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    Re: The history of straps and bracelets for diver watches

    Quote Originally Posted by Fergfour View Post
    He didn't specifically mention Nato, but you're correct, it's a little bit safer.
    No, but be mentioned "any", that includes Nato.

    Mateusz: Those are two fantastic watches. What's the story with the Monvis number indexes? Anyone tried to restore the 6 but left the 9 and 12 as they where?

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    Re: The history of straps and bracelets for diver watches

    Quote Originally Posted by Fergfour View Post
    He didn't specifically mention Nato, but you're correct, it's a little bit safer.
    Yes, nato is what I had in mind. The problem I've experienced with such straps is that they expand in the water, and the fit becomes loose. Maybe that's not as big a deal as I feel it is, but it sort of freaks me out. But you are correct - you'd need two failures to lose the watch to a springbar fail...

    Mateusz P., curious, do you have any data on how long a springbar can survive in the water before it rusts and becomes prone to failure?

    Am I paranoid? Yes. I once lost a watch in heavy surf and have no idea how it got off my wrist...
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    Re: The history of straps and bracelets for diver watches

    Quote Originally Posted by japc View Post
    No, but be mentioned "any", that includes Nato.
    Sorry to nitpick but he didn't mention any: "Leather is great, but it rots. Rubber/silicone is great, but it slowly oxidizes and fails. Nylon/synthetic stretches in the water so the fit becomes loose (and then you have to unbuckle to tighten). Steel bracelets are great, but the spring bars are a fail point..."

    I responded and said "any", and what I meant was "any of the those mentioned" are fine. I wasn't thinking Nato specifically when he said Nylon but I see now that's what he meant :)

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    Re: The history of straps and bracelets for diver watches

    Can anyone explain to me why a rubber strap for my Oris Aquis without buckle costs over 300 dollars?
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    Re: The history of straps and bracelets for diver watches

    Quote Originally Posted by 4jamie View Post
    Can anyone explain to me why a rubber strap for my Oris Aquis without buckle costs over 300 dollars?
    Holy Moley!

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    Re: The history of straps and bracelets for diver watches

    Quote Originally Posted by 4jamie View Post
    Can anyone explain to me why a rubber strap for my Oris Aquis without buckle costs over 300 dollars?
    Mr. Oris himself has to travel to South America, and then hike to his grove of rubber trees. Once he has collected the sap for your watch strap, he must hike it back, boil it, add dye, and then mold it. After he has hand-hammered the buckle and added that, he ships it to you. $300.00 is a steal and barely covers room and board during the South American leg of the process. Of course the buckle costs extra.
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    Re: The history of straps and bracelets for diver watches

    Quote Originally Posted by Salt_Water View Post
    Mr. Oris himself has to travel to South America, and then hike to his grove of rubber trees. Once he has collected the sap for your watch strap, he must hike it back, boil it, add dye, and then mold it. After he has hand-hammered the buckle and added that, he ships it to you. $300.00 is a steal and barely covers room and board during the South American leg of the process.
    would be a lot cheaper if he simply took a tent, but Egyptian gods are an entitled bunch
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    Re: The history of straps and bracelets for diver watches

    And you forgot to mention that sweet vanilla scent that everyone loves so much.

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    Re: The history of straps and bracelets for diver watches

    Quote Originally Posted by hugof3C View Post
    would be a lot cheaper if he simply took a tent, but Egyptian gods are an entitled bunch
    And don't forget about the bribes for customs officials, they add up.

    Here's hope that this book does come out in English!
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    Great article...thanks
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