Omega Speedmaster on Vintage Brown Suede Strap from BandRBands

Most of my everyday watches have black dials and ride on stainless steel bracelets. I’m a creature of habit and I like what I like, but after a while I started to feel like maybe it’s time to introduce a new color into the mix. How about brown? Like any modern collector, I took to the interwebs to source a new brown leather strap to pair with my Omega Speedmaster Professional.

Omega Speedmaster on Vintage Brown Suede Strap from BandRBands

Vintage-style straps abound among today’s popular purveyors, but I wanted something a little more unique than the typical dark leather band with contrast stitching. One thing I love about the OEM black alligator strap is the texture that adds a little something special to the look–but I wasn’t in the mood for gator and I wasn’t thrilled to fork over the $500 for a brown version of the strap I already own.

Omega Speedmaster on Vintage Brown Suede Strap from BandRBands

Enter BandRBands, an up-and-coming retailer of leather straps, many of which are perfectly suitable aftermarket options for Bell & Ross watches (hence the name). After a few minutes, I found it.

Omega Speedmaster on Vintage Brown Suede Strap from BandRBands

Brown suede with a pin buckle. Vintage-style ecru stitching at the lug ends. $70. Sold.

Omega Speedmaster on Vintage Brown Suede Strap from BandRBands

The suede introduces a depth and a richness to the band and the brown pairs nicely with the black dial. The underside of the strap is lined with a cool leather that feels soft against the skin.

Omega Speedmaster on Vintage Brown Suede Strap from BandRBands

My only complaint? The floating keeper is a little roomy, so it can slide off the end of the strap, which is a real pet-peeve of mine.

Omega Speedmaster on Vintage Brown Suede Strap from BandRBands

I’ve owned the strap now for a little over six months now. While comfortable from the start, there was a break-in period. On my 6.75-inch wrist, I initially wore the standard-sized strap buckled to the second-to-last notch, but now it’s a perfect fit on the final notch. If your wrist is smaller than mine, go with the Extra Small size.

Omega Speedmaster on Vintage Brown Suede Strap from BandRBands

The vintage brown suede strap from BandRBands is a good value. Alternatives include similar bands from Hodinkee, Bas & Lokes and DaLuca, but they are more expensive.

Check them out: BandRBands.com

  • Jacob Chesser

    I own several B and R bands. I buy the XL size. I find them to be a great value, and as good a strap as about any I own. I always get the Vintage Classic style, as I know that they are vegetable tanned, and won’t cause me to have an allergic reaction. The floating keeper on all of the straps is a little roomy, but I’ve never actually found it to move off position in use.

  • Clyde

    I have the same issue with the keeper. I’ve glued the keeper down to prevent it from sliding.