1964 Rolex 5513 Gilt Submariner On Bridle Leather
I very rarely wear my divers on leather as it rather seems to defeat the object of wearing a diver in the first place.. If I feel like taking a dip in the sea or even going deeper, that’s fine if I’m wearing a diver but not if it’s strapped to my wrist using an expensive leather strap that won’t react well to salt water. That said, my older vintage Subs won’t see too much under the waves action so now and again it’s OK to pop one on a nice vintage leather, I guess. There seems to be a trend at the moment amongst vintage Rolex collectors to use leather straps that look like they’ve been stitched with straw and all of those straps seem to have an obligatory pair of stitches tight up against the lugs. Not being one to particularly enjoy “trends” I decided to have a strap made especially for this gilt 5513 and my thoughts immediately turned to bridle leather and no stitches. No stitches because it’s clean and less busy, more like a rubber strap that might traditionally have been worn on a diver and bridle leather because of the vintage feel of that particular leather and also because I didn’t want black; I wanted instead a very dark brown that I felt might contrast better with the golden plots and gilt writing. A forum friend of mine, Mel of db10, listened carefully to what I wanted and then did a magnificent job of producing exactly what I’d asked for. The result can be seen below and I think it works rather well. Thanks Mel!!