My first watch


I have never purchased a watch before (I have an Omega from that was my grandfather's from around 1955, but I have never purchased a watch). For my 35th birhday and because 2010 was a pretty good year for me, I decided I'd like to purchase a Vacheron. I really like the Patrimony in 18K gold white case.

The watch comes with a black strap. Ideally, if I were wearing brown shoes / belt, the strap would match my other accessories.

So, I am curious as to how difficult it is to switch straps on the watch (especially for just a short period of time) and whether it is a lot of effort? Also, would you buy additional straps at an authorized dealer or are theree other places that sell authentic straps?

Many thanks,

Re: My first watch
01/11/2011 - 03:34
Congratulations, an excellent choice! Changing straps can be difficult and will be difficult if you've never done it. I would not practice on a gold watch since you will very likely scratch the lugs. Better to practice on a stainless steel watch. It requires some special tools and I generally wouldn't recommend it until you've had a little experience. There are some straps that have little cut-outs at the lug ends and the lugs themselves have little handles which can be easily pulled back to disengage them from the lug holes. They look a little like a miniaturised bolt-action rifle (the bolt part). They are much easier to handle but not very common. Look at it this way, its an excuse to buy another watch with a different strap. There are many manufactures of excellent crocodile straps including custom-made ones. Send me an email and I'll give you a list of a few I have used. Best wishes, Joseph
Re: Re: My first watch
01/11/2011 - 06:26
What Joseph didn't tell you: Before too long you'll have more straps than shoes.  Miki
Re: Re: My first watch
01/12/2011 - 01:48
Hello, Thanks for the advice. I certainly don't want to damage anything. And, buying another watch might be totally worthwhile. I will message you to get the info on the straps. Best, John
It's very easy to switch straps.
01/12/2011 - 11:02
With the correct tool (which is very inexpensive), once you have done it a few times you won't think twice. That being said, you can also avoid the whole issue, as other posters have noted, by buying straps specially made to be changeable without tools.
welcome to the Lounge John and congrats on your watch. JB mentioned
01/11/2011 - 11:06
special straps with integrated push pieces which allow you to take them off and put them back with ease, you would need to talk to your retailer and see what he suggests. Don't hesitate to post scans and comments on your watch !