Alternative Straps for pre-1920 watches

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    Alternative Straps for pre-1920 watches

    Hi all, I'm new to this great forum. I've been thinking about purchasing a watch like this one:

    http://www.darlor-watch.com/images/zenith10_big.jpg

    I really hate the straps since it's so thin. And I hate straps like this even more since it looks so clunky:

    http://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/Silver%20Rolex.jpg

    For anyone who has owned a pre-1920ish watch like the one above, are there any alternative straps I can use?

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    Re: Alternative Straps for pre-1920 watches

    Hi and welcome....

    I have a couple of watches like this....

    you are quite limited on your choice of strap.... as the average wire lug width is 12mm.

    The strap shown in your second link - taken from vintage watch straps - is the thickest style they sell. Have you looked at the thinner designs - type A?

    http://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/strapdetails.html

    for example.... on a few of my watches:



    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/lon...-a-655980.html



    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/191...ng-701647.html



    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/far...er-697966.html

    Thet also look good (IMO) on square cases to.....



    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/ear...er-613871.html

    and personally, I dont mind the one shown in your first link! I have a few myself!





    The only other strap/bracelet I could suggest in a Bonklip style.... but this will be equally as this at the first one you suggest!

    Hope the choice of strap does not put you off buying a very nice early wrist watch!

    Marc
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    Re: Alternative Straps for pre-1920 watches

    If you look at this ad from 1914 Popular Mechanics - Google Books you will see that they used straps made from silk, moire, grosgrain, and silk elastic as well as leather and metal.

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    And they often did get worn on narrow straps:

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    I think that a narrow strap can look somewhat feminine, so I chose a military strap for my c1919 Chinese market watch:



    But this is made from thin leather - less chunky and more comfortable.
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    Re: Alternative Straps for pre-1920 watches

    Did you get these at http://www.vintagewatchstraps.com ? It looks pretty nice in these pics.

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    Re: Alternative Straps for pre-1920 watches

    Quote Originally Posted by sushixl011 View Post
    Did you get these at http://www.vintagewatchstraps.com ? It looks pretty nice in these pics.
    I did!

    I have bought many straps from David at 'Vintage watch straps'.... if you contact him, Im sure he will be able to help you out.... all the straps are made to order, so you can pick a number of styles and materials... Im sure you will be able to find one to suit!

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    Re: Alternative Straps for pre-1920 watches

    I have also bought a strap from David, really top notch. What people don't realize is these pre 20's watches are very small, I felt I needed a bulkier strap to wear it otherwise to me it looked to small. My suggestion would be to buy the watch you like and then deal with the strap. BTW I have also dealt with Darlor, also top notch and highly recommended.

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