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    Can you help me find a new strap?

    Evening, I’m looking for a new strap for my late grandfathers Rotary.



    I love wearing it but it’s on a very hard and uncomfortable fake croc at the moment and I’m hoping to find something softer and nicer.

    The watch is toned rose gold so looking for a chocolate brown calf, maybe shell cordovan if I can find one for sensible money. Watch is 34mm and slim so needs to be thin and unpadded.

    Looking up to £50 but will stretch for a good quality.

    Any suggestion from experience from trusted sources? No Ebay fake Cordovan etc.

    Forgot to mention the lugs are 18mm...
    Last edited by pete-r; 29th June 2021 at 20:25.

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    You could check out ziczacleather.com

    They have some exotic leathers but I am a bit concerned they will not be ethically farmed but they have some thin calf leather straps too

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    Watch Obsession have a good range of straps that would suit the bill.

    E.g https://www.watchobsession.co.uk/col...iant=885309029

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    Hirsch Osiris – lovely soft, thin leather



    Or if you want croc, then the Duke:



    Anything by Hirsch is high quality and the two above won't break the bank.

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    Di-Modell Bali (for example in tan...link, other colours are available) or one of their other straps?

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    Master earlofsodbury's Avatar
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    Got to second the Hirsch suggestion - hard to beat their quality at the price, and most designs have various buckle finish options to improve matching.

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    Take a look on ukwatchstraps they have a huge selection of quality straps at good prices.

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    I had a similar issue with a Universal Geneve Golden Shadow. I had it on a Cousins Bellini alligator for quite some time but was never completely happy with it - a couple of years ago somebody here was selling a gloss Patek alligator and I've worn it much more since. Go for something really thin and unpadded and, because of the size, don't rule out something a little shiny in lizard, crocodile or alligator. I suspect only the former is doable on your budget.


    Before (the top one obviously)



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    But, take a look at Cousins - here for example:
    https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/in...her-high-shine
    Last edited by Carlton-Browne; 30th June 2021 at 09:37.
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    You are a brave man.
    Looking at 90% of the pics on the ‘perfect’ strap- watch combination thread, my confidence in the group’s ability to choose/recommend a strap is not particularly high.

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    I’d go to Cousins and get a shiny real croc strap in dark brown or black - their alligator and croc selection represent incredible value and look great


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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Take a look on ukwatchstraps they have a huge selection of quality straps at good prices.
    Seconded. See: https://www.ukwatchstrap.co.uk/18mm-watch-strap.html (and scroll down)
    Last edited by Seiko7A38; 30th June 2021 at 15:58.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAJEN View Post
    Looking at 90% of the pics on the ‘perfect’ strap- watch combination thread, my confidence in the group’s ability to choose/recommend a strap is not particularly high.
    Does that mean my recent contribution falls into the 10% category ?

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    You might look at the Rios1939 Seattle strap, it is unpadded shell cordovan available in a 18/20/22 mm and few different colors. Around $60 or so, no idea how much in GBP with VAT though.



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    I have a Hirsch Merino that's very soft, thin and subtle. Mine is black but it looks like they do brown too.

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