Welcome back to another instalment of Let’s Talk Straps. In this episode, we dive into the brand that is Delugs straps and review 3 leather accessories that were graciously provided to us. Having seen some outstanding photos of their products, I was more than excited to receive these straps and pair them amongst my watch collection.
On the wrist, Delugs’ top class construction translated to a premium wearing experience. The break in time was minimal thanks to the slim profile of the straps and the quick release springs bars made it a breeze to switch in and out of styles. The 20mm Delug strap has a slight taper to 18mm, providing a sturdier feel on the wrist which suited the Explorer, while the lack of thickness ensured the straps are compatible to dressier pieces. (A more aggressive taper may be possible upon request). Not only is the leather extremely comfortable, the aesthetics of each finish is a feast for the eyes. My personal favourite, the shell cordovan reveals subtle golden tones in broad daylight, while the iridescent rich brown looked ever so sleek in low light. The Horween Chomexcel presented a rugged and classic look to the Explorer, looking better and better through its wear with the leather forming a slight patina where the strap was stressed to mould to my wrist. Finally, the Epsom strap proved quite versatile on both dress and sports pieces, bringing a fresh and modern look to each timepiece. Paired with my collection, the Explorer took to a dressier vibe, in contrast to the
SRPD97J1 which invoked an everyday aesthetic to what is a formally inclined timepiece. It’s no surprise this type of leather finish is gaining popularity amongst collectors with its ability to compliment a wide range of watches.
Having spent a lot of time with the Delugs straps before publishing this review, I really want to underline just how good these products are. Stock ready or made to order, a premium leather accessory with this level of attention to detail and finish for <$80USD (ready made) and $100-155USD (made to order) it sets the brand a world away from the competition. This is usually the part of the review where I put in a word about improvements or what I would have liked to change, but in this case I am without any constructive criticism.
I could say the Shell Cordovan strap did get roughed up by the sharp Rolex case, but this is a common consequence of the lug hole placing on
all modern Rolex timepieces which is of no fault of the Delugs strap design or finish. Further, curved spring bars have now been made available as an option to combat this exact issue. The leather quality in itself is far and above what I have ever encountered at this price point.
The finish, painted edges, stitching. Class leading. Immediately out of the zip lock bag and onto the wrist, the first-rate standards of the strap is apparent and remains that way throughout ownership. Delugs offers such a great product, with other brands in this premium market segment charging more or providing less. While I anticipated a formidable product from online photos, through my extended wear it granted even more appreciation. If I were in the market for a top-shelf strap made from the leathers listed in this review, I would head straight to Delugs without hesitation (just be wary of the 4 week estimated lead time for made to order products). I have not come across anyone who does it better. I am acutely aware this is very high praise, but if you choose to make an investment in Delugs Straps I don’t think you will disagree with my sentiment.
Thanks to Delugs Straps for providing these leather straps for review. You can find all Delugs has to offer at https://delugs.com/ or @delugsstraps
Keep an eye on Delugs as they often offer discount pricing or sample batch straps upon receiving unique leathers and finishes. Bespoke options are also available.