Originally Posted by sysdoc
These are some really nice pictures of the original Big Pilot, gdl. How come that you didn't just change the strap, but the folding clasp as well? I prefer the folding buckles, as they make sure the watch won't drop by accident when you put it on or take it off.
Originally Posted by Thurston
Changing the strap is key on the Big Pilot. It's design sucks. The short end is way too short and the 18mm buckle is very questionable. I'm sure that's why gdl didn't use it - the 18mm size. He appears to have a 22x22 Panerai style strap on it now.
sysdoc - although I find the BigP's buckle beautiful in and of itself, there are a couple of issues with it that led me to change it right away for a thick Panerai style strap: (1) as Thurston noted, it tapers too much - the watch is big and heavy and an 18mm buckle is just too small for such a heavy watch IMO - the balance on the wrist is off ; (2) I tend to generally prefer tongue buckles - I think they allow more flexibility to the fit on the wrist. Some folding clasps (e.g. the BigP one) have a curved shape that doesn't fit my wrist very well - some people turn the clasp around to solve this kind of issues but it doesn't always work. I also have never had a problem dropping a watch and tend to be pretty careful so I don't see that as a compelling argument for deployants.
The strap shown is a Dirk (pre-Vendome style) strap and it comes with a pre-V style buckle sewn in.
I actually think the BigP would have been better off with a 24mm lug space and a 24/24 untapered strap but I can't change the lug space