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post #18406 of 31014
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post

Guys, any recommendations for a shell cordovan strap for my Omega Speedy Pro? Are the straps the Leffot sells any good? I prefer simple/minimal looking straps without any unnecessary stitching details, etc.

I have one, and while the leather is fine I'm not particular impressed with the stitching
Pics (Click to show)
avivY.jpg

VxI5K.jpg

- I think the stitches are too large for a strap of this width and thinness. Stitches of this size may be fine for a chunkier Panerai style strap, but then I think the thread needs to be thicker.

What do you mean by 'unnecessary stitching details'? For me, the straps that best suit a Speedy are the 'classicaly' stitched ones, regardless of leather type. But then I don't like leather NATOs and the like, so YMMV.
post #18407 of 31014

Another option of course would be to get an OEM strap and deployant clasp. I did this when I intially got my watch, I think it cost about $400 if I'm not mistaken.


Edited by dddrees - 2/25/13 at 9:16pm
post #18408 of 31014
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Originally Posted by notwithit View Post

Sorry if this is the wrong thread, but I'm hoping someone can help me out with a question:

I want to swap out the watch strap that came with my Seiko 5 for a NATO strap. I'm having trouble removing the springbars, however. I've tried depressing them with my fingernail, and I've tried using the tip of a screwdriver from an eyeglasses repair kit, but I can't get them to pop out.

Any suggestions? Or do I need to take this to a jeweler to get them cut and replaced?

If it helps, it's this model: http://www.amazon.com/Seiko-SNK807-Automatic-Canvas-Strap/dp/B006CHML4I

A useful trick which not many know about is to use dental floss to remove springbars. Works for all shouldered springbars in addition to the flanged ones. You just thread the floss under and back up and make a loop. Then you pull the loop down diagonally in such a way that the floss catches on the springbar and the springbar pops out.

ddrees, I'm sorry, but the OEM deployant from Omega is IMO not worth the $400... and I say $400 because the OEM Omega leather straps are worthless IMO.

One would be much better off going with a deployant from a maker like RHD or Hirsch and getting a custom made super high quality strap.

The Leffot lined straps are terrible because of their incredibly ugly stitching, but their unlined straps are nice. Do note though that the Leffot 20mm strap tapers quite noticeably (and unattractively/inexplicably) to 16mm.
post #18409 of 31014
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post


A useful trick which not many know about is to use dental floss to remove springbars. Works for all shouldered springbars in addition to the flanged ones. You just thread the floss under and back up and make a loop. Then you pull the loop down diagonally in such a way that the floss catches on the springbar and the springbar pops out.

ddrees, I'm sorry, but the OEM deployant from Omega is IMO not worth the $400... and I say $400 because the OEM Omega leather straps are worthless IMO.

One would be much better off going with a deployant from a maker like RHD or Hirsch and getting a custom made super high quality strap.

The Leffot lined straps are terrible because of their incredibly ugly stitching, but their unlined straps are nice. Do note though that the Leffot 20mm strap tapers quite noticeably (and unattractively/inexplicably) to 16mm.

You might be right, but it did make it easier for me however when initially buying the watch. It was an all in one package deal.

post #18410 of 31014
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

The Leffot lined straps are terrible because of their incredibly ugly stitching, but their unlined straps are nice. Do note though that the Leffot 20mm strap tapers quite noticeably (and unattractively/inexplicably) to 16mm.


Good info here. I think the straps from Leffot do come in slightly different sizes, but unsure about the range in variation.

 

There are other, non-watch-related items that tempt me sorely whenever I am at Leffot...

 

On topic, taking the G&Gs for a spin yesterday along with the 3970:

 

 

post #18411 of 31014
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

The Leffot lined straps are terrible because of their incredibly ugly stitching, but their unlined straps are nice. Do note though that the Leffot 20mm strap tapers quite noticeably (and unattractively/inexplicably) to 16mm.
I obviously agree on the stitching, but I didn't mind that my 19mm tappered to 16, as it allowed me to pick up
this buckle (Click to show)
X3h24.jpg
(the Mk XV comes on a deployant).

Btw, also found a pic of the Leffot strap showing the Horween stamp and the buckle that comes with it:

pQ5HG.jpg
post #18412 of 31014
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Originally Posted by no frills View Post


Good info here. I think the straps from Leffot do come in slightly different sizes, but unsure about the range in variation.

 

There are other, non-watch-related items that tempt me sorely whenever I am at Leffot...

 

On topic, taking the G&Gs for a spin yesterday along with the 3970:

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 


Though the styling isn't for me, I'm really digging the color. And I'm extremely pleased to see you are putting the watch to good use.

post #18413 of 31014
Not sure if you guys are on other watch forums, but if you do you may have worked out that there was a bit of a fly in the ointment with my Rouge - the guarantee card came with a non-matching serial number, which in a nutshell is a really really really bad thing.

My initial exchange with the seller over this matter was a little confusing as he tried (in vain) to reassure me that all was well - he thought I was referring to the catalogue reference number, which is never the same as the casing reference number.

You see, JLC engraves case reference numbers on the back of their watches (format XXX.XX.XX), which are not the same as the reference numbers you find in their catalogues for the exact same model (format XXXXXXX). They record the catalogue reference number in their guarantee cards.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, the original retailing boutique was contacted and after some checking they agreed that apparently a mistake was made somewhere by them. They are re-issuing a correct guarantee card for my watch as I type this.

