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    IWC Portuguese replacement strap cost

    Last year I had to buy a new bracelet for my 26 year old Submariner. We had been through a lot together and I admit wearing while doing heavy work. The cost was £800GBP but is is metal and clearly involves some manufacturing.

    I am looking to replace the black leather 22mm strap on my IWC Portuguese. We all know that some mechanical watches are very expensive because of their complication, intricacy and everything else like sponsorship etc etc. I am struggling to see how IWC can charge £200+GBP for a piece of leather. I am not mean, I just cannot see how this can be justified.

    Do any of you experts know of alternative comparable quality straps available in UK? and can please tell me if I am seeing this wrong or explain to me why the price is not unnecessarily high.

    Thanks and regards

    PS: As a thought, I can buy a petrol powered lawn mower with a Briggs & Stratton engine for the same price as this small piece of leather from IWC!

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    Re: IWC Portuguese replacement strap cost

    Hi All,

    I found a great strap for my IWC from WatchGecko in the UK. It is designed for the job and allows me retain the original IWC deployment clasp. It looks great and I am well happy, for what is comparatively very little money.

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    Re: IWC Portuguese replacement strap cost

    These prices fuel the furor that high-end watches are hideously overpriced...even conceding that some of the cost is likely to be purely the added taxes in the UK.
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    Re: IWC Portuguese replacement strap cost

    Pictures of the new strap?
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    Re: IWC Portuguese replacement strap cost

    Bit of a hybrid this, pilot strap on a Portuguese. It fits fine and allows the original IWC strap to be preserved for use when selling.
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    Re: IWC Portuguese replacement strap cost

    It's really a matter of names.....In 1968 I purchased a VW bug with the optional Blaupunkt radio with a rear speaker. A friend of mine had purchased a Porsche 912 with the same radio and found out that his was almost double what mine cost, VW verses Porsche was the only difference.
    If you can live without a IWC branded strap there are many other like straps that look like them. It just takes looking through watch strap sellers or some custom strap makers...

    Quote Originally Posted by Clockit View Post
    Last year I had to buy a new bracelet for my 26 year old Submariner. We had been through a lot together and I admit wearing while doing heavy work. The cost was £800GBP but is is metal and clearly involves some manufacturing.

    I am looking to replace the black leather 22mm strap on my IWC Portuguese. We all know that some mechanical watches are very expensive because of their complication, intricacy and everything else like sponsorship etc etc. I am struggling to see how IWC can charge £200+GBP for a piece of leather. I am not mean, I just cannot see how this can be justified.

    Do any of you experts know of alternative comparable quality straps available in UK? and can please tell me if I am seeing this wrong or explain to me why the price is not unnecessarily high.

    Thanks and regards

    PS: As a thought, I can buy a petrol powered lawn mower with a Briggs & Stratton engine for the same price as this small piece of leather from IWC!
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