That reminded me. Years ago I was given a piece of nice quality wheeled leather luggage to use for the leather. Not much wrong with it other than a latch was missing from the extending handle.
I'd intended to simply repair the latch and use the bag next time I flew anywhere. Unfortunately one of my more cantankerous older cats decided to use it as a scratching post. Not sure if there is any un damaged leather left on it now. I may have tossed it, if so I don't remember.
I do have a fair sized scrap of very fine but tough grey paper thin leather from a torn ladies jacket I was given to use for lining pistol holsters. Not much left but enough to line several watch bands. Unusual texture, not smooth but not quite suede. Possibly skived horse hide.
Having worked with it before I'm sure it will be perfect for lining.
I have a vintage Alligator grain 19mm Timex band I bought NOS. unfortunately the synthetic lining of that band had degraded with age and crackled up after a short time. The exterior is still beautiful. I think I'll try replacing the liner on that band first. Its the only leather band I have that is the right width to replace the atrocious metal bracelet that came on my otherwise very nice Orient Tri Star.
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