Damasko DC66 On DB10 Vintage Bridle Leather Zulu
The Damasko DC66 is a superb and extremely versatile watch. With the virtually impossible to scratch iced steel case, bomb-proof Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement, unrivalled bezel insert and bezel action, day/date and constant second dial it really is an incredible all round watch. At 42mm and 13.75mm high it’s the absolute sweet spot for my 7.25 inch wrist. Up until a few weeks ago my one and only watch was the Tudor Pelagos and I wrote a long review detailing why I’d chosen it. The reason it had come out on top over my previous DC66 was simply the lack of a Damasko bracelet option and I’d always said that if the DC66 came with a bracelet it would be my one and only watch and I’d be more than happy. Well, a few weeks ago, Damasko finally announced that a bracelet would soon be available for the DC66 (estimated March of 2014) and true to my word the Pelagos was sold and the DC66 is once again on my wrist, the bracelet on order.
The Damaskos do wear well on leather, however, with one personal caveat: I loathe the bundled pilot strap that comes with the DC66… In fact, in my experience, the DC66 is not an easy watch to get right, strap-wise. After four DC66s and many wasted pounds/dollars I’ve finally concluded that, for me, the perfect leather is a very dark (almost black) vintage leather where the brown just flecks through the patina. The above strap was custom made for me by DB10 Straps and is a one piece Zulu, about 2mm thick. Mel is currently making me a second two piece strap from the same piece of leather and I have to say, it’s going to be darned tough to better that Zulu!