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. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    I don't know who did the OEM straps for IWC back in 2004-2005, but I still have my black alligator one and it shows virtually no wear. Much softer and better finished than the ABP one I later got. Nice big scales. The dye obviously goes deep, deep into the hide, as the space between scales is as black as the scales themselves. ABP alligator feels like plastic.

    The Fournet ones I've handled seemed really top notch to me, though. So maybe my standards are just lower.
     
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    I am excited to see what my Ostrich strap from CF looks like. I will let y'all know how fast the turn around is.

    I have been extremely pleased with the JLC OEM straps that I have received so far.

    ABP seems like the only maker with such an absurd amount of hides though. I am a sucker for suede or nubuck gator, and would love to pick one up at some time.
     
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    It lookes like Camille is cheaper and apparently better quality than ABP. I think I will go with Camille.
     
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    If Fournet is cheaper than ABP now, that must have changed some time over the past few years. ABP used to be the "budget" French strap maker. Maybe they've succeeded in building more of a brand for themselves through their internet presence.
     
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    pictures, of course, will be expected.
     
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    I've been very impressed with the quality of the CF straps that I have owned, and with the durability of quality croc straps in general.
     
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    I quickly priced matte gator/square scales straps from both, and CF was 170 Euro, and ABP was 225 Euro.
     
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    Wow...that must have been a very sobering moment!
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    Wow...very surprised. CF was always more expensive than ABP, at least until recently.
     
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    not a huge fran fave, but i think its neat. getting this ready for sale. click for bigger.

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    CF prices increase if you get certain specifications, i.e. waxed edges, hand stitching, etc. I went whole hog on mine :nodding:
     
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    Ain't nothing wrong with Girard Perregaux. I'd be all over their Vintage 1960 Chrono:

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    photo from TZ-UK

    That watch is no joke; I can't think of any other chrono I'd rather have for the price.
     
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    I like both of those GPs.
     
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    You are right. 170 Euro is the bare-bones model. I shot an emailed to CF, so we'll see where this goes.
     
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    Agree. All the OEM straps from IWC have been great. Although they come at a steep price (325-350) for BP calf strap, they really are great quality. Not that you can't hunt them down at a bargain on eBay, TZ etc.

    Ill say the same of the Panerai OEM stuff. Pretty damn good quality IMO but very steep if you're going to buy new from an AD. Thankfully they're easy enough to find from private sellers.

    Would be interested in seeing how much IWC's Santoni straps are going for and how the experiences from owners have been.

     
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    that is a cool watch.

    dont get me wrong, i have no beef with GP, they just dont get a lot of love. they are kind of a tweener brand around here.


    well, whats not to like? :)
     
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