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Does this band fit the watch? Reconditioning used straps?

  1. Spartcom5

    Spartcom5 Dec 7, 2017

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    Hey everyone so last week I bought this watch. 1955 Omega Cal 500. It came on this very nice Hirsch Stingray band, overall it is in good condition and fits nicely. However, obviously it's pretty gross to think someone else wore this for quite awhile, I don't want to throw a nice genuine stingray band away..... How do I go about cleaning and conditioning it? Also, does it fit the style of the watch or is it too modern looking? Thoughts?
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  2. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Dec 7, 2017

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    How would you feel about the strap if it had been worn by Emma Thompson, or Nigella Lawson (or regional / age related equivalents).

    It won't have cooties so cleaning with a cloth dampened with kitchen disinfectant and wiped dry before applying some leather conditioner should solve any problems.

    As to suiting the watch, I think it's too busy and would be better on a casual SS watch. But that's just me.
     
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  3. Spartcom5

    Spartcom5 Dec 7, 2017

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    I do agree, not sure I'm feeling the band on the watch. Hmm what colors besides black and brown should I look into?
     
  4. GuiltyBoomerang

    GuiltyBoomerang Dec 7, 2017

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    Gold coloured? Dark blue wouldn't look out of place, or even red.
     
  5. Spartcom5

    Spartcom5 Dec 9, 2017

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    Thank you! Will look into red and blue. Quite possibly a darker burgundy/ red brown strap, something versatile but different. Like this
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  6. maxbelg

    maxbelg Dec 10, 2017

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    This should work nicely!