The Strap Swap Series showcases how easily a watch's appearance can be altered by modifying or swapping the watchband. It includes before and after photos or digital mockups of iconic and everyday watches.
One of the most affordable things a person can do to customize a watch is to replace the wristband that came with it. There are many strap options available to modify the character of the watch. One can let a little bit of his or her personal taste show, which may not be in the original watchband (that everyone else has).
|The Swiss Army Titanium Airboss is a looker. Mine has a freckle in the date wheel near the 6.|
|Limited edition titanium Airboss siblings by Victorox Swiss Army. Model number 241599 & 241600|
|The Swiss Army Airboss Titanium Chronograph 241599... an amazing limited edition pilot watch|
|Swiss Army Titanium Airboss shown on digital leather NATO straps and a natural leather bund strap|
Pre-visualizing a watch strap before I spend a dime has saved me money and disappointment, but it is not foolproof. The digital fabrications are only as good as my source images that are often “borrowed” from the seller's web site. The sellers do not always take color accurate photographs of their products so it is a guessing game to see what I get in the mail after you order.
The other difficulty in using photoshop to add digital watchbands to digital watches is that the angle, contrast and other things that make up a photograph are rarely similar. This can yield some admittedly fake looking rough drafts as seen below, but still helps me decide whether to proceed with a strap purchase.
Some failures can be seen below after I received the strap and took blurry iPhone photos to share with my watch buddies for opinions (Thanks Scott). With the vintage red band, I was hoping to pick up the red hour ring printed on the crystal, but it was too thick, and the buckle too large. What looked fine in the digital comp above did not work in person.
This limited edition buffalo watchband from a 2009 Swiss Army Limited edition watch is rare and looked okay, but better saved for something else. I wanted to bring out the light numerals on the dial.
|A tan NATO band was used to test a lighter color band against the gray titanium|
Crown & Buckle's excellent product photography made it easy for me to drop a photo of my watch head onto their strap for review. I liked what I was seeing here with the lighter tan of the Lotus watch band elevating the lighter numerals and hands.
|Digital Swiss Army Titanium Airboss on Lotus strap by Crown & Buckle|
|Digital Swiss Army Titanium Airboss on Sheffield strap by Crown & Buckle|
|Digital Swiss Army Titanium Airboss on Premium NATO straps by Crown & Buckle|
|The Sheffield leather does indeed have a greenish hue to it though tan mostly shines through|
|I added the optional PVD buckle to the strap to replace the stainless steel.|
|The winning combination of sand Premium NATO Strap and Swiss Army Titanium Airboss Chronograph|
Many thanks to Crown & Buckle whose 3 images I altered for this blog. I give this company a 10/10 for customer service, communication, product quality and value. Make sure to visit them for excellent watch band deals.