Black Shell Cordovan (Padded) Leather Strap

Sale price$175.00 AUD

Size: 24mm/20mm


Length: Standard (115mm/75mm)


Our Shell Cordovan is a vegetable-tanned leather from Shinki Hikaku in Japan. Shell Cordovan is famous for its gorgeous shine and unique crease-resisting property due to the density of the leather. It requires very little maintenance and over time, develops a beautiful patina. Shell Cordovan begins as a high-shine leather and over time becomes more dull with wear. This shine can be replenished through the application of leather conditioner and brushing vigorously.

  • Tannery: Shinki Hikaku/Leder Ogawa, Japan
  • Temper: Medium
  • Surface: Incredibly smooth with a natural sheen
  • Patina: High
  • Water Resistance: Low. To ensure longevity, avoid moisture or soaking our straps in water.

The Gold Standard for Leather Watch Straps

All of our watch straps are entirely handmade, utilising traditional leathercrafting techniques. They are cut, saddle stitched and edge painted by hand to ensure your straps are durable and develop character with wear. All of our straps are lined with Zermatt leather, a hypoallergenic and water-resistant french calf leather. As all our leathers are full-grain leathers, the natural characteristics of the leather will show and may vary across straps.

Hypoallergenic Calfskin Lining

In order to provide a luxurious feel, the straps are lined with Zermatt calfskin leather from Haas Tannery. This premium material is specially developed for use as a lining material and offers exceptional softness and comfort. It is also water and sweat-resistant, making it ideal for use in hot and humid climates.

Fine Hand Stitching

Our made-to-order straps showcase a fine hand-stitching density. With a spacing of 2.4mm per stitch, this creates a very refined look. Should you wish to go for a more rugged look, we also offer thicker thread and wider density stitching at 2.7mm and 3.0mm.

Strap Thickness

Our standard unpadded strap thickness is 2.2mm and padded strap thickness tapers from 4.5mm to 2.2mm. We are able to customise the thickness of the strap accordingly.

316L Stainless Steel Buckle

Our straps comes installed with a 316L stainless steel buckle which is engraved with our Artisan Straps logo. This buckle comes with drilled lug holes allowing for easy removal without damaging the strap.

Spring Bars

Choose between regular spring bars, quick-release spring bars or no spring bars. While quick-release spring bars are our preference as we love to change straps, we also understand it's not everyones cup of tea!

Smooth & Polished Edges

The edges of our straps are finished with Italian edge paint - sealing the raw edges from wear and tear. With over 5 layers of edge paint applied and rigorous sanding in between, our straps exhibit a beautiful smooth edge.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Steve Psichalos (Melbourne, AU)
Breitling beauty

Exceptional. Better than the original.

Michael Woloszyk (Toronto, CA)
Shell cordovan padded strap

I really like this strap, which I had made to order. The stitching quality is excellent, the leather is very good quality. I like that the holes are fairly close together, and you are able to specify padding thickness and number/placement of holes. The buckle is good too.

timothy farley (Sydney, AU)
Black cordovan - custom unpadded

Great watch band locally made. Quick and supportive assistance prior to purchasing and speedy production upon order. No wear-in time - easily shaped to my smaller wrist out of the box. Will be ordering from them again.

Kevin Bolton (Melbourne, AU)
Shinzo hikaku

Stunning looks,comfortable from the get go,stitching looks really nice top quality

Allan Reardon (Southbank, AU)
Quality look and feel.

I recently picked up a couple of straps including a Cordovan. I really loved them both. I selected the Cordovan to dress up my Speedy or Globemaster when I want a change from the bracelets.
I've actually decided to buy a couple more straps and my wife has asked for a couple for her too.