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    I personally think Rolex simply do not suite straps, unlike many other watches. They just look far better on their intended bracelets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henk View Post
    I personally think Rolex simply do not suite straps, unlike many other watches. They just look far better on their intended bracelets.

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    I sort of agree with that which is a worry.

    I have had an old man tell me my 16710 with a black and red bezel and Jubilee braclet is a "tad vulgar" and whilst you can say he should have kept his opinions to himself, it does indicate that Rolex are a visual magnet. The Daytona and Sub also attract glances and I hate it. Possibly time to sell the things off and use the money to buy PP's which are better watches and never attract attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henk View Post
    I personally think Rolex simply do not suite straps, unlike many other watches. They just look far better on their intended bracelets.

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    In my heart I agree with you. I keep trying NATOs and others on Rolex but keep returning to the bracelets. However the others make a nice change for the summer months, and do make a Rolex much less Rolex-ey, if that is a word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyE View Post
    A very versatile strap - curved ended shark skin with deployant, made by Strap Works.

    Bought originally for this Seiko Presage:





    ... but working equally as well on a Steinhart OVR:



    Bloody hell, shark skin?? Thatís a new one on me! What kind of shark? Or am I being stupid and you donít actually mean shark skin.


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    I'm happy changing straps frequently. It often results in little surprises that you can enjoy for a few days till the next change. Changing a look by this method is also much cheaper than buying yet another watch. Today's experiment on the Tudor heritage chrono for example. I don't think it should work but I kinda like it..... till the next strap change


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick P View Post
    I sort of agree with that which is a worry.

    I have had an old man tell me my 16710 with a black and red bezel and Jubilee braclet is a "tad vulgar" and whilst you can say he should have kept his opinions to himself, it does indicate that Rolex are a visual magnet. The Daytona and Sub also attract glances and I hate it. Possibly time to sell the things off and use the money to buy PP's which are better watches and never attract attention.
    Funny Iíve had old and new subs and never felt so much as a glance. I do feel a bit more self conscious with the DJ, for whatever reason. A quality nato would be a good way to tone down your 5 digits, tho it does of course make things more casual.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sazzle View Post


    Iím very pleased with this combination.
    That's class

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    Bloody hell, shark skin?? That’s a new one on me! What kind of shark? Or am I being stupid and you don’t actually mean shark skin.
    Yup.. SHARK SKIN!

    I trawled through my old emails there... and here's what Kerr Gibson said at the time I was ordering:

    That particular strap was based off a Hirsch curved lug strap, they have a great insert to curve the straps with, unfortunately their Leather quality is very poor not much better than cheap Chinese rubbish.

    I take their straps and rebuild them using premium leather, currently I only have a black shark hide or brown crocodile in stock that would be suitable for this build, the price would be around £65 for the shark or £105 for the crocodile, I would recommend the Shark.
    ... and here are the samples I was sent over email to choose from:




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    Quote Originally Posted by henk View Post
    I personally think Rolex simply do not suite straps, unlike many other watches. They just look far better on their intended bracelets.

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    Fully agree but i do think it would be nice if Rolex offered more options.

    My 42mm Polar would look great on my travels with a genuine Rolex Orange rubber.

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    I'm happy with this.


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    Dark kudu Toshi on PAM 24. Great combination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    I'm happy with this.

    That's a perfect match. What's the watch and the strap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindforge View Post
    That's a perfect match. What's the watch and the strap?
    Cheers, it's a combination that I'm very pleased with. The watch is an early 1950's J.W. Benson with 16j Smiths Movement, it has a similar dial pattern and movement to the well known 1953 Everest expedition Smiths watch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary.

    The story of the rather splendid Donegal tweed straps is here, this one is a 'mid green salt & pepper': http://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.ph...ed-straps-here

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    Quote Originally Posted by henk View Post
    I personally think Rolex simply do not suite straps, unlike many other watches. They just look far better on their intended bracelets.

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    The only time I looked at a rolex and thought I like the look of that was a polar Explorer II on and orange isofrane strap. Looked rather nice in my eyes.

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    Nothing better than an old sub on a NATO.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyE View Post
    Yup.. SHARK SKIN!

