After debating the various options for several days, I finally decided to order the Westminster Wrap SS in London Tan. I decided to go with the British version over the larger American version after visiting Brooks Brothers and handling the Peal version of the American case...it seemed big for my tastes and needs. I think the traditional version should be plenty big enough. I went with London Tan over the other two colors because it's the traditional color but nonetheless more unique among the briefcases I see and likely to patinate very well. Chestnut was a close second. Havana seemed as if it would look "old" rather than "well aged" after a number of years. Finally, I went with the wraparound case instead of a flap-over or top-frame case because of both looks and versatility. I personally like the look of the straps and think they should be fine in most, if not all, settings. And if I want to go strapless every now and then (e.g., on a day when I will need frequent and quick access), that's also an option.
I placed a bespoke order directly through SAB because I wanted to add some custom features and receive the VAT refund (saving me hundreds of dollars over classicluggage.com). That process took about a week due to e-mail communication, time zone differences, and, frankly, SAB's slowness to respond. But the order was placed yesterday, and the manager said the lead time is currently 14(!) weeks. I will update the thread with pics when I receive the case, but it should look very similar to Rambler's seen here (I also got the round lock and newspaper pocket, but other alterations as well):http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...id=1Yctm7Vizcx
And because it's a chore (but somewhat fun) to hunt down pics of older cases, here are links to some I have found over the past few weeks in case they are useful to future purchasers who stumble across this thread (note many of these are not SABs, but they look similar... I wanted an idea of how the leather would look with age):
Others should feel free to add. Apologies if any of these were used against a poster's will. PM me and I will remove the link.