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Vulture Premium Tochigi Leather Straps

Vulture Premium Tochigi Leather Straps

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When will these drop again? I need a couple more Havanas in different sizes.
This is absolutely my new favorite strap. The quality is incredible and the fit and feel is second to none. It easily made this Seiko (strap is 20mm Havana) my watch of the week and will surely get major wrist time the remainder of the week. I have been enjoying this strap ever since it arrived and a trip to the city this evening is no different.
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I’m very satisfied with my straps. The 20mm London Tan is on my Squale and the 22mm Caramel is on my Ray II. Both watches were resurrected from my watch box graveyard.
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I've gotta say I'm loving this strap on my Apple Watch. I got the Havana 24 mm installed on spring-bar adapters from Esslinger. The leather quality and craftsmanship are top notch, it is now my daily strap. Awesome product! Hope to see more drops from Vulture Premium soon!
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Received my two 20 mm straps today, very pleased, a couple of watches are now revitalized. Counting a previous order of a 22 mm I now have one of each color. Now I await my Vachetta Camo order of one of each color. I will officially have way too many watch straps at that point, and will have to think about getting some new watches.
I don't wear leather straps that much in summer to avoid stink infection, so I'll probably mostly be wearing them around the house until fall and winter.
I just received the three straps that I ordered from the February drop. I purchased the caramel in 19mm, 20mm and 21mm. These straps feel a little stiff at first but after strapping one of them on a watch pillow for less than 24 hours, the leather was immediately broken in and it now feels super comfortable. The stitching is flawless and not crooked or misaligned. The strap also has that new leather smell. I do not have any complaints about the quality, feel and appearance of the products I received. However, one of the straps has a lighter tone (the 19mm in the middle) compared to the other two and I’m wondering if they accidentally shipped a different color. It is still a premium strap but the shade is
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lighter than what I would prefer. Can anyone please confirm?
Is there anyway to exchange to a smaller size? The one I ordered was too large.
Just got my London Tan and am very pleased. Nice color that looks even but shows the character of the leather. Replaced a ”genuine” leather strap with this, this leather is thicker but much more supple and comfortable. And it has that new leather smell.
Hm, what color strap to go with my blue Glycine Combat, Havana or Caramel? It's not quite that bright a blue dial, IMO.
I received my Havana watch strap. It appears to be very sturdy and well made. I believe I received the wrong size. The strap I have is 21/20 mm 140/85. It is much too large for my watch and wrist. I need to exchange it for a shorter strap probably 135/80. How would I go about initiating an exchange?
bluebrandy06
I just received your email. I will get a replacement made for you. E-mail incoming!
Thanks, Will
Vulture_Premium
I'm a bit concerned that I have yet to receive any follow-up since your reply. I did not receive any acknowledgement for the additional sizing information I provided. Nor did you send a return address or return instructions for the strap I received. I indicated in my email that the width from bar to bar for that watch is 43mm, and my wrist is about 170mm. Please provide follow-up information and instructions.
I have a 6" wrist, should I go with a 110 ?
Whisky1824
Yes, I would go with the 110. Thank you very much!
I have a 7 3/4 my watch Lug spacings are 24mm, 22mm, 21mm and 20mm respectively what lengths would you recommend for each?
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24mm Lug Size 48mm Pin-to-pin 22mm Lug Size 42mm, 43mm & 45mm Pin-to-pin (3 different watches) 21mm Lug Size 46mm Pin-to-pin 20mm Lug Size 40mm &47mm Pin-to-pin (2 different watches)
wlhughes
I am thinking the 140/85mm strap would be your best bet for the 40, 42, and 43mm lug-to-lug measurement watches. A 135/80mm strap would suit the 45-48mm ones better.
Thank you very much, Will
Very excited for this, I've been looking for a light strap for my (gasp) Apple watch! I have these lug adapters from Amazon: Apple Watch Adapter, Oittm Stainless Steel Apple Watch Band Connection Adaptor with Screwdriver Tools for Apple Watch & Sport & Edition (Silver 42mm) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0152VX9RC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_LjpDAb8SFY6EP
I think I need a 22mm based on what I read in the comments. Can anyone confirm?
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Thanks! Placed an order for 120/70, but still wondering if I should go slightly bigger (125/75) so it's not too tight. Thoughts?
Hi Will! Just got mine and installed it today. It looks great but the 22mm width leaves a little bit of a gap on either side, exposing the end of the pins. I had the same problem with my previous strap on this adapter and the pins kept getting hit and flying off, sending my watch tumbling ... I'm hoping to avoid that with this one. It hasn't happened yet but any thoughts? Is there a spacer or something I can add to keep the pins from being accidentally moved?
