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Originally Posted by WorkingClassDude View Post


Meh, try it out. What's the worst that could happen?

Absolutely nothing, LOL.

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Originally Posted by atoms View Post

Everyone's definition of casual is different. I find all NATO straps casual. Leather NATO is just NATO pretending to dress up. If you want casual NATO is always casual. If you don't want casual, I would avoid NATO. Also, not a fan of the seagull with NATO strap above. The arabic font, circular/rounded bevel and knurled oval crown are just too dressy for the strap.

 

This is all my humble opinion of course. I wouldn't think anything of it if we met in person.

My thoughts exactly, which was the reason for the question.

post #2342 of 4039
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Originally Posted by jischwar View Post

Absolutely nothing, LOL.
My thoughts exactly, which was the reason for the question.

I just think what you like/want should supersede any 'rules' you see on the subject. Something can be 'wrong', and still look amazing. If you don't think it works, don't wear it. Odds are if you wear it to work for just one day, no one will even notice it, let alone comment/critique it.

For me, I stay away from dressy watches almost completely, so I'm technically the last person who should be talking anyway. I wear watches to work that most guys here wouldn't be caught dead wearing on their day off.
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Hey! I just stumbled across this site, and I have to say this is the bested thread ever in the history of the interwebs.  For my first post:

 

Inspired by the watches posted here, I've been thinking of buying a Seiko 5, white or blue face, with the idea of replacing the bracelet w a tan/brown leather one.  Can anyone enlighten me with regards to which of the 5s use a 20mm strap? Some of the product descriptions on line differ for the same models.  I know most 5s use an 18mm, but I think there are more choices for replacement straps for 20mm.  Other suggestions are welcome.

 

Thanks

post #2344 of 4039
Personally I think this Pulsar is pretty nice:

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http://www.mastersintime.com/us/en/pulsar-ps9039-ps9039x1.htm
post #2345 of 4039
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Originally Posted by theSufferfest View Post

Hey! I just stumbled across this site, and I have to say this is the bested thread ever in the history of the interwebs.  For my first post:

Inspired by the watches posted here, I've been thinking of buying a Seiko 5, white or blue face, with the idea of replacing the bracelet w a tan/brown leather one.  Can anyone enlighten me with regards to which of the 5s use a 20mm strap? Some of the product descriptions on line differ for the same models.  I know most 5s use an 18mm, but I think there are more choices for replacement straps for 20mm.  Other suggestions are welcome.

Thanks

A lot of the dressier ones use the 18mm. There might be more selection for 20mm, but the good news is 99% of the time you can squeeze a 20mm strap into an 18mm watch and it usually looks fine.
post #2346 of 4039
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Originally Posted by theSufferfest View Post

Hey! I just stumbled across this site, and I have to say this is the bested thread ever in the history of the interwebs.  For my first post:

 

Inspired by the watches posted here, I've been thinking of buying a Seiko 5, white or blue face, with the idea of replacing the bracelet w a tan/brown leather one.  Can anyone enlighten me with regards to which of the 5s use a 20mm strap? Some of the product descriptions on line differ for the same models.  I know most 5s use an 18mm, but I think there are more choices for replacement straps for 20mm.  Other suggestions are welcome.

 

Thanks

 

"theSufferfest" - you a fan or the great DMcQ himself?

post #2347 of 4039
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Originally Posted by theSufferfest View Post

Hey! I just stumbled across this site, and I have to say this is the bested thread ever in the history of the interwebs.  For my first post:

 

Inspired by the watches posted here, I've been thinking of buying a Seiko 5, white or blue face, with the idea of replacing the bracelet w a tan/brown leather one.  Can anyone enlighten me with regards to which of the 5s use a 20mm strap? Some of the product descriptions on line differ for the same models.  I know most 5s use an 18mm, but I think there are more choices for replacement straps for 20mm.  Other suggestions are welcome.

 

Thanks

 

Wow, you and I are in the exact same market. Good news is I've been doing some research and I have a list of candidates that I think might be 20mm. Bad news is I'm not done with my research, and pro'ly won't be able to complete it until next week. I'll be sure to let you know what I come up with, but until that please keep us informed on what you find!

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I think its nice too....I'm thinking of a slightly less dressy watch this go around though.  thx

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Ha! No, just a fan.

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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

 

Wow, you and I are in the exact same market. Good news is I've been doing some research and I have a list of candidates that I think might be 20mm. Bad news is I'm not done with my research, and pro'ly won't be able to complete it until next week. I'll be sure to let you know what I come up with, but until that please keep us informed on what you find!

Cool,I'm looking forward to your findings and will keep posting my own.  In the meantime, does anyone have suggestions re straps?  I figure spending $40 to $150 (though that would hurt).  In addition to my quest for a white or blue Seiko, I have a few black dial watches that I am looking to re-band. I tend to use my s/s bracelet watches for the rare occasion I wear suits, so I am leaning towards a more casual, hand-made/ vintage look tan/brown leather.  (I will post some pix of the watches soon to not confuse my 2 projects) So far:

 

http://www.kainheritage.com/strap20mm/veteranpilot.html

http://www.basandlokes.com/handmade-leather-watch-straps/

 

and of course

 

http://www.strappedfortime.com

 

am I missing any?

post #2351 of 4039

I have the Orient Esteem Black/Rose Gold. I got it for $145 shipped. I think it's a great deal for an in house movement with 21 jewels.


post #2352 of 4039
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Originally Posted by WorkingClassDude View Post


A lot of the dressier ones use the 18mm. There might be more selection for 20mm, but the good news is 99% of the time you can squeeze a 20mm strap into an 18mm watch and it usually looks fine.


I haven't had any luck pulling this off. Is there a trick?

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@reflex, that's a good looking piece
post #2354 of 4039
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Originally Posted by jischwar View Post


I haven't had any luck pulling this off. Is there a trick?

Not really... most materials, when speaking of rubber, leather, cloth, nylon, etc (just not metal bracelets obviously) should have plenty of 'squish factor' to them... put in the 18mm spring bar, put one of the tips into the lug on the watch, and squish the band and spring bar at the opposite side and finish putting on the spring bar. Only other thing I can think of is take some teeny tiny scissors and MAYBE trim a tiny bit of the width off the strap where the spring bar goes through, but that might look bad. That should only be a last resort... I've never had to do that because I can get it to fit. I don't have any 18mm watches but I've fit 22mm bands to 20mm watches, so, same thing.
post #2355 of 4039
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Originally Posted by WorkingClassDude View Post

http://www.crownandbuckle.com/straps-by-size/18mm-straps/leather-nato-18mm-rouille.html
I bought a 22mm one and I'm pretty sure I posted pics of it a couple months back. Will have to dig up...
Thanks again for the recommendation. Crown and Buckle have some very nice straps.
I am very pleased with my purchase.
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