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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

Gaz, nice to see you back, hope you stick around.

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Originally Posted by Wes Bourne View Post

@Kaplan : I owe you some thanks too since it was your thread that turned me on to this watch in the first place. I also remember your subsequent post about how yours might possibly be the last Mark XV ever made.

Congrats on the acquisition Wes and I'm glad to hear I was helpful in making up your mind. If you like yours as much as I like mine, it's gonna be a keeper :-)


Warning: Mark XV praise (Click to show)
Just for fun, and to make you feel good about your new watch, I located a few owners comments on their Mark XV over the last decade:

'the Mark XV is as close to the "perfect" watch for me, and it holds its own against my 3 Rolexes and Cousteau Diver' - D, 2004

'A superb alternative to the usual (Rolex) and quite possibly the perfect watch.' - B, 2006

'The Mark XV is a perfect watch in every way. I know of no other watch that is perfect like this. ' - E, 2008

'I too like the mark XV's (the last IWC marks with the proper hands :wink: ) A pretty near perfect watch if such a thing exists' - N, 2011

'Nice watch, yo' - Kaplan, 2014

Disclaimer: Though these are genuine, that was mostly tongue in cheek, as I know you can probably find someone somewhere saying antything is perfect if you look for it, but I do think that for those that get the Mark XV it does seem like they *really* get it :-)


Btw, I recently got a brown Camille Fournet strap for mine, but I think it's a bit too light and I like yours better. Do you know where it's from?

Strap is from a Mark XV Spitfire LE.
Like one of these.
post #34037 of 48312
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Strap is from a Mark XV Spitfire LE.
Like one of these. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

I didn't know the Mark XV was available with so many different stock strap options:

3253 pilot's watch Mark XV 19 - 16 mm alligator dull brown IWA12701
3253 pilot's watch Mark XV 19 - 16 mm alligator dull black IWA12707
3253 pilot's watch Mark XV 19 - 16 mm buffalo brown IWA05613
3253 pilot's watch Mark XV 19 - 16 mm buffalo black IWA05510
3253 pilot's watch Mark XV 19 - 16 mm buffalo dull brown IWA12704
3253 pilot's watch Mark XV 19 - 16 mm buffalo dull black IWA12698
3253 pilot's watch Mark XV 19 - 18 mm buffalo black IWA05336
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I thought the black buffalo was the only strap option for the Mark XV (it was in my 2003/4 catalogue). Where to get those other ones?
post #34039 of 48312
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I thought the black buffalo was the only strap option for the Mark XV (it was in my 2003/4 catalogue). Where to get those other ones?

I thought so too, until I found that info on the IWC forum. Dunno if it's accurate though.

I might try a custom Short length strap from TWB.

It's also been suggested that I can just squeeze any stock 20mm Short strap into the 19mm lugs.
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It's been a while...

Fitbit needs to be more discrete.

v nice.



now lets see some pics of that PP 5124. smile.gif
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New member here, some very nice watches in this thread. My daily wearer is an Omega Planet Ocean 2201.50.

 

 

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v nice.



now lets see some pics of that PP 5124. smile.gif



As you wish...

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post #34043 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Wes Bourne View Post

I thought so too, until I found that info on the IWC forum. Dunno if it's accurate though.

I might try a custom Short length strap from TWB.

It's also been suggested that I can just squeeze any stock 20mm Short strap into the 19mm lugs.
The only other place those strap reference numbers show up on-line, is on an official looking chart from 2002. I doubt you could still get hold of many of these straps, but if anyone knows different I'd love to hear about it.

As for squeezing a 20mm strap, I'm sure it can be done. I do it often with a NATO (or RAF) strap, and while fitting it is easy enough, there is some visual overhang (which I don't really mind with a canvas or nylon strap).

Btw, here's another note on straps, that may or may not be of import to you. While I think the black buffalo looks great on the deployant buckle in the 19-16mm size, I also got an IWC 16mm tang buckle and when using that, I think a 19-16mm strap tapers too much. If I were to get a custom strap I'd get the 18mm tang buckle from IWC and get a 19-18mm strap.

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Strap is from a Mark XV Spitfire LE.
Like one of these.
zippyh, do you (or anyone else) know where to get this strap? If not, who's my best bet for a custom copy?
post #34044 of 48312
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As you wish...

