The alligator and crocodile horn leathers: use and characteristics, examples of straps, complete ABP color chart...
Strap made in horn back alligator (centered tail scale) on Panerai watch.
Among all kinds of skins that we offer at ABP, the horn back alligator and the crocodileare unquestionably the most difficult ones. Indeed, the rigidity of the alligator horns complicates considerably all the manufacturing stages of watchbands.
Watchband in hornback alligator (scale of back) on Panerai watch.
How to sew the strap with these spectacular horns? How to fold the leather to assemble the strap? How to drill holes to allow the buckling? How to soften the strap so that it is comfortable to wear? How to fix the strap on watches with specific ties?...
Watchstrap in horn back alligator (centered scales of tail) on Zenith El Primero watch.
All these questioning are so many questions which make almost impossible to manufacture this type of strap in large series. Nevertheless they are not insoluble if the craftsman and the customer work together, in the compromise, so that the strap to be realized respects the style and the technical constraints of the watch.
Advise: how to distinguish classic alligator skin from a horn back alligator? Contrary to the preconceived idea, it is about the same animal. But in the first case, the skin of the animal is cut by the center of the back. Horns are torn away and the skin thus appears smooth, the square scales of stomach will be in the middle, and the round scales will be on both sides of the skin.
Here are our color chart of horn back alligator and crocodile: