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Old 03-30-2013, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Reviewer: Mark A. (andrema)

Strap Being Reviewed: Mad Dog Cordovan Watch Strap

Strap was donated for review


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We, the team of Maddog-Straps, are strap makers from Germany and Austria and are specialists in making custom made straps. Baseball straps from orig. vintage baseball gloves from approximately the 1950´s. Football straps from original vintage football balls. Ammo straps from original Swiss army leather goods from approximately 1945. Ammo canvas straps from original Swiss army goods. Exotic straps like shark, stingray, lizard, snakes, crocodile and top new genuine elephant hide.



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Maddog-Straps Shell Cordovan Strap




Strap Specifications:

Style: Maddog Shell Cordovan Strap (EX16)

Length (mm): 130/80

Width (mm): 24/24

Thickness (mm): 5.30

Stitching: White

Buckle: None (Aftermarket thumbnail used for review)

Price: $129 ($109 for WF members), plus $15 shipping.


Stock Photo of Strap Material:


This strap from Maddog is made from horse hide heather. The shell cordovan was sourced from a leather coat that was purchased by the company and re-purposed for watch straps. :


Below is a photo of the actual jacket that was used for the leather material that was utilized to makethis strap:



I was interested in learning more about what exactly shell cordovan was, so I did some research and this is what I discovered:



- Shell cordovan (or cordovan) is a type of leather commonly used in shoe making.



- Cordovan is an equine leather made from the fibrous flat muscle (or shell) beneath the hide on the rump of the horse.


- The leather derives its name from the city of Cordoba, Spain, where it was originally prepared by the Moors.

- Genuine shell cordovan has to be vegetable tanned, which the process takes as long as 6 months. The time consuming and labor intensive process limit the production, making it one of the rarest leather available.


Here are a fewsample photosof the material as it appearsjust prior to the strap maker building the strap:












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Packaging:


The strap arrived at my home in a padded envelope. Inside the package, the strap was wrapped and safe from damage during transit. This packaging is more than adequate and helps the company to keep their costs and, therefore, prices at a relatively low level.

Photos of strap:





















Wrist Shots:


Please note: For reference purposes, the pictures below are taken on a 7.25 inch wrist.



A few shots outdoors. As you can see, the cordovan has a reddish tone in ambient lighting:








A few shots taken indoors with artificial lighting. As you can see, the strap tends to have a darker more brown appearance:











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My Thoughts and Impressions:


When I first received the strap, I was impressed by the rich color of the strap. The shell cordovan that was used is very rich looking. The color of the leather is a very dark reddish-brown tone. As you can see from the photos, the strap's stitching has an open end design and the white thread utilized is fairly thick. In my opinion, this strap works very well with a flieger/pilot style watch and the tone of the strap will match well with many different watch finishes.



When received, the shell cordovan strap has a soft texture and is fairly pliable. The edges are sharply cut and have a very nice, refined appearance. The stitching is well done, with straight, even and precise stitching. The craftsmanship of this strap seems to be on par with similar straps within or even above its price point. These factors, coupled with the fact that it is a fairly uncommon strap material, definitely make the strap a very good value and a nice alternative for someone looking for something that not just plain vanilla.



Overall, I am pleased with this strap and I would recommend Maddog to anyone looking for a nicely made leather strap at a great price. However, as I do with all of my reviews, I have compiled a list of few areas that could be improved or changed to accentuate the look of the watch. These points are nit-picky, but warrant mention:



- While handling the strap, the leather tends to mar fairly easily. This, however, is not really an issue as the scratches can be "rubbed" to bring the finish back to the original finish.



- In my opinion, the thread used for the strap was slightly too thick and a thinner, tighter weave thread would refine the look of the strap. There is nothing wrong with the thread that was used, it is just my preference.


- I would have preferred it if the edges of the strap were coated. As you can see from the photos, due to a color difference in the color of the materials used to construct the strap, there is a layered or striped look to the edge. Finished/Sealed edges would add additional refinement to the strap and would definitely accentuate the look of the strap.


As I said these are fairly benign points, but they warranted a brief mention.



Thanks for Reading ~ Mark













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Great looking strap Mark.

Never had a shell cordovan myself, it looks great on that Stowa.

Thanks for the detailed review.
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Mark thanks for the review. Very well done. Having owned several Maddog straps I can say truly worth the cost.
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Cool strap and great review. I like that leather though I gotta say I loved that jacket too bad to see it get cut up.

What material is used to thicken the strap between the two layers of cordovan leather?
The thick stitching is cool but may only work with bigger and rugged watches. I too would have preferred a thinner tighter stitch. I agree as well with the sides needing to be finished as they show that middle added layer of...? If it was all cordovan I may have felt differently?
Overall a great looking strap and awesome leather.
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Hi

many thanks.. perfect Review..and perfect pictures.



I also can offer Shell Cordovan straps in black and brown.



I can offer special Discount for all members.



The strap matches perfect to my handmade buckles heavy plain



made of special stainless steel and gen bronze.



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Nice work, Nice review. I guess overall I feel very nicely about it.

plus Ingomar is a good dude
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This is something Mark ! Didn't really know about this type of leather either. So thanks for that, and the review of

this. Amazing how rich the color looks, as well as how it makes your Stowa look. Amazing how the leather is taken

from leather jackets like this as well. Wow, very cool ! This strap is beyond cool actually ! Thanks for the review of

it. ..Great job !!!
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Thanks Mark, the colours really do look quite stunning, Mad-Dog definitely makes good straps, have about 4 of them!
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Great way to recycle but damn nice jacket they shredded! Thanks for the review!:c
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Even the paper napkin that wraps the strap is beautiful. Since its my 1st post, I'd like to post some pics about my Kaventsmann Pelagial + Maddog strap & buckle:-

mokume gane buckle



wooden buckle


same mokume gane buckle



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This is a very good review, and verythorough. Gives me a good idea of the strap so I know what I am really getting (yes, I think I will buy one, with a new watch to match it?).
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Very clean looking strap!
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I have bought straps from almost every strap maker but Maddogs are by far the best. He will do whatever you want or need to a make the strap you want. For example mark if you wanted the sides finished just tell him Ingomar is the best strap maker out there and like I said i have bought from them all.....
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Thats a good looking strap.
Ingomar is awesome to deal with and he makes some really nice buckles as well.
Great review.
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Thanks guys. It really is a very nicely made strap!
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Thorough as ever, and the shell cordovan insight is appreciated, my unrefined

mind thought cordovan was merely color. The strap looks excellent, and i

agree with Your stated preferences, the sides of the strap most of all. It is a

very rich and classy looking piece of material.

Thank You again and Good Work Mad Dog Straps!
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The more I look at it, I do agree the thick stitching does look a little rugged or aggressive for this style of strap. Or maybe if it was just pictured on a different watch. Im sure Maddog can make any kind of stitching for it though.
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Machine Head wrote:
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Thanks Mark, the colours really do look quite stunning, Mad-Dog definitely makes good straps, have about 4 of them!
I agree. I have had great success in the appearance of the straps.
Just for your information, with Halios's new Tropik B, Jason is using Mad-Dog straps for this watch.
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I just went back and looked over this again. I really believe the substantial stitching is one of the aspects I appreciate the most about the strap. Again very well done Mark.
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here's my Bluering that I have on of my mad-dog straps on





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