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Hello
Gangs..


i got this Strap #112 with one idea in Mind :think:,




that is to Change the Color so it would look like the one i have on the Watch.



i love this Original Combo but i'd like to have the Pilot STYLE Strap on it with some Tail..
Lenght is Ideal and so as the Rivets & the Metal Keeper. but had to do something about them cause they won't go Well with the Blasted Case Finish. so i went from this:





to this by Sand Blasting the Surface to achieve a Matt Finish:



Next up i applied some Mink Oil and and Rub freely on the Surface.



ONLY 1 Coat of Oil on the Strap and 4 Coats on the Keepers ( i like'em Darker ;-) )..
this is my First time i Play with a Strap. so i Hope i won't screw it up. :-s



i let it Dry for a could of days... and Voila :)




i like how it turned out, but comparing it with the Old ? the Color is a bit Lighter but i wanna let it get Darker Naturally .;-)






and a Wrist shot.
Happy with the Tail :)



Thanks for looking
Tony
 

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Now that looks great. I like the darker shade and the sand blasted Rivets. How did you do the rivets?
 

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Tony ol' son, you are a champion.... That is superb mate & the blasted rivets top it off sweetly. That is going to darken beautifully with regular wear.. ;-)
 

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OMG Tony that looks absolutely amazing! Great work! :-! I love these XL straps so much, and seeing this custom work might inspire me to do something of my own. Cheers!

Daniel

(PS beautiful Nav-b-Chrono Vintage btw)
 

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Now that looks great. I like the darker shade and the sand blasted Rivets. How did you do the rivets?

i did in this Thing:


in case you're wondering what it is ??
it's a Sand Blasting Machine Supplied with Air Pressure that i use in my Laboratory...well, actually there's no Sand in it. i use 50 Microns Aluminum Oxide (sounds Fancy ;-)) to get this Matt finish Surface.

Cheers
Tony
 

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Thanks Guys for the Compliments..

Yes. i'm gonna let it age with Grace.:) .. i'm in No Rush.
like James said: this will Darken beautifully with regular wear. :-!
 

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Wow, Tony that looks really awesome! Good work my friend! :)

The strap complements the Vintage Chrono perfectly! :-!
 

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it's No Secret !!
the Strap is one of Steinhart's. #112 .

i hope i fully understood you.:think:
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Tony, if you don't mind my asking, where do you get mink oil? You've inspired me to doing a little transformation project on my newer Mocca Old Vintage strap to make it look more like the older Mocca Old Vintage straps. Thanks in advance! Cheers!
-Daniel
 

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hey Daniel
i don't wanna Violate the Forum's Rules . i'll PM you the Maker
this is what i used.




Best of Luck with your Project.
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I've used mink oil on leather goods before, great stuff. I've also used neatsfoot oil, just as common, for my Irish goatskin drum. Very easy to use and super-fine.
 
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