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Thread: Fifty Fathom titanium bracelet/deployant options...and prices!

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    Fifty Fathom titanium bracelet/deployant options...and prices!

    I have a FF titanium on the sailcloth strap, which I like very much but I'm not a huge fan of the pin buckle that comes with it. After some research I had determined a FF titanium deployant clasp did not exist so I visited the Blancpain Boutique to check out the strap options available.

    Essentially the options are a leather strap which I didn't like and doesn't feel right on a divers watch, a black nato strap which had a horrible fit (and was iirc around £400), an olive green sail cloth (a reasonable £150 and very nice). Then there is the full titanium bracelet for £2200 - it is a beautiful thing but I'm not sure it would get the wear it deserves as I mostly wear straps over bracelets.

    I bemoaned the non-availability of a deployant clasp and was very surprised to be told they had one in store. Excellent, I thought, this in conjunction with the olive strap surely must be the winner... until I saw the price of £1850!! I simply cannot (fifty) fathom why the cost is so high and it makes the full bracelet actually seem good value in comparison.

    I've been mulling this over for a couple of weeks and cannot get the damn deployant clasp out of my head, but it seems a crazy purchase and I if I change my mind I'm not going to be able to recoup anywhere near that cost.

    I have a big birthday coming up so I'm tempted to ask for either of them....or then again I could get a rather nice watch for the same price!!

    Has anyone bought either the ti bracelet or clasp? Any regrets? Or are there any other strap options I've missed.


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    What about one of these?

    https://www.tedsustraps.com/Rubber-d...s-dive-buckles

    24mm, but will trim easily to 23mm (I guess that is what yours is?)

    They have been recommended on here a few years ago.

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    When you compare the cost to that of the full bracelet, that clasp is one of the worst examples of watch-related extortion I've come across. It's completely unjustifiable, and there's no way whatsoever I'd be buying it if I were in your position.

    Personally I'd just put up with the tang buckle (or go aftermarket for a clasp if your OCD allows such a thing). Failing that, go the whole hog and buy the bracelet, which is beautifully engineered.
    Last edited by learningtofly; 27th October 2021 at 10:31.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    What about one of these?

    https://www.tedsustraps.com/Rubber-d...s-dive-buckles

    24mm, but will trim easily to 23mm (I guess that is what yours is?)

    They have been recommended on here a few years ago.

    ooh, that's rather nice and it comes in the 21mm required. I have a Ted Su ammo strap on my panerai and it's top quality so I'd expect no less with this.

    However the buckle looks like it would be thicker than the watch which doesn't seem like it would be very comfy and the most diving it would see is on my office desk.
    Last edited by jimyu; 27th October 2021 at 10:19.

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    Is the titanium strap really £2,200. I thought that it was a lot more. The steel one was more than that, and surely titanium would be more. https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.p...=1#post5463315

    At £2,200 I would get the bracelet. It really completes the watch IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASW1 View Post
    Is the titanium strap really £2,200. I thought that it was a lot more. The steel one was more than that, and surely titanium would be more


    Yes I'm quite sure. I had even emailed BP for the price before I visited the boutique. It almost seems a bit of a bargain now haha

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    If you donít wear bracelets Iíd buy aftermarket straps - I do remember a company specialising in AP, FF and others on rubber - is that an option?

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    Very surprised itís only £2.2k for titanium
    BPís steel bracelets are usually around that price

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    Quote Originally Posted by klunk View Post
    Very surprised itís only £2.2k for titanium
    BPís steel bracelets are usually around that price
    Exactly the same price. I was quoted 2.2 for a bracelet to put on my Barakuda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klunk View Post
    Very surprised itís only £2.2k for titanium
    BPís steel bracelets are usually around that price

    £2.2k is also the exact price differenct between the strap/bracelet versions of the Ti watches

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    Quote Originally Posted by verv View Post
    Exactly the same price. I was quoted 2.2 for a bracelet to put on my Barakuda.
    Did you buy it?

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    Hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klunk View Post
    Did you buy it?
    No. Its half a Seamaster pro!
    I already have the same bracelet on the Milspec so will just swap between the two.

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