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Old 01-23-2017, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation How to shorten your NATO or Zulu strap!

Terry from ToxicNATOs wrote this nice summary of how to shorten a nylon NATO or ZULU strap at another forum, and I found it very helpful. So...I wanted to pass this great info along to you fine folks:

Shortening your NATO watch strap

You'll Need the following (from link below):

•2 x 20c coins (you can use nickels or quarters too, depending on the strap size)
•Scissors, box cutter or razor blade
•Something to clamp the coins together - (i.e. multi-grips or vice grips)

•A heat source - such as a lighter or stovetop

Shortening your NATO strap - Instructions


1.Lay your strap flat on a table and place the coin with the outer edge marking where you would like to shorten the strap

2.With the coin in place on top, position the second coin underneath the strap

3.Make sure the edges of the coin match up perfectly and clamp the two coins together so they don't move

4.Trim around the outer edge of the coin, using the edge to ensure a clean circular arch is cut from the band

5.Heat seal the end to ensure it doesn't fray by holding the cut edge over the heat source (but not too close!)

http://www.natostraps.com.au/how-to/sho ... tch-strap/


For those of you who need the best NATO straps out there (IMO, of course), here is a link to Terry's site: https://www.toxicnatos.com/

He offers straps, springbars, tools and watch servicing!
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Old 01-24-2017, 12:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks Mark. I will put together some pics for it also!!!
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Wow, great do-it-yourself tip!!!!
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Old 01-24-2017, 08:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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WF's:
Fortunately both I and my SIL have 8 1.2" wrists.
Seldom need to trim any leather or nylon straps
for nice fit!
Jus luck o tha draw I reckon.

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Mark here is picture showing how certain coins match up certain sizes perfectly. Quarter fits the 24mm, 22mm fit the nickle, and the 20mm fits the penny.
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Thanks Terry!
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Terry:
Luv your strap moxey.

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Terry:
Luv your strap moxey.

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Thanks Terry!
Thank you Mark, like always you cove my ass.
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Great info

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That's a great tip, IF you need to do it. In my case, I have a big wrist and have to buy XL watch bands. In fact, I just bought a DEBEER RAF nylon watch band last night for the Swiss Army watch that I won in an auction this past weekend. They are the ONLY watch band company that offers an XL watch band to fit my wrist.
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I and my SIL Mark are seldom troubled by too much strap.
More like Not ENUFF strap. 8 1/2 wrists usually resolve the
issue of excess strap. Strap shops in my area are more
likely to have supplies of almost too short straps. Especially
in the 20mm width, WHYZZAT?

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WF's:
I and my SIL Mark are seldom troubled by too much strap.
More like Not ENUFF strap. 8 1/2 wrists usually resolve the
issue of excess strap. Strap shops in my area are more
likely to have supplies of almost too short straps. Especially
in the 20mm width, WHYZZAT?

Lou Snutt


Dittos on the short straps, my 8" wrist has the strap end barely going through the second keeper.
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