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    Where do you find your vintage tapers?

    Argh...I have a nice vintage tank-style watch needing a new strap. 17mm lug width is/was normal for vintage but hard to find nowadays, as is the 14mm gold buckle I have to attach, and a vintage style non-padded flat profile. Add my scrawny wrist which needs a short length, and my preference for real croc, alligator or lizard (not embossed) and I just can't find much out there. So, where do you find your vintage straps?
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    Re: Where do you find your vintage tapers?

    IMO there's nothing like a vintage strap on a vintage watch.
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    Re: Where do you find your vintage tapers?

    Try this guy: Cristian Tonetto (tonettocristian at gmail dot com) in Italy. He make awesome, vintage straps out of old leather of all kinds, colors, patterns--true masterpieces.
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    Re: Where do you find your vintage tapers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Smith View Post
    Try this guy: Cristian Tonetto (tonettocristian at gmail dot com) in Italy. He make awesome, vintage straps out of old leather of all kinds, colors, patterns--true masterpieces.
    I've seen some of those straps made from re-purposed leather, very nice. Not what I'm looking for though. I'm trying to stay with the style that was available when my watch was new circa 1950s. If it helps, here is a photo of the watch. Sadly, the original dark brown croc strap has worn terribly at the ends, dried out and flaking. I have the original gold buckle which requires a 14mm end, and the lugs are 17mm...both sizes are not popular with strap makers today
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    Re: Where do you find your vintage tapers?

    Give Scott a call. He specializes in vintage straps.

    19mm, 18mm items in Vintage Watch Band store on eBay!
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    Re: Where do you find your vintage tapers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nokie View Post
    Give Scott a call. He specializes in vintage straps.

    19mm, 18mm items in Vintage Watch Band store on eBay!
    Super, thanks for the link. I've been burned a few times on the 'Bay by "new old stock" straps that have totally dried out. Sadly, when I ask the sellers about this I almost never get a reply, unless something like "the photos speak for themselves".
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    Re: Where do you find your vintage tapers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tick Talk View Post
    Argh...I have a nice vintage tank-style watch needing a new strap. 17mm lug width is/was normal for vintage but hard to find nowadays, as is the 14mm gold buckle I have to attach, and a vintage style non-padded flat profile. Add my scrawny wrist which needs a short length, and my preference for real croc, alligator or lizard (not embossed) and I just can't find much out there. So, where do you find your vintage straps?
    W a t c h s t y l e in Italy.
    They stock croc, ali and ostrich in 17/14mm. Also in shorter lengths.

    Edit: just checked. The site is .it but they are a German firm.
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    Re: Where do you find your vintage tapers?

    Quote Originally Posted by rob3rto View Post
    W a t c h s t y l e in Italy.
    They stock croc, ali and ostrich in 17/14mm. Also in shorter lengths.

    Edit: just checked. The site is .it but they are a German firm.
    Nice website, very easy to use. Also demonstrates my difficulty, as the 17/14 straps are medium or long lengths, and M is 190mm!
    May have found a winner though with earlier recommendation to check out CADstraps Will update...
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    Re: Where do you find your vintage tapers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tick Talk View Post
    Super, thanks for the link. I've been burned a few times on the 'Bay by "new old stock" straps that have totally dried out. Sadly, when I ask the sellers about this I almost never get a reply, unless something like "the photos speak for themselves".
    Guaranteed that won't happen with Scott
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    Re: Where do you find your vintage tapers?

    CADstraps would be a most excellent choice too as he makes great straps and is a frequent contributor to this forum.

    That would be my recommendation if Scott cannot help you out.
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