Aftermarket Panerai Review
Pantast Straps Review
Pantast Panerai Straps
Materials: Used Leathers
Buckles & Tubes: Not Included
Price Range: $50-60
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Date of Review: June 1st, 2008
Note: Since writing this article, Pantast has changed their name to WristArt24.
Pantast makes a decent strap in the $50 range, but doesn`t include buckle or tubes. The price is deceiving as when you add the cost of a buckle and tubes which is around $25, it puts the strap in the $75 range, which is very close to an entry level strap from Strap Culture or several other brands which make a better strap.
Having said that, Pantast does makes a very unique style of strap in a huge variety of leathers from all sorts of places such as doc marten shoes and old belts, which give them quite a bit of character for such an affordable strap but without the history of a vintage ammo strap.
Because of the variety of sources that they get their leathers from, Pantast leather straps are sometimes extremely soft and pliable, but are also sometimes of the stiffer variety requiring several days of wear before softening up.
Pantast uses a signature thick wax thread that has a very distinctive look as you can see. The edges of the straps are not usually burnished very heavily, but are often left raw or lightly burnished. The tied ends of the stitching are melted flat on the backsides of the strap and look somewhat raw and unfinished, but this isn't visible from the outside of the strap.
Keepers will vary based on design, but usually come with two floating keepers. They also do custom order straps within a few days and ship from Thailand with tracking and registered mail.
I think the straps are fun to have and are great as hard users but aren`t the most versatile as far as style. The backs also have the melted thread ends that are tied and flatted visible, which is not very pleasing to the eye. This isn`t an issue when the watch is on your wrist, but a strap that looks good from the back as well as the front would be preferred.