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Citizen Eco-Drive Crocodile Leather Strap

Review of a Citizen Eco-Drive strap in leather with Crocodile print model 59-S50748 that fits the now discontinued Citizen Men’s AP1030-02E Calibre 8651 Watch. This was generously provided by Total Watch Repair. This strap is of decent quality, probably Asian made but well made and has a cool molded end. This is generally a fairly expensive feature on watches like Hadley Roma and other manufacturers that make the molded ends.

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Black leather with black machine stitching done quite well. Deployant Buckle is included all for around $40… when you compare that with a Premium strap and buckle from a company like Omega or Breitling, the cost seems so low since most premium straps and buckles can cost up to $1000!

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Its a reasonably well-done corcodile print, though still pretty obvious that its not real crocodile when you see it up close. I personally do not like fake crocodile, and generally would rather have real croc or plain leather.

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Overall a decent strap, seems to suit the level of the watch it was designed for. 21mm in lug width and includes a buckle and molded ends.. a solid buy.

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Mr. TipTop Master Leather Craftsman Panerai Straps #3

A third review of these awesome straps from Mr. TipTop on Paneraisource. Just can’t get enough of these awesome straps from Denmark, hand-crafted with the utmost care and attention to detail. These three straps feature a bit more variance than the others I have reviewed, with some cool Buffalo Nubuck leather and a strap crafted by their oldest master craftsman, a gentleman of 83 years old! Probably has most experience than any other strapmaker out there. Check it out!

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Specs:

Model: TipTop Buffalo Nubuck Distressed
Lug Width: 24mm
Length: 145/95mm
Thickness: 4.5mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: White
Edge Finish: Smooth Burnished
Price: €199

Model: TipTop Camoflage Croupon
Lug Width: 24mm
Length: 145/95mm
Thickness: 4.5mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Golden Light Brown
Edge Finish: Raw Burnished
Price: €199

Model: TipTop Double Croupon Dark Brown
Lug Width: 24mm
Length: 145/95mm
Thickness: 4.5mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Khaki
Edge Finish: Raw Burnished
Price: €199

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Hadley Roma Leather Alligator Print Strap Review

I’ve reviewed the Hadley Roma Alligator print straps before, and this one is in a slightly different 20mm size. Generously provided by Total Watch Repair, who is a dealer for Hadley-Roma. They Hadley Roma straps are great, especially these Breitling-style straps that are great OEM replacements.

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This one is a dark brown calfskin, with faux alligator print on it. The stitching, as with most of the Breitling style Hadley Roma straps is a bit too far from the edge, but it still looks good. And at the price of $29.95 a strap, its far more affordable than a $200 OEM Breitling.

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The Alligator print is nicely done on these, without being too obviously printed. A genuine Crocodile or Alligator will run you close to $200 from Hadley Roma, and close to $500 from Breitling. Definitely the cost-effective choice to go this route.

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The back is lined with a soft, nubuck style liner that is very comfortable on the wrist. Features one fixed and one floating keeper, sames as OEM Breitling straps. This 20R strap tapers 2mm to 18mm at the buckle. Great reliable straps, highly recommended.

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GLC Panerai Straps from Rome Italy

G.L.C. Straps is an Italian Atelier, with a special focus on Panerai Straps. Very interesting looking straps with Italian flare – take a look at the review!

Model: VINTAGE LEATHER STRAP PANERAI M5 5
Thickness: 3.5mm
Length: 80/125
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Beige
Edge Finish: Painted
Price: €85.00

Model: STRAP PANERAI M5 LEATHER VINTAGE 31
Thickness: 4.0mm
Length: 80/125
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Beige
Edge Finish: Painted
Price: €85.00

See the full review here.

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RIOS1931 for Panatime Straps Review!

The notable German strapmaker RIOS1931 has an exclusive line that they have developed in collaboration with Panatime watch straps called RIOS1931 for Panatime. These straps are exclusively available at Panatime.com and are a great value starting around $50 a pop. They’re designed to fit specifically on anything from a Tag to a Patek Philippe and everything in-between. The three I picked up are designed exclusively for Panerai watches, though they’d work on anything with the same lug width.

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See the full review here.

