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Post by bodypeersur on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 7:18 pm

with these vintage leather straps. I'm not knocking them but really don't see myself spending the money on an old piece of baseball glove or ammo strap leather that someone turned into a watch strap. It's probably mostly because I prefer a bracelet on my watches but I see this beautiful watch and an old smelly piece of leather attached to it. LMAO! So tell me what it is?
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Post by mrneddles on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 7:33 pm

Maybe the economy has triggered a yearning to return to simpler times? Maybe just a fashion trend?

I have read articles that vintage is back, especially on the wrists of NYC stockbrokers.
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Post by bodypeersur on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 7:44 pm

I understand the whole desire for a return to simpler times. Hell, I want my Dad to be Andy Taylor and head home for some of Aunt Bea's fresh strawberry rhubarb pie. But it's not like these straps were ever in style before. I don't think Old Blue Eyes ever wore one. LMAO!
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Post by porschefan on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 7:47 pm

Yeah, for me too. Also the skin is too thick for a strap, and then the keeper is just as thick... it needs to be shived down some. Then because of that, the buckles look giant.
Seems like a shirt sleeve wouldn't slide over it, or a jacket.
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Post by bodypeersur on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 7:49 pm

Agreed Tim. I just think the strap over-powers any watch I've ever seen one on. Supple? I'm not thinking that is possible. Maybe Trevor will chime in and tell us what it is that grabs his eye with these straps.
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Re: Please explain the fascination

Post by porschefan on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 7:55 pm

That thick, and that old, it can be very supple, but they're too thick for my grrrl like wrists.
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Re: Please explain the fascination

Post by bodypeersur on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 8:02 pm

Maybe, but I don't see it.
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Post by jaw on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 8:15 pm

If they are BJ Straps (aka Ridinfool), Yes they are quite soft - like buttah. Soon as I saw Trevor's I immediately PM'd for his source. Matter fact I'm about to order a couple more today. Don't have an ammo version yet but I'm about to.

For me the fascination is in the contrast of soft earthy material against hard mechanical machines. The properties of one force the appreciation of the other. They also trigger memories of the 60s-70s back when I thought I was a Hippie. Used to wear old beat up leather like this all the time.










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Post by bodypeersur on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 8:22 pm

I have beat up old leather too Jeffrey, I just don't want it on my watch. Now your Ridin Fool straps are not the old aged leather. Again, please don't take my comments as demeaning the straps. I just can't bond with the look. Let me know what you think of the old ammo belt strap after you get it.
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Post by jaw on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 8:33 pm

No problem man and no need for Watchgeek PC apologies (WGPC - I coined that today on WL). To each. I know you're old enough to appreciate an old leather Hippie Shoulder Bag to hitch-hike with.

They also provide that same contrast benefit in a less dressy manner as opposed to the finely crafted highly varnished Hadley Roma type strap.

Course it really depends on the watch - They tend to work better on larger tool watches IMHO. Your JSAR would do well with one. This new DB is kinda similar. I do want the ammo for this watch in particular.

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Re: Please explain the fascination

Post by andrema on Sat 29 Jan 2011, 9:04 pm

I know Robert has one that he ordered. Haven't seen it yet though pirat
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Re: Please explain the fascination

Post by porschefan on Sun 30 Jan 2011, 1:38 am

I'm with Duff, I like finished edges, even on my custom made belts, spur straps, saddles, bridles... the thickness comes down to what the purpose of the piece is for, and seriously, I have belts as thick as those straps seem to be, so if that thickness holds up my pants, something thinner has to keep a watch on my wrist... and they still have soul.

I'm glad you guys like them, and someone is making some beer money making/selling them, and like said before; for me, they just seem too thick with my wrist size, although I'm sure they're not a lot thicker than a bracelet, it just comes down to that thick keeper, and unfinished edges.

Buy what you like... goes for straps, too. Wink
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Re: Please explain the fascination

Post by cali kid on Sun 30 Jan 2011, 2:32 am

BJstraps like Jeffry's are bitchin and cheap but try and buy a WWII Swedish ammo bag strap or and baseball glove out of the 40's or even a new one and your going to pay much more! Why do some guys like skull and crossbones on the dial of their watches! pirat I like all my straps and yes dig some beat up vintage straps that look good on fliegers and diver watches! Sure my WRUW got you going and i can say why do guys put a 12 dollar nato on a 6000 dollar watch.......because they like it!



























