Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.
Go for a tan or honey coloured ostrich strap, it will look great and will only look better with time. Another option is a grained leather, e.g. buffalo or even pebblegrain calf.
Another nice alternative if you're in a more iconoclastic mood is grey. I've seen matte grey croc (I know, I know, CITES...) get combined very well with silverface watches.
Does Indian customs really open packages to check?
Talk to Luk-cha. He will sort you out. Here's his leather goods blog.
My daily wearer, Rolex DeepSea Sea Dweller, on a military Nato strap and Thomas Pink shirt
surely there's more than one JLC retailer in all of India? If not, you could arrange to have the band switched when you go overseas on a trip and then wear it when you come back.
I had some cheap calfskin band on my watch and while it was intended to be temporary and it cost that much, it was ugly as hell and I should've not even spent the $20 or whatever it cost. I just replaced it last week with some real crocodile and it's so satisfying, and while it's some third party French brand and doesn't have the little JLC stamp on the buckle, I'm happy with it, cost me about $200.
Perhaps toadskin would pass customs regulations - toadskins are only worth about $1-2 in the finished hide, which is obviously quite a bit less than what it costs to acquire a nice crocodile hide.... and you know what? I kinda like toadskin bands on dress watches, they're kinda elegant in colors like grey or sage.
Thanks for your comments. Will check them out.
I don't expect Indian customs to open anything but assume that whoever ships croc internationally will mention it quite clearly on the package to avoid hassle at his end. Its also not about the duty but if it turns out import of banned material carries other penal action, I am screwed. Who wants to take on the bureaucracy over a strap.
Some time, when shah toosh was banned, high society parties were raided and the shawls were seized from the ladies and summons and warrants issued.
OTOH, zegna sells croc shoes, all Swiss watches come with croc straps and LV will take orders for croc stuff.
They must have got an exemption or something like that.
I have tried ABP straps and find them quite good if pricey. I can easily order through them ibut for the cites issue. Wonder if lizard is covered under cites
Some are. I would be more concerned about the poor durability (IME) of lizard. Gets old-looking quickly if scales get lifted off.
It took a while, but I got a response from Dirk and I think this idea is a little out of my price range.
Ouch, that is definitely rough. Understandable, but rough. Hopefully this inspires him to add this model to his collection
NOS early 1990s Explorer I
Not sure I like the Jubilee bracelet; would much prefer the Oyster bracelet but TBH I find it difficult to stomach getting that at Rolex AD prices given IMO it's a technically/tactile-y inferior bracelet when compared to, say, the Speedmaster's bracelet.
Any (non-NATO) ideas for a strap replacement?
Did you not get the OEM buckle when you purchased your watch? You can put it on the new strap. If you didn't and want one, you can purchase a buckle separately
This seems pretty reasonable to me for a completely new watch model for which he would make a series of 1
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