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    Custom-made watch straps

    Here are a few suppliers of custom watch straps who won't break the bank.

    http://www.abp-paris.com/

    http://www.jean-rousseau.com/

    http://www.camillefournet.com/home.php3

    http://www.banda.com/

    Eddie
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    :lol: :lol: :twisted:
    My wife's going to hate you for supplying those links Eddie.
    Some really esoteric ideas in some of those.......... Ostrich Shin or Emu Leg anyone :D

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    My latest acquisition came with an Ostrich Shin strap from APB.
    I'm very impressed with the quality - I will get round to posting some pics.

    Thanks for the links Eddie.

    Cheers,

    Nigel

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    Any ideas where you can get a strap for a fixed lug watch, that's curved fixed lugs!

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    Thanks for the links Eddie. I just tried the Banda link to order a custom strap and got in a right muddle trying to send special instructions using their matrix so abandoned it . Also found the options rather confusing . Then tried the Jean-Rousseau site and the matrix was much easier and user friendly .

    Cheers

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    Re:

    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffD
    :lol: :lol: :twisted:
    My wife's going to hate you for supplying those links Eddie.
    Some really esoteric ideas in some of those.......... Ostrich Shin or Emu Leg anyone :D
    Did you notice the TOAD FROG PERCH DOGFISH & SALMON skins on offer ... http://www.abp-paris.com/leather_watchstraps.html ??

    Cheers

    dunk
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    Eddie,

    Any chance of adding Carl (gasgasbones) to your list ?

    His straps are expertly made, truly unique and really well priced.

    . . . and he's a thoroughly nice bloke.

    He's been working on one for me for my 50 and been absolutely brilliant.

    Worth an ask.

    Cheers,
    Martin.

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Quote Originally Posted by Mean_Go_Getter
    Eddie,

    Any chance of adding Carl (gasgasbones) to your list ?

    His straps are expertly made, truly unique and really well priced.

    . . . and he's a thoroughly nice bloke.

    He's been working on one for me for my 50 and been absolutely brilliant.

    Worth an ask.

    Cheers,
    Martin.
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    Have 2 & an excellent chap to deal with...
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    "Toshi" seems to do a good strap, no personal experience yet...
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    Take it easy...
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    Jim...
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    ​Jim.

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Have had a couple from Carl & one from Toshi. All the straps are works of art, as well as affordable!
    /vince ..


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    Carl's my man!................................








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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Can just repeat what has been said already. The straps from Rich/ Toshi and Carl/ Gasgasbones are just amazing and great value:

    Toshi-straps:



    Gasgasbones strap:


    all the best

    Jan

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    I got mine from Rich/Toshi, brilliant strap!

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Here is one my saddle maker made for me, it was copied off a WWII Biographical Paratrooper that I have, but they were made for the USAAF.

    Click on links to enlarge…


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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    I must say that I am not a fan of putting Panny-style buckles on all and sundry watches but Pannies.
    Cheers,

    Martin ("Crusader")


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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    I've had a few from ABP:






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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Quote Originally Posted by Crusader
    I must say that I am not a fan of putting Panny-style buckles on all and sundry watches but Pannies.
    I am partly with you on that. I don't even like them (fishtails) on Pannies.

    john

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Where watch buckles go, bigger, is definitely not not always better.
    Clearance from the strap is important especially for larger buckles in regard to comfort and 'harmony' (give of the strap, but without the jab of a corner of edge of a buckle).

    Best wishes,
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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Re fishtails.I recently handled a watch on a rather thick, wide strap, one of Toshis creations. A very well made strap, but the fishtail buckle it had attached was simply enormous and not something I could ever contemplate owning.

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Hi all, new to this site & enjoying reading up on everything.

    Not only do I own a number of straps from the manufacturers of the watches I own, but I also make my own known as JPHstraps

    Here are a few of my 100% handmade straps;

    24mm-26mm honey brown calf leather, no stitch.


    26mm black calf leather, 'twin stitch' black/orange thread.


    22mm black calf leather, 'twin stitch' black/blue thread.


    22mm browm small grain cow leather 'twin stitch' brown/natural thread


    See you in the forum....... :wink:

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    Just completed some swiss ammo straps have a look hope you like it.
    Cheers
    Ant






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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Hi
    I collect vintage watches and if I want to have nice straps I need a fortune!
    I want to made my "own straps" but in Romania I don't find "raw materials" like exotic leather (croco, lizzard, python, shark), good buckles & deployants at good price. If you can give me some links, adress, advice, knowledges, etc. I will be gratefull.
    Thank you
    Constantin

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Hi,

    Would anyone know where I can get a custom strap for a Bell & Ross BR03-92?

    I'm looking for something, black with Orange stitching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbird
    Hi,

    Would anyone know where I can get a custom strap for a Bell & Ross BR03-92?

    I'm looking for something, black with Orange stitching.

    go to this link, theres a bell & ross on there, im sure the stiching u wanted shouldnt be a problem

    http://www.abp-paris.com/watchbands_cre ... d=7&&cid=2

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Just what I was looking for, thank you.

