How long will my Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan strap last?
Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan comes from Texan workhorses whose skin is very dense and thick so that the strap is extremely robust, water-repellent, and breathable. It turns comfortably soft after being worn for only a short time. Ordinary leather straps usually last for six to nine months. NOMOS straps will have to be replaced less often.
How do I change the strap on my NOMOS watch?
Our strap exchange guide will show you how to put a new strap on your NOMOS watch. All you need is the strap replacement tool—and a few minutes’ time.
How should I look after my watch strap?
The leather of your Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan strap is so rich that you will never have to oil it. It will not need any specialist care. If you like, you can wash both our Shell Cordovan and our lighter velour calf leather straps with a mild detergent and leave it to dry in the air. Then briefly rub the leather with a cloth until it recovers its shine. You can clean velour leather watch straps with the sort of brush that you would use for suede shoes or jackets. The textile strap is best cleaned with water and soap or a mild detergent. Rinse the strap thoroughly afterwards to ensure that no traces of cleaning materials remain. Afterwards, leave it to air-dry before reattaching your watch.
NOMOS bracelets do not require any special care: You can clean them with a soft cloth from time to time; for more stubborn stains the best way to remove them is with a mild soap and water. Please note, however, that your watch should be water resistant to at least 10 atm for this kind of cleaning.
My Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan now has some ugly white spots. What does this mean?
If your strap was subjected to great changes in temperature it occasionally looks powdered afterwards. That is only grease that seeped from the material and can be easily polished away with a soft cloth.
Why does my Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan look a bit brownish?
Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan—a special horse leather—comes from the particularly massive hind quarters of Texan workhorses. For several months, our straps are tanned in an elaborate manufacturing process using pure vegetable lye. The coloration occurs only on the surface. Furthermore, the strap is cut at the edges. That means that the natural color of the leather after tanning remains at the lugs and on the underside. And as the basic material is usually brown, many of the straps have a slight brownish tone to them. This is not a sign of inferior quality, it rather confirms that we are dealing with a natural product.
Why are there dark stripes that appear to be part of a stamp on the back of my Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan strap?
The stripes that may be visible on the back of your NOMOS leather strap are part of an approximately hand-sized stamp. This is how the Chicago-based Horween Leather Company marks out its most valuable pieces of leather—also known as the shell—before sending them on to be used for other products. Such as the high-quality leather straps from NOMOS Glashütte. So this stamp is a certificate of authenticity from the producer; in other words, a sign of quality.
Can I purchase a bracelet for my watch as well?
Our bracelets are only available with our new models (the NOMOS bracelet for the neomatik timepieces of the Campus series and the special edition watches for the German section of Doctors Without Borders; and the NOMOS Sport bracelet for Tangente Sport and Club Sport). They are not available to purchase separately. This may be an option in the future, but at the moment we cannot give an exact time frame.
Are all straps made from Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan?
No—NOMOS Glashütte also has straps made from light-colored suede (velour leather), which we equip the smaller watches in our collection with, since the more delicate watches look nicer with these straps (as do more delicate wrists). The Ahoi and Autobahn model families, as well as certain Club models, come with a textile strap, perfectly suited to every adventure on land and in water. And the neomatik watches with champagne-colored dials are accompanied by straps from full-grain leather.
Bracelets are a new addition for NOMOS Glashütte. They come in two versions: a finer one for the neomatik models in the Club Campus series and the special edition Tangente neomatik for Ärzte ohne Grenzen (Doctors without Borders Germany), and the sport bracelet for the Tangente Sport and Club Sport models.
How long are the straps?
Please find the lengths of the straps below. All lengths are stated without clasps.
Size XS: long part 95 mm, short part 60 mm
Size S: long part 105 mm, short part 70 mm
Size M: long part 118 mm, short part 75 mm
Size L: long part 128 mm, short part 85 mm
Size XL: long part 140 mm, short part 95 mm
What does “width” mean?
The lug width is the distance between the watch’s two lugs. The easiest way is to measure this distance on one of your current straps.