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ALFA Panerai Style Brown Leather Watch Strap

ALFA is an Asian-based producer of quality watch straps for all sorts of watch types out there, including Panerai. This particular model is designed for smaller 40mm Panerai watches, because it has a 22mm lug width. This strap was graciously provided by Total Watch Repair.

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It also works on other watches of course, nearly everything that takes a 22mm strap. It doesn’t have tubes installed, so you will need to provide your own for a Panerai. Thread is a natural and appears to be lock-stitched by hand, which would be great for the $44.95 Price tag.

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The strap doesn’t have foldover construction, but is sandwich construction with two layers of leather. It smells pretty good for an Asian-manufactured strap, and the top layer of leather looks pretty darn good too.

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Here’s a nice close-up of the leather surface, which has a neat distressed pebble effect on it. I’m actually pretty impressed with the construction of this strap, and it competes easily with some of the bigger names out of Asia like Strap Culture.

Specs:
Material: Brown Leather
Size: 22mm
Buckle: Silver
Keepers: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Length: 80/120
Price: $44.95

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B.1600 Straps Ready-to-Ship Panerai Straps Review

Picked up a Trio of B.1600’s new Ready-to-ship line of straps from France. Superb leather, and very good construction create a very comfortable strap that would suit any 25mm lug width Panerai. Three solid choices that won’t disappoint any buyer.

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Model: B.0001 Black Leather Strap
Thickness: 3.5mm
Length: 75/120
Keeper Type: Double Floating
Stitch Color: White
Edge Finish: Painted
Price: €95

Model: B.0002 Black Leather Strap
Thickness: 3.5mm
Length: 75/120
Keeper Type: Double Floating
Stitch Color: Black
Edge Finish: Painted
Price: €95

Model: B.0003 Brown Leather Strap
Thickness: 3.5mm
Length: 75/120
Keeper Type: Double Floating
Stitch Color: Brown
Edge Finish: Painted
Price: €95

See full review here

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Mr. TipTop Straps Review: Bomber, Masterpiece and Vegetable Tanned

Another triplet of straps from Mr. Tip Top leather, one of the oldest leather making shops around. This time I picked up a few slightly more interesting straps in terms of design. The Veggie Tanned leather is more of a value strap as the leather is less expensive, but the Masterpiece and Bomber straps are just too darn cool for school. Read the full review by clicking the image!

Model: TipTop Vegetable Tanned Dark Brown
Lug Width: 24mm
Length: 146/120mm
Thickness: 4.5mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Khaki
Edge Finish: Smooth Burnished
Price: €119

Model: TipTop Masterpiece Croupon Natural
Lug Width: 24mm
Length: 152/90mm
Thickness: 4.5-5mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Rust
Edge Finish: Smooth Burnished
Price: €159

Model: TipTop Bomber Croupon Dark Brown
Lug Width: 26mm
Length: 172/95mm
Thickness: 4.5mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Khaki
Edge Finish: Raw Burnished
Price: €159

View review here: http://www.paneraisource.com/aftermarket_straps_tiptop2.shtml

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Mario Paci PAV 98 Panerai Strap Review

Just picked up a beauty off Time Connection Straps, a sweet Mario Paci PAV98 Kodiak Waterproof Leather strap. This one looks great and also feels great on the wrist.

Model: MP PAV 98 Kodiak waterproof leather
Buckle: MP New Natrual Pre-V buckle
Lug Width: 24/22mm
Thickness: 4.2mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Tan
Edge Finish: Painted
Price: $239

See Full Review Here:
http://www.paneraisource.com/aftermarket_straps_mp2.shtml

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Celdy Straps Ammo 01 and Tanned 01 Patina Review

Just picked up a couple other straps from Custom Strapmaker Celdy Straps in Indonesia. Some very nice pieces, and build on the two Celdy Straps that I reviewed a few months back.

Model: Tanned 01 Patina
Lug Width: 24/22mm
Thickness: 3mm (Padded at 5mm)
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: White
Edge Finish: Smooth Burnished
Price: $110

Model: Ammo 01
Lug Width: 26mm
Thickness: 4mm tapering to 3mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Ecru
Edge Finish: Raw Burnished
Price: $125

See Full Review Here:
http://www.paneraisource.com/aftermarket_straps_celdy2.shtml

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