Wont bore you with my 10-12 more BJstraps but they look like Jeffrey's beauties! might check from strap makers out and get an idea of what these ammo straps are going for, then you'll really think guys that like them are crazy!!Some guys are charge over 200 even 300 bones for straps! Huh?


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Post by cali kid on Sun 30 Jan 2011, 2:54 am

ps, i think these thick leather straps vintage or not look so much better than gator, croc , snake or any of that fancy stuff! Here are some more BJstraps and a few panatime!






























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Post by bodypeersur on Sun 30 Jan 2011, 8:48 am

And as with any other obsession, if you can produce a product that catches the consumers eye, it will make you some money. Regardless of if I think $300 is far too much for a leather strap when I can get a Omega mesh for that price, someone will think the leather is a far better deal. Some of us like the nicely finished look of a exotic strap or metal bracelet and others like knowing that maybe that strap was around somebodies waist in Okinawa or playing left field in the 1965 World Series. So as coined by our buddy Robert: "Buy what you like, keep what you love, don't spend too much. As long as you follow those simple rules - you shouldn't listen to anyone about your watches." The same with our accessories! Thumbs Up
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Post by docrwm on Sun 30 Jan 2011, 10:16 am

bodypeersur wrote:And as with any other obsession, if you can produce a product that catches the consumers eye, it will make you some money. Regardless of if I think $300 is far too much for a leather strap when I can get a Omega mesh for that price, someone will think the leather is a far better deal. Some of us like the nicely finished look of a exotic strap or metal bracelet and others like knowing that maybe that strap was around somebodies waist in Okinawa or playing left field in the 1965 World Series. So as coined by our buddy Robert: "Buy what you like, keep what you love, don't spend too much. As long as you follow those simple rules - you shouldn't listen to anyone about your watches." The same with our accessories! Thumbs Up

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Re: Please explain the fascination

Post by cali kid on Mon 31 Jan 2011, 12:39 pm

Dont think too many people have as many bracelets as i do it just so happens i dig rubber and leather too, if 5 minutes can totally change the look of your watch then why not do it from time to time!
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Re: Please explain the fascination

Post by andrema on Mon 31 Jan 2011, 1:05 pm

I gotta agree with Trevor on this one. I think that a quick change-out can transform the look of a watch....in a good way. If you like it, go for it!
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Post by porschefan on Mon 31 Jan 2011, 1:08 pm

Don't disagree with that. I've croc and stainless for the Breitling, Tutima Flieger; Tissot, Noah and Seiko have change ups. Changed the strap on the Hammy.
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Re: Please explain the fascination

Post by porschefan on Mon 31 Jan 2011, 4:59 pm

The next source of "vintage leather?"

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Post by cali kid on Wed 02 Feb 2011, 1:38 am

seen a few boot leather straps, they looked amazing! Bet we could get Brian to make duff a killer leatther strap out of an old leather biker jacket he isnt using anymore! Love
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Post by porschefan on Wed 02 Feb 2011, 1:41 am

cali kid wrote:seen a few boot leather straps, they looked amazing!

From a sole? The vamp, maybe, and that's much thinner leather. Wink
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Post by DMB on Sun 06 Feb 2011, 11:13 am

I'm primarily a bracelet guy, but enjoy a good leather or exotic strap as well ... on the right watch. While most watches will look good on a strap, very few watches IMO look good on those weathered, distressed, ammo pouch style straps. But, that's just an opinion. Like others here, my biggest gripe is the thickness and huge ass buckle that often accompanies these straps.
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Re: Please explain the fascination

Post by bodypeersur on Sun 06 Feb 2011, 2:12 pm

cali kid wrote:Bet we could get Brian to make duff a killer leatther strap out of an old leather biker jacket he isnt using anymore! Love

Hahaha, I don't know of too many bikers that have leather jackets they don't use anymore. Unless of course it outlived it's usefullness by protecting the Brother while sliding down the road! Then I'd consider memorializing it in a watch strap! Thumbs Up
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Post by docrwm on Mon 07 Feb 2011, 5:47 pm

porschefan wrote:The next source of "vintage leather?"


Somebody has little tiny feet. Cool

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Re: Please explain the fascination

Post by porschefan on Mon 07 Feb 2011, 7:14 pm

Not my photo, not my boots... 9.5
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Post by docrwm on Tue 15 Feb 2011, 4:03 pm

porschefan wrote:Not my photo, not my boots... 9.5

Sure. Of course.

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