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The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. in stitches

    in stitches Well-Known Member

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    oh, i was just saying that a tool is what should be used. as opposed to jamming a flat piece of metal in there and using leverage. it can be done, but its not super safe. i did not realize you had a tool. my bad. apologies.
     
  2. Mr. Moo

    Mr. Moo Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  3. dddrees

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    I don't have any actual experience with them, however I saw a post on another forum where they purchased a Horween Cordovan strap for their Speedy Pro. They said they liked them. Not sure where they got it from, but it can't be that much different because it comes from the same source.


    Check here:

    http://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=277197
     
  4. Kaplan

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    I have one, and while the leather is fine I'm not particular impressed with the stitching

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    - 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.
     
  5. dddrees

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    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.
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  8. no frills

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    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:


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    I obviously agree on the stitching, but I didn't mind that my 19mm tappered to 16, as it allowed me to pick up

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    (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:

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    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.
     
  11. apropos

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    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:
     
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  12. no frills

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    Quote:Whew! Glad this worked out well in the end!
     
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    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

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

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    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.
     
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  15. dddrees

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    Nice looking example. Thanks for posting.


    I wouldn't get a quartz though.
     
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    I would have been hella-nervous over that. Sounds like a good resolution for you.

    Great watch, man. Enjoy it.
     
  17. Mr. Moo

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    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:

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    It doesn't seem that Leffot's straps garner 100% favorable reviews... so I am hoping there are other suggestions!
     
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  18. Hayward

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    Some of may have noticed that I tried a Speedmaster a while back.

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    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.
     
  19. dddrees

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    If the inscription is a turn off, maybe then the movement would make up for that.
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  20. no frills

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    Quote:Dan, I love these pics of the Speedy Pro's display back. Thanks for sharing!
     
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