Replacing Pilot Chrono Strap
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    Replacing Pilot Chrono Strap

    Hello fellow watchuseek users, long story short I am receiving my IWC Pilot Chronograph soon, but the only drawback for me is the strap. Although it is a highly sought after alligator leather strap (my shop also provided a spare one), I don't think it is going to fit my day to day clothing well. So I am probably going to change the strap after seeing if I like the alligator leather one (I will still keep it to use the watch in a more formal setting). So my question is : Is it easy to switch the straps? Can I switch the leather strap for a stainless bracelet? If yes, where can I obtain an original bracelet or where can I buy replacement straps for the watch? Also, would you have any tips on how to make the most of the watch (any tips would help since i want to keep the watch for a long time)?
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    Re: Replacing Pilot Chrono Strap

    Buy the OEM replacements from an IWC boutique or their website. The issue I have had with my 377709 is that the lug width is 21mm which really limits your options.


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    Re: Replacing Pilot Chrono Strap

    I would buy a strap changing tool, tape the lugs so you don’t scratch them and have some fun. Call your AD for bracelet and google 21mm straps.
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    Re: Replacing Pilot Chrono Strap

    okay, would you recommend the strap or the bracelet for daily wear? also, is there anything that I need to be particularly careful while using this watch?
    thank you for the help

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    Re: Replacing Pilot Chrono Strap

    Change a strap is really easy, Google it.

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    Re: Replacing Pilot Chrono Strap

    Quote Originally Posted by mali12 View Post
    okay, would you recommend the strap or the bracelet for daily wear? also, is there anything that I need to be particularly careful while using this watch?
    thank you for the help
    Personally I don't like the look of a bracelet on the Pilot's Chrono, and buying an OEM bracelet from the AD will be eye-wateringly expensive, so I'd stick with leather or nato straps. Buy a good spring bar tool, and tape up the lugs as already suggested if you've never changed a strap before.

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    Re: Replacing Pilot Chrono Strap

    Quote Originally Posted by mali12 View Post
    okay, would you recommend the strap or the bracelet for daily wear? also, is there anything that I need to be particularly careful while using this watch?
    thank you for the help
    I can’t recommend strap over bracelet because I live in AZ and I wear more bracelets or rubber straps in summer and leather in winter. I mix it up so I never get sick of a particular watch. I have a Mark XVIII and I have a few straps for it. Takes me a few minutes to change up the strap.
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    Re: Replacing Pilot Chrono Strap

    @Karmatp

    Care to show what straps you have in your vault?

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