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Perlon straps, are they becoming modern again?

  1. marturx

    marturx Sep 24, 2015

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    My teenager daughter showed me a picture of someone wearing a sport-Rolex on a perlon strap. It was sooooo niiiiicee! I remember my own father using those straps in the 70ies to his watches. Furthermore, I have bought quite a few first owner watches still on a mouldy perlon strap. Never struck me for a second that they could be popular again!

    So what to do, order a bunch to experience it first hand. And guess what, I´m very pleasantly surprised! Not only look good, extremely comfortable to wear too!

    Rolex på perlon2.jpg
     
  2. DLT222

    DLT222 Double D @ ΩF Staff Member Sep 24, 2015

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    IMHO - I have a few of these and the quality of the clasp is just not up to scratch. One of mine the actual clasp broke, luckily i was sat at home and the watch landed on my lap, anything else i would have been pi**ed!
     
  3. Alpha

    Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Sep 24, 2015

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    Agree with @DLT222 as to the clasp quality, a great pity as I love the feel of them on the wrist.
     
  4. styggpyggeno1

    styggpyggeno1 ΩF Enforcer ....and thread killer Sep 24, 2015

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    A lot of casebacks has suffered the perlon blues. Perlon+dirt=disaster.
     
  5. marturx

    marturx Sep 24, 2015

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    Yes, I have seen that too! Has to be a chemical reaction of some kind involving sweat from the wrist and the material in the strap which causes corrosion in the steel of the caseback. Maybe a member with knowledge in chemistry can shed some light into this
     
  6. Darlinboy

    Darlinboy Pratts! Will I B******S!!! Sep 24, 2015

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    Agree 100%. I like the look for certain references, but all the straps I have tried have crappy clasps. Whatever manufacturer is willing to spend a few pennies more could take some share.

    Have not seen that damage from these is worse than any other woven strap, but my data points are limited and mostly anecdotal.
     
  7. devnull

    devnull Sep 25, 2015

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    So that's what they are called! I have seen them on pictures and wanted or for an UG uni compax but i didn't know how to Google them up :}
     
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  8. MarcelGuinchard

    MarcelGuinchard Sep 26, 2015

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  9. emilio

    emilio Sep 26, 2015

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    Personally like the texture of those!

    Wearing one today by the way
     
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  10. devnull

    devnull Sep 26, 2015

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    That's exalexactly what I want, a brown one for my compax.

    The original company that made them in the 60's and 70's was Eulit and they are still making them today. The ones from way back then seems better made and came in greater variety. The modern Eluit ones seem to be better made than the generic ones.
     
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  11. marturx

    marturx Sep 26, 2015

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  12. LouS

    LouS Mrs Nataf's Other Son Staff Member Sep 26, 2015

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    These have been proliferating of late. To me, they look cheap and makeshift, like something a seller would ship a watch with as a courtesy to the buyer until he got a chance to get a real strap. Now I hear about the clasp (I guess they are cheap) and potential for caseback damage...no appeal for me.
     
  13. ConElPueblo

    ConElPueblo Sep 26, 2015

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    With a brown watch strap to black shoes? One can only guess at what colour the belt might be!! :eek:


    ;)
     
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  14. marturx

    marturx Sep 26, 2015

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    It takes a Gentleman to recognise a Gentleman

    So I guess I'm not, ha, ha! :D
     
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  15. teamlam

    teamlam Sep 26, 2015

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    I've heard the eulit perlons with their clasp are pretty good quality.
     
  16. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Sep 26, 2015

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    Not really - Perlon NATO maybe, but a regular strap made of Perlon would cause zero damage to the case back...
     
  17. marturx

    marturx Sep 26, 2015

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    The traditional Perlon-strap sits like this on the back. I don't know if there are 2 piece perlon straps too

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  18. Northernman

    Northernman Sep 26, 2015

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    I would put a case back sticker on the watch before putting a NATO strap, perlon or not, anyhow.
    Have a couple of watches in the boxes that obviously have suffered damage from long time use with these straps.
     
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  19. dougiedude

    dougiedude Carpe horologium! Sep 26, 2015

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    There's the solution.

    Personally, except for those with the cheap buckle, I love the look, and especially like their water-proof-ness and breath-ability in the warm months. Photo Sep 22, 9 10 43 AM.jpg Photo Aug 21, 7 13 54 PM.jpg
     
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  20. Darlinboy

    Darlinboy Pratts! Will I B******S!!! Sep 26, 2015

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    I am curious... What brands have a decent buckle? Eulit is not one of them.

    I have tried several different sellers. All so far have had crappy stamped metal buckles with wobbly pins that can barely pierce the loose weave of the strap.