Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Vintager straps for Panerai by Micah Dirksen

Micah Dirksen (owner of Vintager Straps in Napa, California) is one of the better known and most appreciated strap makers in the Panerai community. Not just because of his fantastic straps, but also because Micah is an avid watch collector himself, and a prominent and passionate Paneristi. He attends many GTG's and I don't think that there's a single Paneristi out there that doesn't know who Micah is. As a watch collector, Micah spent several years buying straps himself. As several of the straps that he bought fell far short of his expectations, he figured he could do a better job himself. And he was right about that.

Vintager straps by Micah
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.

Vintager straps French Canvas, Clipper and Brindle
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
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.

Vintager straps French Canvas
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
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.

Vintager straps by Micah, Clipper
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.

Vintager straps by Micah, Clipper
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...

Vintager straps by Micah, Brindle
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.

Vintager straps by Micah, Brindle
The Brindle

Here's one more pic of the French Canvas on my 2A, just because I like it so much:

Vintager straps by Micah, French Canvas
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.

Related posts

An overview of posts about straps on wristwatchphoto.com

1 comment:

  1. straps can make a panerai really looks good....