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    Where are you guys buying watch straps from these days?

    I have a CW Makaira that I wear most days and the stock rubber strap is about due for replacement (I'd like to stick with black rubber). While I'm at it, I also have Maratac that I've always thought would look good on brown leather. I've gotten NATOs through Crown & Buckle and always been happy, but they don't have anything the trips my trigger in leather and, from what I can tell, nothing in rubber period. I've got a couple Hirsch straps in my cart now, but I just wanted to see if you gents had any other recommendations I should check out first.

    FWIW, these are the two straps I'm currently eyeing.

    https://www.hirschstraps.com/collect...ch-strap-black
    https://www.hirschstraps.com/collect...-in-gold-brown

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    Hirsch is a good brand. I like Hadley Roma for an inexpensive option. Colareb is another good brand. I like Martu Straps a lot. Hand made and she will customize them for you. Lengths, widths, add a taper or do no taper, different keepers, single or split keeper, etc. Panatime has a lot of options and is a reliable source. I order my Eulits from Holben's Fine Watch Straps. Bradley Sailcloth is another good option. Cheapest nato straps, clockwork synergy, Crown and Buckle, Maratac, Barton Watch Straps. Helm makes a great canvas strap but sizes and colors are limited. Fossil makes really good straps for the money too actually. Crafter Blue if you have one of their models. Erikas originals are supposed to be awesome. I may think of more to add later.

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    • #3
      http://https://www.etsy.com/shop/MANSAREA

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      • #4
        I've bought some straps from Clockwork Synergy. No complaints. Quality straps. Good price. Good service.

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        • #5
          I have a Hirsch leather strap on my Bambino. It is the third strap I've had on it and it has lasted the longest. It feels really nice after a brief break in period and works really well.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the recs! [MENTION=12021]idvsego[/MENTION] I've got some homework now

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Deke View Post
              Thanks for the recs! [MENTION=12021]idvsego[/MENTION] I've got some homework now
              if you dont mind a waiting list or putting up some decent sized bucks, Drunk Art Straps does amazing canvas work. I am too cheap and impatient to get anew one but have almost picked up used examples when they popped up. Something always stopped me though

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              • #8
                A good brand for quality leather NATOs and rustic 2-pieces is MiLTAT. Beefy, well made and wear like iron - and reasonably priced. I have several and they've never let me down. You can find them on StrapCode and elsewhere: https://www.strapcode.com/search?type=product&q=miltat*
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                • #9
                  for casual straps i've switched to the watch steward: https://www.thewatchsteward.com/20mm-straps.html

                  1. no bulk under the watch
                  2. elastic band
                  3. sliding adjuster, no set holes so easy to customize
                  4. of all similar types of straps, this one has the least bulk
                  5. lots of variety of colors
                  6. of this type of strap, it is relatively cheap

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Scofield View Post
                    for casual straps i've switched to the watch steward: https://www.thewatchsteward.com/20mm-straps.html

                    1. no bulk under the watch
                    2. elastic band
                    3. sliding adjuster, no set holes so easy to customize
                    4. of all similar types of straps, this one has the least bulk
                    5. lots of variety of colors
                    6. of this type of strap, it is relatively cheap
                    Those are a lot like Erika's Originals MN straps, except that his buckles at the ends, vs Erika's where you put your hand through the loop and buckle it back onto itself.

                    Thanks for that link! Nice to see similar strap I can buy stateside for less than half the price.

                    But if you haven't tried Erika's version, you should give it a shot. Even less bulk than the watch steward ones.



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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nandyn View Post
                      Those are a lot like Erika's Originals MN straps, except that his buckles at the ends, vs Erika's where you put your hand through the loop and buckle it back onto itself.

                      Thanks for that link! Nice to see similar strap I can buy stateside for less than half the price.

                      But if you haven't tried Erika's version, you should give it a shot. Even less bulk than the watch steward ones.
                      I should have linked to the home page because there is a "minimalist" version now which is what I use/referred to: https://www.thewatchsteward.com/

                      It's definitely less bulk than erika's and doesn't involve the strap going under the watch (increasing the watch height)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Scofield View Post
                        I should have linked to the home page because there is a "minimalist" version now which is what I use/referred to: https://www.thewatchsteward.com/

                        It's definitely less bulk than erika's and doesn't involve the strap going under the watch (increasing the watch height)
                        Oh nice! Didn't see those! Yeah I like that minimalist version much much better than that first one.

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                        • #13
                          I buy NATO straps from Crown and Buckle: https://www.crownandbuckle.com/

                          I like Di-Modell dress straps and buy them from Freda: http://www.fredawatchstraps.com/

                          Freda also sells Hirsch, and Hadley Roma, and several other brands.
                          Mark

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                          • #14
                            For super affordable straps, I go to cheapestnatostraps. Only takes about a week usually to get my order from Sweden.

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                            • #15
                              Nice to see new strap vendors; it will be a great resource.

                              I get some leather straps from Hides and Stitches:

                              https://www.etsy.com/shop/HidesAndStitches

                              They will make the length just right for me, and do not charge for the custom service.

                              j


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