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    Strap for IWC Mark XV

    Having just picked up a Mark XV from Jason, I need a leather strap.

    Think this is what the original would have been like.



    Been having a good look around and think I've settled on a black Kangaroo leather from Finn straps in Finland. Not cheap but looks great quality plus there's a choice of strap lengths.

    It's 19mm so options are a bit more restrictive but there are still plenty around.



    The Watch Boys IWC style straps look good to but I think that a stark black strap with no contrast stitching is what is called for.

    What do you recon?

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    Plain looks good as does a white stitch,I donít like rivets.
    A Di model rally with subdued stitching also looks good.





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    Agreed about the rivets - my 3706 IWC Flieger can take them though!

    Finn straps are also on Etsy - they're cheaper there than on the Finn website.

    Anybody got any experience of Finn straps?

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    Lord only knows where it is, but I have an almost new original strap somewhere with an original deployant too. That combination just doesnít work on small wrists (mine are 6.75) so I ditched it almost straight away and put mine on the buffalo strap from the contemporary UTC. Itís something to be aware of if you have small wrists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HookedSeven View Post
    Lord only knows where it is, but I have an almost new original strap somewhere with an original deployant too. That combination just doesnít work on small wrists (mine are 6.75) so I ditched it almost straight away and put mine on the buffalo strap from the contemporary UTC. Itís something to be aware of if you have small wrists.
    Just out of curiosity, why doesn't the original strap work on small wrists?



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    Quote Originally Posted by philjopa View Post
    Just out of curiosity, why doesn't the original strap work on small wrists?

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    However you set it up it sits too far round the wrist, so the shallow curve of the deployant doesn’t follow the sharper curve at the edge of the wrist. If that makes sense ? Anyway it’s very uncomfortable and not an easy fix. If you’d consider making it more casual then I’d recommend trying it on brown rather than black. Maybe pigskin or buffalo. I loved how mine looked on the UTC strap, the only problem being it was 1mm too wide for the lugs but it fitted OK.

    I’ll have a dig around and see if I can find a picture at the weekend.

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    Agree about the deployant, I think my wrist was about 7.5" at the time and the deployant protruded awkwardly on the left side of my wrist. I bought a standard buckle from IWC and that worked a lot better.

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    This is what the original strap would have looked like (on a white dial XV in this case, but the strap was the same of course)


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    That oozes elegance.
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    I have taken a 20mm deployant of a Timefactors strap.
    itís a bit smaller if anyone wants to try it they are welcome as I donít need it.






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    Hereís my old XV on itís well worn and rather ratty buffalo strap (from the UTC). I always thought it looked great but it certainly dresses it down.



    And here the original strap that I still have. If you think of getting one you really need to figure out whether the deployant would work first. That always held me back from selling it.






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    Quote Originally Posted by HookedSeven View Post
    Hereís my old XV on itís well worn and rather ratty buffalo strap (from the UTC). I always thought it looked great but it certainly dresses it down.



    And here the original strap that I still have. If you think of getting one you really need to figure out whether the deployant would work first. That always held me back from selling it.





    Love the look of that old, battered UTC strap on the XV!

    Must admit to not being a fan of deployment straps anyway as I find them uncomfortable and as you say its always difficult to get the clasp in the middle of your wrist as posed to one side.

    I've ordered the 19mm Kangaroo strap from Finn in a 19x16 size so we'll see how it suits when it arrives. I'll quite possible look to get a brown strap later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philjopa View Post
    Love the look of that old, battered UTC strap on the XV!

    Must admit to not being a fan of deployment straps anyway as I find them uncomfortable and as you say its always difficult to get the clasp in the middle of your wrist as posed to one side.

    I've ordered the 19mm Kangaroo strap from Finn in a 19x16 size so we'll see how it suits when it arrives. I'll quite possible look to get a brown strap later.
    Itís the right decision. And if youíre happy doing strap swaps yourself then definitely pick up a brown one too. Despite the ridiculous cost (I think the best part of £250) the UTC strap was amazing. That lasted around 8 years as a daily wearer and itís still solid as a rock. Please post pics of yours on the Finn strap when it turns up !

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    Quote Originally Posted by philjopa View Post
    Love the look of that old, battered UTC strap on the XV!

    Must admit to not being a fan of deployment straps anyway as I find them uncomfortable and as you say its always difficult to get the clasp in the middle of your wrist as posed to one side.

    I've ordered the 19mm Kangaroo strap from Finn in a 19x16 size so we'll see how it suits when it arrives. I'll quite possible look to get a brown strap later.

    I like those deployants, one of the nicer ones around. Sometimes with the single fold clasps you cant use a strap designed for a buckle, you need to get the proportions right so the clasp sites right under your wrist so the short part is longer and the long part shorter than a more general purpose strap



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