Have you ever placed your watch on a new strap and it immediately felt familiar? That’s how it felt when I first put on the Haveston Canvas strap. Alex, founder and creator of Haveston Straps, has combined unique design, innovation, and military color patterns with his fleet of straps. The straps currently come in 18mm, 20mm, and 22mm sizes and are priced very fairly at $28.55 USD for one and some straps are offered as a pairing for $51.55. After I fell in love with the colors and the unique floating keeper I contacted Alex for further insight into his inspiration for Haveston. Enjoy!
Haveston straps have a military theme throughout in both color and inspiration. Where does that come from?
The vintage military theme for me represents a refined utilitarianism and focused service driven character. A monotoned dialled military time piece from the early 20th century is sharply legible and supremely purposeful, and just happens to look incredible! The aspirations and aesthetics that these materials, designs and stories hold are very inspiring. I also personally studied Engineering, so the transition from vintage aviation to space travel starting in the 1950s is awe inspiring and a testament to how far we can dream.
One thing I really love about your designs is the floating keeper. What was the journey like to finding your own unique approach to the hardware?
The floating keeper like other design features is part of a continuous commitment to always refine and improve our products. Back when we first launched, this involved months of prototyping, right until the very end, even though its placement seems simple. The current single pass approach found in our A2 straps was actually a strong contender even then. Overall, potential designs must qualify the demands of: “I wish it existed” and “if it doesn’t, is it good and different enough to deserve making”.
What originally sparked your interest in developing straps…your “oh yea” moment of “I should really do this”?
The focus on straps was actually quite unintended and came about from amateur watch making, starting with a few 6498 and 2824 movements like most enthusiasts. After assembling my first few pieces and watching the balance wheel swing into life, I wanted a strap which captured a similar design character and thought “I wish that existed”. There are definitely designs and ideas beyond straps on the Haveston drawing board, but before we get there, instances such as picking up a NOS 1945 dated 17mm canvas strap have inspired other designs along the way. At the end of the day, it always comes back to that service driven purpose, regardless of whether that is to your community, family, or the world. Having a little reminder of that on your wrist is quite special.
I was excited to receive the package from Haveston right before the holidays. New watch gear always gives my heart a flutter and the supremely intentional packaging added to the joy.
Each Haveston strap comes in a signature tin which has the strap information and size listed. The tins are a great way to store your straps when they aren’t being used or a destination for excess spring bars, tools…etc. Packaging that can be repurposed is always a win in my book.
The LEtter and Instructions
Inside I found a hand typed letter from Alex, information about each strap and the mission of Haveston. I took time to appreciate each detail all the way down to the card that the straps are wrapped around providing additional install information. The intentionality in design all tie into the vintage military look.