Made with traditional methods (and a few logical modern production upgrades), Horween leather is the material du jour for menswear staples of all kinds. With both durability and a patina that wears just so, it’s an artisan leather that works particularly well as a strap material for both vintage and new watches. Before you scoff at the “a” word, consider this: Chicago-based Horween is the longest continuously operating tannery in America. If that’s not worthy of pairing with your watch, what is?

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Chicago by Rios 1931 $50

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Tan Chromexcel NATO by Friday & River $75

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Model 2 Cordovan by Worn & Wound $89

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Shell Cordovan Rally Style Band by Choice Cuts $100

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Leather Watch Strap by Gear Patrol $110

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Cordovan Passthrough by Wood & Faulk $125

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Natural Cordovan NATO Strap by Tanner Goods $140

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Natural Essex Suede NATO by Da Luca $145

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Lined Shell Cordovan Strap by Leffot $160

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Lined Black Shell Cordovan Strap by Hodinkee $170