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Can someone please let me know how to tell the difference between Caramel, London Tan and Havana? I want to be absolutely sure that I am ordering what I think I am ordering.
Daybo
The two smooth leathers are Havana (Chocolate colored) and London Tan (The yellow/Brown/Tan colored one). The pebbled one is the Caramel.
Ps. I like your avatar photo. I should annotate my photos to differentiate the colors..get two birds stoned at once.
Thanks, Will
Vulture_Premium
I see the labels on pictures 8 through 13 now. Thanks for your prompt reply, ordering now. Love the Rickyism haha.
Any recommendations on sizing for a 7" wrist? I'm thinking 125/75?
Cogsworth
Thank you for your interest! have a 7" wrist and that is what I wear.
Thanks, Will
Vulture_Premium
Thanks for the info Will!
Are there any photos with a dark faced watch? Mine is dark blue and not sure what color would go best...
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Yeah, that looks like a dark chocolate brown strap. Havana is a tobacco brown and it seems clearly lighter. That said, you can also go all the way to the lightest, the London tan. I've got a Ming 17.01 with a black dial, and I've got it on a yellow-tan strap. As I said, with that I'd probably just not do the caramel...too much red.
jjosh
I will work on getting some photos for you. I have watch with a black face that I could use to model a strap.
Thank you, Will
There's no mention of length/width options. Does this mean that we specify on completion of the drop?
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Hi there! The straps looks great and I'm considering pulling the trigger on it before the drop ends... I have several watches that I would love to match them to and I'm on the fence... Mostly because the one watch that needs this strap the most is a bronze watch, and I need a buckle to match... Any way that could be arranged?
Vino
Suggestion...what about the strap you have for it now? What's the buckle there? Buckles can usually be dismounted trivially. FEW!!! people offer bronze buckles; there's darn few bronze watches out there, for one, and different bronzes that will patinate differently for another. Otto Frei or Esslinger, big parts suppliers, might have something. Depending on the bronze...another option might be a rose gold PVD. I know I've seen those in a deployant.
I was on Vulture's first drop for this Tochigi strap. It resides on one of my Orient Automatics, and it is by far my most favored watch strap. The variations in surface texture and color on the Caramel coupled with the unique stitch pattern makes this strap a must have for any watch lover. I'm going for a Havana this time around to pair with my new Orient Sun & Moon V3. I was also on Vulture's Horween Derby drop. His level of talent and product quality have made me a fan for life. For $60, I consider this drop a steal for this level of workmanship.
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I am glad you are now a Tochigi fan! I prefer the Tochigi to Horween as well. The Derby is a very unique leather and I think it has great qualities, but the Tochigi tannage I use for these straps are more of a classic leather.
I actually have Black and Brown in a fantastic leather called Minerva Box. I am working to offer them on here in a fully stitched version like these straps. I will attach a photo of my Black and Blue Italian leathers.
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Why aren't more Horween tannages used in watch straps? I'm thinking of Glove, Shrunken Grain, and Longrider among the full grains, and non-full grains like Basketball and Football. In the garment industry, mills will give producers samples to use to sew up into sample garments. Is that the same in the leather goods industry? Why don't you ask for some samples and try making them into strap form? Rather than make straps out of questionalbly maintained, dried up, used baseball glove leather, why not buy the fresh stuff directly from Horween? Or give a try to some of those other tannages.
And, by the way, will the Italian camo leather eventually make an appearance here (in non-Apple Watch form)?
Yay! I got one before, and I also got the Tochigi from District Leather. They are both excellent, but I have to give this one the edge because it's a thick, two-layer design with a finished back side, as opposed to District's one-layer design with a raw, unfinished back. Also, Vulture has tight keepers, while District's are a bit too loose and slip off the tongue eventually.
I'd like to see black hardware as an option, even if at an extra cost and with self installation.
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Yes, the stitching, inconsistent tightness of the stitches causing bunching of the leather, the inconsistent stitch holes, some hint of leather tearing at one hole.
Cloaca
Thanks for the feedback on hardware. I am constantly looking for different options. It is surprisingly hard to find brushed and black hardware that doesn't feel cheap, but also doesn't break the bank.
As for District's Tochigi straps, that is a stiffer temper tannage from Tochigi. The London Tan and Havana leathers are a medium tempered leather, and the Caramel is a soft tempered leather.
Fun fact: I designed and made the District Tochigi and Horween straps for him for the initial drops. He's on his own now.
Loose keepers are a major pet peeve of mine too. Constantly sliding them back up grinds my gears.
Just wondering what the status is with my order? Has it been shipped?
ShiningMoment
Hello, did you not receive your strap from the last drop? Please e-mail me at vulturepremium@gmail.com
Arrived this past week.
