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    Band Width - Would you standardise your collection?

    Hi guys,

    In my modest watch collection, I have watches with 18mm, 19mm(yuck!), 20mm and 22mm band widths. Of those watches, I've invested the most in 20mm straps.

    I had a thought: what if I got rid of the 18mm, 19mm and 22mm band width watches and only buy watches that take 20mm straps? Then I could start my day by choosing a watch head, then match it up with -any- strap from my collection. Each new 20mm strap purchased would massively increase the combinations of watches and straps at my disposal!

    What do you guys think? Do you think limiting watches to a single strap size is a good idea? Is it too limiting? Is it crazy!?

    Either way, its fun to think about. :)

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    Hell no--watches first, then straps.

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    19mm yuck?

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    How 'bout selling all but your 18mm bands and buying a tin of washers.
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    Re: Band Width - Would you standardise your collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by MagicMop View Post
    Do you think limiting watches to a single strap size is a good idea? Is it too limiting? Is it crazy!?
    No, yes, yes.

    Too many great watches out there to restrict myself to one strap width just for the sake of it. I'll rather have one or two straps that fit each watch nicely than 10 that don't match.

    To a certain extend, it might make sense for a group of e.g. three different dive watches which you use for casual wear or actually in the water. There it could be fun to swap a bit more. But including all types of watches in a scheme like this sounds completely silly to me.

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    No way. Let straps dictate what watches you buy? You would miss out on some awesome pieces. Generally I have certain colours associated with one watch.


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    I've built up bicycles around tires before and that is actually a thing now with the randonneur crowd (wide, supple tires at low pressure).

    But it might not be as sound with watches, unless you're really about the straps and the watch is just a reason to wear a strap (see "Strapguy" on Instagram, the WUS member formerly known as veda). It does get frustrating trying to deal with all the sizes and 20mm would cover a lot of watch options. Try it and let us know how it goes in a year?
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    Re: Band Width - Would you standardise your collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by kepa View Post
    No way. Let straps dictate what watches you buy? You would miss out on some awesome pieces. Generally I have certain colours associated with one watch.
    Hehe... I'm getting a distinct "No!" vibe on this idea. :) Its less about straps dictating watches and more about knowing that any watch you buy will work with your entire collection of straps. Sounds freeing to me!

    That's not to say I'd actually go through with such a crazy plan.

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    Heck yes! I would go find a strap or bracelet that I like and THEN select a watch to match it.

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