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I have a DA38, and though it came with a good strap, I'm not quite feeling the black. So, I'm looking for alternatives.

I have a Collins on a brown leather that I really like, but the numerals and indices are kind of a sand color (found out it's called gold sand lume) that goes well with the brown. I'm not sure how the brown would go with the white on the Damasko. And I have to admit I haven't swapped anything yet because I'm sort of afraid of scratching something up.

On the original Damasko strap, I really do like that the leather extends beyond the lugs sideways. I think it makes the lines nice.

I'm open to NATO's, canvas, or leather. Not really interested in a bracelet.

So, could you guys share photos of your Damaskos on alternative straps? Or suggest something you think would look good?

Here's the Damasko:

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Here's the Collins for reference:
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I don’t like the black leather either. I swap straps all the time and I’m not careful at all. In fact I pop the spring bars in with my fingers, so the spring bar tip basically rubs the back of the lugs as I put the pressure on it. There isn’t a scratch on it. Stop worrying and start swapping!


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I have a DA38, and though it came with a good strap, I'm not quite feeling the black. So, I'm looking for alternatives.

I have a Collins on a brown leather that I really like, but the numerals and indices are kind of a sand color (found out it's called gold sand lume) that goes well with the brown. I'm not sure how the brown would go with the white on the Damasko. And I have to admit I haven't swapped anything yet because I'm sort of afraid of scratching something up.

On the original Damasko strap, I really do like that the leather extends beyond the lugs sideways. I think it makes the lines nice.

I'm open to NATO's, canvas, or leather. Not really interested in a bracelet.

So, could you guys share photos of your Damaskos on alternative straps? Or suggest something you think would look good?

Here's the Damasko:

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Here's the Collins for reference:
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Scratch a Damasko? Easier said than done. Should not be a concern here.

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OK. Here it is. I think I'd need something darker, though. The straps I'm seeing above seem to coordinate with the dial, case, or seconds hand. This one doesn't really do that.

... but it's growing on me as it spends a few minutes there. I like that strap on the Collins, so it will go back. The question is, do I purchase one similar to this for the DA38?

I don't know. I'm not a color wizard. What do you guys think? Good? Bad? Horological faux pas? Is it like a brown belt and black shoes?

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OK. Here it is. I think I'd need something darker, though. The straps I'm seeing above seem to coordinate with the dial, case, or seconds hand. This one doesn't really do that.

... but it's growing on me as it spends a few minutes there. I like that strap on the Collins, so it will go back. The question is, do I purchase one similar to this for the DA38?

I don't know. I'm not a color wizard. What do you guys think? Good? Bad? Horological faux pas? Is it like a brown belt and black shoes?

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On the wrist:

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I think vintage brown looks good on your Damasko. Obviously can’t go wrong with black leather. I think a dark brown Horween or Chromexcel leather strap will look great, so would a navy blue or grey. Reddish brown wouldn’t compliment the watch IMO. As far as Nato; black, navy, light blue, grey, khaki.


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Put it on a Sinn rubber strap last night. It took a while to get it on because the Damasko’s lugs must be drilled ever so slightly closer to the case. I had to put some pressure on to get the spring bars to snap into place. Anyway, I’m very pleased with the look and comfort.
 

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@Weetabix – I use barton springbars for straps I like to swap out a lot. They have a little lever to retract the bar instead of using tools. But if the strap isn’t designed for springbars – I have to cut the leather. I’ve also gotten wider straps and trimmed them to fit 20mm – rather like the original strap is notched.

You have to be pretty heavy handed to scratch a damask though.
I like the dark dial light case on a darker strap. I use dark brown, dark green, or OEM. I have a nice dark blue strap that would work on your DA38 (not my DA36). I use it because my brass watch has blue heat-treated hands.
It does look sharp when the color or trim on the watch matches something on the band. That Collins band would work better on the damask if the stitching was white like the numbers on the Damasko.

@Jarlleif – wow. That Sinn looks great on your watch.
 

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your brave mentioning the S word around here. Love the Sinn rubber on my UX as well.



Put it on a Sinn rubber strap last night. It took a while to get it on because the Damasko’s lugs must be drilled ever so slightly closer to the case. I had to put some pressure on to get the spring bars to snap into place. Anyway, I’m very pleased with the look and comfort.
 

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your brave mentioning the S word around here. Love the Sinn rubber on my UX as well.



Put it on a Sinn rubber strap last night. It took a while to get it on because the Damasko’s lugs must be drilled ever so slightly closer to the case. I had to put some pressure on to get the spring bars to snap into place. Anyway, I’m very pleased with the look and comfort.
 

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It does look sharp when the color or trim on the watch matches something on the band. That Collins band would work better on the damask if the stitching was white like the numbers on the Damasko.
Ah! Thanks! I should have thought of that.

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