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Have to share my latest, and favourite strap. Pretty sure I'm never removing it!

Metta Catherina strap from @diaboliqstraps on IG - simply amazing.

The story.... In 1786, the Metta Catherina, a 100 ton Baltic brigantine, set sail from St. Petersburg with a full cargo of hemp and Russian leather bound for Genoa. When she encountered a storm on a dark December night, the captain ordered her into the safety of England's Plymouth Sound. The storm took a violent turn, though, and the ship was torn from its anchor. The crew survived, but the Metta Catherina and her cargo were lost, sinking more than 100 feet to the bottom of Plymouth Sound to rest in the silt and black mud for almost 200 years.

The Rediscovery

Centuries later, in 1973, a local diving club was exploring Plymouth Sound and happened upon a ship's bell on the ocean floor. After identifying it as part of the Metta Catherina, the complicated process of salvaging the sunken ship began. Not sure what they would find, or even what they were looking for, the divers worked to bring the ancient wreck to the surface piece by piece. They didn't know what they had, but as luck would have it, a young leather worker named Robin Snelson did. He introduced himself after overhearing one of the divers talking about the mysterious cargo in a Falmouth pub, and was later able to confirm that among the sunken treasure was indeed the lost Russian leather from 1786.

The hides were pulled up in bundles, and amazingly a remarkable number were found to be almost perfectly preserved, protected by a combination of water pressure and sediment – and miraculous good luck. Although early attempts at restoring the hides were disappointing, Snelson eventually perfected his technique, and the original beauty and magic reappeared almost flawlessly. The restored Metta Catherina hides were primarily reindeer, glowing anew in a range of rich red hues and even giving off the same distinctive aroma (now known to be birch oil) that made them so famous and treasured centuries ago.



post #46937 of 48312
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Originally Posted by SteveH35 View Post

From my Instagram (@stevehallock). Gotta love platinum!


very nice.
post #46938 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

I don't think I ever had a Squadra on my wrist.

Stitchy had one that he really liked (but sold or traded it I think, when he got his RO) ... but I can't recall many of them being posted here.


For kicks, here's my Grande Reverso Ultra Thin:





Not yet engraved, but I think I will get a family monogram of some sort, eventually.

Or maybe gift it to my son, with something hyper-meaningful on there.

It's a lot of pressure (!) when I think about it. Took me months to pick the damn watch in the first place happy.gif

How in the world does anyone ever decide on a tattoo?!

who will you have do the engraving?
post #46939 of 48312
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Originally Posted by tifosi View Post

They wouldn't do the Galway in shell cause they couldn't do it with the bellows tongue. Maybe that boot isn't a bellows tongue, they figured it out or they are only being inconvenienced for those seven pairs.
alden makes shell shafts. what gives?
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Originally Posted by tricky View Post

Have to share my latest, and favourite strap. Pretty sure I'm never removing it!

Metta Catherina strap from @diaboliqstraps on IG - simply amazing.

The story.... In 1786, the Metta Catherina, a 100 ton Baltic brigantine, set sail from St. Petersburg with a full cargo of hemp and Russian leather bound for Genoa. When she encountered a storm on a dark December night, the captain ordered her into the safety of England's Plymouth Sound. The storm took a violent turn, though, and the ship was torn from its anchor. The crew survived, but the Metta Catherina and her cargo were lost, sinking more than 100 feet to the bottom of Plymouth Sound to rest in the silt and black mud for almost 200 years.

The Rediscovery

Centuries later, in 1973, a local diving club was exploring Plymouth Sound and happened upon a ship's bell on the ocean floor. After identifying it as part of the Metta Catherina, the complicated process of salvaging the sunken ship began. Not sure what they would find, or even what they were looking for, the divers worked to bring the ancient wreck to the surface piece by piece. They didn't know what they had, but as luck would have it, a young leather worker named Robin Snelson did. He introduced himself after overhearing one of the divers talking about the mysterious cargo in a Falmouth pub, and was later able to confirm that among the sunken treasure was indeed the lost Russian leather from 1786.

The hides were pulled up in bundles, and amazingly a remarkable number were found to be almost perfectly preserved, protected by a combination of water pressure and sediment – and miraculous good luck. Although early attempts at restoring the hides were disappointing, Snelson eventually perfected his technique, and the original beauty and magic reappeared almost flawlessly. The restored Metta Catherina hides were primarily reindeer, glowing anew in a range of rich red hues and even giving off the same distinctive aroma (now known to be birch oil) that made them so famous and treasured centuries ago.



beautiful strap. thank you for sharing that story. where did you get the strap from? any more available for purchase?
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beautiful strap. thank you for sharing that story. where did you get the strap from? any more available for purchase?

Thanks! Yup I think Joe has more of the leather.

Great guy...and the quality is top notch.
https://m.facebook.com/diaboliq.straps
http://diaboliqstraps.jimdo.com/
https://i.instagram.com/diaboliqstraps/

Edit - in the photo with all the straps they are from left to right
1-2 Diaboliq
3 Vintager (Micah)
4-5 Gunny
6 Random
Edited by tricky - 10/25/15 at 5:54pm
post #46942 of 48312
Monday blues antidote. Blue pants blue checkered blue dials.
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@Novelty77 - that's just brilliant.
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These guys seem to love A
post #46945 of 48312
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Monday blues antidote. Blue pants blue checkered blue dials.

Luv this watch, very nice sir!!!!

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Looks like somebody has a case of the Mondays. Well done!
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@ThinkDerm : I really haven't started researching engravers, tbh.

@ tricky: some great straps there...you've obviously had some fun collecting / switching them up. I had heard the story of the sunken hides before, but that really turned out great for you and your Panny.

And FWIW on the 1931, I personally prefer the sword hands look, paired with a brown strap (although not necessarily the one from CF).
post #46948 of 48312
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Originally Posted by Keith T View Post

And FWIW on the 1931, I personally prefer the sword hands look, paired with a brown strap (although not necessarily the one from CF).

Back in my Reverso-having days, Nomos cordovan was my go-to:



But the original brown alligator is a good way to go as well. Camille Fournet is the OEM supplier to Jaeger LeCoultre for that strap, and they'll do custom orders:





I hope it's getting worn more often by its new owner.
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Asking this again, but can anyone tell me the difference between the sword hands 1931 Reverso and the syringe hand version in terms of the lume on the hands and the hour markers?  Online pictures are tough to tell, but it looks as though the hour markers are the same color, but perhaps the syringe hand version is slightly darker.  Same for the hands, but I'm wondering if anyone knows this for sure.

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Originally Posted by BLAUGRANA View Post

Asking this again, but can anyone tell me the difference between the sword hands 1931 Reverso and the syringe hand version in terms of the lume on the hands and the hour markers?  Online pictures are tough to tell, but it looks as though the hour markers are the same color, but perhaps the syringe hand version is slightly darker.  Same for the hands, but I'm wondering if anyone knows this for sure.

The syringe hands and hour markers on the 1931 Limited Edition have a simulated patina to them. The production version of the 1931 does not. Replacement cordovan straps can be had from Fagliano for $500 + shipping to the US. If you get 2, they will waive shipping costs. The lead time is about 6 months.

Also, the font for "Reverso" is slightly different as well on the LE.
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