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Watch straps

Avebury

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I'm after a decent quality full leather watch strap in red. Any suggestions? I bought a HIRSH one recently and it was just s**t . I suspect the top coating was made of plastic, not leather. It split at the stress point, where I closed the buckle, and the edges rubbed black. The jewellers refunded my money (£20). They told me "they usually last a year". Quality? I think not. Don't know the name of the model, but looked a bit like the pic, but without the bevelled edge. I'm basically after one piece of leather, or two pieces stictched together, no top coat or finish.

 

aleeboy

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The only leather straps I've tried are alligators from lone star watches. They are very nice and similar to the OEMs that come with the luxury brands.

Also, I've had a couple from HK Tan.
 

pinchi22

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I´ve had good luck with replacment straps through "Walt" on the B&S forum at Timezone. He stocks various brands.
 

Enfant

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There are two levels of Hirsch, the higher quality artisanal, and the lesser ones. Even with two pieces of level stitched together, that design technique itself does not guarantee a higher quality.

The other brands suggested are good options too.

Walt is a good fellow to deal with.
 

518aata

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I've bought quite a few Hirsch Artisanal crocodile and alligator straps from the eBay and Blujay seller Rustwatch. The quality is very high, comparable to the custom straps I used to have made by Flemings, but at a fraction of the cost. The bands have held up very well, lasting a year or more, and Mr. Rust's prices and service are outstanding.
 

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