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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

Watch plans for 2014? Finally getting around to actually selling my Luminor. And if I win the lottery, a RO Jumbo satisfied.gif (and maybe a Speedy original; plexi + solid case back plz).

Meanwhile, I'm looking for a new, rather specific strap and hoping that someone here might know where to locate it.

It's for a Mk XV, that came on a black buffalo strap with a deployant buckle, but I have a 16mm tang buckle, so the strap needs to be 19/16mm (or if I ponied up for the 18mm tang buckle, 19/18mm).

I already got a dark brown cordovan (the ones Leffot in NYC sells), that looks like this:



but I'm not very happy with it; it's too dark and I dislike the large stitches. Not particular fond of the cordo either.

So, I'm looking for a lighter brown strap in plain calf or buffalo (no exotics for this watch), with either a same colour or a contrasting ivory stich. It should be lined and the stitches neat (and no box stitching).

The specific colour of brown I'm searching for, is pretty much exactly like this one - so far the closest I've found is this:



Rather particular, I know shog[1].gif - but short of going custom, does anyone have a recommendation?

Hm, okay that's just a dirty photoshop mockup, but while I love the Mk XV I'd keep it on a black strap. Either black leather or black Nato. Sand Nato might work as well for a cool military look. FWIW, my previous boss used to carry her Mk XV Spitfire on a military green/muddy green Nato (not camou!). It looked stunning. But the Spitfire had a lighter, non-black dial.

 

If you like the Hirsch strap, isn't that one available in 19/16 or what?

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Uggghh, you know what sux? Going watchless to the office because you're expecting to find a new one in box sitting on your desk when you arrive, and then it's not there! Apparently there was some bad weather up northeast on Friday? Anyways, my watch didn't make it onto the plane, so won't be here until tomorrow. Another looong night. LOL
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NOOOOO!!!!!
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^^ frown.gif ^^
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It looks like there is no depth from the crystal to the dial.  I will take your word on the look irl

I see what you mean. Thats an angle think. With the overhead lighting and camera flash, its really hard sometimes to keep reflections off the crystal. So I resort to odd angles to capture the dial without light flashes obscuring it.

Sometimes it leads to cool pics, but it can also cause the flat look you see here.
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TC Dat weather clearing? You going bare tomorrow? I'm with yer man. lurker[1].gif
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TC Dat weather clearing? You going bare tomorrow? I'm with yer man. lurker[1].gif

It's unseasonably (superseasonably?) cold here and will be tomorrow as well (overnight in 20's), but it hasn't been disruptive at all. I'm looking at the tracking info and FedEx doesn't seem to anticipate any delays. Yes I will be bare tomorrow, gotta keep the faith! LOL
Edited by TC (Houston) - 1/6/14 at 3:32pm
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Just wanted to share a belated pic of my Christmas/wedding gift from my little sister - I know the Mark XVII doesn't get lots of love here, but considering the context and the fact that it was a thoughtful and charming gift (the Le Petit Prince tie-in), I really do love this watch. Even with my Reverso 1931 and 15202, this will get a ton of wear. I really love it.
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that is an awesome gift.
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

It's unseasonably (superseasonably?) cold here and will be tomorrow as well (overnight in 20's), but it hasn't been disruptive at all. I'm looking at the tracking info and FedEx doesn't seem to anticipate any delays. Yes I will be bare tomorrow, gotta keep the faith! LOL

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Just wanted to share a belated pic of my Christmas/wedding gift from my little sister - I know the Mark XVII doesn't get lots of love here, but considering the context and the fact that it was a thoughtful and charming gift (the Le Petit Prince tie-in), I really do love this watch. Even with my Reverso 1931 and 15202, this will get a ton of wear. I really love it.

TC Rock and roll man, I'm feeling it across the pond. god speed to your package (!)

Chrk33 you've been a good brother man, obviously well deserved. Wear in good health
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Thanks, stichy and Cleav. Much appreciate the kind words.

