Yesterday I got the Christmas gift I ordered to myself. An Omega
"America Cup" rubber strap with deployant to fit onto my Omega SMP, and me being the geek I am I want to share my joy with all of you. So here is the impression after 24 hours with the strap.
It looks good. I never really belived that curved ends did make such a difference, but they do. I never belived that a smooth surface was such a big difference compared against the Hirsch Carbon strap, but it is. The strap feels good and tapers down from 20 mm at the watch to 18 mm at the deployant end. The thickness of straps goes from 4.8 mm at the case to 1.8 mm at the deployant. It is stiff, so stiff that I have problems laying down the watch dial side up, I can't bend the strap enough. But regardless this stiffness, it is comfortable and I wear the strap tighter than I usually wear them.
The curved ends are not without problems. This is doubtless the strap that I have had most problems to fasten, regardless that I used my Bergeon strap tool.. I was on edge of breakdown when I finally got it there. Simply stated, it was a tight fit.
Another issue that almost made me go havoc. It took me half a day to understand the proper way to close it. I tried a lot of ways but I always had problems to get the "click" until I understood the way to do it...
Simply press where I got my thumb. It is simple but I tried to high up on the deployant for the first hours, and almost given up beliving that the deployant was broken when I got the idea...
There isn't much to say, after all it is only a strap, even if it is nice.
The Omega hole distance
The deployant is made to fit into the 8 mm hole distance of Omega straps. Normal straps (as measured on my Hirsch straps) have a 9 mm distance. In this
picture you can also see the one concern I have with these kinds of deployants, they make marks on the strap like a normal clasp. But these mark are not visible when the clasp is closed.
I got mine from Jürgen as s-parts.de and the price was really good compared to the price qouted by the local Omega dealer. The price they qouted to me was: €150 for the strap and €300 for the deployant! Jürgen gave me a price way below that! There is no way I would have payed that insane amount of money, not even for this combination.