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Wanted: vintage leather band 18mm [message #16453] Sat, 16 April 2022 14:07 Go to next message
dr.raul is currently offline  dr.raul
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Hi,
I am looking for a vintage (or vintage style) leather (possibly pigskin) band 18mm with squared off stitching at lug ends, this one is not for a Gruen but for a vintage Omega Marine (from late 30s).
Online there are the IW avaiable in this size but not all agree about their quality.
If you have one to sell please contact me by PM
Thanks
Raul
Italy

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Re: Wanted: vintage leather band 18mm [message #16470 is a reply to message #16453] Tue, 19 April 2022 15:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Case is currently offline  Case
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Wish I did, a common issue for me.

Wondering, would others be interested in getting some custom ones made? There are a few places in Cincinnati and Louisville that could do it. Just wondering if there are sizes and styles others might want to replicate.
Re: Wanted: vintage leather band 18mm [message #16471 is a reply to message #16470] Tue, 19 April 2022 16:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Case wrote on Tue, 19 April 2022 10:33
Wondering, would others be interested in getting some custom ones made?
Yes. It's amazing to me that the unpadded strap with stitching squared off at the end was the norm for for almost 40 years, and now nobody makes them, especially narrower vintage sizes, like 14mm. And I'm pretty sure that IW has gone under. I used to buy directly from them, but haven't been able to get an order in for about five years. I think what's on eBay is leftover stock, which is probably why more common sizes no longer seem to be available.
Re: Wanted: vintage leather band 18mm [message #16472 is a reply to message #16471] Tue, 19 April 2022 20:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jenneke is currently offline  Jenneke
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Maybe this is an option?

Buy one of these: https://holbensfinewatchbands.com/products/fluco-pigskin-lea ther-tan?variant=16232651096175
And add some stitching at the lug ends?


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Re: Wanted: vintage leather band 18mm [message #16473 is a reply to message #16472] Wed, 20 April 2022 00:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
JackW is currently offline  JackW
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I have found some very nice bands from this European supplier:
https://www.minott-center.com/

I've ordered several of this style:
https://www.minott-center.com/uhrenarmband-berlin-rindsleder -band-schwarz-25211s/a-25211/


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Re: Wanted: vintage leather band 18mm [message #16511 is a reply to message #16473] Sun, 24 April 2022 10:54 Go to previous message
dr.raul is currently offline  dr.raul
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JackW wrote on Wed, 20 April 2022 00:04
I have found some very nice bands from this European supplier:
https://www.minott-center.com/

I've ordered several of this style:
https://www.minott-center.com/uhrenarmband-berlin-rindsleder -band-schwarz-25211s/a-25211/
But they seem not flat and without squared stitching at lug ends...
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