Aftermarket Panerai Review
Vintager Straps by Micah Straps Review
Vintager Straps by Micah Panerai Straps
Materials: New and Vintage Leathers
Buckles & Tubes: None Included
Price Range: $135US+
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Date of Review: August 16th, 2009
Micah is probably one of the more popular USA-based strap makers out there, and his work is solid and reasonably priced. This strap that I am reviewing is a strap that I have had for quite a while now, and Micah no longer even offers this one. It resembles his Brindle strap but without the texturing and with black thread.
His straps are superbly crafted by hand, and stitched and finished well. In the above photo you can see his maker's marks. His straps are typically offered with two floating keepers as this one is, without stitching on the keepers. The quality of Micah's straps is very similar to Greg Stevens stuff, albeit at a slightly lower price.
I have not tried any of Micah's vintage Mauser Ammo pouch straps, but I hear they are excellent. They are priced slightly higher than his normal stock, but each one is made from a WWII Era Mauser Pouch giving the strap a one-of-a-kind character. The pouches that Micah offers are usually loaded with character.
I got my own buckle on this one, but as you can see it looks great with it. In the future I might elect to get a sewn-in buckle as I have grown quite fond of those. The strap is neither extremely stiff or extremely soft, it is somewhere in-between, perhaps slightly stiffer than GSD straps. I like the edge finish that Micah does on his straps better than GSD, however.
The sort of burgundy color of this strap is a bit hard to match at times, but tends to work better with my white dialed PAM114 than other Panerai's I have owned. This also might be because my shoe and belt collection does not have much in this color either, making it a difficult color to match, but when I do need something out of the usual realm of black and brown, this is the one I go for. A very well made strap, for a very reasonable price, only a few bucks more than many Chinese made straps.