FINDING THE CORRECT STRAP

    • Stitching - does the strap have it or is it plain? The most popular Mondaine watches are plain, without stitching.  If it has stitching, it is either white or black.

    • Material - black or red leather, woven mesh or steel bracelet.  Not all sizes come in all materials colours.

    • Size - ie the width of the strap.  On the rear of the strap, usually on the end of the “tail” side that goes into the buckle, is a number.  Because of wear, you may need to angle a light on it to make it clearer.  This number (12,16,or 18 for example) is the width size in mm.  Alternatively, or if the number is not visible, the width of the strap is determined by the gap between the two stanchions or shoulders into which the strap nestles.  Use a ruler to measure this gap – but beware that the differences between the sizes is only 2mm and this is where the care is required.  Don’t measure the strap as it may have stretched.

      You also need to know the length of the strap.  Most Mondaine watches come in a standard length at purchase.  It this is too tight, maybe an XL version would be more comfortable; but not all straps have an XL option

    • Buckle finish - which finish would you like for the buckle – shiny or mat brushed, or black?  Usually, black face watches come in a brushed steel finish and so the buckle can be matched. If this is not important to you select “whatever!” when making your selection.


FITTING YOUR MONDAINE WATCH STRAP

Fitting the strap is easy, but slightly fiddly, so make sure you allow time to do it correctly.  The straps come with a web link to instructions on how to fit.

Many jewellers will fit the strap for you, but of course they will charge.  If you fancy a bit of DIYing watch the video (below) with exact instructions.  To make the task easier we also sell a springbar removal tool which is featured on the pages.

Click SHOP on the top menu to see the full selection of straps, if you are seeking Helvetica straps click here.

 

Mondaine the watch company

The clock displayed at all the stations of the Swiss federal railways (SBB) has become a design classic. It was created in the 1940s by engineer and designer Hans Hilfiker (1901-93), who at that time was an SBB employee. The SBB wanted a clock that would not only guarantee the smooth running of the trains, but would become part of their national image.

The clock face is simple and strong. The hour and minute marks are denoted by black lines on the white face; the hour and minute hands are also black. Against this black and white background the red second hand stands out. It was nicknamed the “rote Kelle” or “red signal” because of the red disc at the end of it, mimicking the hand-held signal which the station manager used to wave to tell the driver the train could leave. The red hand pauses for 1.5 seconds when it reaches the top of the minute and is clearly visible at a distance. It has become a symbol of Swiss punctuality.

In 1986 the Swiss watchmaker Mondaine launched a copyrighted watch and clock collection based on this classic design; Mondaine’s Official Swiss Railways SBB Watch has itself been named one of the 10 classic watch-making designs to have come from Switzerland. It has also been selected by the London Design Museum and the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) as one of the most iconic examples of 20th century design.

About Mondaine | The Swiss Railwatch maker

The brand is so popular that its design range needs no introduction. The key features of the brand are popular by means of ‘Railway Watch’ which is renowned worldwide. Hans Hilfiker, a well-known Swiss Engineer, Designer and an employee of the Swiss Federal Railways, shaped a patented archetypal Railway Clock during the 1940s.

Gadgets 

 

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Replacement Straps

 

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