Mar 31, 20176352 views

New Strap Design!

Hey All,
The name's Nick, and I've been a long time member of the Massdrop scene, but have only recently become more active in these parts. So I thought I'd introduce myself!
I'm a budding custom durable goods designer out of San Jose, CA, and greatly enjoy crafting with leather specifically. And as of late, I've come up with a design that I'm dying to share with the Massdrop Watch world to see how it might fare. That said, I've submitted a poll to the best of my ability, and can't wait to see what might come from it. I also figured that I might make a post here to open an additional dialogue with you guys and get a gut level reaction on the overall concept. It's available in all widths from 18-24mm, as well as the option for brass, gunmetal, or nickel hardware.
I've been wearing my original Ruler NATO prototype strap for about two weeks now, and sold a dozen or so already, all to great success. I love this thing. And maybe you will too!
So without further adieu, the Leather Ruler NATO Stud Watch Strap, (AKA: The Time Traveler - official name in progress :P ) But I welcome all feedback, questions, and comments! Cheers.
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Hey Nick! I bought your starter three pack - which included the ruler strap - some weeks ago and I like the product. A lot! My comments are as follows: 1. I love the supple feel of the leather. I have some watches where the pin-to-watch body gap is too narrow for some NATO straps. Your stud straps fit even these. 2. I, like many watch geeks, am looking for something different. The stud design, versus a buckle, fits that purpose 3. I love the adjustability that the studs provide. Infinite. Also very easy to change out and fit to the wrist. 4. Suggest that all straps come with two studs. As you can see from my photo, this prevents a tongue of the strap from skewing sideways a little. 5. Love the earth tones (autumn redux, for example) and the designs (like waves). I would like to see more colors - blues (including a soft pastel), greens, reds etc. 6. The studs almost have a steam punk aesthetic. Nice! Keep up the good work!
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Fairdinkum2
Hey there! Thank you so much for the feedback! I will definitely look into adding more interesting colors to the mix; it's just so hard to get away from the lush, natural tones when it comes to leather. Would love to hear what you have to say about the Autumn Redux straps tho! They seem right down your alley, and really have a different character compared to its former veg tan siblings.
Awesome Bambino too, looks right at home on the Ruler Strap :)
nmankey
You were generous enough to provide me with a coupon. I'll be ordering soon! We get the most spectacular sunsets and sunrises where I live. Reds, blues, greens etc. They are "of the earth" too. Best of luck with the business. You are doing good work.
I have this, and it works well with the quirky buckle. A standard buckle will reduce the appeal. I get comments from people who love it all the time!
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Thanks, that saves me time paging through all the different watches.
From a quick look I don't see any wacky versions with scuba divers or tanks in the 22 mm series.
What I really want is a watch with Vladimir Putin bare chested on a horse waving a red hammer and sickle flag. Then I could balance that with a Chinese watch with a scene from "Red Detachment of Women" or "Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy."
Cloaca
I understand :DDD how about vostok-poljot.com? They have the 710 and 110 case with the scuba dude allready customised..
shut up and take my money!
I love that design. I agree, if that had a standard buckle, I would order it immediately and rock that all day long. Awesome aesthetic though, and I can't wait to see what you do in the future!
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Where can I buy one?
TrevScofield
Put on a real buckle, increase thickness and you'd sell a mint. In fact, throw on a buckle and I'll order one this weekend. I'd price $40-75 depending on materials. Offer brushed steel, polished steel, pvc black, to start. Ignore anyone saying "no one buys leather straps". Check out the watch blogs like Hodinkee and AWTB, there are guys who quit their day jobs to sell watch straps.
314BJ
I like the cut of your jib, sir! That's the kind of feedback I live for. And can already tell you that such a design can be put into production almost readily. What do you like most about the current design? Thanks!
This is cute, but every leather watch strap I have ever owned over the last 20 years has stretched out like crazy. Not really functional at all unless some type of very dimensionally stable material into the sandwich.
prestidigitator
In my case they start to smell like rotten eggs long before they stretch. I guess it's a matter of relative sweat production.
Pretty cool concept. im not sure the gauge/ thickness of the leather but it looks pretty thin. and im a professional at breaking things :( maybe if it was thicker and a pin on i would cop.
That's an interesting looking strap. Completely unique and certainly will catch the eyes of people.
Hello Nick, Congrats for the beautiful design strap! Really Cool! What's is the model of the Seiko watch your using at the pictures? Really like it.
VinnyD
Seiko SNDA57!
Nick, I gave your strap a review on Wallet-Friendly Watch-Forum. Been enjoying mine for 5 days now.
http://walletfriendlywatchforum.com/read.php?7,624449,624449#msg-624449
BF_Hammer
Wow, thanks for the literature! Your feedback is a tremendous help to me, and find your analysis to be on point. Hope your strap serves you well!
Congrats Nick on the drop man, and the very best of luck friend....
