The Wonderful World of Straps...
A primer about what your choices are and how to get what you want. Forum visitors photos with their straps on Panerai watches are shown at the bottom of the page.
Mario Paci Straps, named after the chief Engineer of Panerai from 1983-1997, are made in the workshops of Tuscany under the watchful eye of Mr. Paci and feature distinctive hides and unparalleled quality not seen in a vintage strap before.
Made by machine, these straps are produced with a different quality of hide but still a great value for the money. Remember, A Hyundai and a Mercedes both have 4 wheels and will get you where you are going. Sears sells clothes and so does Georgio Armani. So straps from many different lines will give you an all around look according to what you feel like that particular day.
What goes with what????
We usually find that people prefer Vintage non-tapered straps with the Hand wound Panerai watches and the exotics with many of the automatics except the Submersibles.
Vintage straps pay homage to the watches that were made for the Italian navy in the 1940’s and 50’s and keep the your Panerai Watch looking back to the production of their Roots.
Automatics with some complications lend themselves to the Python, Beaver, Connolly, Alligator, Teju, Caiman and many, many more skins.
Deployants….which straps are made for them?
Many of the new Panerai watches have switched to Deployant buckles instead of the trusty Tang buckle. The deployant is fixed and goes on your hand like a bracelet…..the strap starts out thicker at the watch and gets thinner and thinner to be able to fit through the slot in the deployant buckle.
And a strap made for a tang buckle is pretty much the same thickness throughout.
You can wear a Deployant strap or a regular strap on a Tang buckle but only a Deployant strap on a Deployant buckle.
How much strap do I want sticking out of the Keeper?
That is like how much shirt do you want sticking out of your jacket sleeve. Some prefer a lot, some prefer very little. Some straps come with only one Keeper and others come with 2. There is no rule just personal preference.
Specs of different straps have not been discussed as people have different expectations as well as different levels of Quality. Therefore it is up to the individual to choose which type of manufacturing process appeals to them, their needs, desires and their watches.
After all, one cannot speak for all. It is up to buyer to make that distinction for themselves. Collectors as a whole can make their choices based upon the input that they see and hear from those who wear the different straps on a regular basis. Those who have paid for them and chosen to wear them.
From here on out we will be adding pictures of straps posted by our forum visitors attached to the watches and explain whose the seller is and where they came from….this is a work in progress.