I had an experience with altstraps.com (Martin)
I can't speak of its quality yet because I have yet to see them personally. I bought the straps for a friend of mine who lives in Australia as a gift.
I paid USD39 to have them shipped via FedEx International. As stated on their website. Normal USPS would have been USD11, but I figured I'd pay the extra charge to get them to me sooner. But when I received shipping confirmation, I was quite shocked to see that they were shipped via USPS Int'l Express. A series of email correspondence followed, but all I got was apologies, with no real resolution. His excuse was that it would have cost twice of what I paid to ship them via FedEx, so he went ahead and shipped USPS because he "did not want to charge me extra". And that the USPS charge "reflects the amount that was paid".
Now, I'm no fool to overseas purchase. I have had numerous items, mostly larger in size, weight, and quantity, shipped to me from the US. I know how much shipping costs. Coincidentally I also purchased Panatime straps at exactly the same time. Guess what, Panatime charged USD11 for the package to be shipped USPS Int'l Express. And I got them faster than my friend got his straps. I wasn't even expecting them to arrive for another week due to the inherent crappiness of the Indonesian Postal Service!
I realize I'm not gonna see my money back. This is just a heads-up for people who want to deal with them in the future, especially those from outside the US. And also a recommendation from me to deal with Panatime!
2006: IWC Portuguese Automatic
2007: Bell & Ross BR01-94, Omega Seamaster PO
2008: Panerai PAM104K, Sinn U1 (both sold)
2009: PAM210K, PAM312 (awaiting delivery)
I can't believe that no one has mentioned Bob davis at http://www.mywatchmaker.net yet.
I have purchased several Di-Modell jumbos from him with fantastic result. I just ordered a Di-Modell Montana for my Sinn 757, as the jumbo just didn't suit that watch. He ships fast, prices are competitive and he is a REAL nice guy. If you are looking for Di-Modell, deff check him out!
I have too many watches.....
Just got my latest shipment from Bob, as always, a pleasure doing business with him. Check him out guys!
I have too many watches.....
CURRENT LINE UP
Seiko - Automatic - SKX175 - 7S26
Seiko - Automatic - 6139-6030T
Orient - Manual - 0278509N
Sunnto - Vector
Invicta - 5017 / 8928
Seiko - BM
Zeno Watch Basel EA-02SV
Invicta 9212 / 2615 / 3047
Sector 550 Swiss Quartz
Accutron 26B48 Auto
Seiko - Blue Sawtooth
Zodiac Oceanaire -CL-888
ORSA - Orange Sea Angler
2 Gevrils - GV2 ETA Auto
Here is a Brazilian maker with exotic models:
We buy from Anthony from time to time:
Stephen & Sandra
My Saddle Maker (Hubbard Leather Works) is phenomenal at custom straps. He replicated one of my WWII Straps.
He makes spurs, cuffs and everything else from leather.
His clients include famous people like me. LOL!
Seriously, he makes straps, spur straps, guitar straps, for Willie Nelson, and many other country and wrester stars.
Eddie is down to earth too!
♛/ Tudor: The Usuals"...S-D, Daytona, GMT-II, GMT-IIC, Tudor Sub, Mini-Sub, Ω: NASA Issue Speedy Pro, Cosmic 51 R.I., IWC: 3717, Dudley: Masonic Pocket Watch, ℘℘:5107G, 3448, ✠: 31 Day, 47040, BP: Leman Moon Phase Calendar, LM-7
"Americans are stupid to believe what they see and read in an IWC Brochure, the photos in the brochure are done to be the best-looking example of the product to make it more desirable, not what is actually available. Benoit de Clerck, President, IWC N.A.
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