A while ago, I posted about this watch strap made out of the leather interior of this Mercedes-Benz 300SLR (owned by Jean Todt). If you own a Panerai watch, you probably know all about this strap thing. I have seen them in all kinds of colors, materials (even elephant) and with all types of buckles and inscriptions.

A very popular leather strap seems to be the ammo pouch strap. Yes, an ammo pouch. Below you’ll see one of a Russian soldier outfit from the early 20th century.

I have seen some really nice models over at Catcherstraps, and for a decent price as well. The straps made by Ted Su are also very popular amongst Paneristi world wide. I really like the vintage Swiss ammo pouch strap by Ted Su, as pictured below, but for 250 USD I would like to see it before I buy it.

Ted Su Ammo Pouch Strap

I have a couple of straps for my Panerai and a few of them are really stiff, which kinda annoys me after a full day of wear. It is great that WatchUseek has this special ‘StrapUseek’-forum, this way owners of these non-OEM straps can exchange information and experiences. I also have good experiences with buying straps from TCStraps, although they don’t seem to carry a lot of Ammo Pouch straps. However, they do have the famous Mario Paci 1938 straps 😉 The military pouch strap they have is quite nice though, see the picture below:

You can get really caught up in this Panerai strap thing if you don’t watch out!

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Robert-Jan Broer, born in 1977, watch collector and author on watches for over a decade. Founder of Fratello Watches in 2004.
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  • The after-market strap market for Panerai’s is truly amazing. I can think of no other brand with such a robust strap market. I am always interested in seeing what someone will think of next! Thanks for sharing.

  • @Kyle S.

    Thanks for your comment. Panerai equals straps 🙂 Strap companies and ‘market’ are still popping up like mushrooms for the Paneristi.

  • Julian1066

    Check out JPH straps. James (in Australia) does some fantastic work! He has just finished a 22×22 pilot strap for me, with pre-V buckle, made of ostrich leg. Contrasting stitching and a lovely cognac colour. It’s going on a flieger with the Type 2 dial and 9-eater with a sandblasted case. The combination will be a killer. It seems we flieger enthusiasts are as much into straps as the Panerai folks! And it’s all good. Truth to tell, if I hadn’t decided upon ostrich I would have gone with an ammo strap. It was a tossup between “aged military” look and exotic, and exotic won out… go figure hah hah!

  • If you want to see some beautiful watch straps made out vintage swiss ammo pouches then check out http://www.DaLucaStraps.com. Some of the leather is from 1913 and up….each strap is 1 of a kind and handmade. There is also a return policy in case you dont like it when you receive it and we pay shipping both ways if you are not happy, so you have nothing to lose.

    -Daniel