    I trawled through my old emails there... and here's what Kerr Gibson said at the time I was ordering:



    ... and here are the samples I was sent over email to choose from:



    Flipping (ha) hell! V cool indeed, though Iíd like to think the shark was already deed. Also, surprised he thinks Hirsch leather is cheap crap. I have my Speedy on a heritage and would never have thought that. Maybe itís all relative.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Cheers, it's a combination that I'm very pleased with. The watch is an early 1950's J.W. Benson with 16j Smiths Movement, it has a similar dial pattern and movement to the well known 1953 Everest expedition Smiths watch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary.

    The story of the rather splendid Donegal tweed straps is here, this one is a 'mid green salt & pepper': http://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.ph...ed-straps-here
    Thank you. The watch is fantastic and the strap sets it off well.

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    Ordered a phenomenato for my 2254.50 when I bought the watch. Now that itís here, Iím not sure which I prefer. Looks great but also surprised by how much I love the bracelet.


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    Spectre Bond nato.



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    I liked this combo before selling the Seamaster earlier in the year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RBear1981 View Post
    This is up there for me. Perfect strap for a perfect watch imo.



    One of the best Iíve seen for a modern speedie!


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    still loving this but I can't find a suitable strap - real shame the original croc didn't come with it. Toyed with a Perlon. Just not sure at all


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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBin5 View Post
    still loving this but I can't find a suitable strap - real shame the original croc didn't come with it. Toyed with a Perlon. Just not sure at all


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    I have a cousins Bellini on omega deployment that may be of interest mate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RBear1981 View Post
    I have a cousins Bellini on omega deployment that may be of interest mate.


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    Send me a pic please?


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    IWC tribute to mk xi with a genuine Phoenix NATO,one of a few combinations that work well.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBin5 View Post
    Send me a pic please?


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    Certainly


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    Christopher Ward Chrono on a Hirsch Robby strap

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    Quote Originally Posted by ataripower View Post
    Christopher Ward Chrono on a Hirsch Robby strap

    2017-12-09 12.28.27 by ataripower, on Flickr
    Nice CW that one. Not seen it before


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    Recently acquired on here and straight onto a leather nato

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    Todays combo made me remember this thread,

    ZRC Grands Fonds 300 on Isofrane,


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    Happy with this combination.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    I'm happy with this.

    That's a lovely combination. What's the watch if you don't mind me asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OliverD View Post
    That's a lovely combination. What's the watch if you don't mind me asking?
    Cheers. The watch is a J.W. Benson with 16j Smiths Movement dating from the early '50s. It has a very similar dial pattern and movement to the 1953 Everest expedition Smiths watch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary.

    The strap is a Donegal tweed 'mid green salt & pepper' made by Andrea at Martķ. For details, see here: [url]http://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.php?408460-Roll-up-roll-up-Get-your-Donegal-tweed-straps-here

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    Makes a change from an oyster bracelet.....


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    In fAct so does this


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    Sinn 103LE on a martu


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    Love the look on a leather NATO but it wears better on a thicker leather with deployant.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    Cheers. The watch is a J.W. Benson with 16j Smiths Movement dating from the early '50s. It has a very similar dial pattern and movement to the 1953 Everest expedition Smiths watch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary.


    What a great piece of history. I have a photo of that from the clockmakers museum

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    This is my latest and a good combination, more comfortable than the steel bracelet. Crafter Blue on a Seiko Sumo.


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    That is a beauty .


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    Zenith Elite 670 on a Phoenix Elite NATO.
    The combo matches as well as the names.

    This combo is the one that gets the most comments from non-WIS.
    I see it as an unfashionable homage to Daniel Wellington


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    I'm liking this genuine bone alligator on my IWC right now


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    Completely different, but this is a perfect fit for me:



    Black diver (SKX007) on a red strap: bold but still not too much.
    Last edited by johant; 4th February 2018 at 00:36.

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    Nothing particularly ground-breaking, but I like this combo...


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    There are some great combinations in this thread, I now can't help myself but look on watch obsession for some different straps.

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    Stolen from Instagram, but when I saw this combo this morning it made me want to buy another SMPc and put it on the snoopy strap!


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    My favourite combination is a black dial on a light tan strap, as I think the contrast really makes the watch face stand out. Few favourite examples:




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