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    Too Soon?

    Like many others, I just paid up the balance for my 2016 Project Watch. I know they're still in production and it won't be in my grubby paws for another month or so... But is it too soon to start tossing around ideas for replacement straps/customizing our new toys?

    I mean no offense to Ed et al. The black croc straps are a good universal and inexpensive choice. But I have a feeling there may be some stylish folks out there looking to personalize these. I re-touched (to accentuate the features of each) and attached photos so people can easily visualize any pairing. Looking forward to seeing all ideas, styles, links, and price ranges, after all... It's never too soon to enjoy a watch.

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    Re: Too Soon?

    It may be an obvious choice, but I'm thinking I will need a vintage brown NATO strap. I really like the Lumberjack from B&S, especially with the beige thread to pull the small bits of yellow out of the dial. Pricey at €109, but I'm certain there are comparable options out there. MMmmmmm...

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    https://shop.bulangandsons.com/watch...tch-strap.html

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    Re: Too Soon?

    Definitely not too early, they have made it clear from the beginning the strap was chosen to keep costs low first and foremost. It is serviceable, but it is a basic strap.

    I haven't decided 100% yet, but I was seriously considering ordering a custom WWII japanese canvas strap from Combat Straps/Aaron Bespoke for my Pilot. Here is a pic of one.


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    Re: Too Soon?

    Sounds intriguing, Karkarov! I tried to check it out but the link is somehow broken to the photo... I'll consult the google:)

    edit: I believe I found the bloke you're referring to... nice gallery. His last name couldn't actually be "bespoke" could it? lol
    I assume it's just his "brand name," but it could go either way.

    edit 2: THANK YOU for fixing the picture link. Well worth the wait, that looks amaaaazzzing. Kudos, my friend
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    Re: Too Soon?

    I think the blue one would look cool on mesh.

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    Re: Too Soon?

    Anyone ever found buckles with the same finish as the Pilot? It's a small thing, but I would really like the finishes to match.
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    Re: Too Soon?

    Now that you mention it, Var... I'd like to know this as well. It's a pretty unique finish. Not polished. Not brushed. Matching it would be difficult but rewarding.

    Looking for ideas as well!
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    Anyone ever found buckles with the same finish as the Pilot? It's a small thing, but I would really like the finishes to match.
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    Re: Too Soon?

    Here's the strap I have bought for my Pilot:



    It's a Rios aged leather with heavy padding, and I think it will work with this big watch. It comes with a Breitling-style brushed deployant, and I don't think anyone will notice any difference between the brushing and the blasted finish of the watch.

    Panatime had a sale and I took advantage of it.

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    Re: Too Soon?

    I like the look of that, Rick. I like the word "SALE" even more.

    Did you say it came with the clasp? I looked thru Panatime's site, but all I could find were buckles bought separately. What are the dimensions of the strap?
    Thx, Chris.

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    Here's the strap I have bought for my Pilot:



    It's a Rios aged leather with heavy padding, and I think it will work with this big watch. It comes with a Breitling-style brushed deployant, and I don't think anyone will notice any difference between the brushing and the blasted finish of the watch.

    Panatime had a sale and I took advantage of it.

    Rick "not much into the distressed or homemade look, and this watch is too thick for a NATO" Denney
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    Quote Originally Posted by thethomasboy View Post
    I like the look of that, Rick. I like the word "SALE" even more.

    Did you say it came with the clasp? I looked thru Panatime's site, but all I could find were buckles bought separately. What are the dimensions of the strap?
    Thx, Chris.
    They were together, on special sale. Given the 22mm lugs, I had the opportunity to explore Breitling-style straps and deployants. It's been a while--I bought this last September. Note that I require anXL strap. Here's the listing in the order confirmation:



    Rick "finding that plain leather is the best look for inexpensive straps" Denney
    Zenith: Captain Chronograph 03.2110.400*; Cartier: Santos 100 XL Concord: Mariner, C1 Big-Date, C1 v.2 Chronograph; Ebel: Chronosport 1134901, Tekton 9137L83*, Type E 9137C41* (*=COSC)
    Ebel: 1911 BTR 9137L73* and 9139L71*, 1911 1120L41*, 1911 Senior 9080241, Brasilias 9120M41 (2), Aquatica 500 9120K61, Classic Hexagon GMT 9301F61, Classic 100 LE 9120R41; Baume & Mercier: Capeland World-Timer
    Heuer: Carrera 1964 Re-Edition CS3110; Maurice Lacroix: Masterpiece MP6439; "Seagull": 1963 Reissue cal. ST19; Seiko: Black Monster SRP307; Poljot: Sturmanskie cal. 3133; Tissot: T-Touch Lew and Huey: Acciona
    Vintage: JLC: ref. 2953, ca. 1946; Longines: Flagship cal 285; Zodiac: SST cal. 86, Aerospace GMT cal. 72; Favre-Leuba: cal. 253; Tianjin: Dong Feng cal. ST5; Elgin: Gr. 152 (1898), Gr. 384 (1919); Ebel: ca. 1962 ref. 9214955
    WUS: ST5 Project Watches (Black and Blue), F72.2014.DG3804 (Gray and Cream); Swatch: Sistem 51 Blue; TNT: Rattrapante cal. Rochat 7750+RAT-1

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