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Old 04-24-2012, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Reviewer: Mike W.*(UKWolfeman)
Strap Being Reviewed: Ted Su 24mm Dive Buckle and Strap

Company Website: https://teddy-straps.3dcartstores.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1557197487&ref=ts

About/History: We are a family run business specializing in the design and manufacture of handmade watch bands. Panerai straps are our specialty, but we have been building straps for name brands such as Rolex, Omega, Cartier and many others since 2004 and have built a reputation for innovative design, quality craftsmanship and great customer service.

Our workshop is based in Taiwan dedicated to fine watch bands and leather goods making. All the straps and leather goods are made in-house by skilled craftsmen. Ted Su is also an experienced machinist who loves applying his knowledge on both leather and machining into his creations.

We are always on hand to answer customer's questions and to give advice, whether you are purchasing a new strap or having straps serviced.

If you require any further information on our products or services, please feel free to Contact us.

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Specifications:

Strap:
Size: 24/24 75/125
(Fits 44mm Panerai Luminor Marina and any watch with 24mm lugs.* For wrists from 6.75" to 8"). **
Material: Rubber
Color available: Black. (Blue and other colors may be available later)
Buckle:
Size: 21mm x 32mm x 10mm
Material: 316L stainless steel
Total Weight: 51 grams
Price: $145.00 USD and $15 shipping

Strap provided for review

Revisions of the dive buckle and strap were made based on years of experiences and customer feedback. The newest dive buckle/strap system is truly the most comfortable rubber strap for Panerai. Not only it is a worry-free strap (it is so comfortable that you will often forget you are wearing a watch), it is built to take any abuse your adventurous life style can offer. Every Ted Su Dive buckle/strap is guaranteed for 2 years.

































My Thoughts and Impressions: I'm going to come right and say it I am a huge fan of the Dive Strap Company (begins with an I) that charges slightly over $100 for their rubber dive straps. Love them and don't like the price but the price doesn't prevent me from buying they are just plain worth it. So when I was looking around the web to see other dive straps that might be available I noticed Ted Su produces one with a very cool buckle.

The original Dive Strap was canvas but Ted Su redesigned and is now using Polyurethane for this strap. The strap is extremely soft yet seems it will be durable and does not collect lint as silicone based straps always do. The strap comes with 2 keepers and a very cool buckle. The strap measures nearly 5mm at the thickest point and almost 2mm at the thinnest.

The strap is specifically designed for Panerai watches but can easy be adapted to other brands. However, just be careful when choosing a watch for this strap as there can be issues if the lugs of the watch are thin and the lug holes are too close to the edges of the lugs. The holes on the Ted Su Dive Strap are larger than most allowing for a gap between strap and lug which could be visible looking from the sides of the case to the lug area if one is not careful. This strap does come with tubes in the lugs for greater durability in this area if one uses thin enough screw bars or spring bars to connect the strap to the case.

The stainless steel buckle is a "seat belt style" deployant that secures firmly in place when engaged and is not coming of the wrist easily. The buckle itself gives this strap an uniqueness from the rest of available dive straps on the market. The buckle is assembled together using 4 flathead stainless steel screws. I find in this particular instance the buckle provides some wrist balance due to the case size of the watch modeling this strap. The buckle is massive at around 9.5mm in thickness.

As far as comfort, which I believe is one of the biggest if not the biggest area to report, the Ted Su Dive Strap and Buckle is dead on as described by the company. It is extremely light weight and soft. I have almost forgetten that I have a strap on my wrist at times. So if you own a watch that has a significant case presence this strap and buckle could provide a really good combination. Also, a great alternative for those guys that hate cutting their straps or using standard buckles. If you need a 22mm version you can order a notched 22/24mm on the website.

The only drawback that I can see is if you have over an 8 inch wrist you need not apply for this one. Ted Su needs to think about increasing the length to at least 135/80 if not slightly longer so guys with larger wrists can enjoy and also for those that would like to try it over a wet suit for diving which could be problematic at its current length. A 2 year warranty is a huge plus however.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to your comments.
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Great pictures and info!
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I've always liked Ted Su straps in canvas with the very cool buckle. I'm glad to see them branching out to other materials. Light weight and comfy is the way to go. I like owning some of the heavier watch cases but I always try to experiment with ways to "lighten the load" after a little while. I'm with you on the length though, Michael. Its got to be long to work for me. I hope they will offer straps in different lengths. I'm in for one if they do.

Great review and outstanding pics, btw. Thanks!
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I bought one of these thinking i was going to put it on my ploprof,and it would not fit.
So then i thought i would put it on my deep blue pro aqua diver again would not fit
Im trying to buy a watch so that I can use the strap.
( I think im going backwards LOL )
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Excellent review and pics.
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Great review Mike, and thanks for the video showing how the buckle actually works.

I love the buckle, not crazy over the polyurethane strap, but it is an improvement over the canvas that was previously used.
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Someone asked me about the indentation in the strap from buckling. It pretty much stays in the strap but that shows you how tightly it is secured. Plus when it is being worn you never see it.
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great strap and review
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And how is the comfort set against the isofrane. It looks like a killer, but the price is even higher. If it's worth it i'm thinking about buing it for this one:



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And how is the comfort set against the isofrane. It looks like a killer, but the price is even higher. If it's worth it i'm thinking about buing it for this one:



Comfort is off the charts IMHO. The buckle would definitely provide balance. I like it just as much as my Isofrane. It is definitely softer and not as thick.
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Great review Mike! I have mine (canvas) on my Kazimon funfhundert and absolutely love it!!
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I really like the looks of that strap very much. Right up my alley. Great review too!
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Great review Mike, and thanks for the video showing how the buckle actually works.

I love the buckle, not crazy over the polyurethane strap, but it is an improvement over the canvas that was previously used.
How is it an improvement over the canvas?
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Great review Mike, and thanks for the video showing how the buckle actually works.

I love the buckle, not crazy over the polyurethane strap, but it is an improvement over the canvas that was previously used.
How is it an improvement over the canvas?
It is for me personaly Gerald. I just was not a fan of the canvas for this strap. I have a Micah french canvas, but that is stitched to a leather backing, which is why I like it. Just personal preference is all.
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That's a very nice looking strap. I just love how many strap options there are for 24mm lugs. Great review too!
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Great looking watch band love the buckle, the price mmmmm but if i had a high end dive watch to put it on no second thoughts about it.
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Great info and video. I will just have to wait for the longer length for my 8.25 wrist. I did check out the link and I can't wait to see what the CONCEPT RUBBER bands are all about.
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Hey Mike, any idea what this strap weighs? Curious to know how much it weighs with that big chunk of a steel buckle.
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Hey Mike, any idea what this strap weighs? Curious to know how much it weighs with that big chunk of a steel buckle.

Ill check it tomorrow and report back. Guessing 30g.
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