Watch band ideas

Even though we have decided to not buy anything permanent this month, Christmas is coming and I wanted to got some ideas down for watch bands that I like:

For my 22mm divers (Orange bullet, Pepsi, and Full Lume compass):

REG-MB22-003

This is something different, a mesh bracelet.  About $19+8 shipping on eBay.  They look pretty comfortable and rugged at the same time.  I’ll have to try one on in the store, though.

SEI-SS22-001-4

Nothing too out of the ordinary on this one, it is a ‘super oyster’ bracelet by Seiko.  It has all solid links and would make a great replacement for the cheap, folded link bracelet for my Pepsi watch or look great on my Orange Bullet.  $29.99+8 shipping on eBay.

NATO22018P

A bold, orange NATO strap for my Orange bullet.  $9.99+3 shipping on eBay.   Comes in many colors as well.  I already have a black one, but I like bold orange as well.  It would also work with the cream faced compass Seiko.

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First real watch repair

With my vintage Timex, it was starting, stopping, and not keeping good time.  So, I opened it up and did a little basic repair.  I used lighter fluid (napthha) to clean the balance pivots and the lever pivots.  Then I used a tiny amount of mineral oil to oil the pivots.   Although this is not ideal, it is just a pin lever watch.  Worst case, I would have to clean more pivots and oil with some real watch oil, but I am cheap. This watch was less than $15, so it was not worth it and I always wanted to try do some real repairs.

The results?

The watch does not stop anymore and keeps better time than ever.  Now I feel more confident wearing it when I need reliable timekeeper.

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Sad day for fine watch lovers.

It looks like Bailey Banks & Biddle is going out of business after 175 years.  They were always very helpful, but with the downturn of the economy, I can understand why they were struggling.  Even high end stores falter.  I shall miss browsing their nice selection.  Even at 50% off, it is still way out of my price range.

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