One aspect of collecting, besides the acquisition of the watches themselves, is finding little extras – maybe an original box, or some marketing material from the era they were made. Original bracelets are also good to have of course. Much rarer are original leather straps, since used ones will usually wear out and be thrown away. Occasionally however, it is possible to find the original buckle for a leather strap, and recently I found one for my Highness. As far as I can remember this is the only one I have ever seen – much rarer than the already scarce Highness itself! Here’s the watch, which I acquired a little while ago:
The Highness is a 36000 beats per hour high end model, and as far as I know replaced the Leopard Chronometer for a short while in the early 1970s.
The buckle arrived yesterday, and I fitted it to a different, more tapered strap, since it is just 14.5mm wide:
The size and basic design is the same as the original Hisonic buckle, just the logo differs:
Nice to have this as an additional bit of original detail: