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    Period straps

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    Can somebody tell me more/have info about those «reptile skin» looking straps please ?

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    - Beside been made during the Soviet period, and is there any truth that they were manufactured by Raketa as many sellers claim ?
    - Or were they just a common type available & popular during Soviet times ?
    - Also, do you know what they are really made of ?

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    A way or an other, in addition to be very affordable, being «period», I do like them a lot as they, IMO, compliment flat/dressy watches .

    Thanks,

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    I would say so. This is a Raketa strap that was commonly used in the 70s with Raketa watches. This am not sure who made them but there is a define Raketa association.
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    Re: Period straps

    To be fair I have never seen two pieces watch straps during the Soviet time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirill Sergueev View Post
    To be fair I have never seen two pieces watch straps during the Soviet time.
    Many catalogs that shows straps has it this way. No?

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    Re: Period straps

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa200 View Post
    Many catalogs that shows straps has it this way. No?
    export may be. The only design I have seen the one piece pass through.

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    Re: Period straps

    and do you guys know what exactly what those straps are made of ?

    "commonly used in the 70s with Raketa watches ... a define Raketa association."
    "To be fair I have never seen two pieces watch straps during the Soviet time"

    So they existed but they were not commonly used ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedFroggy View Post
    and do you guys know what exactly what those straps are made of ?

    "commonly used in the 70s with Raketa watches ... a define Raketa association."
    "To be fair I have never seen two pieces watch straps during the Soviet time"

    So they existed but they were not commonly used ?
    I can only say for myself
    1) I have never seen THIS particular or any other Reptile skin straps back in USSR.
    2) I know this particular strap is associated with Raketa. Maybe was common in Moscow or Leningrad. But these straps are sold for years and always as Rakata straps.
    3) They are made from an unknown reptile skin. Snake probably.
    4) I have several. They are not very durable after so many years. The scales tend to stand up and can flake off. I always treat these with some leather product to soften and moisturize the leather prior to putting on a watch. Ok to be used on a dress watches. Not for daily use.
    5) 2 piece straps were very popular. In the 40s and 50s people used these thick 1 piece starts. 60s and 70s were dominated by 2 piece. 80s and 90s by bracelets.
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    Re: Period straps

    Thanks VM for your in-put both of you guys !!
    I do the same treatment as I have the same concerns abt how strong/resistant they are.

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