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Alligator and Crocodile

The leather of alligator and crocodile: use and characteristics, examples of straps, complete color chart ABP...


Watchstrap in alligator on Panerai Radiomir watch.
Watchstrap in alligator on Panerai Radiomir watch.
Nobody ignores that the alligator and the crocodile are the leather most widely used in the high Swiss and international watch-making. Its imaging, its small square scales, the multitude of tannings and finishes thatsublimate the appearance. All these aspects participate in fact to the absolved hegemony, not only in the leather crafting in general, but also in the the watchband industry in particular. From the most classic watch to the most technical one, from the most virile to the most sensual, from the most vintage to the most modern one, nothing prevents an alligator strap (or in crocodile) to combine at the same time the shapes and the spirit of watches.

Wristwatch in alligator on Corum watch.
Wristwatch in alligator on Corum watch.
The alligator and the crocodile are two reptiles of the same family, the “Crocodilidés” (twenty three species distributed between alligators, crocodiles, gavials and caimans). They distinguish themselves by their morphology as well as by their geographical origin … ABP gives you some indications that will allow you to distinguish them certainly! We find the alligator in North America (USA: Louisiana and Florida states), but also in Asia (China). The alligator is generally smaller size than the crocodile. Its tail, wider in report is relatively rectangular, its snout is oval and short, and its less striking dorsal scales.

Watchband in alligator on Cartier Santos watch.
Watchband in alligator on Cartier Santos watch.
For the wristwatches and the leather craft, the most used alligator is the American alligator (alligator Mississipiensis).

The crocodile finds itself on almost all the continents. Africa obviously, but also South America, Central America, Asia and Australia. Crocodiles are generally more massive than alligators. Their snout is long and triangular, their tail is more arched, and their dorsal scales more striking than for the alligator. Crocodiles are raised in cattle farm, but also hunted in wild environment. For the watchstraps and the leather craft, we use mainly the crocodile of the Nile (Crocodylus Niloticus), and the sea crocodile (Crocodylus Porosus) the biggest but also the most appreciated crocodiles (up to 7 meters long).

Watchstrap in alligator on Bell and Ross watch.
Watchstrap in alligator on Bell and Ross watch.
Really, if it is relatively easy for the professional to discern the alligator skin from the crocodile, strength is to recognize that it becomes very laborious when we see that skin on the surface such as a strap. 

Here are nevertheless some expert tips that will help you to distinguish a wristwatch in alligator from a wristwatch in crocodile.

watchstrap in alligator on Tissot watch.
watchstrap in alligator on Tissot watch.
The Alligator:
- Small-sized round scales.
- Scales of stomach, tail and head very bony.
 
The Crocodile:
- Large-sized round scales.
- Scales of stomach, tail and head very slightly rounded off (but really very slightly).
- On the scales of stomach, we sometimes find any small“point” no bigger than needle ear.

Strap in round scales alligator on a Tag to Heuer Carrera watch.
Strap in round scales alligator on a Tag to Heuer Carrera watch.
Everyone knows that the leather of alligator is one of the most expensive leathers in the world, but what we do not know necessarily, it is that the (square) scales of the stomach of the animal are the ones that are expensive. The scales on side (round) are for their part cheaper.

Alligator and Crocodile
In our Boutique, you can choose directly the skin part that will be used to re-do your watchstrap or leather good. For those who order by e-mail, you can also choose your shape of scales by basing you on the attached photo:

Gradation of scales: degraded square scales.
Small scales: small square scales.
Wide scales: big square scales.
Round scales: scale round (as on the photo of the top).
 

Here is our leather color chart of alligator and crocodile in square and round scales...
Alligator and Crocodile

Alligator and Crocodile

Alligator and Crocodile

Alligator and Crocodile

Alligator and Crocodile

Alligator and Crocodile

Alligator and Crocodile

Matt alligator ultra resistant (water, perspiration, sun), squared scales.
Matt alligator ultra resistant (water, perspiration, sun), squared scales.

Matt alligator ultra resistant (water, perspiration, sun), round scales.
Matt alligator ultra resistant (water, perspiration, sun), round scales.

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