The newest addition to my strap addiction is a vintage strap made by the Marina Militare in La Spezia ca. 1940s-1950s as a war-time replacement for Officine Panerai instrument straps.
Measuring 27/27, 170/95, the strap is definitely meant to be used on a war machine. Its not-so-pretty stitching and its off-centered buckle and tang were not designed as a fashion accessory. On the contrary, it was clearly meant to do some work as indicated by its rough features.
The strap still has the smell of old leather mixed with a hint of oil. The buckle, made from brass 2mm thick, has signs of tarnishing that only enhance its character.
If I've made any mistakes regarding my description of this strap, I hope one of the experts can chime in and set the record straight.
Jeremy (aka Mr. Socko)
Hang Tough Hammer!!!
Time is what we want most, but...what we use worst.
Watches are so named as a reminder -- if you don't watch carefully what you do with your time, it will slip away from you.
There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
~Napoleon I, Maxims, 1815