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Watch strap types

What does remborded mean? How is a watch strap constructed and how many steps are required? Here we would like to introduce you to the common watch strap types and explain how the straps are constructed:

Hand-sewn watch strap

Unlike a machine stitch, the maker uses only a single thread, with two needles at either end that alternately pull the stitching from side to side. You can expect a longer service life in daily use from such a handmade seam, which also looks harmonious and valuable, compared to a machine seam. This work on a single watch strap takes a full 40 minutes and with its meticulous demands on the performer represents an artful example of high quality craftsmanship. You can be justifiably proud of carrying around the result of an unknown master leather stitcher with your watch; with the prospect that this bracelet will last a long time.

cut tape
approx. 70 steps

The cut tape is a very common and simple tape. The production is somewhat more complex than with the emi-remborded strap. The leather is punched out with a tool or cut and glued by hand. The edges are then filled and varnished.

Semi-remborded watch strap
approx. 50 steps

Here with the semi-remborded bracelet you will find a concession to modern industrial production in large quantities. While superficially there is no loss of appearance, if you take a closer look you will see that the upper leather has not been pulled under the inner leather, but only reached its lower edge and was glued there. It's not the seam that holds the whole thing together, but the glue. In many designs of such bracelets, the seam is only for decoration and does not withstand any stress. A manufacturer not only saves material on upper leather, but also time in production. It takes 50 steps to make it. Don't expect a long life from such a watch strap, as the hardened adhesive tends to stiffen the straps. In constant use, a lack of elasticity is also the reason why such glued edges come loose and gaps form.

Fully remborded or full-bugged watch strap
140-170 steps

A remborded watch strap or full-bugged watch strap means the same thing. With 140 work steps, it is quite complex to produce and therefore a quality feature of high-quality bracelets that is worth paying attention to. Inside you will find a cotton fleece that is breathable and cushioning and around which the upper leather is folded and glued. The next step is the gluing of the folded upper leather, right down to its fibers, with the leather that is to be used for the lining. This is to prevent bacteria from penetrating under the feed and settling inside. When all the layers are on top of each other, they are sewn together and then form a unit. A full-bugged watch strap can be compared to a welted leather shoe, which is called 'goodyear-welted' after an old manufacturer's technique. It combines softness with greater stability and durability. Things that are otherwise found rather opposite.