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    Isofrane alternative?

    Hi all,
    I have an Orient Saturation Diver on a 22mm Isofrane atm.
    Iíve just bought another OSD so am looking for another rubber strap to go on it.
    Are there any other chunky rubber alternatives out there of a similar quality and suppleness?
    If not then another Isofrane it is, or keep swapping over the one I already have lol
    Thanks in advance,
    Rob

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    Zuludiver 300 or 400 are worth a look.

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    Apparently the Borealis Vulcanized Rubber straps are some of the best out there for the price.
    I've never had one but lot's of people swear by them.



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    Quote Originally Posted by sickie View Post
    Apparently the Borealis Vulcanized Rubber straps are some of the best out there for the price.
    I've never had one but lot's of people swear by them.
    Agree. Had 3 straps from them and all were excellent. But keep in mind they quite thick (and supple) therefore are for watches with chunky lugs. I'd like to wear my Explorer II on orange but strap is too thick for watch. It was perfect on Seamaster GMT though.

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    Borealis for me. Have a couple of them and they're the best alternative to Isofrane for me.

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    Bonetto Cinturini do some decent stuff.

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    Thanks all,
    Will look into the Borealis for sure, may try one of Eddieís Retroís too.
    Cheers,
    Rob

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    i have Borealis and think they are quite good

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    The Borealis is excellent for the money. I had the TF Retro Rubber a couple years back and it was a silicone dust magnet, did not like the material at all.
    Bonetto Cinturini is also a good suggestion. Worth trying out, if you fancy one of their designs.

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    Obris Morgan do a lookalike, very reasonable too

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    Thanks all,
    I did look at the retro rubber so will not pursue that option now.
    To tell the truth, after trying a strap code bracelet on my new watch I had forgotten how comfortable they can be so will probably stick with the Isofrane and strapcode and alternate between them.
    Iíd like to try a person too but think the watch head would be too heavy for one...

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    Borealis for me

    I tried the Obris Morgan and the Borealis, and while the OM has that lovely vanilla smell, the Borealis has more pin gaps so was easier to get a good fit. It was softer as well. I kept the Borealis and sold the OM.

    I've also tried a new Isofrane and in my opinion it's an absurd price for very little difference in quality.

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    I agree on the RRP for sure.
    However, Iíve just been offered an anthracite Isofrane from an add in WTB for a great price, so have decided to stick with what I know (and prefer)
    I decided the bracelet wasnít as comfy as I thought too in the end.
    Thanks again for your input gents,
    Rob

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    Borealis for me. I tried the Obris but found the Borealis was more comfortable and the closest to Isofrane in fit and finish


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    Can anyone tell me where to get the Borealis straps in the UK please as I cannot find them anywhere?
    Also, are they scented at all?
    Thanks in advance,
    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbusg60 View Post
    Can anyone tell me where to get the Borealis straps in the UK please as I cannot find them anywhere?
    Also, are they scented at all?
    Thanks in advance,
    Rob
    I believe you can buy only on their website. They are not scented at all and that's a good thing.

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