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
The NOMOS bracelet—exclusive to our neomatik models in the Campus series and the limited edition Tangente für Ärzte ohne Grenzen Deutschland—is available in two sizes: S (to fit sizes S to M) and M (to fit sizes M to L).
The NOMOS sport bracelet is available as standard in size XL so that it also fits larger wrists. You can easily shorten it, if needed, with the adjustment tool included with your order. Would you prefer if we adjusted it for you? In that case, simply tell us your wrist circumference when ordering your watch and we will send the bracelet pre-adjusted—along with the spare links, of course.
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.
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 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. If, after temperature fluctuations, it looks as if it has been powdered, it is just a little oil coming out—which can easily be polished away with a soft cloth. Otherwise, your strap will not need any specialist care. If you like, you can wash it with a mild detergent and leave it to dry in the air. Then briefly rub it 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.
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.
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?
Since spring 2010, you can also get straps made from suede. They are attached to the smaller NOMOS watches since the more delicate watches look nicer with those straps. And more delicate wrists do too. Those straps are not quite as wear-resistant as the Shell Cordovan ones, but they are quite robust nevertheless. The Ahoi model family comes with a textile strap, perfectly suited to every adventure on land and in water. New and only for the neomatik series, we also have straps from fine full-grain leather—these accompany the neomatik watches with champagne-colored dials.