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post #3286 of 4039

I got the Orient Bambino, but I can't find a strap that makes me want to wear it. The original black leather strap was waxy and ugly in my opinion. Felt cheap. I thought a light tan would make it look great and go well with my walnut AE strands, but it feels too flashy and "matchy matchy". Just draws extra attention and I work in a very "dressed down" environment.

 

So now I'm thinking about going to a black NATO strap. I'm using a grey NATO with my Stowa and love it. Do you think a black NATO would go well with the Orient?  

 

 

(the watch in the middle with the strap below)

 

post #3287 of 4039
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Anyone suggest a nice automatic dress watch leather strap. For around 500? White face preferably larger than smaller.
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Kent Wang Bauhaus watch?

Hamilton Jazzmaster, Steinhart Marine.
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Is $260 ok?
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Good suggestions. I would add Christian Ward, or maybe a good Seiko with a movement a little better than the Seiko 5 has.

post #3288 of 4039
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Originally Posted by BobStrauss View Post

Do you think a black NATO would go well with the Orient?  

No, I think a Nato is too sporty for that watch (and I can see why you don't like the tan strap; from own experience I've found that I'm not a fan of light leather straps). For your black dialed Bambino (and if you don't want another black leather strap), I would look for something like this (doesn't have to be real alligator, just an example of the colour I'd look for).
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No, I think a Nato is too sporty for that watch (and I can see why you don't like the tan strap; from own experience I've found that I'm not a fan of light leather straps). For your black dialed Bambino (and if you don't want another black leather strap), I would look for something like this (doesn't have to be real alligator, just an example of the colour I'd look for).

 

 

Yeah, I think you're right. With the Stowa I think it works because it isn't a dress watch face. I love it as a casual piece I can wear with a variety of things. 

 

But the Bambino would probably look weird with a nylon strap. I'd actually ordered a strap before (looking for something light tan) and was sent a reddish-brown one by mistake. I still have it, and it is a similar color to the one you linked. I laid the strap down on top of the light tan one and took a picture, just to get an idea of what it would look like. I think it's pretty good, actually. What do you think?

 

post #3290 of 4039
^ Hard to judge, taking camera/display into consideration, but from how it looks on my screen, it looks a bit too red for my taste (but still better than the tan) and the stitching looks a bit too sporty IMHO. I would look for something without box-stitching, like the one I linked to; the one you have there has more of a Panerai vibe.
post #3291 of 4039

The light's a bit funny in my apartment, but I see where you're coming from. 

 

The strap (under normal lighting) looks exactly like this: 

 

 

Since I've already got the strap (and for free) I'll give this one a shot. I don't like alligator bands, but maybe down the road I'll swap it out for a bourbon-colored crushed leather band. 

post #3292 of 4039
The sporty details aside (thickness, stitching, buckle), that looks like a great colour.
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The sporty details aside (thickness, stitching, buckle), that looks like a great colour.

 

Well at the very least I could swap out the buckle for the original Orient one. 

 

 

And hopefully it'll be a mitigating factor that I won't wear it formal settings, but justy casual and business casual environments. 

post #3294 of 4039
I don't think I would bother swapping the buckle, as it'll do little to change the formality of the strap.

Now, the great thing about strap switching is that it's pretty easy and luckily not permanent, so maybe just give this one a go and see if you like it :-)
post #3295 of 4039
My latest acquisition - the Steinhart GMT-Ocean 1 Black (with ceramic bezel). It's a beauty biggrin.gif

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What a stunning Steinhart! My OVM says hello!

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^ Thank you. Mine says hello back.
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Here's another top-notch poor man's watch I own, bought from Orvis early last year. It's only quartz, but looks really nice:

post #3299 of 4039
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Originally Posted by BobStrauss View Post

I got the Orient Bambino, but I can't find a strap that makes me want to wear it. The original black leather strap was waxy and ugly in my opinion. Felt cheap. I thought a light tan would make it look great and go well with my walnut AE strands, but it feels too flashy and "matchy matchy". Just draws extra attention and I work in a very "dressed down" environment.

 

So now I'm thinking about going to a black NATO strap. I'm using a grey NATO with my Stowa and love it. Do you think a black NATO would go well with the Orient?  

 


I had the same problem. I ended up selling it though. I miss it. I think it needs a vintage strap. Vintage style, worn, brown etc.

NATO might work? It's dressy but vintage styled so maybe...

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Here's another top-notch poor man's watch I own, bought from Orvis early last year. It's only quartz, but looks really nice:

One of the nicest square case watches I've seen. Understated elegance. Thanks for sharing smile.gif
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