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UKWolfeman 08-09-2013 11:36 AM

Strap Review: Bosphorus Straps (Affordable Handmade Straps)
 
Reviewer: Mike W. aka UKWolfeman

Straps Being Reviewed: Bosphorus Straps

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bosphorus.strap
Email: https://www.facebook.com/messages/bosphorus.strap

About/History: Not currently available but one can follow their numerous daily Facebook posts for perspective.

Specifications:
Width - 24/24mm
Length - 130/80mm
Thickness - 4.5mm
Cost - $50 USD

Thoughts and Impressions: I first noticed Bosphorus strap on Facebook. The straps being pictured on numerous posts seemed to be well made. I couldn't believe the $50 cost so really wanted to check them out. The straps sent for review arrived in an envelope with no extravagant packaging. I was impressed with the quality immediately.

The leather of both straps is a vegetable tanned cowhide. One strap was produced with minimal stitching the other with full stitching. The stitching is waxed polyester. The straps are quite soft and flexible. Each strap is 24/24mm in width, 130/80mm in length, and approximately 4.5mm thick. The finishing of both straps is quite nice. The strap edges and holes are all burnished with no raw edges anywhere on the strap. Both straps come with two matching stitched floating keepers. Both straps are very substantial in size in thickness and finished quite well for a $50 strap. The straps are both comfortable on the wrist and have improved in comfort as each break in further.

Bosphorus straps remind me of the build quality found with Heroic 18 and Kain Heritage straps but at a fraction of the cost. So those of you familiar with those brands will have some perspective about the type of strap you will be receiving from Bosphorus. I used a PVD Magrette Moana Pacific Professional Diver for modeling of the straps. I really believe the PVD finish shows off the great colors and varied looks of the straps illustrating two separate looks. Both options perfect for a PVD finish watch especially a diver. I look forward to Bosphorus providing greater choices of length and width as well as more sizing holes standard. I also hope that Bosphorus changes their keepers slightly making the inner keeper fixed to prevent strap slipage for those utilizng the outer most sizing holes. Buckle options would also be another aspect I would hope Bosphorus will provide in the future. Overall extremely impressed with the quality related to the cost as the straps seem to be a great value.

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Minimal Stitch on Model:

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Full Stitch on Model:

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Tattoo Chef 08-23-2013 11:30 AM

:smile-thumb2:

Tattoo Chef 08-23-2013 10:51 PM

Great review Mike .
Can't believe a handmade strap for $50.
Are most of his on the $50 range?


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UKWolfeman 08-24-2013 05:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tattoo Chef (Post 514145)
Great review Mike .
Can't believe a handmade strap for $50.
Are most of his on the $50 range?


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As far as I know everything he sells is $50. Could be wrong but haven't seen anything else.

Mesh Guy 08-24-2013 06:48 PM

You just have to love a handmade custom strap at that price. I've never had a Turkish strap before so I need to get one of these soon. Sounds very cool to me. I checked them out on the Facebook link but I'm not a Facebook pro and I think I missed seeing some of Bosphorus' work there. Is there a link to see more? Its obviously very nice quality work. Much appreciated.

P.S. Super pics & review, Mike.

Mesh Guy 08-24-2013 06:50 PM

Forgot to ask...

Do you know what other materials Bosphorus uses? I've been appreciating canvas and leather straps more than ever lately. Thanks.

Machine Head 08-24-2013 08:40 PM

Thanks Mike and smashing pics!

andrema 08-25-2013 10:00 AM

Very nice. Great job, Mike!

iLiveWithWatches 08-25-2013 05:36 PM

Great review and pictures! Hard to resist a handmade strap for that price.

Spaceview 08-25-2013 05:43 PM

Looks amazing. I had to check the price twice. Looks like a steal for that price.

Caddymon 08-25-2013 06:58 PM

Looks like great prices for custom straps. Nice write up Mike!

WatchDogue 08-26-2013 12:40 AM

That was a terrific review with ample attention paid to the details of the straps.

The strap with full stitching in particular I found appealing - Bosphorus appears to use generous size stitches that add to the overall appeal and attractiveness of the strap.

Great set of pics to show off the reviewed straps!

UKWolfeman 08-26-2013 11:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mesh Guy (Post 516153)
Forgot to ask...

Do you know what other materials Bosphorus uses? I've been appreciating canvas and leather straps more than ever lately. Thanks.

Not entirely sure Nate. I did hear of some upcoming straps made from the same leather as Louis Vuitton bags. I am not aware of canvas at this time. FB message him as Im sure he will answer any questions.

Mesh Guy 08-26-2013 11:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by UKWolfeman (Post 520897)
Not entirely sure Nate. I did hear of some upcoming straps made from the same leather as Louis Vuitton bags. I am not aware of canvas at this time. FB message him as Im sure he will answer any questions.


Thanks, Mike. LV is not too shabby of a reference at all here. I think I might just be more than happy with leather over canvas in this instance.

UKWolfeman 08-27-2013 10:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mesh Guy (Post 520905)
Thanks, Mike. LV is not too shabby of a reference at all here. I think I might just be more than happy with leather over canvas in this instance.

Keep us posted bud. Curious to what you pick up when the time comes. I'm curious if the $50 price will hold if LV leather is used.

kilo77 08-29-2013 10:41 PM

Awesome, thanks for the great review. I'll certainly be looking into these straps since I'm about ready for a new handmade.


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