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  1. Banner Roar

    Banner Roar Apr 23, 2018

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    Hi there OF got this vintage strap to go with my 1961 14393 Connie. I want to use the strap with the watch. It has lasted for more than 50yrs so I am looking any advise on keeping these straps in good condition.
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  2. Vitezi

    Vitezi Apr 23, 2018

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    That strap and buckle looks perfect on that watch. ::love::::love::::love::
     
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  3. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Apr 23, 2018

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    Here's my advice:

    Don't use it on the watch. If you must, then don't wear it.

    Watch straps are a consumable item. They were designed to be used for a time, then thrown away. That's why original bands are so rare today.

    You can put a little lanolin on the band to keep it soft, but any contact with your skin will cause it to deteriorate. Better to buy a nice, new leather strap to wear everyday and preserve the original.

    When the new one wears out, throw it away and start over.
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  4. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Apr 23, 2018

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    Allen Edmonds Leather Lotion. Does not darken!

    Rinse the salt off like once a week.

    Yes, consumable, but when you consider tack that has lasted a hundred years of daily use, a piddly little watch strap should too.

    Tom
     
  5. 77deluxe

    77deluxe Apr 23, 2018

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    I couldn’t wear that. Wow.
     
  6. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member Apr 23, 2018

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    Most tack was of a much thicker leather and it was designed to last a long time.

    OEM watchband leather was thinner and was not supposed to last more than a couple of years. Even older alligator straps were usually just a thin strip of alligator glued over calf or cowhide leather. Planned obsolescence existed, even back in the old days.

    After all, many people replaced the band at the same time they had their watches serviced.
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  7. Anj

    Anj Apr 23, 2018

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    I'm a bit curious. I've always worn leather straps, but how about metal chain straps or like jubilee bracelets - are those meant to be replaced after some time or is it supposed to last a long time?
     
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  8. 77deluxe

    77deluxe Apr 23, 2018

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    Long, long time.
     
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  9. roadsternet

    roadsternet Apr 23, 2018

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    take the strap away and use e cordovan strap in the same colour with this nice old original buckle.
     
  10. Banner Roar

    Banner Roar Apr 24, 2018

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    I must acknowledge fellow forum member @Vitezi who based on my WTB sent me a heads up on this ebay item. Item was advertised as Tissot watch for parts.

    Another example of how great this forum is......


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  11. GuiltyBoomerang

    GuiltyBoomerang Apr 24, 2018

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    Those old vintage straps...I've got one somewhere as well, and I definitely can't stand to put it on. Namely because I don't have a 50s Omega, however also because it's probably a pure display piece.
     
  12. Jerseyhammer

    Jerseyhammer Apr 24, 2018

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    Quality
     
  13. BenBagbag

    BenBagbag Apr 24, 2018

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    I happen to love the style. Does anyone know a manufacturer who makes straps in this same style? Have a link & picture of their work?