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    Picture I Like Big Bunds - And I Cannot Lie...

    With the rise and fall of strap and bracelet trends, I thought I would put a vote in for the humble bund strap.

    On the right watch, it can bring that military vintage charm and the romance of the sepia-tinted trench.

    Popular culture suggests
    ...the Bund strap was originally developed by the German Air-force to combat metal burn on the skin of wrists due to sudden temperature changes in cockpits

    ...the Bund strap pre-dates the aviation adaptation, and originates from the trend to move pocket watches to the wrist (as in the Pershing strap)

    ...the Bund strap's main role was to keep watches of low water resistance protected from sweaty wrists as this helped both their longevity and reliability

    ...the Bund strap served to save the thin and cheap chrome plating on many watches from discolouring and protect the crown from digging into the hand on flexing

    Maybe some are true, maybe all (or none) are true - but it is likely that at some point you will have a watch in your collection that could pull off a bund look.

    The Candidate
    A Tissot T-Classic XXL Chronograph (2005) with a white (high-visibility face) full Arabic numeral dial, three subdials (including small seconds at 6) and a simple 316L stainless steel bezel.

    Now admittedly, at 44mm diameter the XXL is not typical of the 30mm timepieces of last Century, and the 22mm lugs enable a manly strap (unlike the 10-14mm lugs of older watches) without needing a Bund to bulk up the look however...

    The Bund
    A 22mm HDT Bund Strap in waterproof-treated Italian calf leather from Chronoworld.

    The supple brown oil-treated leather presents a great "blush" when flexed and promises to weather up well.

    I have fitted the strap with a 22mm Tissot Couturier push-button butterfly deployment clasp.

    The Look







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    Re: I Like Big Bunds - And I Cannot Lie...

    Nice write-up. I'm personally not a fan of bund straps, but many others are, and i'm sure they will share in and appreciate your passion.

    The 'blush' you are referring to is known as pull-up, and is generally the sign of very nice leather.
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    Perfect combo, with a deployant. Nice. That really looks great with the white dial.
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    Re: I Like Big Bunds - And I Cannot Lie...

    Beautiful combo and nice write-up!
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    Re: I Like Big Bunds - And I Cannot Lie...

    I've heard the story of early military aviators in their open cockpit aircraft, and flying at altitude in the winter, and having the watchcase freeze on the wrist, thus causing someone to come up with a piece of leather to insulate the wrist.
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    Re: I Like Big Bunds - And I Cannot Lie...

    oh wow. that's very nice, if only i didn't have puny wrists (under 6 inch circumference!)
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    Re: I Like Big Bunds - And I Cannot Lie...

    Thank you for choosing Chronoworld.
    Glad you liked the Bund strap!
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    Re: I Like Big Bunds - And I Cannot Lie...

    Love this look. Can we get a wristshot please?
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    Re: I Like Big Bunds - And I Cannot Lie...

    for some really nice bunds, Attila is the man:
    Attila Aszodi Custom Designs
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    Picture Re: I Like Big Bunds - And I Cannot Lie...

    Hi IanCognito,

    Thanks very much...

    Quote Originally Posted by IanCognito View Post
    Love this look. Can we get a wristshot please?
    Happy to oblige. As you will see by the leaves, we are moving through Autumn here...



    Also thanks to:
    * CADStraps for the correct term "Pull up",
    * Nokie for supporting the clasp choice, and
    * Jurgensonovic, Leporello, David Woo, TooPoorForThis, Chronoworld for your words of encouragement.
    Last edited by User_Refined; April 27th, 2014 at 13:35.
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