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Every now and then we're likely to land a fixed-lug watch. What happens next is either we cut, glue and stitch a strap onto the watch, or we search around for an open-ended strap.



Luckily some of the major strap manufacturers still make them; usually with a long fold-over metal tab and an adhesive flap to keep it all tidy. The other sort uses a screw-down device which gives a sporty sort of look to the watch.

... But I'm not talking about those. I'm talking about the old-school type with the little fold-down tabs.



I was lucky enough to pick up an unused packet of three of these from my watchmaker, and they are definitely worth it if you can find something similar. Besides the really cool-looking metal keepers, the older style of unpadded leather nicely compliments an older watch; especially one with a lot of wabi.





And here's another benefit; the loose fit is useful for fitting an 18mm strap to 16mm lugs without cutting or bunching-up:





All things considered, straps like these are a great accessory to vintage watches, especially 1950s or older.



So if anybody knows a source, please share with us all.
 

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If I knew, I would have bought them ALL.

Lucky score on those 3 Chas.
I second that.... With my military collection growing, I would love to put some of my ww2 fixed lug watches on this type of strap... I've looked, but cannot find!!!


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I've gotten that type of strap from ebay seller Watchbarn he's terrible at communications but you do get your strap. I ordered one that was out of stock, and never recieved notice that it was out of stock, I did recieve the strap two weeks later. In another transaction I recieved it on time.
 

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I haven't yet seen anything quite like what I've got, but the links in this thread have shown the diversity that is out there :-!
 

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I haven't yet seen anything quite like what I've got, but the links in this thread have shown the diversity that is out there :-!

I have been in contact with David (Boettcher) a fellow WUS member who supplied the awesome hand made leather strap for my Omega W.W.W. He says they can make the open ended straps with tin tab fixing! I plan to order a couple for my ATPs, as they will suit the watch perfectly! I think these will be more like your original post, as they are hand made in solid leather - not padded!!

You can see the other designs on his site!

Vintage Watch Straps - straps and bands for vintage fixed wire lug military trench or officers World War One era wristwatches

All being well, I will post some pics when I get them!

Marc
 
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