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Tan python leather strap on Marina Militare #2

I bought a tan pythonleather strap with deployant for my Marina Militare, through the seller exclusive_watches_inc on eBay. The brushed deployant matches the titanium case nicely and the pythonleather has worn into a lively colour after just a few days. You can see the original colour of the strap near the top left of the picture, where the strap is normally protected from wear by the tail end.

 

To my disappointment the deployant was defective, as was the spare they sent. I was able to salvage 1 working deployant out of parts of both, but it was time consuming and annoying. After having seen the insides, I'm not convinced this deployant will hold up for very long.

 

Also disappointing were the 'Officine Panerai' stamps on both the deployant and the strap. Apparently the strap is intended for use on replica's but was not advertised as such in the auction. While this won't keep me from wearing it, I don't like replica markings on a watch I bought because it wasn't a replica.

 

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Taken on March 4, 2009