StainlessOnly
Thanks man! I'll take all the luck I can get xD
Just got in Nmankey's leather redux version of this strap. And it is really nice! I think you need picture instructions to clarify the method of installation and wear after. I honestly missed that in the description and was kinda getting frustrated screwing in the dang studs. I then read your description and it said to screw it in and just latch it on. Duh lol.
I have it installed on a watch I am going to wear tomorrow. I'll post here and around MD threads.
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I'm always looking for a good watch strap. You know my "lil problem" lol.
kpjimmy
Pictures today. This is a 24mm on a Magrette Moana Pacific Pro Steel.
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Hey all, we heard your interest; the Nick Mankey Leather Ruler Watch Strap is live on Massdrop now.
Will the watch itself not move when on the strap? It might not when new but once the leather has been broken in...? Regular NATO straps have a retention strap to prevent it form moving.
moox
Leather has an incredible ability to learn. There is no immediate danger of the watch slipping around, and once worn for a few days, the leather firmly "locks" in place around you and your watch. Definitely not an issue I've seen. Thanks for the thought though!
I'd buy this instantly! Please let me know when you put a drop
Makushimoo
It is live!
love it --- will buy one
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have fun --- getting them fixed is sometimes painful; so, be careful.
It's up!
The fastening nub looks a little intrusive. Might get annoying when I'm resting my palm on the desk.
CoffeePP
I've been wearing mine over a month now, and prefer using just one stud off to either side of my wrist. It doesn't get in the way at all for my desk job. Really, truly a very comfortable strap.
I want to order
I'd buy one!
@nmankey Absolutely awesome looking watch strap! I hate to play devil's advocate, but there are two issues I've considered. Firstly, I find that leather tends to stretch quite significantly over time, especially watch straps and belts. Could this affect the practicality of the ruler? Also, that brass knob seems quite large, and while stunning, it doesn't look particularly practical for when one's arms are resting on a table, i.e. when typing or drawing. Will you offer models with more low profile clips? Thanks for posting, and best of luck!
Dapper_Robot
Upon initial launch, there was indeed great debate among the community over the "stretch" factor and its effects on longevity. However, most came to acknowledge that the intended use was less about building pianos, and more about being handy on a last minute trip to Home Depot, and that ultimately the amount of stretch over time would be so negligible that it need not bear mind.
The brass stud concern you mention was a topic I'd cleared up earlier in this thread, and included a photo for full effect, so check that out for further clarification. But I can say without a doubt that the stud causes no more interference than any other buckled strap I've worn, and in fact has proven itself to be MORE comfortable in the current configuration. Not sure I've seen any hardware out there that would remain as simple and straightforward for this design as the tried and true screw/stud combo either; And I wouldn't sacrifice functionality for looks any day personally.
That all said, I can happily claim that after a straight month of personal daily wear and abuse that the above points are absolutely non-issues :)
Congratulations, it is a really cool design and I am sure you will sell many. My only doubts will be with durability of the strap. Any comments on that?
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Sounds like you put a lot of thought into it. I might get one for a 1948 B&M I just adapted to 18mm. It should give it a nice vibe.
Thank you for your input!
Andreugv
I'd love to see a picture of that Baume!
It is original and unique! I really like the thinking behind the "clasp". It is both simple and infinitely adjustable to pretty much any wrist size without having to use hook-n-loop fasteners.
I can live with the ruler design, but I think you can brand many design styles into the leather on this setup. And I encourage that.
BF_Hammer
Absolutely! And your thoughts are very timely, as I'm introducing a "vanilla" style Stud Strap to my line very soon. The ruler marking concept brought me to the strap design, and adopting the strap design itself into its own thing seems very promising to me as well. Any artwork can be engraved along the full length of the strap, but it can also be left completely non-engraved, which from my recent prototypes is no issue it all; A beautifully minimalist look.
What watch is it that this strap is being worn with?
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Thanks! How thick is the strap as I'm curious if I could fit it on my Huawei W1 Smartwatch!
IceTea
About 1.5mm thick. Really supple Hermann Oak veg tan leather. Super comfy.
Where can i get one!
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Everything in my shop is made to order :) I just like to be timely in getting orders out to my gracious customers.
nmankey
That's awesome! Will be ordering one of the straps soon
Must admit it looks pretty cool, does the brass nib get obtrusive at all or bump/hang? How about an underside pic of it on wrist?
Cheers!
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I think this is the most original strap I have ever seen! Kudos for the originality and going out of the beaten path! Not easy to be innovative in the strap space.
Bobraz
Thanks! I'm glad to hear you feel this way; Originality is a characteristic I fight very hard for. It's distressing to see how much regurgitation there is versus innovation. But I find that if I'm designing from a personally utilitarian perspective, the results are always truly surprising. I do my best not to let what's already out there influence or stop me from following through on an idea, and occasionally I'll wind up with something pretty special. That said, I'm very proud of this design in particular :)
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