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Watchband for Submariner

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by JohnAndrew, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. JohnAndrew

    JohnAndrew Well-Known Member

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    I’ve got a mid eighties Submariner that I like to change the band on. I’ve already got a few Nato’s and a variety of sub $100 bands. I’m ready to upgrade to something a little nicer. Croc, shell cordovan, etc… Any thoughts? Also, where to purchase. Any pics of your watchbands and what you’ve done would be much appreciated.
     
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    Maybe just me, but I dont think a croc or shell band belongs anywhere near a Sub. Nato, if anything.
     
  3. scurvyfreedman

    scurvyfreedman Senior member

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    You can get a bespoke Camille Fournet band. I say bespoke even though it's really just customized. You pick you material, stitching, length etc. I think they also have RTW versions in lug sizes and lengths.

    I've seen some made up very nicely with sharkskin bands for diving watches. I had one on my Tudor Sub from the early 80s before I traded it. A very nice strap.

    I think Hirsch also has sharkskin as well as stingray.

    I've also seen croc made up with natural rubber underneath, although I think that's better for a pilot than a diver.

    I'd personally stick with one of the two fishes- shark or stingray. Much more appropriate for a diver. Or just natural rubber. Not synthetic.

    Here's a Camille Fournet sharkskin with natural rubber liner: http://www.watchstyle.com/pd-156003...earch2_EQ_M-Regular_AND_search3_EQ_Steel_AND_{EOL}&categoryId=5

    Eugene
     
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    cioni2k Senior member

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    Kind of agree about the Alligator/Croc on a Submariner.. But I have a Sirtoli Alligator watchband and I love it. Great company
     
  5. JohnAndrew

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    Which one and do you have any pics?
     
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    ^ those combos are interesting, particularly the lighter brown straps on a speedy.

    I like this racing strap posted in the watch porn thread. It's also on a speedy but I would be interested to see what it looks like on a sub or other diver.

    [ATTACHMENT=512]Speedy on OE racing strap.jpg (156k. jpg file)[/ATTACHMENT]
     
  8. DJackson

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    I really recommend an Omega metal mesh band. They are comfortable & very high quality. Look real good imo too. Yeah it's Omega branded on the clasp but who cares. Not dressy at all.. but dive watches aren't dressy anyways.

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    like this
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    You're definitely not alone on this. It's been tried and it never looks right. NATO/ZULU or metal is the only way to go.
     
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    Y'know I was on this thought too, but then this:



    And I must say the first one looks very nicely done... the second is kinda odd looking but neat nonetheless.
     
  13. JohnAndrew

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    Sometimes a little variety is nice. I’ve worn the watch daily for 26 years. A few years back, I noticed a fellow, wearing a Sub with a leather band and I was hooked. Every time I change the strap, it gives the watch a different look. Such as this casual band I had made by BJ straps:

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    By johnandrew at 2011-10-29

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    By johnandrew at 2011-11-04
     
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    anginaprinzmetal Senior member

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    I have to say that I actually like leather bands on dive/chrono watches. I have a Speedy that looks great with a Sartoli Croc in Honey.

    By the way that Sub with black croc and the one with the brownish/honey leather are really nice.
     
  15. JohnAndrew

    JohnAndrew Well-Known Member

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    Here's my newest from Jeanna at Stone Creek Straps:

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    By johnandrew at 2011-11-27

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    By johnandrew at 2011-11-27
     
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    Do you have a link to ABP? Thanks.
     
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    Anything other than an original band from Rolex will look absolutely ridiculous.
     
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    ^ :facepalm:
     
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    From my experimental days [​IMG]
     
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