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simply beautiful. what a great watch. thanks for the pics, gaz.
post #34045 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Wes Bourne View Post

With the recent talk of boring fonts and box and papers, this might me a good time to post my latest acquisition:


 

 

Gorgeous.  A friend has one as his daily driver and I constantly stare at it.  It is the epitome of elegant simplicity, IMO. 

post #34046 of 48312
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Gorgeous.  A friend has one as his daily driver and I constantly stare at it.  It is the epitome of elegant simplicity, IMO. 

I agree. That pretty much sums up why I was drawn to it.
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

The only other place those strap reference numbers show up on-line, is on an official looking chart from 2002. I doubt you could still get hold of many of these straps, but if anyone knows different I'd love to hear about it.

As for squeezing a 20mm strap, I'm sure it can be done. I do it often with a NATO (or RAF) strap, and while fitting it is easy enough, there is some visual overhang (which I don't really mind with a canvas or nylon strap).

Btw, here's another note on straps, that may or may not be of import to you. While I think the black buffalo looks great on the deployant buckle in the 19-16mm size, I also got an IWC 16mm tang buckle and when using that, I think a 19-16mm strap tapers too much. If I were to get a custom strap I'd get the 18mm tang buckle from IWC and get a 19-18mm strap.
zippyh, do you (or anyone else) know where to get this strap? If not, who's my best bet for a custom copy?

Can't you get just about any replacement strap from an IWC AD?

Dude I bought the XV from thinks early XVs were (also) offered with black croc on deployant, but he could be hallucinating. That was when they did the mesh/beads of rice bracelet too. Fwiw, mine is an older one with the Tritium markers and hands.

I took off the leather strap this afternoon and treated the watch to a little soapy water bath and brushing. Put it back on an Admiralty Grey Phoenix brand NATO. The weave is finer than most other nylon NATO straps so fitting it was very easy. There's a bit of overhang, but I don't mind either. Will try to post a pic of that later.

Yeah, squeezing/compressing a 20mm strap shouldn't be a problem, but I imagine getting it off afterwards might be a p.i.t.a. I'm only speculating based on how much fiddling I have to do to get the spring bar tool between the strap and lug on a proper width strap...

My strap is 19-16mm with a tang buckle. I don't mind the taper. If I order a custom Short strap from TWB (I assume they only make them 19-16mm, but I could be wrong), I'll likely just get a RIOS deployant. I got a 16mm one for my Heuer and like it a lot.
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When I've been talking to local ADs, they usually just show me non-IWC branded options, but I will check with them to see if they can get that strap (if anyone stumbles upon it, I'm all ears). As for a custom strap from TWB it looks like you can put in whatever lug and buckle width you may like.

From my old research I never came across anyone mentioning the Mk XV being offered with an alligator strap. Kind of funny how they then offered the Mk XVI with a tang buckle instead of the previous deployant, but now coupled with alligator instead of buffalo. Dressing one part down while dressing the other up confused.gif

Btw, just stumbled upon this glorious photo:

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Edited by Kaplan - 7/27/14 at 4:51pm
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^ Nice. Strap looks darker than the one I've been planning to pick up from Timefactors. Actually, looking at their site just now, I see they'll be phasing in some new straps with chunkier hardware. Prefering the old type it looks like it's time to order...
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I have Timefactors straps too. They're extremely well made, with very solid welding and no scabbing at all on the holes. I've had mine for a few years and have washed them a bunch of times and they've held up great, softening up over time. Of all the solid color NATOs I have from various suppliers, I'd rate theirs as the best quality.

Only knock is that their Grey is a bit too pale/silvery. In fact, several TZ-UK members have urged Eddie to produce Admiralty Grey straps. Btw, their striped ones (Bond, Speedbird) aren't as thick as the solid colors and are prone to some fraying.

Phoenix makes the genuine MOD ones. Thems are the straps you often see put on vintage MilSubs.

You can get them from several vendors; I bought mine from Monkey Swag. Use code monkeyfan77 for 10% off.

Another darker Grey I have that's nice is this one. Thickness is somewhere between a TF and Phoenix strap.

*Edit: Timefactor's new 2014 Grey NATOs look much darker than the old ones I have. Maybe too dark? Also, I don't like the new hardware. But the 20mm Coyote Brown looks nice.
Edited by Wes Bourne - 7/27/14 at 8:28pm
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