Limited Edition Of 30 Watch Straps For aBlogtoWatch By Teenage Grandpa

Limited Edition Of 30 Watch Straps For aBlogtoWatch By Teenage Grandpa

TG ABTW Straps

aBlogtoWatch has teamed up with Teenage Grandpa to offer 30 limited edition hand-made, custom-sized straps exclusively for aBlogtoWatch audience members. This includes three strap versions, with ten pieces per strap. Each buyer has the ability to choose the strap width (to fit the watch of their choice), as well as a few buckle options. These strap colors and designs will never again be offered to Teenage Grandpa customers after this limited edition sale.

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One of the big reasons we like watches is because we like things that are decorated, assembled, and overall done by hand. Hand-made things are rare these days and have somehow become a luxury given the relative deficit of skilled artisans in our society that can actually make 'stuff.' That is unless you want a hand-crafted spreadsheet. aBlogtoWatch recently had the opportunity to showcase Teenage Grandpa's hand-made straps and interview the man behind the... leather, Mr. Matt Smith-Johnson of Toronto, Canada. The designer-by-day and watch lover makes straps on the side as a hobby - selling them on Etsy. We liked Teenage Grandpa straps because of their quality, attention to detail, and light-hearted fun spirit that reminds us that wearing timepieces is fun and doesn't always need to be stuffy or serious. So we asked Matt to make some special unique straps for aBlogtoWatch. These straps are exclusively available for aBlogtoWatch readers only - and we didn't want to put any branding them, so they are marked just like any other Teenage Grandpa strap.

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Not being interested in your typical black and brown straps, together with Teenage Grandpa, we came up with three vintage style leather straps in "Cracked White, Ocean Blue, and Deeper Purple". The straps are all custom-made, dyed, and hand-stitched by Teenage Grandpa. When you order, you'll be asked to select the strap size (width in millimeters from 18-26mm) so that it can fit the lug width of whatever timepieces you plan on pairing it with, size of your wrist  so the strap is long or short enough, as well as the buckle color and style you want on the strap. Spring bars are available without extra charge, but you need to specify that you want them when ordering (link below).

  • Hand-made in Canada
  • Limited edition of 30 total
  • Only for aBlogtoWatch audience members
  • Designs will not be reproduced
  • Custom sized for your watch lugs (18-26mm) and wrist
  • No aBlogtoWatch branding, just exclusive straps

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Price for each of the limited edition Teenage Grandpa for aBlogtoWatch straps is $112 including shipping to the US and Canada. Shipping elsewhere will be based on location. Because they are hand-made to order, please allow a couple of weeks for shipping.

You can purchase them here via a special page on Teenage Grandpa's Etsy page.

If it wasn't obvious, the watches are not included with your order.

  • RobertLeeGarces

    nice! what model Bulova is shown with the white strap??

    • Ulysses31

      98B172 Precisionist Chronograph

  • Ulysses31

    I’m loving that watch in the first picture with the blue strap, any ideas what it is?

    • TG_Accessories

      Ulysses31Glad you like it. That is my Julius Assmann Glashütte. Pocket watch conversion, but done quite well, has a display back that works well… Movement face and hands are about 100 years old, the case is about 20 years.

      • Ulysses31

        TG_Accessories Ulysses31 Case looks similar to a Speake-Marin style.  Couldn’t tell it was a pocket watch originally just looking at it, a pretty amazing conversion.  The condition looks new despite the age so I assume it was restored?  What caught my eye in particular was that slider(?) on the side, some sort of alarm functionality?

        • TG_Accessories

          Ulysses31 TG_Accessories Thanks for the kind words… The slider on the side is the lever catch for the movement so you can set the time. No added functionality, but definite extra fun!

      • Livefyre

        TG_Accessories Ulysses31 Case looks similar to a Speake-Marin style.  Couldn’t tell it was a pocket watch originally just looking at it, a pretty amazing conversion.  The condition looks new despite the age so I assume it was restored?  What caught my eye in particular was that slider(?) on the side, some sort of alarm functionality?

      • Kris C

        TG_Accessories 
        Was any kind of proper shock protection added during the conversion? I’ve seen a lot of very nice looking pocketwatch conversions, but I’m always hesitant to buy due to pocket watch movements not having any real shock protection.

        • TG_Accessories

          Kris C Actually I don’t think it was added with this one.I am familiar with this problem, though,  especially with Hamilton 992 conversions with the balance staff breaking. The Assmann is pretty substantial so I have been lucky. The components are all heavy duty.

  • Livefyre

    I’m loving that watch in the first picture with the blue strap, any ideas what it is?

  • joeprez

    Man, that white leather one would look so awesome in a white Helson Shark Diver… I want one!

    • http://www.ablogtowatch.com/ aBlogtoWatch

      joeprez Well did you get one?

      • joeprez

        aBlogtoWatch Yes I did! Just received my Helson Shark Diver and 20 minutes later I was ordering the strap. Will send you pictures when I receive it!

  • ilovesandwiches

    What model Seiko is the one with the black dial?

    • Ulysses31

      ilovesandwiches Seiko superior SSA005.  Comes in other colours too, quite nice: http://forums.watchuseek.com/f21/another-seiko-i-couldnt-resist-seiko-ska003k-4r37-603128.html

      • TG_Accessories

        Ulysses31 ilovesandwiches You are correct, Ulysses. And it is a lovely watch, one of my most worn! Cooperative model as well 8-))

      • Livefyre

        Ulysses31 ilovesandwiches You are correct, Ulysses. And it is a lovely watch, one of my most worn! Cooperative model as well 8-))

  • Livefyre

    What model Seiko is the one with the black dial?

  • adisoon

    “One of the big reasons we like watches is because we like things that are decorated, assembled, and overall done by hand. Hand-made things are rare these days and have somehow become a luxury given the relative deficit of skilled artisans in our society that can actually make ‘stuff.’ ”
    So true.

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  • joeprez

    Well come on people…. who else got one? Tells us which one and in which watch you are planning to use it!

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