What’s the big deal about a watch strap, right? Well, with a Panerai watch strap, it is a big deal. In fact, just as many fans are excited about the strap as the chronometer itself – because the craftsmanship is just so awesome.
For someone who buys a cheap wristwatch for functional purposes, this is hard to understand. But for a discerning buyer who appreciates rare luxuries and buys collectibles because of their artistic nature, military style Panerai watch straps are a matter of excitement, love and raving enthusiasm.
Watch Straps Are Ordinary – NOT!
Typically, watch buyers would go to a store and have a broken tank strap replaced without thinking twice. So getting a replacement strap for $150 sounds foolish – unless you realize we’re talking about Panerai watch straps.
With the Panerai PAM 90, the strap is an alligator skin band. It is lined with soft leather backing, with a finish that is absolute perfection. There is no better crafted strap anywhere.
In other models like Tudor, Tourneau or the Hamilton chronograph, the steel buckle is attached to the strap with a set of screws (a technique which Panerai has patented), and each piece comes with a small steel screwdriver in case you want to change the strap to a different one.
Specifications and Dimensions
The typical strap for a 44 mm model will have 24 mm lugs and 22 mm buckles. The strap itself is 24 mm wide towards the watch. It will taper 2 mm towards the buckle. The strap itself is 115 mm long, with the buckle typically fitting into the middle hole when it is worn on your wrist.
When you order a custom made strap, the craftsman will probably send you a diagram to look at and send in your unique measurements. The strap will then be tailored to you needs.
The Panerai watch Straps Industry
Catering to the niche of enthusiasts who wear Panerai watches is an aftermarket that thrives on selling replacement straps to these owners. Hollywood film stars and celebrities won’t think twice of blowing $200 on a new strap when they get bored with the one they are using. And that’s the reason a specialty industry has grown around straps.
Panerai straps are made out of fine Italian leather, crocodile or stingray skin, or even shark and vintage Swiss, Swedis or German leathers. You can even have your strap custom designed to order.
Aged leather (over 100 years old) can go into a Panerai strap, making the strap a collectible in its own right. Is it any surprise, then, that legends and myths are woven around the Panerai watch strap – or that the band of rabid Panerai fans will not hesitate to splurge on buying them whenever they want to?