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Poor man's watch thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SirGrotius, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. Jazzmenco

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    What are some good places to get decently priced replacement straps for watches that cost less than $500?
     
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    Do you mean straps that cost less than $500 or straps for watches where the watches cost less than $500? If it's the former, I think you're looking in the wrong spots! :rotflmao: I crack myself up!

    My go to choice for inexpensive straps is cheapestnatostraps.com - they have a pretty wide selection of NATOs, Zulus, two pieces, perlon, etc. They ship from Sweden and arrive pretty quickly in the U.S. and the prices are hard to beat.

    I've got a couple of straps from ToxicNATOs and Maratac and they are pretty nice as well. They are a couple dollars more expensive than cheapestnatostraps but they are definitely a bit heavier duty with a little bit nicer hardware. FWIW, Maratac seems to be the go to manufacturer for quite a few of the boutique brands that ship on a NATO.

    If you are looking for a rubber strap for a dive watch, I'm a big advocate of Isofrane. They are more expensive but they are super comfortable. You can occasionally find people selling new ones on eBay for a few dollars less than retail and if you don't mind used, you can sometimes find them for maybe $20 or $30 off (check out WatchRecon).
     
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    I like cola reb for vintage/rugged straps to throw on a dive watch. Crafter Blue is good for a Seiko rubber strap. There are also inexpensive Hirsch options as well.
     
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    Not much patina - do you maintain it, or is it relatively new/unworn? How bulky does it wear?
     
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    20170518_065254.jpg Jeanrichard can be had for under $1K if you watch for the Jomas Shop flash sales!
     
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    20170518_185108.jpg It has been worn less than 10 times. It doesn't wear bulky at all. Not too thick... one of my current favorites.
     
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    I just purchased one of these a few weeks ago and it is amazing how bright it is in total darkness. You can't tell that from these pictures, but here are a couple more of mine. IMG_7551.JPG IMG_7552.JPG
     
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    Looking for a leather strap for my new SARB033. Thinking perhaps a black shell cordovan strap from Fluco. If so, should I go with flat or padded?
     
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    Any Deep Blue owners? I've just discovered the ridiculous depth ones, the original Master 2000 caught my eye in particular...

    Today I put my Baby Tuna on a ballistic nylon strap salvaged from a G-shock. It solved many issues I had with the bracelet when using the tuna as a summer beater: weight (this halved it; still substantial but not much more so than a G-shock), catching hair in between the links, scratching everything I rest my arm on, and the bracelet itself getting scratched, getting a precise wrist fit vs living with the gap between links, raising the massive chunk of metal a bit so my arm and wrist can move around without it getting in the way, and isolating my skin from metal in the heat with 100% humidity. I also think it looks good - black strap, black dial, both sort of mat. Tempted to take it sailing this weekend...
     
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    Pretty happy with my modified Seiko 5 that arrived from Yobokies today. Omega Railmaster homage.

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