From humble beginnings as a business selling at local markets, Wabistraps is now a full-fledged e-commerce store with a reputation for offering high quality watch straps at affordable prices. By curating a huge catalog of the most stylish, comfortable straps, there is definitely something for everyone. As a business owned by a watch enthusiast and run by family, we know what makes you tick and strive to provide a personalized customer service experience to make you feel like one of us.
HOW WABISTRAPS STARTED
The business started off as a hobby when our founder met someone selling a large bulk of leftover vintage watch straps from a now defunct German leather factory. Initially, he wanted to buy a few pieces for personal use but was eventually talked into buying the entire lot at wholesale price. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit and more straps than he needed, Jerome started selling to a few friends who were into watches and on Carousell, an e-marketplace in Singapore. The straps were met with huge demand and eventually sold out. Seeing an opportunity, our founder zeroed in on it and cobbled together an e-commerce website, bootstrapping and learning along the way. With the mindset of only selling products he would personally use, Jerome curated a catalog of quality watch straps that we are proud to offer today. Inspired by Japanese aesthetics of Wabi-Sabi (侘寂) which also reminds us of our humble beginnings, the company adopted the name “wabistraps”.
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DETERMINING STRAP SIZE
The size of our straps are determined by the distance between the lugs of your watch. Luckily, finding that measurement is easy. You do not have to bring your watch to a watchmaker to figure that out.
Using a millimeter ruler, simply measure the distance between the tip of your watch or the width of your existing strap (See picture above).
This measurement is known as the lug width and will be useful in helping you pick out the correct size when buying your watch strap.