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bigrustypig
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Hi 3T,
I've been searching far and wide for red, cherry or wine colored leather straps for my 2 Laco Big Fliegers but just couldn't find any from our forum strap sponsors. The original Laco closed-loop straps are ok but I was just wanted to experiment with the total look.
So I flipped through a few ready-made strap sites and found these......just to tide me over until our strap sponsors can conjure the color I want. Why red? Well, in one of my researches on original straps for the Big Fliegers, I saw a few on cherry/red/wine leather (and these had olive green canvass linings inside the strap) and wanted to keep my Fliegers as close as possible to the originals of WWII.

These straps shown below are 26mm x 26mm x 4mm and are soft and supple. I'm not sure if they'd even look good on the Big Fliegers but I was struck by their patterns.

Original buckles are "so-so" and "ho-hum" so I added a couple of brushed spartas....as close as I could to ti to match the ti-like case of the big Fliegers. Pre-V buckles will never look good on a Big Pilot/PilMil. Hard to find 26mm sparta in ti.

Tell me what you think, 3T. Will pull out my Fliegers soon and will fit the straps for Part 2 of this post. Thanks for your opinions, both positive or brutal!

PLUM ROCKY GATOR


ROUILLE ROCKY GATOR


TAN GOLD ROCKY GATOR


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Look good to me I like all 3.

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I like them, pretty bold looking...It will also depend on the watch you put them on, I think they could overpower some watches.

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joecb wrote: I like them, pretty bold looking...It will also depend on the watch you put them on, I think they could overpower some watches.

I agree 100% Jeff.

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I like them... definitely Megaladon-worthy... ;)

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Thanks guys.

To your points on them overpowering the watch... very true. But I took the risk and I guess if they go to the massive 55mm cases of my Big Fliegers, (55x20) they might just balance out. I'll find out when I strap them on soon.

Appreciate your views
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Nice straps but I just can't get with the tan gold gator. JMHO.

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Dark Gator for me!

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Jeff I like all three! Lets see the photos bro!

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>>>wanted to keep my Fliegers as close as possible to the originals of WWII.<<<

The straps are quite nice, but I don't see them keeping with your goal above. They don't look like aviator or military issue to me.

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The straps are nice, even though I wouldn't wear them. I think they are perfect for an evening watch but not for an action watch, be that a diver or aviator or military one. Having said that, it's up to the person who wears them if he can pull it off. Even an odd or eccentric combination may be acceptable or even liked if it's worn by the right person with the right attitude. Enjoy them in health.

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Jeff
I like the rust colored one best but of course it's depend on the watch and what you are wearing too I think as these are somewhat of a fashion statement too. Im very curious to see what they'll look like on the Flieger watches as I can't picture it.
Post pics of the combo ASAP :)

Thanks for sharing.

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mcwright wrote:
>>>wanted to keep my Fliegers as close as possible to the originals of WWII.<<<

The straps are quite nice, but I don't see them keeping with your goal above. They don't look like aviator or military issue to me.


Thanks for the view, Mike. Glad you raised it. What I meant in my write-up was the cherry-colored leather which I saw on one of my researches. The cherry strap I saw had olive-drab/military green canvas lining sewn on the inside of the strap. Going gator, as shown, is a temporary experiment just to see how the look would hold.

Still searching for the perfect red/cherry strap.
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Last edited on Wed Jul 20th, 2011 01:03 pm by bigrustypig

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Jeep99dad wrote:
Jeff
I like the rust colored one best but of course it's depend on the watch and what you are wearing too I think as these are somewhat of a fashion statement too. Im very curious to see what they'll look like on the Flieger watches as I can't picture it.
Post pics of the combo ASAP :)

Thanks for sharing.


Thanks Mark, KenC and Trent.

@Mousikorygxos...true, looks eccentric and you are so right about the right attitude. I don't even know if I can do this but I guess it's worth a try.


@Brice....amigo, yes, like a fashion statement (maybe even a weird one) but worth a try (LOL). I promise to post pix once rotation time for the Fliegers come by.

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Flintstones looking to me...but in a good way!

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DBN wrote:
Flintstones looking to me...but in a good way!

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Hi Jeff
Can't warm to the tan gold rocky gator, sorry :(

I think that the other two are possibilities though. Neither seems to fit your description of red, cherry or wine (maybe its my monitor?). The rouille is probably the closest, then.

Perhaps the chunky and rounded segmentation/texturing of padded gator straps is what is making us think that the big flieger may not be a good match? JMHO

How did you go with the tryout? Any pics to share, cos I am ready to be proved wrong!

Cheers - IanM

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Thanks for the inputs, Ian. I still am/was confused. Thus I just stuck with the original. They're back to OEM.










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I think this thread is FIVE YEARS OLD! chickendance.gif

Even though it's clearly allowed in "the man code" to resume a conversation that was interrupted five years ago as if no time at all has passed I still feel compelled to point it out...

and for what its worth at this point  I really loved that knobby animal skin pattern...thumbsup.gif

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OldeCrow wrote:
I think this thread is FIVE YEARS OLD! chickendance.gif

Even though it's clearly allowed in "the man code" to resume a conversation that was interrupted five years ago as if no time at all has passed I still feel compelled to point it out...

and for what its worth at this point  I really loved that knobby animal skin pattern...thumbsup.gif
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Very bold! What watch are you planning to put them on? Would be good to see the final product!

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jsmithie82 wrote: Very bold! What watch are you planning to put them on? Would be good to see the final product!welcome aboard,but are you aware the original post is from 2011?

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If you are going to go with gator straps with this much personality, make sure you have the rest of your ensemble figured out too. In other words, go "all-in". haha. I could not pull it off. I think I like the reddish one the best.

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OMG!!! I fell for it too! I did not realize this was from 2011! ha! It showed up in my mailbox and I responded. What a nube I am. crap.gif

oagaspar wrote:
jsmithie82 wrote: Very bold! What watch are you planning to put them on? Would be good to see the final product!welcome aboard,but are you aware the original post is from 2011?


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