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Hello!

I'm relatively new to your group....

Several years ago, I became aware that my great grandfather must have been something of a WIS. Sharing the trait, my mom has given me all of his collection...which includes several Hamilton/Elgin/Waltham pocket watches and surprisingly for the late 20s/early 30s quite a few wrist watches. They both run pretty well (although a service is definitely in order). I particularly would like to wear a couple of the Hamilton wrist models:

A white gold Coronado
A yellow-gold Stanley

I think both would look good on a relatively plain black leather strap...but was wondering what the folks on here would recommend? Is there a great source for NOS Hamilton straps?

Thanks,

--John in San Antonio
 

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Sometimes there are NOS vintage straps out in the 'bay, I believe even now a pigskin Hamilton.

And there was this thread in the American part with very nice examples of Tom and the others of the vintage-maniac-gang: http://www.watchtalkforums.info/for...um/34203-strap-selection-vintage-watches.html

And this thread too, with some links on the second page: http://www.watchtalkforums.info/forums/american-watch-forum/32551-watch-straps-your-vintage.html

I believe it were these two merchants:
http://myworld.ebay.com/timesofplenty/

http://myworld.ebay.com/foxbands/
 

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Markus:

Thank you for your post...I'm already looking for new "shoes" for my newfound "treasure".

--John
 

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TxRedLeg,

One thing to be careful of -- when buying vintage Hamilton straps on eBay, be sure to ask if they are from the 1980s/90s or 1930s. The vast majority of the straps you see on eBay are fairly recent straps made for the modern recreations.
 

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Congratulations on quite a treasure of heirloom watches!

International Watchman carries inexpensive vintage-style pigskin straps in 16mm size (about $10 each) which would be perfect for these. Particularly the black and dark brown colors. I have a black IW pigskin on my white Coronado:



Be careful of changing straps using those female springbars on the flexible lugs! An alternative would be to use open-ended straps (they have pigskin in this style as well).
 

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Adam:

Thanks for the advice....

Yes, I was kind of taken aback when I saw the treasure (the Coronado) I'd inadvertently received. I haven't even begun to evaluate the pocket models...but some of them are quite stunning.

I'm going to try to take some photos one of these days soon!

--John
 
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