Well not as early as 2004 I believe when the 'named' Pam 195 came out .....but more recently this ...........the Pam 360
:-) - Serious watch porn - Congrats on the 195.
Love it! I have been waiting to see this ever since you said you bought it. The wait musta been excruciating, but you need still need to show us the beautiful caseback!
Still think the 1931 TTR shoulda won but I'm sure thats no surprise
Nice one KN, Incredible watch (not seen this colour variant). I was lucky enough to see this movement in Geneva almost two years ago with the Gronefields in development :-) Great engineering and totally understand why its won some many awards - clear winner.
Congrats Bhall lovely watch and great to see Zenith return to their roots - the engine that powered some classics!
Apropos $140 is inexpensive by most standards - Panerai Calfskins start at about €150 maybe more - average strap €220 -250 - with the super cool historic Pre A's $1500 plus!
Even APRO new straps are $/euros 500 plus.
You are editing as I reply.
Most 'Vintage Ammo's' are simple in design (historic) and simple in construction. A 'Kev's' Ammo's for example sell for $350+
But a good (well made) strap can just make a watch 'pop' like a Sub on a Nato or Pam on a vintage.
Not sure we have a choice re the major high end brands, re strap costs - their new Straps at Service (replacement) are easily $500 plus (AP/PP/VC) etc - maybe more! Thats just what they cost and mostly last years.
Panerai OEM's are actually cheap by comparison :-) apart from the collectable Pre A's (like most things rare and sort after) they have their price.