Recently, one of my good customers asked me if I would make a leather watchband like the one Brad Pitt wore in the movie, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", a 2019 film about a faded television actor and his stunt double as they strive to achieve fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles. The film was directed and written by Quentin Tarantino and stars along with Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie.
Brad played, Cliff Booth, a stunt man who's character was inspired by Billy Jack, a character portrayed in four action films by actor Tom Laughlin in the 1970s
I admit, I did not see the movie myself but I did watch a bunch of clips and scour the internet for photographs of Brad Pitt wearing the watch, a Citizens 8110 Bullhead. My customer who wanted this band made for her husband's upcoming birthday, also scoured the internet and placed numerous bids on many of auctions in order to secure the watch. And because she chose my art for this special occasion, I had to get it right. The color had to be right, the style had to be spot on, and of course, the workmanship had to exceed anything I have made before. I think I did good. Check out the video!
A little history about the Bund Watchband...
◘ B U N D ◘ [a wide pad that shields the wrist from the metal case of the watch]
Bund straps were first issued to German aviators during WWII. The Bund was developed for the military to prevent the back of the watch case from touching the skin of the wearer. So for example, in the event of a plane crash, the ensuing fire would heat up anything composed of metal including the back of the watch, scalding the pilot's skin. The metal of the watch case freezing to the pilot's skin was also an issue when when the temps dropped in the high altitudes, so the extra padding was that layer of protection they needed. Lastly, the Bund Pad also protected the watch and its mechanisms from the pilot's perspiration. Earlier watches were not water resistant.
Today, the Bund Pad Watchbands make a great choice for those who suffer from allergies to metal, and the two piece design offers others some flexibility; the wearer has the option of wearing the watch with the wider bund pad on, or for a more conservative look, remove the bund and use the watch on the narrow band on its own.
My reproduction of Brad Pitt's OUATIH Bund Pad Watch Bands are 100% made with my hands. The leather is hand-cut from 5-7 ounce luxury Aztec latigo. The Buckles are high quality solid brass with finish options; Antique Brass, Nickel, Nickel Matte. You have three leather colors to choose from too; Black, Chocolate, or Tobacco.
I am also able to customize the watchband to fit your watch. An additional fee may apply. Prior to placing your order, please contact me. If you have any questions, hit me up - I'm happy to answer as best I can!
Thanks for taking a look in to the story behind my Bund Pad Watchbands!
Since I first created the replica of Cliff Booth's watchband, I've been making them in all different color leather and I have had many requests from customers to customize the watchband to fit their watches. It takes more time, but it's worth it when you're able to get exactly what you need. Check out the video below to view one of those finished custom sizing watchbands!
If you would like something custom made especially for you, please contact me!
Cliff Booth Replica C O L L E C T I O N
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Renee on Mar 7, 2020
Absolutely LOVE what Lisa created for my husband. She is truly a master at her craft. The quality and workmanship put into all her pieces is beautiful.
This is such a special piece and she took such time and thought into every detail. Such a sweet person to deal with too.
Thank you for everything!!
Ross on Jun 9, 2020
Lisa is a master leathercrafter. The quality of her work is exceptional and the materials she uses are top of the line. The cuff and watch strap she fashioned are exactly what I've been looking for. Made to order and delivered on time. Great communication too. Beautiful work! Thanks, Lisa.
gigi on Jul 12, 2020