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Gold allergy.
 

A cognac alligator strap would be a nice colour choice, thought part of me thinks that an Oyster always looks best on its Oyster bracelet.  If you do go for a strap, I think you're on the right track.  Here's an example I just found on Chrono24.

 

Two other things that might work:  first, maybe you could pick up a used or NOS, or even "reproduction" stainless Oyster bracelet, and go that route?  Maybe the gold bezel would look lost, but I think it might be workable.  Alternatively, a bit of lateral thinking.  Paint the gold centre links with clear nail varnish.  It might be a bit fiddly to stop them sticking together, but if you do it patiently one at a time, it will make an invisible barrier between gold and BB, and if it doesn't work out, is easy enough to clean with a little paintbrush and some acetone - no harm done.

 

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Hublot?!biggrin.gif
 
Haha...that is a line I will not cross, at least not yet!  But just for comedy value, here are some I saw earlier:
 

 

 

 

 

post #44702 of 48312
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Just discovered I have (developed?) a gold allergy. My dad gave me the watch above a couple years ago and now I can no longer wear it without irritation. I was hoping for some suggestions on alternate bands. As of now thinking cognac alligator may be best, but really haven't done any thinking/research on the matter. Thoughts? Suggestions? Makers I should look to? Ideally I don't want to spend a mint but also don't want something that will look bad or cheap. TIA.

 

At the risk of sounding pedantic, it's not a gold allergy, but is instead an allergic reaction to small amounts of nickel in the gold alloy (as, of course, watches and other jewellery are not made from pure gold).

 

As mimo suggested, you could try the fingernail varnish trick as I've known a couple of people who've used that with rings. The downside to that is that you'll probably have to reapply the varnish from time to time and it will be a bit fiddly.

 

Otherwise, try an all-steel oyster bracelet or, as you were thinking, go for a leather strap.

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At the risk of sounding pedantic, it's not a gold allergy, but is instead an allergic reaction to small amounts of nickel in the gold alloy (as, of course, watches and other jewellery are not made from pure gold).

As mimo suggested, you could try the fingernail varnish trick as I've known a couple of people who've used that with rings. The downside to that is that you'll probably have to reapply the varnish from time to time and it will be a bit fiddly.

Otherwise, try an all-steel oyster bracelet or, as you were thinking, go for a leather strap.
A more expensive to get another bracelet that is 18 carat gold or better. As the nickel traces would too low to react to 😬
post #44704 of 48312
Thanks, guys. I had heard of the nail polish trick for rings. It seems a bit trickier for watches. And as this is a watch I wear (wore) multiple times a week, I doubt I'd be able to keep up with the applications. Still think leather band is my best bet. Anyone have suggestions on a good maker? Looking for something that will lay flat/be subtle.
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There's a lot of pretty nice straps on Panatime.com, unless you're looking for a custom-made leather strap/MTO.

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I would recommend them too; always some good prices on offer.  Just one piece of advice: get a matte finish; the glossy ones look very plastic in real life, while the matte have a more subtle sheen and feel like quality.  And 'Murrican alligator is better than African croc.

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Here are a couple more Chicago shops that might be worth a visit.

Geneva Seal features Blancpain, Omega, Dubuis, Muller and the vastly underappreciated Hublot tongue.gif among others. Their preowned selection is hit or miss.

http://www.genevaseal.com



Howard Frum has a prodigious selection of preowned Rolex. He's in the Mallers Building which is mostly jewelry/diamond shops but will often yield a smattering of high end preowned pieces.

http://howardfrum.net


If you make it to Howard Frum then definitely stop at Pizano's location in the Mallers Building. Their thin crust (with extra butter) is on my death row final meal menu.

http://www.pizanoschicago.com/the-loop.php
post #44708 of 48312
Thanks, everyone. I'll have a look. And way ahead of you, mimo. All matte everything. Was actually thinking sueded 'gator but I think the watch is too classic to do that. Also may grab a NATO band for weekends.
post #44709 of 48312
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Thoughts? Suggestions? Makers I should look to? Ideally I don't want to spend a mint but also don't want something that will look bad or cheap. TIA.

One option that would add a lot to the look is a set of custom end links. Rolexforums member 'Mastermixer' makes end links to fit straps on Rolexes that were not designed for them:

http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=393940

The stainless steel end links are $75, and he will send along a black strap for an extra $20 if desired.







A friend of mine purchased a pair for his 116710 (the above is not his, but Mastermixer's photo), purchased an OEM Rolex strap for sale online in order to get a coronet clasp, and he absolutely loves the combo. From what I understand, Mastermixer also makes precious metal end links as well, so he may have a two tone option available for you, but if not, the SS links would still look better than open space between the strap and the case.

As for the strap itself, I agree that a cognac alligator would rock the house, and I personally would have George Lan at Cheergiant make a strap to your specs including material, color and stitching, thickness, and size. I have used both him and Aaron at Combat Straps and both produce a quality product for very reasonable rates:

Cheergiant photo gallery, George's email is cheergiant@gmail.com
http://s351.photobucket.com/user/Cheergiant/library/?sort=3&page=1

Combat-Straps:
http://combat-straps.com

Other strap vendor options:

http://www.hirschstraps.com/
http://www.dalucastraps.com

As already posted, if Panatime has something acceptable, they are usually the best value.

Hope this helps - Good luck whatever the ultimate choice!
post #44710 of 48312

^^^ Great discussion above!
 

Passed on the 116618LB.  For now!

post #44711 of 48312
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Thanks, guys. I had heard of the nail polish trick for rings. It seems a bit trickier for watches. And as this is a watch I wear (wore) multiple times a week, I doubt I'd be able to keep up with the applications. Still think leather band is my best bet. Anyone have suggestions on a good maker? Looking for something that will lay flat/be subtle.

Camille Fournet: camillefournet.com

They are one of the OEM manufacturers of straps for all the major brands. You can order a custom MTO through their website. Outstanding quality and fantastic prices.
post #44712 of 48312
Has anyone tried Jean Rousseau? I was in their London store last weekend. Nice selection, very good prices, looked good quality to me. I was going to try them out with a new strap for my Reverso.
post #44713 of 48312
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Has anyone tried Jean Rousseau? I was in their London store last weekend. Nice selection, very good prices, looked good quality to me.

It is good quality!

Decide from your previous strap, how long you like each end to be and have them fitted with a single hole (as opposed to the 5 or 7 holes used in commercial watch straps).
post #44714 of 48312

Gents,

I am facing a dilemma for the last couple of days. I am uncertain if I should go for a IWC 3239 Ingenieur (new model) or a Rolex Submariner 114060. Both with black dial.

What keeps me off a Ingy is the ETA movement while Sub has an in-house one.

Ingy looks more cool to my eyes, perhaps because it's a fresh version, while Rolex has stronger and more rich appearance, yet it's so popular that I have a feeling every third guy I see on the street is wearing one, so that's actually a downside in my book a bit.

I am also considering the resale value after couple of years. I guess Rolex would be easier to sell off, while I am not sure about the ETA Ingy ..

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I'm a sucker for a good jamon Iberico

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