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Alright so I've got a bit of a fetish for inflicting "shark mesh" bands on poor unsuspecting mechanical or self-sufficient watches at the moment.

Thought I'd put a couple of photos of my next "shark mesh" victim on here, one alongside my favourite diver. It's a BV1080-18A Eco-Drive, which I've found to be fairly uncommon outside of the UK market. I've been after a beige/cream dial for a while now, to help break up the monotony of black dials.

The Seiko SKA723 was proving tricky to get at a reasonable price, so this will work for now. There's a Taurus 22mm strap coming next week to replace the khaki nylon which I'm not particularly chuffed with... will make an OK spare I guess. More photos to come once the strap change is complete.


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I like the mesh bands, though I'm always worried it will pull out my arm hair... I hear they are more pleasant than than though.

Looks nice on the diver!
 

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I like the mesh bands, though I'm always worried it will pull out my arm hair... I hear they are more pleasant than than though.

Looks nice on the diver!
Cheers... I haven't suffered any unauthorised "man-zilians" from this breed of strap yet, the links are pretty well-rounded and don't seem to grip hair, which is nice.

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Nice watches.

You're in good company here with plenty of mesh fans. Interested to see what the 18A will look like on the mesh.

BTW - not sure what you would call a reasonable price but the SKA723 is available from Creation for around $125
 

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[BTW - not sure what you would call a reasonable price but the SKA723 is available from Creation for around $125[/QUOTE]

Perhaps not so much price, more of a price:convenience thing... I managed to get a hold of the Citizen in Australia for about the same price whereas the Seiko was almost impossible to find locally. Next time, though.

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Shark Mesh is about as comfortable as it gets, wraps naturally around the wrist and let's your wrist breathe.
 

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As promised. Taurus 22mm strap arrived today. It's a big improvement over the khaki canvas IMHO, and I prefer this separation clasp style over the expansion clasp type because you can lengthen and shorten seamlessly.

I now have 2x Promaster divers, one not pictured (c.1999 digital/analogue) and the pictured Eco Drive which both take 20mm straps. I reckon it's a pity because they'd definitely benefit from a beefier 22mm or 24mm strap.

As for the Seiko SKA723 I mentioned previously, there are some really good deals on eBay at the moment... but honestly I think I prefer this Citizen. The Seiko dial is just a little busy and the reverse lume pip on the seconds hand is a bit quirky. That said I'm not a huge fan of the separate seconds dial on the Citizen, either... oh well.


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I have a number of watches that benefit greatly from a mesh band. Especially watches like a Helson Turtle, which is the homage to a 1970 Certina dive watch. A match made in heaven so to speak. But in the Eighties, when watch design both inside and outside had changed drastically, I despised mesh. I thought they were the epitome of bad taste. Now I have seen the light! :D
 
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With or without the mesh, I like that Citizen watch you have there. Nice!
Thanks, they've come up alright. I need to revert to type and get some more autos though... this Eco Drive thing is getting addictive...

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I have a number of watches that benefit greatly from a mesh band. Especially watches like a Helson Turtle, which is the homage to a 1970 Certina dive watch. A match made in heaven so to speak. But in the Eighties, when watch design both inside and outside had changed drastically, I despised mesh. I thought they were the epitome of bad taste. Now I have seen the light! :D
I wasn't particularly watch-savvy in the 80s, being aged in the single digits and all. But I agree, looking back at what my parents and others were wearing, the mesh would have been gaudy.

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The OP is showing Italian Milanese mesh. It's closer knit. Where shark mesh is looser as Chaz has shown above in the lower picture. Both are very comfortable. :nod:
 

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I only have one and it's just a reproduction BUT a very good one I think!

I'm hoping to find a watch to put it on someday...





I had the right watch for it once BUT someone made me an offer I just couldn't say no to...
 

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Love mesh, currently wearing only oyster.
Miss my mesh , great looking watches


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