Published on February 12th, 2013 | by allan
Crown & Buckle Straps
Once I got the 7009-4001, I knew I wanted to throw on a nice crocodile band on it. I also wanted replace the stock band on the SNDC87 because I’m not a big fan of contrast stitching. I had seen Crown & Buckle mentioned on the WatchUSeek forums and Reddit before. The straps offered on C&B were at the price point for me considering these watches are about $100-150. I can’t justify buying a $100 band/strap for a watch of equal value.
I actually placed an order before the 7009-4001 came in. I saw that it was 20mm, the same as the SNDC87. Perfect, I can use the same bands interchangeably with the two watches. I ordered a 20mm band in black, brown, and tan crocodile leather. Sadly I was wrong. I was misinformed by the information I found about the band width. The 7009-4001 actually fits an 18mm band. I’m going to have to exchange the brown and tan ones for the smaller size. I don’t think I’ll ever want to swap out the black one on the SNDC87.
I’m very happy with the quality of the bands. The leather is much more durable than the band that came on the SNDC87. Not to mention it feels much softer too. The stock band got scratched up from just a few wears. The texture of the C&B bands looks much nicer than the stock band.
I also ordered a 22mm black PVD HD Nato strap for the SNDA65 I recently purchased. I had read that the stock strap was not that great. The stock strap comes with glossy black hardware whereas the C&B strap has black PVD hardware. It is made of ballistic nylon which is thicker and looks more durable than the stock strap. I think the C&B strap is a better match for the watch and is a great value.
Crown & Buckle gives you a free spring bar tool if you spend more than $75, so I figured I might as well buy everything I want at one time. It was convenient too because I didn’t have one yet. I’ll definitely order from Crown & Buckle in the future.