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This seems pretty reasonable to me for a completely new watch model for which he would make a series of 1

I mean, I think it is a very fair price, especially considering that he would have to craft almost a completely new piece. I was saying rough more in regards to the fact that he would have to go to such lengths to make this new movement.
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Just imagine though - a series of 1!

IIRC a Lange 1 in SS sold at auction for more than what a new WG one would cost, and that was solely due to case material - not the movement!
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NOS 1980s Explorer I

Any (non-NATO) ideas for a strap replacement?

Wow, NOS? Great find, nice watch. I'd bite the bullet on the oyster bracelet (and change between that and a black RAF/NATO)...
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Thanks Kapp. Yeah it's NOS, total deadstock.

I'm thinking of a cordovan strap with contrast stitching. Any feedback or ideas?

Already have a similar blackface (IWC ref. 3741) on a dark brown buffalo leather strap, so am keen to avoid the dark brown strap-black face combo again.

Come on Greg, prove your WIS worth! You're always full of good ideas. wink.gif
Edited by apropos - 11/16/11 at 8:15pm
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Did you not get the OEM buckle when you purchased your watch? You can put it on the new strap. If you didn't and want one, you can purchase a buckle separately

I'm just leaving the OEM one on the original black croc strap. I will eventually go back to it if I ever find myself wearing black shoes somehow, someday. The logo-less bracelets don't really bother me, rather I just get mindblown when shopping for the replacement parts for some of these bracelets/bands and see the prices in things like clasps - I'm just glad it isn't gold and something I would need.
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NOS 1980s Explorer I

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Not sure I like the Jubilee bracelet; would much prefer the Oyster bracelet but TBH I find it difficult to stomach getting that at Rolex AD prices given IMO it's a technically/tactile-y inferior bracelet when compared to, say, the Speedmaster's bracelet.
Any (non-NATO) ideas for a strap replacement?


That's an awesome watch and one I've had to restrain myself from buying several times. You can look into sailcloth straps, maybe. I'm in the camp that doesn't think anything except for a bracelet or NATO should be anywhere near a Rolex sport watch.

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Thanks Kapp. Yeah it's NOS, total deadstock, and to boot from first year of production - 1989.
I'm thinking of a cordovan strap with contrast stitching. Any feedback or ideas?
Already have a similar blackface (IWC ref. 3741) on a dark brown buffalo leather strap, so am keen to avoid the dark brown strap-black face combo again.

Nice - along with the Omega Speedy Pro, the IWC 3741 is one of the few chronographs I'd ever consider.

I've never tried anything other than the oysterbracelet or a NATO on my sub so I guess I'm a little in the same camp as the poster above, but if you're keen on a leather strap for your Explorer, I personally would go with black or dark brown (horsey, calf or buffalo) with no contrast stitching.

I have a couple of brown ones with contrast stitching for my Luminor, but when I recently got a cordovan strap for my IWC Mk XV I felt something like that would be too casual and went with a dark brown with no contrast stitching instead - I'll try to get a pic of the combo soon. The mid brown (whiskey?) I saw at Leffot was gorgeous but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't pair as well as a dark brown with the black dial and type of watch...
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My daily wearer, Rolex DeepSea Sea Dweller, on a military Nato strap and Thomas Pink shirt

Very nice combo.
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Thanks Kapp. Yeah it's NOS, total deadstock.
I'm thinking of a cordovan strap with contrast stitching. Any feedback or ideas?
Already have a similar blackface (IWC ref. 3741) on a dark brown buffalo leather strap, so am keen to avoid the dark brown strap-black face combo again.
Come on Greg, prove your WIS worth! You're always full of good ideas. wink.gif

I'd go with a small perforation racing strap in black calf for casual looks, and a honey alligator (or faux croc) or cognac cordovan strap for business casual. I agree with the contrasting stitch. I don't think there's any way or need to fully dress up this watch - doesn't really jibe with the face/design IMO
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i tried a light brown hirsch sheep with my explorer 1, looked pretty good i thought.
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Thanks Greg.

Kap, you may be pleased to know I've picked up a Bond Zulu too... shog[1].gif
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