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    That's a really handsome watch. And for about £80, I might have to try one...

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    IMO the quality outweighs the cost. A really nice little watch.

    Quote Originally Posted by Qatar-wol View Post
    That's a really handsome watch. And for about £80, I might have to try one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    IMO the quality outweighs the cost. A really nice little watch.
    You're not kidding. I was thinking the handset was particulalrly nicely executed - better than a LOT of much more expensive mainstream brands, but TBF the whole things stands-up to scrutiny. Very reminiscent of the recent Rolex vs. San Martin vid.

    FWIW, that strap looks great on it, too

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    Wonder how many 'Perfect Straps' for this watch I've posted ITT...?

    Anyway...

    New in today, a sage green, FKM-rubber, curved-end strap which is marketed for one of the variants of the MoonSwatch, which it transpires is a perfect fit for the Damasko, and in my favourite shade of green. £17 on Thiefbay. It's very nicely made, not too thick and pretty supple - without that clammy flabbiness of silicone. It's supplied with a nicely sculpted machined buckle (which I've swapped for a Damasko-branded example), as well as a set of springbars and a strap-changing tool. 20mm lug only.


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    Rally on my Manometro.

    I could never bond with the beige strap that came with it.

    Happier now.




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    Thoughts on this combo….



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    I had a bracelet (unused) in the box from when I purchased a Monaco but had to send it back because it had ongoing issues which their 'horlogical expert' said was repaired.. and wasn't.

    I just twigged that it's the same lug width as my new piece... so on it goes.

    I'd prefer curved lug ends... but am wondering how it looks? It was in cloudy plastic and I didn't realise it was shiny in parts too.






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    Quote Originally Posted by gregory View Post
    I had a bracelet (unused) in the box from when I purchased a Monaco but had to send it back because it had ongoing issues which their 'horlogical expert' said was repaired.. and wasn't.

    I just twigged that it's the same lug width as my new piece... so on it goes.

    I'd prefer curved lug ends... but am wondering how it looks? It was in cloudy plastic and I didn't realise it was shiny in parts too.






    Very nice watch but, IMO, that bracelet isn't right for it. I think leather will be hard to beat. Try a Hirsch Heavy Calf to avoid the OEM 'tax'.

    Or this from Watchgecko for a more aged appearance:
    https://www.watchgecko.com/products/...ch-strap-black

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomGW View Post
    Very nice watch but, IMO, that bracelet isn't right for it. I think leather will be hard to beat. Try a Hirsch Heavy Calf to avoid the OEM 'tax'.

    Or this from Watchgecko for a more aged appearance:
    https://www.watchgecko.com/products/...ch-strap-black

    Thank you for another set of eyes... much appreciated.

    I've gone back with the original Breitling strap in black, though I will peruse the link you sent too.

    Thanks Tom.

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    Two watches and four straps.






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    A Zulu diver flat vent in dark grey with the original gold buckle works quite well I think.

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    Enjoying this silicone cheapie (£6.34) on my Sinn U1 at the mo -



    For silicone it's pretty good - not a huge dust-magnet, and acceptable colour-density.

    The little metal securing stud instead of the usual restraining loop is a nice touch.

    Came with black buckle which I swapped for a nicer quality Watch Steward one from an unused NATO.

    Slightly irked that the small holes were not actually open to allow ventilation, but being a stubborn sod, I opened out every single one! All 224 of them... #getalife

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    Looks great Earl, wouldn't be too shabby reversed either, top effort on the ventilation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuna1138 View Post
    Looks great Earl, wouldn't be too shabby reversed either ...
    Agree it would look good, but the only slight design slip-up is that it has quick-release springbars, so can't really be reversed, though they do make a version with the white on the outside, which I'm tempted to try...

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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    Agree it would look good, but the only slight design slip-up is that it has quick-release springbars, so can't really be reversed, though they do make a version with the white on the outside, which I'm tempted to try...
    A shame, but for another £7 worth a punt, good colour match all around. A shame they don't do a black/orange combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuna1138 View Post
    A shame, but for another £7 worth a punt, good colour match all around. A shame they don't do a black/orange combo.

    Seek, and ye shall find -



    Cheaper too, and no doubt all of these can be found even cheaper on Ali Express for those that don't mind dealing with the wretches...
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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    Seek, and ye shall find -



    Cheaper too, and no doubt all of these can be found even cheaper on Ali Express for those that don't mind dealing with the wretches...
    Spot on ,thanks. I'll be having one of those,
    Cheers

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    This is my Sinn 556a on a green nato. Iím not generally a fan of nato straps but I think it really suits this watch and Iím doing a lot of trekking this year, culminating in the Three Peaks, decided this would be the watch that would accompany me and stuck it on a nato, itís really grown on me. Definitely a great outdoor watch, so robust and legible.




