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A nice watch with a brown strap

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bouji, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. Bouji

    Bouji Senior member

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    I need a watch with a brown strap to go with my brown leather goods; perhaps yellow gold.

    I have other more expensive watches, none of which with a brown strap. However with this I don't want to spend more than 3-5 thousand pounds.

    I quite like the below, I belive that Duhilll did make a similar watch with a different face, it had a small wheel on the side; but I could not find it.


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  2. Tomasso

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  3. Bouji

    Bouji Senior member

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    A good idea, but I don't want to put 3rd party straps on my watches, because they are relatively expensive.
    Could you elaborate?
     
  5. Bouji

    Bouji Senior member

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    Could you elaborate?
    I feel having a 3rd party strap on a watch like a Patek or Vacheron is not going to do it justice.
     
  6. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Order a nice band from Patek and Vacheron in the brown leather you like or bespoke leather maker do you custom ones. Get a tool for changing bands or have your jeweler do it for you.
     
  7. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There are much, much nicer bands around than those used by Patek or Vacheron.
     
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    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    There's also the issue of the strap in question going well with the watch. I suggested a Lange 1815 Manual wind which should work well.
     
  9. Bouji

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    There's also the issue of the strap in question going well with the watch. I suggested a Lange 1815 Manual wind which should work well.
    Exactly, and having one watch with two straps is not that versatile.
     
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    Exactly, and having one watch with two straps is not that versatile.

    Interesting. And I would have thought the opposite.
     
  11. Thurston

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    but a simple dress watch in rose gold that is similar to the Lange 1815 would be the discontinued IWC 3531 Small Portuguese. It is 35mm diameter and runs about US$4500-US$5000.

    I have a few fine watches myself and always prefer OEM straps, but there are aftermarket straps that exceed the originals' quality. Some collectors always put aftermarket straps on in order to save the originals in like-new condition. If you are at all proficient, strap changing can be reduced to a 3 minute procedure.

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    There are much, much nicer bands around than those used by Patek or Vacheron.
    Yes. One more thing: Leatherstraps are basically consumables. They eventually get worn out, no matter who the mfg is. Unless we are talking metal, kevlar et.c.
     
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    I used to have a Vacheron from the 1940s that looked quite nice with a brown strap: [​IMG]
     
  14. Bouji

    Bouji Senior member

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    I used to have a Vacheron from the 1940s that looked quite nice with a brown strap:

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    That's wonderful, do you still have it?
     
  15. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    but a simple dress watch in rose gold that is similar to the Lange 1815 would be the discontinued IWC 3531 Small Portuguese. It is 35mm diameter and runs about US$4500-US$5000.

    Hmm the watch you posted was a Lange 1, not a Lange 1815.

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  16. Bouji

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    Thurston, I like the A Lang & Sohe and the last IWC you posted.

    Regardless of quality - I just would not fit a non-OEM strap.

    Even 3 mins. sounds too long.
     
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    That's wonderful, do you still have it?
    No, I sold it because I wanted another watch, which turned out to have been sold since, unfortunately.
     
  18. Bouji

    Bouji Senior member

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    Yes.

    One more thing: Leatherstraps are basically consumables. They eventually get worn out, no matter who the mfg is. Unless we are talking metal, kevlar et.c.

    Just because it gets worn out is hardly good logic to say you should not buy an original. Take this analogy, would you not prefer to have Borelli buttons on your Borelli suit, or would you sew on the fanciest amethyst buttons set with diamonds?
     
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    Breguet makes some of the best looking brown straps in the business (use La Tradition as a reference), but you can indeed have better quality, very custom bands made by ABP in Paris. If you'd like, I can dig up a photo of one I had made for a Breguet Marine.
     
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    No, I sold it because I wanted another watch, which turned out to have been sold since, unfortunately.
    I would have bought it.
     

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