Conflicting Opinions: Omega Deployant and non-Omega strap?
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    Conflicting Opinions: Omega Deployant and non-Omega strap?

    Good evening WUS,

    I keep getting differing opinions on this issue. Can you use a regular style strap (non-deployant) with the Omega deployant buckle? Or, do you need a deployant style strap? Or, do you need a purely Omega-style deployant strap in order for the buckle to work?

    You advice is most appreciated!

    Reason I'm asking: I think my fiancee wants to get me the deployant, but the Omega OEM deployant strap is brutally expensive!
    Current:
    - Jaeger LeCoultre Master Control Ultra Thin
    - Longines Heritage 1954 Chronograph
    - Baume et Mercier Classima
    - Tag Heuer Aquaracer Quartz
    - 1948 Omega Bumper Automatic
    - Seiko SNZH53
    - Seiko Orange Monster
    - Swiss Army Officer


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    - Breitling Colt Auto
    - Tag Heuer Formula One Grande Date Lume Dial
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    Re: Conflicting Opinions: Omega Deployant and non-Omega strap?

    I use the Omega deployant on non-Omega straps all the time; specifically, the Hirsch Leonardo straps.

    With non-deployant straps, the "keepers" must be removed and there will be a gap where the buckle tang would have been. Some use the leather from the keepers to cover the gap but I leave it open as it does not bother me. Some even color the spring bar to match the strap.

    Here are some photos:







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    Re: Conflicting Opinions: Omega Deployant and non-Omega strap?

    Looks awesome to me! Thanks Fr. John!

    I think the deployant would be a great gift from my fiancee (we're celebrating a "dating anniversary" and 1 year until our wedding)... but she cant do the deployant AND an Omega Gator strap in our budget, so I want to get a non-Omega gator strap that will fit! Any suggestions you have would be appreciated too!

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    Current:
    - Jaeger LeCoultre Master Control Ultra Thin
    - Longines Heritage 1954 Chronograph
    - Baume et Mercier Classima
    - Tag Heuer Aquaracer Quartz
    - 1948 Omega Bumper Automatic
    - Seiko SNZH53
    - Seiko Orange Monster
    - Swiss Army Officer


    Gone but not forgotten:


    - Omega Speedmaster Professional "Moon Watch" 3570.50 cal. 1861
    - 1969 Omega Speedmaster Professional cal. 861
    - Omega Geneve
    - Breitling Colt Auto
    - Tag Heuer Formula One Grande Date Lume Dial
    - Kadloo Ocean-Millenium
    - Swiss Army / Victorinox Ambassador Automatic
    - Oris Automatic
    - Tissot Automatic
    - Orient Mako
    - Steinhart Ocean

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    Re: Conflicting Opinions: Omega Deployant and non-Omega strap?

    Here's a nice DIY for the straps.
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f20/ome...nt-504192.html

    With the current style of deployant you have to make sure that the strap isn't so thick as to not be able to fit in the rails.
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    With the older style of deployant strap thickness isn't an issue but the spacing of the holes in the strap must match the spacing of the Omega straps. This is due to the use of 2 prongs to hold the strap. The holes in the strap have to match up with the prongs in the deployant.
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    Re: Conflicting Opinions: Omega Deployant and non-Omega strap?

    Very nice gesture from the gf. A lot of great advice already given above. I suggest you either buy the Bellini genuine alligator OEM fitment straps from Cousins (shown in black and medium brown below), or else consider commissioning a custom strap. The former will cost you just over $100 each, and the latter will cost from $150-300, depending on who you go with, and what materials you choose. Keep in mind that the Bellini straps are not quite at OEM levels of quality, but they are a good 85-93% there. I'm not yet sure about custom strap quality, but I do have two on the way, from two different strap makers, so I will know soon enough. Of course, Omega-fying your straps is also a way to do it. Just make sure you're committed before you cut up a perfectly good tang buckle strap! Also, please realize these modified straps will fit differently to how the OEM straps fit, on the wrist.

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    These photos have gotten a lot of use these past few days. And nice link, Richard.
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    Re: Conflicting Opinions: Omega Deployant and non-Omega strap?

    question to Omega deployant users - is it possible to use it with regular length straps? Original straps are 100/110mm long, most aftermarket straps on buckle side is 75-80mm long.

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    Re: Conflicting Opinions: Omega Deployant and non-Omega strap?

    Thanks for the info everyone!

    Also Dixan, I think you bought the deploy/custom strap (from the WUS sales forum from a guy near me) that I was about to buy! But, hopefully, I can get a similar strap to that and calling Jim this morning about the deploy!
    Current:
    - Jaeger LeCoultre Master Control Ultra Thin
    - Longines Heritage 1954 Chronograph
    - Baume et Mercier Classima
    - Tag Heuer Aquaracer Quartz
    - 1948 Omega Bumper Automatic
    - Seiko SNZH53
    - Seiko Orange Monster
    - Swiss Army Officer


    Gone but not forgotten:


    - Omega Speedmaster Professional "Moon Watch" 3570.50 cal. 1861
    - 1969 Omega Speedmaster Professional cal. 861
    - Omega Geneve
    - Breitling Colt Auto
    - Tag Heuer Formula One Grande Date Lume Dial
    - Kadloo Ocean-Millenium
    - Swiss Army / Victorinox Ambassador Automatic
    - Oris Automatic
    - Tissot Automatic
    - Orient Mako
    - Steinhart Ocean

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    Re: Conflicting Opinions: Omega Deployant and non-Omega strap?

    Quote Originally Posted by BDH View Post
    Thanks for the info everyone!

    Also Dixan, I think you bought the deploy/custom strap (from the WUS sales forum from a guy near me) that I was about to buy! But, hopefully, I can get a similar strap to that and calling Jim this morning about the deploy!

    Nope. I bought my latest one from a friend, who used to be a more active member here. He bought it a while back and never used it. Now that he sold the watch, he contacted me about it, and I quickly took it off his hands. Now I just have to wait for the other one to come in to my local boutique, and I'll be set for a while with one for each watch. I love these deployants.



    EDIT: Maybe it was the same guy. I had not realized he had listed it, but I think I remember him mentioning someone else asked for it after he had sold it to me. Small world. Great guy, too! ;)


    Double EDIT: I'll let you know what I think of these two custom straps. I have that one coming in, which I was told is from "watch.acc" in NY, and I also have one coming in directly from "Ekamon" or "Kay Strap" in Thailand. I will do a comparison review of them both, when I have had a chance to try them both out. I should be receiving both later this week. I'm excited to get them!
    Last edited by Dixan; July 25th, 2011 at 16:01.


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