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    Enjoying this silicone cheapie (£6.34) on my Sinn U1 at the mo

    That's a great looking combination for the price of the strap . Thanks for the link too , I will be taking a look .

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    That looks very good - and very much like Sinn's own nylon 2-parter, but likely a fraction of its extravagant cost!

    Quote Originally Posted by davidj54 View Post
    This is my Sinn 556a on a green nato. Iím not generally a fan of nato straps but I think it really suits this watch and Iím doing a lot of trekking this year, culminating in the Three Peaks, decided this would be the watch that would accompany me and stuck it on a nato, itís really grown on me. Definitely a great outdoor watch, so robust and legible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregory View Post


    I believe that you want something like this! :)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Qatar-wol View Post
    I believe that you want something like this! :)



    Or a shark skin like thisÖ..

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    Ha, mine's on this -


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    Managed to find an open ended strap to fit my Longines. Most are too thick at the part which folds around the bar. This is a Condor strap which I had to modify by removing the backing between the glued sections. It only comes with a gold buckle so I tried several chrome ones and Iím really loving this double buckle which does away with the keepers on the strap.


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    Got this on this until tomorrow when my spare Milanese/Mesh links arrive with the postie...



    I think it matches well.

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    Sometimes a previously untested combo turns out to be perfectÖ.





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    For those interested in straps Zuludiver have got a sale on.
    Their 48 quid fancy bum rubber nato is down to 19.
    I have one arriving today as decided to whip in at -60%!

    https://www.zuludiver.com/collection...-special-offer

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    Bel Canto on rubber goes pretty well...

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    Iíve owned a fair few Haveston straps and theyíre all great but these General Service straps are the best!





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    A CrafterBlue using the original clasp from the OEM bracelet on my SBDX001 works perfect for me.


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    I have to say I have never really been massive on NATOs but am really enjoying this. I also have up on wearing it single pass as I didnít want to cut it and if you do it via folding thereís a rough bit that rubs against my wrist. Iíve been pleasantly surprised and think I actually prefer wearing NATOs this way.

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    I think this is surprisingly perfect!


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    I think this is pretty much perfect - Sinn 756 on Erikaís navy/orange.





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    Quote Originally Posted by sparmar1 View Post
    I think this is pretty much perfect - Sinn 756 on Erikaís navy/orange.
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    Absolutely spot-on - love the splash of colour

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    Very much enjoying this unholy combination at the moment.


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    Still among my favourite matches

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    Liking that also. What's the watch dims?

    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    Very much enjoying this unholy combination at the moment.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Probably a winner right there. Absolutely spot on!

    Quote Originally Posted by RustyBin5 View Post
    Still among my favourite matches

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    Think this works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Kenney View Post
    Liking that also. What's the watch dims?
    41mm excluding crown and 20mm fixed lugs. Wears like a 114060.
    The perlon is from watch obsession. and 7 quid in the sale atm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazmo61 View Post
    Enjoying this silicone cheapie (£6.34) on my Sinn U1 at the mo

    That's a great looking combination for the price of the strap . Thanks for the link too , I will be taking a look .
    cheers for that as well, I may try and find the yellow black combination one

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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    41mm excluding crown and 20mm fixed lugs. Wears like a 114060.
    The perlon is from watch obsession. and 7 quid in the sale atm.
    Cheers C.

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    I've got this Nick Mankey Hook strap on my recently acquired 41mm quartz Seamaster, and I think it works. It feels like a fabric version of a mesh, and it accentuates the thinness of the watch. When did 300m WR watches get so fat?




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    Really enjoying a Hirsch 'Paul' in 'Honey' on my Sinn 756. Embossed waterproofed hide on a fluoro-rubber base, so a good all-seasons band that's smart enough for almost any occasion. Liking the colour contrast too.





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    Wanted a 'Gulf Oil' feel to my recent carbon-dialed Tag Heuer Monaco (in black) purchase.

    After much searching online I realised that Toshi did a blue that isn't a million miles off the Gulf colours, and had it made up in said blue with orange stitches. My second Toshi, and my first from new.. and have to say they are monumental straps.







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    Love that greg

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidj54 View Post
    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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    Lovely strap on the (blue?) Orient. Which one is it? Thanks

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    Did someone say, "Black dials with tan"?



    Dirk Grandry makes the best Panerai straps - on this hill I will die.


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    Liking this two-tone blue/white silicone jobbie with the T1 very much -




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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    Liking this two-tone blue/white silicone jobbie with the T1 very much -



    That, to my eyes is THE perfect combo' as a non OEM strap.
    Well done finding it.


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