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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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Mr. TipTop Danish Panerai Strap Reviews

Mr. TipTop is one of the oldest Panerai Strapmakers around, and has been doing it since 1954. They’re based in Denmark, and use beautiful Double Croupon leather imported from Pescala, Italy to make their straps. Very beautiful stuff. Link to the review is below.

Model: TipTop Croupon Black
Lug Width: 26mm
Length: 146/88mm
Thickness: 4.5mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Black
Edge Finish: Smooth Burnished
Price: €159

Model: TipTop Croupon Light Brown
Lug Width: 26mm
Length: 146/88mm
Thickness: 4.5mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: White
Edge Finish: Smooth Burnished
Price: €159

Model: TipTop Croupon Dark Brown
Lug Width: 24mm
Length: 146/88mm
Thickness: 4.5mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Khaki
Edge Finish: Smooth Burnished
Price: €159

See full review here:
http://www.paneraisource.com/aftermarket_straps_tiptop.shtml

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Corrigia Fletch03 Vintage Style Panerai Watch Straps Review

Corrigia is a Panerai watch strap maker from Germany, who specializes in recreating accurate representations of vintage Panerai straps. Ceng, the owner, is a passionate vintage Panerai strap enthusiast who’s attention to detail and commitment to staying true to vintage construction methods and tools is unmatched. Hope you enjoy the review of this impeccably crafted Vintage style strap.

Model: Reborn Series Fletch03
Length: 155/90mm
Thickness: 5mm True Vintage Style
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: White
Edge Finish: Smooth Burnished
Price: €255

See full review here:
http://www.paneraisource.com/aftermarket_straps_corrigia.shtml

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Celdy Straps Dark Ruby and Blackwood Series Review

Celdy Straps is an Indonesian Strapmaker named Dy, who is an Architect by day. His work is priced very affordably and is finely hand-crafted by him, featuring expertly hand-colored and distressed finishes that compare with the best of them. Very impressed with Celdy Straps.

Model: Dark Ruby
Thickness: 4mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed, 1 Floating
Stitch Color: White
Edge Finish: Smooth Burnished
Price: $110

Model: Blackwood Series
Thickness: 4.54mm tapering to 2.5mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Ecru
Edge Finish: Raw Burnished
Price: $90

Celdy Straps

See the full review here:
http://www.paneraisource.com/aftermarket_straps_celdy.shtml

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Pulcher’s Luxury Panerai Strap Colony 3rd Review

A new Luxury Leather goods company from Indonesia has started making Panerai-style straps, and these are some pretty nice looking pieces. They have several lines, but the on I reviewed is the Colony 3rd, one of their Ammoed style straps, as they call them. Basically a very soft Calf leather strap that has been tooled, distressed and dyed to look like an old-school ammo strap.

Model: Colony 3rd
Thickness: 5mm
Keeper Type: Single Floating
Stitch Color: Vintage Tan
Edge Finish: Raw
Price: $150

Pulchers

See the full review here:
http://www.paneraisource.com/aftermarket_straps_pulchers.shtml

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Zirdiva Panerai Strap Reviews

A review from Thai-based strap making house Zirdiva. Some very nice straps coming out of Thailand from these guys, with very high production quality for very attractive prices.

Model: VT Enfold A.T.E. X Type
Thickness: 4mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Natural
Edge Finish: Burnished
Price: $48US

Model: Firework Silk
Thickness: 4.5mm taper to 3mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Gold/Brown
Edge Finish: Painted
Price: $46US

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Check out the full review here: http://www.paneraisource.com/aftermarket_straps_zirdiva.shtml

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Attirail Shell Cordovan NATO and Ammo Straps Reviews

Model: Horween Shell Cordovan NATO Strap
Thickness: 1.5mm
Keeper Type: Double Rings
Stitch Color: Black and Red
Edge Finish: Raw
Price: €65

Model: Ammo Strap
Thickness: 4.5mm
Keeper Type: 1 Fixed 1 Floating
Stitch Color: Gold and Red
Edge Finish: Burnished
Price: €85

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See the complete review on Paneraisource:
http://www.paneraisource.com/aftermarket_straps_attirail.shtml

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Hadley Roma Alligator Grain Leather Breitling Style Strap Review

I reviewed the Hadley Roma Genuine Black Alligator strap a couple months ago, and now its time for the little brother to flex its muscles. As I mentioned in that previous review, the Hadley Roma company is a big player in the watch band world, and their straps found in many watch band repair/replacement shops.

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For those that don’t want to spend the $200 on the genuine article, there is this embossed Alligator Grain leather strap for just a fraction of the price at $30. That’s a big savings. However, a couple of caveats.. its not just the same straps in leather instead of alligator… its also made in China and the padding isn’t done quite as well as the genuine Alligator strap. Given the price, however, its still a very nice strap.

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As stated on the back, the strap is genuine leather and also water resistant, just like the real Alligator version. I wore this strap for a bit and the strap seems to be quite durable. One thing I often worry about with these types of straps is the edging peeling off or rubbing off because it doesn’t look good. This one seems to be built quite well. Stitching is good for the price range, but not in the same league as its $200 older brother.

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I would have liked to see the stitching a bit closer to the edge on this one, but it still looks fine. Perhaps it is the 22mm to 18mm taper that is making it look a bit odd to me. Modern Breitling uses a 22mm to 20mm taper now, and Hadley Roma has not adjusted their production to match yet. I think they should consider offering both since buyers of aftermarket straps want to use their old buckles often so it matters that its not the same size. The watch comes with a stainless steel buckle with no logo.

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Overall its a great strap for $30. It totally looks in place on a Breitling, and the calfskin feel quite durable. Given that even basic leather straps from Breitling cost in the $200 range, this is a superb alternative especially if you purchased the watch used for $800 or something and don’t want to spend 25% of the value of the watch on a new strap! Only caveats would be the 18mm buckle width and Chinese production.

Hadley Roma Black Alligator Strap for review kindly provided by Total Watch Repair.

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