Speidel contacted us to offer us a watch strap for review, and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give the Seagull 1963 a new pair of shoes.
Speidel Watch Strap Review
Speidel is an American watch strap brand offering a range of mid-priced straps to the worldwide market. Rather like WatchGecko in the UK, they offer a range of straps that can be filtered by size and watch brand. This makes their website an ideal place for those who are not as well acquainted with how to measure a strap and just know what watch they have!
The strap I chose to pair with my Seagull 1963 is the Indiano in brown: click here to view it on Speidel’s website.
I was immediately impressed by the quality of the package that the strap arrived in: it’s a solid plastic case that protected it on its journey across the Atlantic. Inside is the strap itself, pre-fitted with the correct spring bars and a metal buckle, plus a second gold-coloured buckle. Although the buckles are of the basic, cheap tang type it is nice not to have to buy one with the strap if you have the “wrong” coloured watch.
What I Liked
- Packaging and presentation is top-notch
- The stitching is neat and finish generally acceptable
- The soft leather backing makes it comfortable to wear
What I Didn’t Like
- The price is a little high if you are buying outside of the UK thanks to import taxes
- The supplied buckles are a nice touch but of a very basic quality
- A bit more padding would have turned this strap from good to great
Speidel Watch Straps – the WRUK verdict
Overall, this is a decent strap. My usual strap supplier is WatchGecko, and I would compare it favourably to their straps in the same price range. That means that if you are in the USA these straps represent great value. In the UK, however, exercise caution as the customs fees on this strap, for example, cost me an extra £14. If you want to avoid fees, choose a UK-based supplier – Amazon sells Speidel watch straps, for example.