer will always get what they request.
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Great review of what looks like a great strap. I do agree that the holes look rather large, at least from a couple of the pics.
I have run across this before and I just want to put it out there. My reason for the choice of hole size i use is prior to me making my own straps I would constantly come across straps from makers that after installing the normal Pre V buckle I would need to push the tang through in order for it to buckle. In my eyes it seemed as if they were cut for GPF Mod Dep. buckles and not the Pre Vs. It seemed to almost damages the strap. I wanted the strap to be able to buckle easily on and off and not have to search around to buckle it. The reason for the the spacing I choose is over time and constant wear I do not want the leather in between to damage or wear thin. I want it to have integrity and security.Now with all that said.......
I can certainly give you a smaller hole and place them closer together. In the end I'm just the maker and the customer will always get what they request.
Hi Joe

I understand your reasoning, and I only have one strap with such small hole sizes, rectangular-like in shape, and I agree with the concerns outlined by you. Everything is a little bit more tricky and you do worry about damaging the strap



Will the smaller holes you mentioned above still easily take a pre-V buckle. Like to know just in case I need to clarify my order beofre you start



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Yes they will. There only a MM or two smaller. The problem sometimes is the width of the strap too. You want the tang to function as it should and lay freely.
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What does "burnished" mean in this context? Does it have a little flame placed near it, for example?
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Burnishing is when the edges are addressed rather then left natural. In this case the are hand dyed black then dampened. The edges are then hand rubbed until the fibers lay correctly due to the heat. They are then rubbed with a bone stick. Finally they are wax treated. Edge finishing in the leather world is like sauce in the cooking world. Everyone has their own recipe.
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I see. Thanks for the interesting reply. I appreciate the help very much.
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Terrific information, pictures, along with review Don. Sounds like these straps are really

something special. That Horween leather sounds incredible. Actually have never heard

of it before, so thanks for that, and thanks for the entire review. You can tell that these

straps are beyond what you even expect a strapshould be. Great review Don, and also

job Joe !
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NICE REVIEW AND PICTURES, GREAT STRAP. THANK'S!
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An amazing looking strap for sure and fully hand made too. Many other makers don't take the extra hours (&effort) it takes to hand stitch a strap. That makes a difference to me and is worth the price and wait I think.
A SNPR Horween strap is in my future of course... For my Pam.

I've bought so many of Joe's strap and all are amazing and keep getting better. I highly recommend SNPR straps.
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An amazing looking strap for sure and fully hand made too. Many other makers don't take the extra hours (&effort) it takes to hand stitch a strap. That makes a difference to me and is worth the price and wait I think.

A SNPR Horween strap is in my future of course... For my Pam.



I've bought so many of Joe's strap and all are amazing and keep getting better. I highly recommend SNPR straps.
I'll just "second" Brice's comments as to Joe's straps. Own a number of 'em, love'em all and plan to purchase more. He's my "go to guy" !!!





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I realize the review is all about the strap. Which looks amazing and well made. However i would of liked to see a head on shot of the watch and strap.
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I realize the review is all about the strap. Which looks amazing and well made. However i would of liked to see a head on shot of the watch and strap.
Here you go.
I didn't show the watch too much, as you said it's about the strap.
The watch itself will be reviewed next week.



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Thanks TC. I saw a picture on FB of the strap on a victronix also. I wonder what it would look like on the WF Limited edition CD? Or is it to nice for it?
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Glad I ordered one of these as soon as I saw them posted! Look forward to when this baby shows up in the mail!
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Thanks TC. I saw a picture on FB of the strap on a victronix also. I wonder what it would look like on the WF Limited edition CD? Or is it to nice for it?
Not to derail thread, but I have never seen the CD on a regular leather strap, due too the unique lugs which have a big gap.
But you could always try..
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Thanks TC. I saw a picture on FB of the strap on a victronix also. I wonder what it would look like on the WF Limited edition CD? Or is it to nice for it?
Not to derail thread, but I have never seen the CD on a regular leather strap, due too the unique lugs which have a big gap.
But you could always try..
Not terrible, but better on the bracelet or rubber.


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