The leather is amazing! It has a wonderfully savory, sweet, and leathery smell. The band is soft, supple, and thick. instantly made my $120 Orient feel like a grand!
Not sure how I feel about the color of stiching - didn’t really pay attention when ordering, but it’s fine I don’t mind it. Stitching is great quality, as is with everything else. The length is just right, so there isn’t much extra tail hanging out. It fits perfect.
i love this color I picked. It matches with the rose gold markings. Anyway, pictures below:
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DinQuik
Mine was very nice. I would order this again in a different width or color.
I would love to order an Italian camo leather strap, but the Vulture Premium website has disappeared from the face of the planet.
DinQuik
Thank you for the feedback and kind words!
Hi, any updates? It's been a while now since the drop completed.
ascarydude
I shipped them to Massdrop on Nov 8. I think you should be getting them soon.
Thank you, Will
Does this strap include spring bars? Just realised it's not part of the description.
ShiningMoment
These straps do not come with spring bars.
Thanks, Will
To add a review (have ordered from Vulture in the past on a different website): great quality strap. The tochigi is supple but not flimsy and the fit/finish are both excellent. The leather is taking a little while to *really* break in but it is comfortable regardless. I'll certainly order if available on MD again - happy to answer any questions as well.
Any recs on sizing? I have a 6 & 3/4 in. wrist so I figure either the 110 or 120.
Evanp61
I would go with the 120. Thank you very much!
@Vulture_Premium Does London Tan work well with black dial stainless steel case watch? I have 7.5 in wrist, and would like fit the strap on a 46 mm lug to lug watch. Does 125/75 mm fit the best? Thanks!
ZZ_UPenn
I think it would look quite handsome! I would go for the 130/80, but if you want little tail, 125/75 will work.
Thanks, Will
In for a London Tan, 130/80mm, classic buckle, for 21/20mm lug for my 7.5 inch wrist.
Very hard to find 21mm lug width offerings. This should pair nicely with Orient Bambino II V2s that use those awkwardly sized 21mm widths...
DinQuik
Thank you very much! I am honored to outfit your Orient!
Kind of funny, but the Tochigi Leather website FAQ says that all their hides come from U.S. and Canadian steers, not from Kobe beef/wagyu steers.
Cloaca
Yes, these hides have done a lot of traveling haha
Vulture_Premium
Looking at the hides in the photos on the Tochigi Leather website, it occurred to me that there are a lot of places around the edges of the hides that have unique coloring or "flaws," and these could make really interesting watch straps.
But it's probably hard to sell something like that.
You'd either have to premake bands to a given size or type, which might be appropriate for everyone, and put them up on your website as as-is items; or somehow put up photos of larger sections of hide and say you'll make to fit from those sections, but exact placement of the eccentricities are up to you; or finally, you could just put up a few representative straps, showing the range of funkiness that a customer can expect from hide-edge leather, and the exact look of the strap would be up to you and something of a surprise to the customer.
And then there's the question: Would these one-of-a-kind straps be discounted from normal, priced at a premium, or priced the same? You could make an argument for all of these options.
They look good when new... but after being worn (unless the owner makes them 'safe queens') look dirty, can't be washed and the smell from body sweat is gross. I stopped using leather bands many years ago which additionally are most often ridiculously expensive.
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silverspurr59
Something you could try to both preserve and prevent is to wax the leather before it's first wearing. I personally add a good coat, leave it for half an hour, rub off the excess and buff to the degree of shine preferred​. Even rain water beads up and wipes right off. It works wonderfully for me on everything from shoes to headphone headbands and everything in between. I use a mixture of different waxes I originally blended as my final finish on wooden pistol grips and rifle stocks I make or re/finish. I don't work with leather but possibly @Vulture_Premium could advise if this might be a good idea for his watch bands or not. TBH, it hasn't hurt anything I've ever used it on and believe it to have extended the life of many of my leather goods
Being an active Male, I don't want to be relegated to wearing my watch straps only in particular temperate (cool/cold) seasons.
awww I wish there was Navy. Anyway I was wondering if these leather straps are more resistant to the smell during hot weather?
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I am sorry that I missed your question. Horween makes very unusual leathers. Derby is one of those unusual leathers. It is heavily stuffed with fats, oils, and waxes and changes colors when flexed ("Pull-up" effect). It is also extremely flexible and has a somewhat soft temper. It is not what I would consider a classic leather in the sense of what I or most people picture in their head when I hear the word "leather". This Tochigi is more of a classic, "leathery" leather. It doesn't have the huge amount of hot stuffed fats, waxes, and oils like Derby. It is just a great high quality classic style leather.
Vulture_Premium
I will look forward to get them in my hands!