Vintager straps by Micah
Micah is a full time strap maker, with emphasis on the word maker. As opposed to quite a few others out there, Micah single handedly makes every strap himself. And to the exact specifications of the buyer if so requested. I've bought straps of Micah in the past - before he and I had ever met - and I was impressed by how he handled my requests. Especially about how he kept me informed of the process and the status and also how he was clear up front about how long it would take before I would receive my strap. There wasn't a moment that I was in the dark about what was going on and that was quite refreshing compared to experiences that I've had with other strap makers. The whole experience was very pleasant and I was of course very happy with the strap that I received.
Left to right: French Canvas, Clipper and Brindle
I recently asked Micah to send me a few straps for a post on wristwatchphoto.com and I received the three in the above photo. FYI Micah doesn't sponsor this blog nor do I get a free strap or whatever. I'm just a fan of Micah's work and I sincerely respect him as a Paneristi.
Vintager straps French Canvas with 1886 Tan stitching
The first strap is Micah's French Canvas strap with 1886 Tan stitching. It's showing on a Panerai 2A in the above photo. It has a single floating keeper. This is a very cool looking strap. If you're looking for something extraordinary then this is it.
The inside of the strap is made out of leather
The inside of the strap is made out of soft tan leather and it is stamped "M.Dirksen Maker Napa Valley USA". I've tried it on the wrist only briefly but this is a comfortable strap regardless of its rugged looks. The canvas strap is same style strap as the one that comes with the SE PAM300 Mare Nostrum (photo below).
Panerai PAM300 Mare Nostrum
The second strap is the Clipper. The leather is very soft and feels great to the touch. The photo below shows how well the stitching is done, the work of a skilled strap maker no doubt. This version of the Clipper strap came with a straight Pre-V style buckle, but I'm sure it can be ordered with any style buckle you want.
The Clipper with a straight stainless steel buckle
This strap comes with two keepers, one fixed and one floating. The keepers are slightly wider than the OEM keepers. The color is very nice looking brown, quite different than the color of other brown straps in my box.
The Clipper showing on a Panerai PAM000
The last strap is Micah's Brindle. This is probably one of Micah's most famous straps together with his Mauser straps that you should also check out on the Vintager Straps website. Or maybe I just think it is because I've seen so many Panerai wrist shots on the fora with this strap...
Micah's Brindle strap on a PAM243
The Brindle strap has great texture as you can see in the photos. Its color is brown/reddish. Like the Clipper, the leather of this strap is extremely soft and therefor one of the most comfortable straps you can imagine. The craftsmanship is nothing less than excellent, as is true for all of Micah's straps I've seen in person.
Here's one more pic of the French Canvas on my 2A, just because I like it so much:
French Canvas on a Panerai 2A
Micah's website http://www.vintagerstraps.com is worth checking out. It has many great pictures and examples of other straps. You'll also find further information about pricing and ordering there. BTW Micah also offers straps for other watch brands, not just for Panerai watches.