Everything you ever wanted to know about the Vaer slide through leather bands.
While the Vaer Nylon is the standard band for our Classic Watch, we knew from the beginning that we wanted to offer a premium leather option. We knew this was going to be a challenge, given the Nato-style design of our bands. The leather needed to be durable and substantial, but still be slim enough to pass-through the springbars of the watch, so that it could be easily swapped with our other bands.
Finding the ideal thickness for the leather was a challenge. To help, alleviate this issue we decided to use curved springbars on all of our watches to give the bands more space to slide through.
Curved springs bars are uncommon on most watches, and are typically used to make steel bracelet dive watches, like the Rolex Submariner, compatible with pass-through Nato-style bands.
For our purpose, the curved bars allowed us to maintain a leather thickness of approximately 1.7mm (it is standard for split leather to have a small variance in thickness). At this weight, you still get a very durable feel, but the band is just the right thickness to easily slide in and out of the watch.
We worked closely with local experts to find the best hides, ultimately selecting a beautifully oiled, dark brown cow hide with a soft and supple feel. The natural oils worked into the leather, after the tanning process creates a stunning two-tone effect that can be seen when you bend or put pressure on the leather. For the manufacturing process, we partnered with a veteran craftsman based in downtown Los Angeles, who split the hides to the proper thickness, cut strap patterns, and stitched the buckles and keepers together. The final product is something we're very proud of. It is a simple strap made of very high quality leather and built to last a lifetime.
The leather strap is built to weather the years, but we do recommend against taking it in water. If you’re going to go in the water with your watch, throw on the nylon strap, and you’re good to go. In order to install the leather strap, slide it through the springbars, starting at the top of the watch. Position the watch on the strap between the buckle and the buckle holes. Your strap will develop patina over time.