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    Tweed or other 'alternative' straps?

    Thinking of a strap to fit a sort of high-end dressy watch, - to dress it down. The watch is dark blue- slate grey with SS case, at the moment it's on a dark blue alligator, and I have a second semi-distressed brown leather one.

    I have a reason for not posting the watch in question yet, so here's something that has a similar style (minus the complication):
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    I'm thinking of:
    - blue-green tweed
    - dark grey tweed
    - dark grey suede (?)
    - dark blue suede

    Any other alternative materials I'm not thinking of?


    And on the flip side, if I wanted to go 'dandy', what would fit?
    I'm being really attracted to that particular golden honey-brown lizard lately, but for some reason in my mind's eye they fit only with light-coloured dials (white, cream). In this case the problem I think is that the strap cannot be more eye-catching than the watch itself, which to me has already a strong character.

    Yes, I believe these can be dressed down very well. At least dressed down compared to my usual style So I'm thinking of something that evokes comfort. Only thing is, I'm really unsure of the durability of tweed and suede.

    As to budget, I'm not sure. I wouldn't go for something like Camille Fournet for now, because I want to test first how i like the 'alternative strap material' look with them.
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    Tweed or other 'alternative' straps?

    Something in yellow and exotic leather, python belly, lizard or ostrich? Make it in simple minimal stitching so that the strap won’t overpower the watch. Something like this, I know it’s different type of watch but you can get the idea...
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    Re: Tweed or other 'alternative' straps?

    A cork strap could potentially work. I believe there are darker and lighter ones available.

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    Re: Tweed or other 'alternative' straps?

    I think you hit most of my favorites.

    Left to right:
    210 E Oak Detroit
    210 E Oak Minneapolis
    Hirsch Diamond Calf
    Hodinkee Brown Herringbone
    Bulang & Sons Grey Silky Suede

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    Re: Tweed or other 'alternative' straps?

    Grey strap?

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    Re: Tweed or other 'alternative' straps?

    Felted wool?





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    Suede is always a nice touch.

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    Re: Tweed or other 'alternative' straps?

    Quote Originally Posted by wtma View Post
    Something in yellow and exotic leather, python belly, lizard or ostrich? Make it in simple minimal stitching so that the strap won’t overpower the watch. Something like this, I know it’s different type of watch but you can get the idea...
    Oh yeah that's actually awesome! How did I not think of that! Yellow and blue definitely make for a good combo, also in time for summer! Where's the yellow strap above from? Or, any specific recommendations?

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    I think you hit most of my favorites.

    Left to right:
    210 E Oak Detroit
    210 E Oak Minneapolis
    ...
    Bulang & Sons Grey Silky Suede
    Those 210E Oak look good, and well-priced. I would probably try their Milwaukee or Baltimore though.

    Do you by any chance know the quality of those Xeric Savile Row straps? They seem to partner with 210EOak for them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pallet Spoon View Post
    Felted wool?
    Yep, that could fit very well! I think with dark blue leather parts and grey wool this could be quite the looker. What's the maker?


    Another thing I forgot to mention - quick release spring bars are a must. I think I've read you can rather easily cut the opening yourself, but especially if it's fabric, I would be afraid of it coming apart if I just cut through it.

    Just a bit afraid that the alternatives will make the watch seem... less valuable somehow (it is a piece for around 4K$ that looks to me more expensive). I think it might be because those are now always associated with fashion watches, and I'm trying to get over it.
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    Re: Tweed or other 'alternative' straps?

    Quote Originally Posted by MisterV View Post
    Oh yeah that's actually awesome! How did I not think of that! Yellow and blue definitely make for a good combo, also in time for summer! Where's the yellow strap above from? Or, any specific recommendations?
    It’s a custom strap made by a strapmaker I came across on Instagram, he goes with handle name @maple.culture. You can see on his feed, he has many exotic materials in various colors. I have some of his straps, a great guy to work with and he prices his stuff pretty fairly imo.
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    Re: Tweed or other 'alternative' straps?

    Never tried Xeric, but I’ve seen them mentioned and they look nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by MisterV View Post
    Those 210E Oak look good, and well-priced. I would probably try their Milwaukee or Baltimore though.

    Do you by any chance know the quality of those Xeric Savile Row straps? They seem to partner with 210EOak for them.

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