Ty, Thanks for the review....that will look sweet on my 300T...
Great review and pics! For those interested, more pics of the strap can be found here at the original ISOFRANE thread.
What's the deal with this website?
Some vintage ISOFRANE straps are heavily porous/pebbled and that is due to patina/age. When new, they did have a slight pebbled texture. The re-issue ISOFRANE straps were faithfully recreated utilizing identical molds, so that is the reason for the slight pebbled texture that Colin speaks of. The re-issue straps are of the finest quality and construction, and are extremely durable. They were torture tested for strength and durability.
They are not an imitator, they are the originator. They are not meant to be a budget strap, and hence do not have a budget price. Had they been made in the Orient, then they would have had a budget price and the quality and wearability would have reflected that. Many collectors do not like putting a cheap strap on an expensive watch.
If you've never had the pleasure of owning a vintage ISOFRANE strap, you are simply unaware of the comfort, fit, and durability that they provide. The vintage straps are extremely rare and expensive. In the past I have paid $250 USD for just one vintage ISOFRANE strap (a 20mm blue version). However, I have friends that have paid upwards of $450 for one 24mm version (red, yellow, and blue) because they are so collectible and desirable.
Besides rarity, collectibility, and design perfection; there's a reason those vintage ISOFRANE straps fetch so much money. In my opinion, they were - and probably are - the best constructed and most comfortable dive straps ever made. That was what we strived to recreate with the re-issue straps.
Excellent review Ty,
I have been a huge fan of the Vintage Isofrane straps for many years now and am very fortunate to have them on several of my Vintage Dive Watches. The fact that 40 Year old Rubber straps are still going strong is a testament to their build quality.
The New Isofrane is a very welcome arrival . I have long wanted a Rubber Strap of this quality to re-appear. I was fortunate to receive an early Prototype and have worn it regularly on my Kobold Arctic Diver and Ennebi Fondale . The build quality is top notch and for anyone fortunate enough to own Vintage Isofrane`s you will love the new strap. For everyone else this is a strap that will work beautifully for many,many years to come and imho will prove to be fantastic value for money over time.
The design and feel is faithful to the Original . Nice feel on the wrist ( no hair pulling ) , not a lint magnet , can get a perfect fit due to the amount of holes and their proximity ( just like the Vintage ), and can balance a heavy watch head easily.
I will take some more snaps of the Prototype soon ,but here are a few Q & D`s on my Arctic Diver . I will also add a bunch of pics of Vintage Isofranes.
I am looking forward to owning many New Isofrane straps and can`t wait for the 22mm & 20mm sizes too for some of my Vintage Pieces . Some fun colors could be very cool too .
Vintage Isofrane ... they were standard on many Classic Vintage Divers
Wish I still had this one ...
The straps look good, may have to get one and try it out.
"The most beautiful objects are those built for purpose. Few things are more thrilling than the unrestrained use of tools most have mistaken for luxuries" -unknown
sweet. I'm in.
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