I just bought a Baume and Mercier 8818 Hampton Automatic. It's an absolutely beautiful watch, and my first rather expensive one. Aside from a couple of Invictas that I have gotten on sale, I've stumbled into the wonderful world of watches like a newborn fawn. Please forgive and correct me on any misused or incorrect terms that I fumble with.
Okay, so on this 8818 is an alligator leather strap. The deployment buckle did take me a minute to figure out, but once I got that, I noticed something else. The little horn attached to the clasp that I think is supposed to go through the hole will absolutely not fit in the hole.
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The horn is L-shaped and just getting the first part of the L before the bend into the bands's hole looks like it's putting some serious stress on the band. Am I doing it wrong? Or do I really need to just crank it in there once and use the deployment buckle from then on? I really don't want to hurt that beautiful alligator leather. I can try to provide video if my explanation was confusing. Please help! Any advice is appreciated!