Deployment Debrief: TiGr5 Wave Update, 2-Piece Leather Strap

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Airbus 330

(Image: Nav panel of an Airbus 330 with headings that include waypoint COURG in living color on a flight from Helsinki to New York City shared by fellow COURGcrew member Capt. PK — thank you!)

COURGcrew —

I’ll keep this lean.

Final major wave deploys Monday

Our final major wave was packed today and ships first thing on Monday. There’s roughly 370 of you (and me!) in this wave of mostly TiGr5 backers and I want to sincerely thank you for your long-suffering and gracious patience having to stay in a holding pattern over the lunar holiday festivities.


Please keep an eye out late Monday into Tuesday for tracking intel in a confirmation email dispatched from

Speaking of which, I’ve been working to identify a way to better track and manage our communications situation, which was a storm I didn’t anticipate. I chose a platform that should help me consolidate our channels. If you’ve left messages on Kickstarter, and haven’t heard back, please email instead. I’m working my way through the backlog and am working from oldest to most recent as quickly as I can.  

2-Piece black leather strap with titanium hardware

Some of you have asked for a 2-piece leather strap with premium leather. I personally prefer the versatility of quick changing straps and the added security of a single strap. That’s why I didn’t offer a 2-piece option. But, it’s not about me.

So, what I’m hearing from many of you is that you want to rock the COURG in dressier situations, at work, or with your suit, and would prefer a 2-piece black strap option. But going with shiny stainless hardware is kind of tacky, and you’d prefer matching titanium. I also understand that some of you ordered the Chronos and would like to reduce bulk to make room for that unit and still enjoy a leather strap. I hear you.

I’ve chatted with the good folks over at Worn & Wound and they suggest we try a new U.S. leather maker called Wickett & Craig based in Pennsylvania that has a heritage of excellence. Their leathers have less stretch and that’s important for the longevity of our straps.

After a visit to Wickett & Craig and once I see some samples I’ll be back with more details. I’m planning only to make a small batch of these so let me know if you’d like to requisition one of these and what color you’d want most. I assume black, but your call.

Worn & Wound:

The Model 2 was designed to be a simple, stylish go-to strap for all seasons. It’s a 2-piece design made out of unlined leather, cut with a slight taper. The edges are raw, letting them gain a nice patina, and the knots are hand-tied out of thick waxed linen thread for a crafty, hand-made finish. We used both a fixed metal loop as well as a wide leather band for keepers, creating a rugged detail that hints at military straps. By mixing elements of dress and sport straps, the Model 2 has a retro aesthetic that is simultaneously masculine and elegant.

Please hit up this two question survey

If you’re interested so I can have some preliminary numbers to gauge interest and see if we’ll be able to rally enough crew members to get this in motion. If the project is green lit, we can chat some basic design ideas, but I’m thinking very minimal with some nice waxed linen thread details.

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  • Chris Clacken

    I just wanted to confirm that I am interested in the 2 piece watch. Also will my watches be shipped in this batch.

  • Great. Bämmm
    Looking forward to meet my FedEx parcel Service 🙂

  • michael mayersohn

    Great news, wonderful to hear. Can’t wait to strap it on! Thanks.

  • Al

    TiGr5 2 piece leather, Natural color please.

  • Al

    TiGr5 2 piece leather, Natural color please. Thank You.

  • Paul H

    I’d be interested in two straps, probably black and brown, but depending on the exact coloration of the charcoal, I could be convinced to buy three!

  • Lonnie

    An alternative for a custom strap with Ti hardware is a great idea. Those of us with small wrists could potentially benefit with a more tailored fit.

  • siriusblack

    Tuesday already and there’s no confirmation/tracking email in my inbox/spam folders…

    • Hi Fred, apologies for the tracking confirmation delay. I took the day off yesterday to take my son to the aquarium with some of his little friends and will get those emails out ASAP. Thanks for your note.

      • Sascha

        Hey, how was your visit at the aquarium?
        Can you say something about shipment already or the mails?

  • Nguyen Kien Trung

    Hi Elbert, black 2-piece leather strap would be good match with the watch but I still prefer titanium band. Ti2 / Ti5 band will be GREAT! Any chance of it?

  • Kien Trung

    Titanium bracelet that match the Courg will be nice!

  • Fred

    Hi Elbert,

    Is it possible to use one of those generic watch straps that I can buy (usually for let’s say a T*mex Weekender type watch) on the COURG? or is it a unique design that only takes straps that you make for it? Thanks…

    • Hi Fred, you can use any 20mm strap!

  • dja

    Hi Elbert,

    if the two piece straps leather will have much less stretch i would be in.

    The Horween XL strap has horrible much stretch. After wearing the watch for 18 days it extended more than one inch! I had to punch more holes and its tail is too long now. Maybe i will have to shorten it loosing the RDX logo, i will see.

    At the moment i am very happy with the accuracy of my TiGr5 Type B running less than two seconds per day fast, this is excellent for this automatic movement. My second COURG, a TiGr5 Type A, is quite inaccurate against it, it runs about 9 seconds fast per day which is within tolerance. But i have to admit, the second one i did not wear on my wrist so far, it runs on a winder.

    Another point of criticism: In your sitrep of November 7 you wrote about an upgrade of the lume brightness. When i look on my COURG at night, it looks as if my item did not get this upgrade, compared to the picture in the sitrep. The lume is not really bright after being lighted and not lasting for more than a 30 minutes. My Citizen Diver glows much longer and brighter so this is a bit disappointing…

    • Hi dja, sorry to hear about the XL stretch. That wasn’t something I factored in with the XL straps. I found the regular size natural brown ones to have some initial stretch but then settle in. The Color 8 seems to have very little stretch. This also differs based on the part of the hide and grain where each strap comes from. The good news is that the new straps will be using leather type from Wickett & Craig that is much less stretch according to to our friends over at Worn & Wound. Sorry to hear about the lume front. Is the Citizen diver a green color?

      • dja

        Hi Elbert, the Citizen is green, but i also have a Seiko diver “Stargate” (withe a broken movement ;/ ) with a very bright white lume. So yes, blue might be a little darker then green, but this is not what i say…

        Back to the straps: Until today i only see the old preorder Backerkit site, nothing new. When will we be able to order straps, as well the new two-piece as the Horween W&W? I like them together with the Redux-titanium buckles…

        And one word more to the accuracy: At the moment, the Type A stays with being 9 seconds a day fast, but the Type B turned out to be a bit lazy, becoming 2-3 seconds late per day. Thats inside the margin but… 🙁

  • Ronald Reyna

    Hi! I’m from the Philippines but i have a friend who will be flying soon from the US. Just wondering, if i make an order for a titanium grade2, how soo can you produce and deliver? As for the strap, have no idea what a 2 piece looks like but i do like a black option

    • Hi Ronald, we’re between production runs right now, so I’d say in May. Thanks for asking!