See, a hitherto unforeseen benefit to purchasing boutique-only models with are tracked a lot better by the manufacture! I can only imagine how I would be SOL had this been a watch originally purchased from an AD... eek.gif
post #18414 of 31014
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

Not sure if you guys are on other watch forums, but if you do you may have worked out that there was a bit of a fly in the ointment with my Rouge - the guarantee card came with a non-matching serial number, which in a nutshell is a really really really bad thing.

My initial exchange with the seller over this matter was a little confusing as he tried (in vain) to reassure me that all was well - he thought I was referring to the catalogue reference number, which is never the same as the casing reference number.

You see, JLC engraves case reference numbers on the back of their watches (format XXX.XX.XX), which are not the same as the reference numbers you find in their catalogues for the exact same model (format XXXXXXX). They record the catalogue reference number in their guarantee cards.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, the original retailing boutique was contacted and after some checking they agreed that apparently a mistake was made somewhere by them. They are re-issuing a correct guarantee card for my watch as I type this.

See, a hitherto unforeseen benefit to purchasing boutique-only models with are tracked a lot better by the manufacture! I can only imagine how I would be SOL had this been a watch originally purchased from an AD... eek.gif

 

Whew! Glad this worked out well in the end!
post #18415 of 31014
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Originally Posted by dddrees View Post

I know it used to be a practice of a number of manufactures to do this with watches, but I'm not sure if Patek ever did this or not.

I'm pretty sure they manufactured for Tiffany, and you would find the name Tiffany on the watch.

However I'm not sure if you would find any without the name Patek as well on the watch.

I think you are right in this, most of the Patek for Tiffany's watches I've seen have both companies names on the faces so i don't think the watch in question is a Patek. I know Tiffany's uses other makers as well






The last one is their anniversary model they made for their NYC store.
post #18416 of 31014
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Originally Posted by apropos View Post

Not sure if you guys are on other watch forums, but if you do you may have worked out that there was a bit of a fly in the ointment with my Rouge - the guarantee card came with a non-matching serial number, which in a nutshell is a really really really bad thing.

My initial exchange with the seller over this matter was a little confusing as he tried (in vain) to reassure me that all was well - he thought I was referring to the catalogue reference number, which is never the same as the casing reference number.

You see, JLC engraves case reference numbers on the back of their watches (format XXX.XX.XX), which are not the same as the reference numbers you find in their catalogues for the exact same model (format XXXXXXX). They record the catalogue reference number in their guarantee cards.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, the original retailing boutique was contacted and after some checking they agreed that apparently a mistake was made somewhere by them. They are re-issuing a correct guarantee card for my watch as I type this.

See, a hitherto unforeseen benefit to purchasing boutique-only models with are tracked a lot better by the manufacture! I can only imagine how I would be SOL had this been a watch originally purchased from an AD... eek.gif

Glad to hear you were able to get it fixed. I had a similar experience with a Rolex, but I was able to get it sorted out as well.  Always best  to verify this info when you first get the watch though.


Edited by dddrees - 2/26/13 at 7:36am
post #18417 of 31014
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Originally Posted by jeff13007 View Post


I think you are right in this, most of the Patek for Tiffany's watches I've seen have both companies names on the faces so i don't think the watch in question is a Patek. I know Tiffany's uses other makers as well






The last one is their anniversary model they made for their NYC store.

Nice looking example. Thanks for posting.

 

 

I wouldn't get a quartz though.

post #18418 of 31014
Quote:
Originally Posted by apropos View Post

Not sure if you guys are on other watch forums, but if you do you may have worked out that there was a bit of a fly in the ointment with my Rouge - the guarantee card came with a non-matching serial number, which in a nutshell is a really really really bad thing.

My initial exchange with the seller over this matter was a little confusing as he tried (in vain) to reassure me that all was well - he thought I was referring to the catalogue reference number, which is never the same as the casing reference number.

You see, JLC engraves case reference numbers on the back of their watches (format XXX.XX.XX), which are not the same as the reference numbers you find in their catalogues for the exact same model (format XXXXXXX). They record the catalogue reference number in their guarantee cards.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, the original retailing boutique was contacted and after some checking they agreed that apparently a mistake was made somewhere by them. They are re-issuing a correct guarantee card for my watch as I type this.

See, a hitherto unforeseen benefit to purchasing boutique-only models with are tracked a lot better by the manufacture! I can only imagine how I would be SOL had this been a watch originally purchased from an AD... eek.gif

I would have been hella-nervous over that. Sounds like a good resolution for you.

Great watch, man. Enjoy it.
post #18419 of 31014
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Originally Posted by Kaplan View Post

I have one, and while the leather is fine I'm not particular impressed with the stitching
Pics (Click to show)
avivY.jpg

VxI5K.jpg

- I think the stitches are too large for a strap of this width and thinness. Stitches of this size may be fine for a chunkier Panerai style strap, but then I think the thread needs to be thicker.

What do you mean by 'unnecessary stitching details'? For me, the straps that best suit a Speedy are the 'classicaly' stitched ones, regardless of leather type. But then I don't like leather NATOs and the like, so YMMV.

Thanks everyone for the help and suggestions. Keep them coming!

Kap - by unnecessary stitching details, I mean that I don't like contrast stitching (for this application) and would even prefer none/minimal stitching (this means that the strap would have to be unlined). Like so, from Leffot:

?350,240,0,100,100,-887951674

It doesn't seem that Leffot's straps garner 100% favorable reviews... so I am hoping there are other suggestions!
post #18420 of 31014
Some of may have noticed that I tried a Speedmaster a while back.



This turned out to be a failure. Omega strap a bit skimpy, arrow hands make subdials unreadable at certain times, and the movement kept dying. Fortunately the seller stood up and took it back.

I would still like a Speedy, this time a professional, but am rather turned off by the inscription on the case back.
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