I feel very lucky to have such a great and accomplished sister and now such a lovely timepiece. It really is awesome on the wrist - the blue dial really is dynamic.
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Hm, okay that's just a dirty photoshop mockup, but while I love the Mk XV I'd keep it on a black strap. Either black leather or black Nato. Sand Nato might work as well for a cool military look. FWIW, my previous boss used to carry her Mk XV Spitfire on a military green/muddy green Nato (not camou!). It looked stunning. But the Spitfire had a lighter, non-black dial.

Thanks for the photoshop - I actually think it looks alright, but it may be better with contrast stitching.

I'm actually wearing it on a black Nato right now, like so:

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Old pic from the summit of Ben Nevis, after the 100 mile hike of The West Highland Way satisfied.gif

and I wear it a good deal on the black buffalo
like so (Click to show)
img3222j.jpg

and occasionally on a Speedbird RAF strap
like so (Click to show)
img3844y.jpg

and I have been planning to pick up an olive Nato as well, but since I'm about to sell off my PAM, I expect I'm going to miss a brown leather strap now and then.
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Originally Posted by Zeppelin View Post

If you like the Hirsch strap, isn't that one available in 19/16 or what?

The Hirsch does come in 19/16 but it's not 100% what I'm looking for, which is why I'm hoping for recommmendations :-)
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Damn CHRK33, great gift from your sister!  Looks awesome.

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So this is completely off topic but I just want to go on the record that even though I have a calendar complication piece I still want this 2014 calendar. Thank you for listening.

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/****** Apparently I live on Instagram too - mainly timepieces, shoes, attire and the occasional cheeseburger. @no_frills_vc. ******/
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post


Thanks for the photoshop - I actually think it looks alright, but it may be better with contrast stitching.

I'm actually wearing it on a black Nato right now, like so:

e8Tzk.jpg
Old pic from the summit of Ben Nevis, after the 100 mile hike of The West Highland Way satisfied.gif

and I wear it a good deal on the black buffalo like so (Click to show)
img3222j.jpg

and occasionally on a Speedbird RAF strap like so (Click to show)
img3844y.jpg

and I have been planning to pick up an olive Nato as well, but since I'm about to sell off my PAM, I expect I'm going to miss a brown leather strap now and then.
The Hirsch does come in 19/16 but it's not 100% what I'm looking for, which is why I'm hoping for recommmendations :-)

 

 

I like that IWC on all those straps -- but this post makes me ask a question for all you 'strap-changers' as I'm encroaching this territory with my Speedy and the strap I just got from tifosi -- 

 

   

    Do you guys have a spring bar tool and change them yourself?  I've always gone to a local watch shop and paid him $5 - but is it really that easy? I'd be nervous to scratch the dang lugs to pieces on my Speedy and Datejust. 

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Yup - use a bergeon tool. Easy as pie. Some use scotch tape around the lugs. If you're absolutely against any scratches on the inside of your lug whatsoever then may not be for you..
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    Do you guys have a spring bar tool and change them yourself?  I've always gone to a local watch shop and paid him $5 - but is it really that easy? I'd be nervous to scratch the dang lugs to pieces on my Speedy and Datejust. 

Sorry to hear, TC - the Northeast is getting hammered by a Polar Vortex or something like that. Hope your new watch gets to you safe and sound so you can post tomorrow!
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

Uggghh, you know what sux? Going watchless to the office because you're expecting to find a new one in box sitting on your desk when you arrive, and then it's not there! Apparently there was some bad weather up northeast on Friday? Anyways, my watch didn't make it onto the plane, so won't be here until tomorrow. Another looong night. LOL

That's a helluva gift! Congrats
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Originally Posted by CHRK33 View Post

Just wanted to share a belated pic of my Christmas/wedding gift from my little sister - I know the Mark XVII doesn't get lots of love here, but considering the context and the fact that it was a thoughtful and charming gift (the Le Petit Prince tie-in), I really do love this watch. Even with my Reverso 1931 and 15202, this will get a ton of wear. I really love it.
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