What do you have on your wrist?

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  1. Mar 15, 2018 #211
    Cordovan (horse's ass) is a very rugged leather, but it's expensive as well. What's your budget?
     
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  3. Mar 15, 2018 #213
    It would be tight but do able... Cordovan would get my vote. Comes is a variety of colors, but I agree with Damageinc (#8 is a looker)
     
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    Cordovan has more sheen when compared to other leathers, so I would avoid black (looks too much like patent leather)
     
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    Yeah, if choosing cordovan, go for a shade of brown or burgundy/oxblood.
     
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    16600 Sea Dweller...whenever my wife hasn’t taken it. She likes the “big watch” look. A bunch of Nixons I rotate for fun, too.
     
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    This ^...cordovan is it's own color...a rich shade of burgundy that's close to oxblood. That's the "only" way to go...
     
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    Ok cordovan strap around $100 21mm width, how about some links?
     
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    Sweet, thanks damage and bdawg!!
     
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    exploring other options now, freaking yet another rabbit hole, argh. can i use 20mm strap even tho the lugs on my watch are 21mm?
     
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    Leather is still going to stink panda. I imagine sweatiness and moisture are just an everyday thing in the kitchen, any of the leathers will eventually start to stink.

    I would get a Maratac composite elite strap that is totally waterproof and still looks good.

    Or if you’re set on leather I would get one of the Hirsch performance straps that have aerated rubber backing, supposed to keep your skin dry and resist moisture way better than even silicone backing.

    A 22mm strap works with 21mm lugs way better. A 20 mm strap may even be prone to detaching while on the wrist. You can always squeeze the 22mm on and it’s usually not that tight of a squeeze.
     
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    Sorry late to the party. Started writing before reading your last post.
     
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    In case this don't work out can you show me a good example?
     
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    Panda- check out Lakehouse Leathers- chromexcel bands at a crazy cheap price. I stumbled across him on a Reddit thread, younger guy starting up but makes quality bands. All on clearance right now too. A bit more porous than Cordovan but much better than latigo and other leathers at resisting sweat.
    https://www.lakehouseleathers.com/store/c14/Two-Piece_Watch_Straps.html

    Have a natural band of his on my Seiko Alpinist I wear daily. Over one year in going strong with no failure. Desk jockey by day but it survives my woodshop on weekends- highly recommend.
    (I just picked up two more as backups)
     
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    thanks, i've ordered a black one. can i dye the sides of it or use a sharpie to make the entire thing black?
     
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    I think sharpie would take just fine after a couple applications. The exposed chromexcel will darken a fair amount over time too. Here’s my year old band- started as natural.

    https://imgur.com/a/ANwqe
    *Edit: please excuse the spots on bottom band- successfully painted our little guy’s bedroom last weekend.
     
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    http://www.westcoastime.com/composite-elite.html

    https://www.globalwatchband.com/watch-straps/hirsch-performance.html

    You may be able to find either cheaper on eBay or amazon. The Hirsch Straps are great but are a pretty penny. And again, even though the outer leather is waterproofed they will eventually be effected by moisture. Though with the rubber interior and the way they do it they should hold up a long time.

    The maratacs are inexpensive and very comfortable. They also are totally waterproof and super durable. Wearing one on the Oris Swiss Hunter I am wearing as I type. I am a big fan.
     
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    maratac is just what i was looking for! ordered a 22mm one also, shouldnt be a problem fitting on 21mm lug right?
     
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    No problem, and you know you have issues right?
     
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    i've come to that realization at an early age and just embraced it instead of letting it be an achilles.
     
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    one more question. can i dye the natural leather one i have on the way black or is that going to make it look tacky?
     
  26. Mar 19, 2018 #236
    Sure you can dye leather... Most commercially prepared leather dyes come with leather preparer, the dye itself, and a finish. But you could even use shoe polish to darken the edged of the band (assuming that is what you are talking about). If it's the entire band look into products specifically for dyeing leather.
     
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    My Oris is 21mm lug wearing a 22mm strap.
     
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    small wrist, so nothing :*
     
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