Offered is an unused NOS original black and gold strap (with real gold applique) that was used for the very earliest releases of the Hamilton Ventura in 1957. These are exceedingly scarce because Hamilton abandoned the use of the complex and pricey strap after just a few short months, and sadly replaced it with a much more dull and conservative band. Very few of these original two-tone straps survive, much less in unused condition. You'll notice that the word "Hamilton" on the underside of the long end of this band has been stamped over with a "tread" pattern, although the name is still discernible beneath the stamp. A few other Ventura straps with this over-stamp have surfaced over the years, and we collectors speculate that when Hamilton discontinued the bands, the overstock was passed on to a wholesaler with the stipulation that the bands could only be resold if the Hamilton name was obscured.All the other stamps on the band remain correct and clear, including the Hamilton "H" logo, the size "11/16R, " and the gold content: 24KT Gold Applique. I have provided an image from Hamilton Historian Rene Rondeau's book so that you can confirm that all the stamps are complete and correct. Please note that while the original Ventura straps came with a 14K solid gold buckle, the buckles that were included with these discontinued straps are unmarked and plated, not solid gold. The 2mm thick strap measures approximately 7-3/4 inches long. The ends measure 11/16 (17-18mm) wide where they attach to your watch. The strap is unworn, but has scuffs and other imperfections from being stored unprotected over the years. Still, amazing condition for this 65 year old rare and historic piece! This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches". The seller is "*metroretro" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.