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Vintage Style Straps [message #17362] Wed, 28 September 2022 17:37 Go to next message
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With the apparent demise of IW, I've been struggling with where to get vintage style unpadded straps with the full stitching, including the lug ends. I've said this before, but it's baffling to me that this style of strap was the industry standard for a half a century and then all but disappeared without a trace. This place has them in a variety of sizes, colors and materials:
https://accurate-form.jp/
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0334/4492/1476/products/JPcowhide-black1_1600x.jpg
They're in Japan and not cheap, but also not prohibitively expensive if you want to complete the "look" of a nice watch vintage. I just ordered three and shipping was free. The only thing that bums me out is that 16mm is their smallest size and the size I find myself in need of the most often is 14mm.
Re: Vintage Style Straps [message #17363 is a reply to message #17362] Wed, 28 September 2022 17:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Another word about the price. The IW straps look nice and were inexpensive, but they were also poor quality. The color rubs or flakes off, edges get worn and they start looking ratty pretty quickly. I had straps for a couple of my watches custom made by a Japanese shop. This was over 10 years ago and those straps show virtually no signs of wear aside from the buckle crease. Some of the NOS vintage straps that I've used have been similarly durable. I'm hoping that these are of similar quality and if so, I think paying three times as much for one of these as I did for an IW pigskin strap will turn out to be a better value in the long run.
Re: Vintage Style Straps [message #17366 is a reply to message #17363] Fri, 30 September 2022 10:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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https://www.fratellowatches.com/torre-straps-how-my-search-f or-the-ultimate-vintage-watch-strap-came-to-an-end/

I’ve heard that the Vietnam based Hoang Dat does good jobs and 14mm custom orders are possible. He is on facebook, insta and think this is his website:
https://www.hdstraps.com/

Not cheap, dutch, order can be emailed for other sizes (and wishes):
https://www.dstrap.com/product/vintage-1960-waxed-brown-watc h-band/

And here is a list from the dutch horlogeforum with custom made bands which might give some other options:
https://www.horlogeforum.nl/t/custom-made-horlogebanden-van- a-tot-z/136368

Or… make them yourself!


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Re: Vintage Style Straps [message #17367 is a reply to message #17366] Fri, 30 September 2022 16:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Those Torre straps look amazing. I've already sent him an email.
Re: Vintage Style Straps [message #17379 is a reply to message #17367] Sun, 02 October 2022 01:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Quick update. I ordered three straps which qualified me for free shipping. I ordered on Tuesday and somehow they were delivered on Friday, three days later, from Japan. The quality is exquisite. I would highly recommend these to anyone.
Re: Vintage Style Straps [message #17380 is a reply to message #17379] Sun, 02 October 2022 18:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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With the strong dollar and the famdamly going to Toyko this winter I'll make a stop into Minamiaoyama. See if we can get a bulk order on the cheap! ;-)
Re: Vintage Style Straps [message #17397 is a reply to message #17380] Mon, 03 October 2022 17:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Good idea. Strap salesman can be your new side hustle.
Re: Vintage Style Straps [message #17524 is a reply to message #17397] Sat, 22 October 2022 20:37 Go to previous message
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Got tickets for Japan in December, yosh!

On a side note picked up some vintage JB Champion straps at the local mart this morning. They don't have the lug edge stitching but a buck for all 5...you can't pass on these! Scandia calf are the better ones in the bunch.

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