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Old 04-10-2017, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a Citizen Eco-Drive chronograph that came with a black ion bracelet. The watch is black with a blue ring around the face, and a thin blue line on each of the three buttons.

I've recently noticed the black on the bracelet is rubbing off, and am thinking of putting a 22mm strap on it.

I'm thinking a black leather strap with blue thread and a black buckle. Is it possible to find this for under $75 USD shipped. I live in South Florida.

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Old 04-10-2017, 10:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Th reason I'm asking is I have looked at some strap makers, and their straps are worth more than i paid for the watch. I do have a heads up that Steve O Straps is in the wheelhouse price wise, but they're in the UK, and I'm just trying to find a strap vendor in the USA that would be in the same price range.
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Th reason I'm asking is I have looked at some strap makers, and their straps are worth more than i paid for the watch. I do have a heads up that Steve O Straps is in the wheelhouse price wise, but they're in the UK, and I'm just trying to find a strap vendor in the USA that would be in the same price range.
I've bought straps from SteveO in the past and found his straps to be good value. His turnaround time is generally quite good. If he's backed up or delayed, he'll keep you updated. I'd recommend him.
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This is the first time I've spent some time reading the strap forum. I've noticed that quite a lot of links on the pinned strap vendor page are dead links.
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Have you looked at panatime.com? Probably not as good as a custom strap but they have several black strap with blue stitching options in 22mm. You'd have to purchase a pvd buckle (which they also sell) to match but should be able to do so within your target price.

As an aside, my spell checker initially replaced "panatime" with "panties" which really changed the direction my post was going...
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I started with Steve O straps. I looked at Panatime. I wound up looking at every strap website linked in the pinned thread (and found a lot of dead links). Ultimately the best combination of looks, price, and quickest delivery wound up being at Strapped for Time. My first time using them. If you're in the USA, they ship from Charlotte, NC. I ordered from them online on Thursday, and it arrived today. Not bad with Easter being in the middle of it all.

So I decided on a carbon fiber with blue stitching and a black pvd deployment buckle.

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Solid choice. Looks good.
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Now you have me looking there, a CF/Orange would look good on my Navihawk AT.
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Nice choice. It worked out very well. Looks great on the Citizen.
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