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    Pigskin watch straps

    Why is it that pigskin watch straps are out of fashion? They seem impossible to find in widths of more than 20mm, and a 22mm strap with an 18mm buckle (which is what I need at the moment) is rarer than hen’s teeth. I really like pigskin straps, for several reasons. First, they are tough as boots and will outlast calf leather several times over. Second, the natural grain is extremely attractive. And third, they look particularly good on formal or semi-formal watches. So why the pigskin famine? I have my own theories. The raw material is super-plentiful. Straps made from it never wear out. Now, if I were a strap manufacturer, the last thing I’d want is something like that. Which is better for profits, one long-lasting purchase or several straps bought over the lifetime of the watch? It’s a no-brainer, a bit like the everlasting light bulb or the car that runs on water – great inventions, but the captains of industry suppress them. Am I totally off the ball here, or does anyone agree with me? By the way, the ones I do have (by Rios, a German manufacturer) are a joy to own.

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    Re: Pigskin watch straps

    Can you imagine if someone made a strap out of really durable material, like, say, steel? They’d go out of business!

    Kidding aside, I’d bet it’s just fashion.
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    Re: Pigskin watch straps

    Any pics?


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    Re: Pigskin watch straps

    It may be they don't want to alienate a segment of affluential buyers who may have have religious issues with using pigskin.
    Could also be that people keep chewing on the straps....mmmm... bacon.....
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    Re: Pigskin watch straps

    Hmmm, 'Gridiron' would be a good brand name.

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    Re: Pigskin watch straps

    Marburger
    Graf
    Di-modell
    Fluco
    ro name some otherGetman manufacturers.
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    Re: Pigskin watch straps

    Quote Originally Posted by JOSE G View Post
    The prices aren't bad.

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    Re: Pigskin watch straps

    Pigskin grain is attractive?? That's one I've not heard anyone say before...

    It's common for lining a strap because it's naturally thin and stretchy but not as a top layer....no thank you!

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    Re: Pigskin watch straps

    I just put a tan Fluco pigskin strap on an Alpinist. It felt great right out of the box, and the price was less than $25. I think it was a great buy.

    The grain is not very noticeable on this strap, but looks fine to me.

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