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Old 05-08-2012, 12:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know that many of you who wear rubber straps on your dive watches think highly of Isofrane straps, but wish there were less expensive alternatives, so I thought I'd share my experience with several Bonetto Cinturini straps.



The nearest strap in the photo is the Bonetto Cinturini #281, whichChronoworld sells in 18mm, 20mm, and 22mm. They seem to be out of the 22mm at the moment, but Benarus sells the 22mm on their site at a reasonable price. I believe that this is the strap that Halios supplied with the Bluering. The other strap pictured came with the Halios Puck, and though I can't be sure, I suspect that it is the Bonetto Cinturini #317. The link is to the 24mm, but I believe the 317 is also available in 22mm.

I've heard some comments about the 281, suggesting that it was light and stiff. Compared to the 22mm Isofrane, the 281 is obviously less substantial.



However, I do not agree that the 281 is stiff. Wearing it on the 42mm Precista PRS-3, it seems quite comfortable and natural, but considering its lighter weight, I'm not sure how well it would do with a bigger, heavier watch.



I found the 24mm strap that came with the Puck, the one I think may be the 317, to be substantial, but stiff. I think the Isofrane is significantly more comfortable than this strap, but I found the Bonetto Cinturini #321, sold by Holben's and The Watch Prince, to be heavy duty and very comfortable. I wore it on the Zenton M45 until I sold the watch. The 321 only comes in 24mm, but if I needed another 24mm rubber strap, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. I have an Isofrane to wear on the Halios Puck, but I think the 321 would be a much better strap for the Puck than the one Halios supplies with it.




I find the buckles that come on the Bonetto Cinturini straps to be kind of cheap and wimpy looking, not that I would expect a heavy duty Isofrane style buckle on a strap in this price range, but if you have a nice buckle to put on it, the appearance IMO is much better.


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I got a 321 from Holbens per a recommend from Nate (MESH GUY) Thanks NATE

and i gotta say although it is 3MM not 4MM thick -i was impressed - substantially less $$$ than the ISO-FRANE

but the strap feels the same as the ISO - IMO

nice review

I'm hoping to snag a 321 in BLUE but Holbens doesnt carry them - I'll have to check out watch prince and see if they have the Blue






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Appreciate the thoughts on the straps.
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Nice review, I have a Bonetto Cinturini Model 285-22 on my Seiko 007 and while I have never worn a Isofrane, this seems like a well made strap.
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Nice Review!!

I'm a big BC 300 fan...I call it the isofrane killer (LOL).









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Great review.
Thank you for taking the time.

I guess I might be an isofrane mark.

I have tried all of the straps above, including the one KY70 posted. They all seem to be lacking just a litte something that cant compare to the isforane. One its buckles are not as good, or the one with the large holes just does not do it for me design wise, and the depyloyant buckle one above...while it is a great rubber no doubt, the square hole spacing in the isofrane I think is what makes it breathable and bendable and comfortable to wear.

But, it is good to know that there are other soft, yet durable rubber straps out there that can be had a lesser price.

For me, I have to stick with the isofrane, as I have become enamored with them.
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Another great review. Thank you for posting!!! Great pictures.
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Thanks for the review. I'm a big fan of BC straps.
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Great review and very helpful, Chuck. I'm a BC fan myself and the 321, in particular, is the only strap that I have (or have ever had) three of. I'd buy a fourth if I saw it at a nice deal, too. Its everything you said it was, Chuck.

My favorite way to wear it is on the Tissot Sea-Touch. I also put a deployant from an old Triumph watch on it and the "T" just looks perfect on the Tissot, I think:


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I've got a BC on my Armida A1....seems to do the trick for me!
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Good to see some more options for rubber.
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I was looking though the Bonetto website a few days ago and it looks like they have the same rubber that Marathon uses on their watches.

I'd have to buy one to compare, but the look and design is exactly the same.

I like my TSAR's rubber. If I ever need to get one I'll definitely go for a Bonetto, unless I can afford an Isofrane.
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