Jippo-Strippo Straps

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Jippo-Strippo Straps

Post by 3Flushes » May 30th 2023, 7:25pm

The cost cutting proliferation of straps produced with cheesy materials** in most cases winds up making the overall design look schlocky regardless of what the quality of the watch might actually be.

**These would include nylon, polyester, burlap, and any dime store point of purchase spinner quality slide throughs / NATO's.

Acceptable woven straps would be those made from medium or heavy weight ballistic nylon, or medium to heavy weight cotton canvas. I've seen very cool straps made from linen canvas but the cost approaches crockagator.

Good quality rubber straps are great on watch designs it compliments.

And also beware of inferior leather straps.

The mark genuine Leather means practically nothing. Goods marked genuine leather are a cost effective alternative to high grade leathers. They are made from an intermediate cut, are stiff, mechanically textured, and sprayed for color. Oftentimes bonded goods , the worst grade, get marked as genuine leather.

Top grain leather is an acceptable choice. Essentially a veneer cut (skeeved) from the top of a hide which may be mechanically textured. The quality of top grain depends as much on the quality of the backing materials and attachment method (preferably stitched) used as it does on the quality of the leather.

Full grain leather, preferably vegetable tanned, comes from the full layer of the top of the hide is the best choice. Full grain leather maintains the natural graining of the animal, is the most breathable, is soft and long lasting, and will develop a patina over time. Bridle leather also falls into this top tier.

If you're going to do it, do it right goddammit.
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Post by Datsun240Z71 » May 31st 2023, 3:30am

We bought an as advertised "leather couch" from big furniture retailer Rooms To Go. After a few years, the top layer started to peel away, as it was actually "bonded leather". A few pics and phone calls to complain, and they gave us a somewhat fair credit and picked up the damaged furniture. We got a cloth upholstered chair and ottoman from them, and it's been fine.

Our real leather couch we have now from COSTCO is real leather, on the seating surfaces anyway (like most car manufacturers do).
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Post by codguy » May 31st 2023, 5:17am

3Flushes wrote:
May 30th 2023, 7:25pm
If you're going to do it, do it right goddammit.
Uhm, soo this nyce $6 set of 5 is out than

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and assume this $2.50 juan also two

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Yepper, some peeple actualy ware watches with these peaces of shit's------hell, we even had a WL member reconmend the bottom juan ^ to another here
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Post by 3Flushes » May 31st 2023, 4:50pm

iwasbanned wrote:
May 31st 2023, 12:01pm
codguy wrote:
May 31st 2023, 5:17am

Yepper, some peeple actualy ware watches with these peaces of shit's------hell, .... even .... WL member ..... juan
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My observation was directed at watches with 6 for $5 quality straps offered as original equipment. If one wishes to change out an OE attachment for such aftermarket pieces of crap, have at it.

I initially thought the DuFrane strap was crap and said so in your thread heralding its arrival. However on closer inspection, it appears to be made of cotton or a blend and I edited my post there accordingly. I also like the texture and it compliments the watch.That said, not a fan of NATOES of any composition.
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Post by 3Flushes » May 31st 2023, 5:12pm

Datsun240Z71 wrote:
May 31st 2023, 3:30am
We bought an as advertised "leather couch" from big furniture retailer Rooms To Go. After a few years, the top layer started to peel away, as it was actually "bonded leather". A few pics and phone calls to complain, and they gave us a somewhat fair credit and picked up the damaged furniture. We got a cloth upholstered chair and ottoman from them, and it's been fine.

Our real leather couch we have now from COSTCO is real leather, on the seating surfaces anyway (like most car manufacturers do).
Glad it worked out - there is a lot of deceptive practices out there.

You can get screwed even with top grain leeather. TG is a veneer from the top of the hide that can be so thin that even a minor scratch or scrape can extend into the backing materials which provide the actual shape of the product. After just a few of those scrapes with the environment a TG piece can look like shit in short order. 

Top grain products can also delaminate just as your bonded couch did. This most often occurs from over conditioning when the oils or whatnot penetrates into the backing material. Good quality TG products have a thick enough leather layer and good backing materials such that they will maintain their appearance despite minor scratches and scuffs.

On a full grain product, surface insults add to the lifetime character and patina of the leather.
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