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Reviewer: Mike W (UKWolfeman)
Strap Being Reviewed: Chesterfield

Website: http://roccostraps.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roccostraps
Twitter: https://twitter.com/aarocco

About: After years of buying hand made straps for myself, I decided I was sick of waiting weeks and months for straps (some that I later found out weren't even crafted by the "maker") and so I decided to start making them myself. Fast-forwards 6 months and I've now got my own "mini" shop in my home and I'm about to move everything into my warehouse for a much larger workspace to fit some new and bigger tools and my every growing leather hide collection.

My constant goal is to offer a more personalized strap making process for my customers at a fair price. My straps are all made by ME and me alone. And currently they are all made from only U.S. sourced materials.

Handmade leather watch straps for the discerning watch enthusiast. Watch straps designed specifically for Rolex, Omega, Breitling and Panerai watches in mind.

Our watch straps are made entirely by hand, each one taking anywhere between 4-6 hours to craft from start to finish. It's a labor of love for those who hold their timepieces in high regard.

Price - $95 USD

Thoughts and impressions: As many of you are aware I have be fortunate to handle many different Horween straps from various makers around the world. Immediately I noticed similar levels of quality from Rocco Straps compared to anything that has passed through my hands especially at a $95 price point. The leather for this particular strap is a Vintage Horween Derby that is finished very well throughout including maker branding on the underside of the strap. Rocco uses waxed nylon thread as he believes it holds up better than linen which seems logical. The edges are dyed, waxed and burnished. I really appreciate the glued and stitched keepers which I believe will increase their durability. The strap measures 20mm/20mm in width, approximately 135mm/87mm in length and approximately 4mm thick.

Initially the strap was ever so slightly stiff out of the box however I knew based on my experiences with Horween leather that the strap would become more and more supple over time. So, as anticipated the leather has become increasingly more soft and supple within just a few days and the comfort level is through the roof. Also, in just a short time as the strap continues to break-in, I notice more and more character to the overall appearance. The more a Horween strap is marked up the better I believe it looks. Overall quality at $95 for a Hand Made strap is well within reason based on my extensive past experiences.

While Rocco's mission statement has many higher end watches in mind, his work is perfect for so much more. Horween leather is definitely something that strap lovers need to have in their collection for certain and why not try out a new vendor while the prices are affordable. I can easily envision prices increasing as he gains more experience and recognition. I really enjoyed working with Anthony on developing the perfect strap for this particular watch. Anthony really emphasized building the strap around the watch rather than the other way around which is the way it should be regardless. He was very open to seeing pictures so do not hesitate to share photos with him so he can really design the perfect strap. Thank you for reading, and I look forward to your comments.



















 

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I know first had that Rocco (Anthony) makes a great strap after buying the Taupe Horween I have. I love it, and it is a great quality, and a great price as well.

Great review Mike.
 

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Now that is one very well-made looking strap. Thanks for the excellent review and pics, Mike. This one is now on my radar. Excellent choice with the color of the Chesterfield and the white dial watch, too, by the way.
 

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I came back for a second look. Its really a nice deal for that level of quality work. I have a JPrime and 3 Diaboliq straps on their way to me now but I'll go for one of these (or two?) on my next strap shopping spree. Thanks again, Mike. Really like the one pictured a lot just as it is, too. Even the name is cool, 'vintage horween derby.'
 

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This strap seems so well made Mike. Can imagine it looking just as good as it does here many years down the road too. Probably even better if that's even possible. Can just tell from the pictures that the materials, along with workmanship are off the charts. :smileyface_hand_cla Really seems, and looks to be exceptional. Thanks so much for the review. Really nice job as always !!!
 

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This strap seems so well made Mike. Can imagine it looking just as good as it does here many years down the road too. Probably even better if that's even possible. Can just tell from the pictures that the materials, along with workmanship are off the charts. :smileyface_hand_cla Really seems, and looks to be exceptional. Thanks so much for the review. Really nice job as always !!!
Thank you for the kind words.
 

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After ordering a custom strap, I can say this is the way to go. Only problem is the strap often gets more comments than the watch.
Don't hesitate, take measurements of wrist and cast lug to lug. Have a true custom
Strap and see the difference. You might not flip the watch and think of the savings then.
 

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After ordering a custom strap, I can say this is the way to go. Only problem is the strap often gets more comments than the watch.
Don't hesitate, take measurements of wrist and cast lug to lug. Have a true custom
Strap and see the difference. You might not flip the watch and think of the savings then.
I never like the strap to overshadow the watch. I always try to find out what kind of watch the person will be wearing with the strap to make sure we find something that compliments and highlights their watch rather than takes away from it.
 

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Padded Burgundy Chromexcel created for a PAM 416. Not only are many of Panerai's OEM straps weakly constructed, but they seem to only size them for girls wrists. This is for a big boy, 140/90. :)

 
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