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Toxic Tropics?

Post by pbj204 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:53 pm

Am I the only one that thinks it would be great if Terry carried some quality Tropic rubbers? I don't think there's any good US source now.

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Post by nweash » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:57 pm

Amen. Would love a good set in 20 & 22.
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Post by r.palace » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:24 pm

Ofrei was a good source but their shipping kills it. I'd totally dig some ToxicTropics :rock:
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Post by Ryeguy » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:52 pm

I tried a Watchgecko tropic. Decent feeling, but dang if it didn't stink like some kind of citrus scented industrial cleaner.

A rubber tropic without a scent (or at least a mild vanilla) would be a great addition!


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Post by pbj204 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:24 pm

Ryeguy wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:52 pm
I tried a Watchgecko tropic. Decent feeling, but dang if it didn't stink like some kind of citrus scented industrial cleaner.

A rubber tropic without a scent (or at least a mild vanilla) would be a great addition!


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Damn, I just ordered from them. Hopefully there's a way to reduce the scent. Tropics look great though.

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Post by CGSshorty » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:51 pm

Troxic?
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Post by demer03 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:42 am

So far, no one has gotten it right, IMHO. Oris oddly came close on the 1965.

I’d love it if someone could reproduce the old Swiss tropic flexibility and texture.
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Post by dukerules » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:11 am

demer03 wrote:So far, no one has gotten it right, IMHO. Oris oddly came close on the 1965.

I’d love it if someone could reproduce the old Swiss tropic flexibility and texture.
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Post by tattoo chef » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:18 am

I love this one.

http://www.gruppogammawatches.com/stor ... _22mm.html

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Post by Ryeguy » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:55 am

pbj204 wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:24 pm
Ryeguy wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:52 pm
I tried a Watchgecko tropic. Decent feeling, but dang if it didn't stink like some kind of citrus scented industrial cleaner.

A rubber tropic without a scent (or at least a mild vanilla) would be a great addition!


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Damn, I just ordered from them. Hopefully there's a way to reduce the scent. Tropics look great though.
Sorry, Paul. I didn't mean to rain on your parade. Maybe your example will be less scented than mine, or maybe I am just more sensitive to the citrus scent they use.

On the positive side, the strap is soft and flexible - much more so than the Uncle Seiko waffle I tried earlier (which was very stiff and plastic feeling. Maybe true to the original PVC Seiko, but not what I was looking for.)

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Post by Ryeguy » Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:00 am

tattoo chef wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:18 am
I love this one.

http://www.gruppogammawatches.com/stor ... _22mm.html

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Looks nice, but only available in 22mm. I wish I could find a 20mm version.

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Post by 3migo » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:18 am

That'd be amazing. I'd absolutely grab one to toss on my Seamaster.
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Post by streetracer101 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:02 am

Ryeguy wrote:
tattoo chef wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:18 am
I love this one.

http://www.gruppogammawatches.com/stor ... _22mm.html

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Looks nice, but only available in 22mm. I wish I could find a 20mm version.
These are nice, but the price is a little steep.

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Post by toxicavenger » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:12 pm

I will ask around. Most of the samples I got in the past felt like hard plastic. So I passed on them.

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Post by Morethan1 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:39 pm

I believe uncleseiko is working on some over at the seiko forum. Not sure what sizes they come in.
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Post by CGSshorty » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:53 pm

Morethan1 wrote:I believe uncleseiko is working on some over at the seiko forum. Not sure what sizes they come in.
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Post by Jeep99dad » Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:44 pm

The best one I've had is the Oris but NTH has a very nice one for 25-40$ (20mm). Wish they had a 22 I'd buy one.
Ofrei's sucked.
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Post by Ryeguy » Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:21 am

Jeep99dad wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:44 pm
The best one I've had is the Oris but NTH has a very nice one for 25-40$ (20mm). Wish they had a 22 I'd buy one.
Ofrei's sucked.
Does the NTH version have a citrus scent like he Watchgecko version? Curious if they are the same strap sold by different vendors or if they are different.

Offrei's are silicone, so likely to not be as long lasting and also be dust magnets. They are cheap though. I've heard you can find the same model on Amazon for similar prices and without the Offrei minimum order amount.

If Terry could get his current rubber strap maker to knock these out, I'd definitely be a buyer.

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Post by Jeep99dad » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:39 am

Ryeguy wrote:
Jeep99dad wrote:
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:44 pm
The best one I've had is the Oris but NTH has a very nice one for 25-40$ (20mm). Wish they had a 22 I'd buy one.
Ofrei's sucked.
Does the NTH version have a citrus scent like he Watchgecko version? Curious if they are the same strap sold by different vendors or if they are different.

Offrei's are silicone, so likely to not be as long lasting and also be dust magnets. They are cheap though. I've heard you can find the same model on Amazon for similar prices and without the Offrei minimum order amount.

If Terry could get his current rubber strap maker to knock these out, I'd definitely be a buyer.
No scent on my NTH

Ofrei feels like crap and IS a major magnet for dust and the like.
I got a 20 and 22 some time ago. Gave away the 20 and still have the 22 which I never wear.
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Re: Toxic Tropics?

Post by Ryeguy » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:31 am

Interesting. The NTH and the WatchGecko look almost identical, down to the plain keepers.

The Uncle Seiko sample and the GruppoGamma examples look to have patterned keepers which seem like a nice detail.

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Post by unsub073 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:47 am

Nodus has their version of it in 20mm.

https://www.noduswatches.com/straps/tropic-rubber-strap

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Toxic Tropics?

Post by BBK357 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:27 am

I have a few I bought from an eBay seller years ago. They are NOS. Not a huge fan of them because they are pretty stiff. I'd rather have them on the softer side.
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Post by pbj204 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:01 am

Ryeguy wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:52 pm
I tried a Watchgecko tropic. Decent feeling, but dang if it didn't stink like some kind of citrus scented industrial cleaner.

A rubber tropic without a scent (or at least a mild vanilla) would be a great addition!


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Just got the Watchgecko Tropics. They look and feel nice, but you're right, they have a strong grapefruit scent. It's not too bad, but hopefully it fades over time.

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Post by demer03 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:03 am

BBK357 wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:27 am
I have a few I bought from an eBay seller years ago. They are NOS. Not a huge fan of them because they are pretty stiff. I'd rather have them on the softer side.
A lot of Chinese made crap out there sold as NOS Tropic. You need to be savvy about getting those marked Swiss made tropic brand. Night and day. Nothing shown above yet compares to what used to be done.
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Post by Morethan1 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:34 pm

https://www.cheapestnatostraps.com/coll ... atch-bands

they jumped on the bandwagon as well. Let's see who else joins in.
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