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Quote Originally Posted by blackbird
    Hi,

    Would anyone know where I can get a custom strap for a Bell & Ross BR03-92?

    I'm looking for something, black with Orange stitching.
    Try Toshi on this very forum! He's good (and his prices are reasonable).

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    I've had a couple of trench straps from this chap with pleasing results.

    http://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/





    Also have a 2nd hand Toshi which is superb.
    Last edited by Carlton-Browne; 7th May 2015 at 22:57.

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    Hi,this is my first post here. I found this forum through a B&R forum. Just want to share a few photos of a strap I just made during the weekend for a fellow from France. It is a carbon fiber strap for BR03. I am surprised how it turns out. I think it looks really cool. Comments welcome.




    Thanks for looking.

    Regards,

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Quote Originally Posted by khw-x
    Hi,this is my first post here. I found this forum through a B&R forum. Just want to share a few photos of a strap I just made during the weekend for a fellow from France. It is a carbon fiber strap for BR03. I am surprised how it turns out. I think it looks really cool. Comments welcome.




    Thanks for looking.

    Regards,
    This could also be your last post here, I'm surprised you joined just to promote your own straps which if you had read the forum first, you would know is not allowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khw-x
    Hi,this is my first post here.
    It may well be your last.

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    I just recieved a strap ordered from paul ( orb straps ) 6mm thick black leather white stitch with spartan buckle , best strap i have ever owned highly recommended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gobo
    I just recieved a strap ordered from paul ( orb straps ) 6mm thick black leather white stitch with spartan buckle , best strap i have ever owned highly recommended.
    I have one of these straps and i agree they are good

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne
    I've had a couple of trench straps from this chap with pleasing results.

    http://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/





    Also have a 2nd hand Toshi which is superb.

    Thanks - just what I'd be looking for! Thanks again! :bounce: :bounce:

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    As a follow up to a post in the general watch forum about Omega deployants, I've had a few very affordable straps made by Inspire Workshop.

    I wanted some made for mine and the missus watches - they are custom made and a very good price. Lots of choice, and good customer service.









    The last one is for the Breitling Ocean Racer deployant - looks and feels very nice, but could maybe do with being a little thicker.

    Cheers

    Ash

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Hi I am looking for a leather strap for a p011 porsche design watch. I would need to be 24 tapers to 20 or 18 with a recess of 2mm each side (BR01 style).
    Any ideas ?

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    hi, I'm coming from a french forum, and there's something interesting to know if you wanna buy at A.B.P or Jean Rousseau: when paying, enter the code "FORUMAMONTRES" and you'll get 10% off .

    Hope it help's...

    Guardala.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshUK
    As a follow up to a post in the general watch forum about Omega deployants, I've had a few very affordable straps made by Inspire Workshop.

    I wanted some made for mine and the missus watches - they are custom made and a very good price. Lots of choice, and good customer service.









    The last one is for the Breitling Ocean Racer deployant - looks and feels very nice, but could maybe do with being a little thicker.

    Cheers

    Ash
    The PO straps look excellent

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Nice Omega Constellation, AshUK

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Here's a strap I just received for an MKII...




    source: StoneCreek Straps.. http://www.stonecreekstraps.com

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    nice classy straps

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    Thanks for all the photos guys, need a few straps and you've given me a few cheaper/nicer options than I had before.

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Only just looked at this thread and taken a look at the ABP website. Some beautiful creations on there - and some that just completely freaked me out. Toad Leather and Beaver Tail being the ones in particular that made me say "What the ....". Amazing. And looking at other people's posts - really great service from them as well. Seriously tempted to try a few of the more esoteric options on there....

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    very nice strap

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    some good links, cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by frodshamred
    Quote Originally Posted by AshUK
    As a follow up to a post in the general watch forum about Omega deployants, I've had a few very affordable straps made by Inspire Workshop.

    I wanted some made for mine and the missus watches - they are custom made and a very good price. Lots of choice, and good customer service.









    The last one is for the Breitling Ocean Racer deployant - looks and feels very nice, but could maybe do with being a little thicker.

    Cheers

    Ash

    The PO straps look excellent


    Is the ocean racer deployant meant for a rubber strap?

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    That omega combo is the really really nice

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    Just make your own straps...... it's not that hard......









    Torben/Denmark

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    Nice straps, especialy the second one!

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    Very nice, tintinoman, but it does seem to double your wrist depth! :)

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Quote Originally Posted by Guardala
    hi, I'm coming from a french forum, and there's something interesting to know if you wanna buy at A.B.P or Jean Rousseau: when paying, enter the code "FORUMAMONTRES" and you'll get 10% off .

    Hope it help's...

    Guardala.
    Hey thanks Guardala .... Every little helps :D

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    Re: Custom-made watch straps

    Are there any resources out there for people looking to get started making their own straps?

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