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Have you successfully trimmed the width of a strap at the lugs? I'm thinking about trimming a 26mm to fit in a Turtle (22mm) I'm not sure that this is a good idea but I'm open to suggestions. I just can't picture it in my minds eye, I don't want it to look wrong or bad, any thoughts?
 

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I don't know man, that's quite a bit to trim, I've shaved off 1-2mm or so, total - sometimes works great, sometimes... less so. The key in my experience is an absolutely equal size cut per side. Your eye will always notice if it's off. What material are you dealing with?
 

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😮 Never have done anything like that Cameron. 😲😊

Probably because I really don’t have any cool, or special
aftermarket straps to do it with. But rather just the stock
straps that came with the watches to begin with. And then
if I add a NATO, they always fit just right in most cases.
However, guess Eric has the right idea in trying to cut
both sides equally. (y)

Another question, is it possible to practice on another
material? Maybe to make a template? Or something?

Just was an idea. Maybe could be cloth, or paper for
instance, and then you have the dimensions all ready
to go for the leather itself. 🙂

It’s a super cool topic, as well as question Cameron !!!
 

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I don't know man, that's quite a bit to trim, I've shaved off 1-2mm or so, total - sometimes works great, sometimes... less so. The key in my experience is an absolutely equal size cut per side. Your eye will always notice if it's off. What material are you dealing with?
Leather lined canvas. I'm keeping my options open to save money, if I find a quality strap with the look I want, but the size is off I wondered how it works out to trim them.
 

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😮 Never have done anything like that Cameron. 😲😊

Probably because I really don’t have any cool, or special
aftermarket straps to do it with. But rather just the stock
straps that came with the watches to begin with. And then
if I add a NATO, they always fit just right in most cases.
However, guess Eric has the right idea in trying to cut
both sides equally. (y)

Another question, is it possible to practice on another
material? Maybe to make a template? Or something?

Just was an idea. Maybe could be cloth, or paper for
instance, and then you have the dimensions all ready
to go for the leather itself. 🙂

It’s a super cool topic, as well as question Cameron !!!
I would encourage someone to just go for it, but now that I'm that someone I'm a little gun-shy afraid of wasting the investment in a strap. I know nice used straps come up on the forums too, and NATO's I never think about because they're so thin I wonder how a Turtle would ride on one??
 

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Leather lined canvas. I'm keeping my options open to save money, if I find a quality strap with the look I want, but the size is off I wondered how it works out to trim them.
But where the strap meets the lugs, I mean the point where you'll be cutting or maiming :D - that's gotta be straight-up leather, right? No canvas there I assume, that stuff frays when cut.
 

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No that would straight up canvas. I considered the fray too, I wasn't sure how bad that might be. I don't even have one in hand to contemplate, but I think they can be waxed. The one I'm considering isn't rolled either so that may help.
I've looked locally for a strap guy but no luck. It would be nice to handle some products.
 

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No that would straight up canvas. I considered the fray too, I wasn't sure how bad that might be. I don't even have one in hand to contemplate, but I think they can be waxed. The one I'm considering isn't rolled either so that may help.
I've looked locally for a strap guy but no luck. It would be nice to handle some products.
Cutting, hoping for the best, waxing etc. All possible of course but a man of your means should just spring for a new strap.
 

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Have you successfully trimmed the width of a strap at the lugs? I'm thinking about trimming a 26mm to fit in a Turtle (22mm) I'm not sure that this is a good idea but I'm open to suggestions. I just can't picture it in my minds eye, I don't want it to look wrong or bad, any thoughts?
Have I tried it, YES, have I succeeded, NO
 

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I can't picture being able to do it either. I'm imagining using Tom's practice idea and making a template to the size you want. Do you have a 22mm strap that is the same shape? Then you could make a template or jig for cutting the strap. But you have to worry about the taper and finishing the edges so they do not look rough. And then buy a new 22mm strap anyways! ;)
 
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Cutting, hoping for the best, waxing etc. All possible of course but a man of your means should just spring for a new strap.
He could be a man of means by no means, which means he's the King of the Road.
 

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I would encourage someone to just go for it, but now that I'm that someone I'm a little gun-shy afraid of wasting the investment in a strap. I know nice used straps come up on the forums too, and NATO's I never think about because they're so thin I wonder how a Turtle would ride on one??
😄I'm kind of going to back off saying to do it now Cameron. 😊

Honestly don't want you to be disappointed if the strap doesn't turn
out the way you want. Maybe it would be best to track down a nice
22mm strap instead, and just keep the 26mm one the way it is.

That way you can have your cake, and eat it too ! 🙂

If maybe it was just an old strap in which you didn't care about,
and could practice on that would be great. But I don't want you
to possibly mess up, and get upset sir.

P.S. on the NATO thing Cameron, I can't say how a Turtle would
work with one. But there are so many styles, and materials, and
even single pass ones. Here are a couple pics of how the Turtle
can look sir...





Also have a link to Cheapest Nato Straps for you. Where they have
a ton of different NATO's to check out, and just learn about too.

Enjoy ! 🙂

Cheap watch straps and watch band replacement
 

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😄I'm kind of going to back off saying to do it now Cameron. 😊

Honestly don't want you to be disappointed if the strap doesn't turn
out the way you want. Maybe it would be best to track down a nice
22mm strap instead, and just keep the 26mm one the way it is.

That way you can have your cake, and eat it too ! 🙂

If maybe it was just an old strap in which you didn't care about,
and could practice on that would be great. But I don't want you
to possibly mess up, and get upset sir.

P.S. on the NATO thing Cameron, I can't say how a Turtle would
work with one. But there are so many styles, and materials, and
even single pass ones. Here are a couple pics of how the Turtle
can look sir...





Also have a link to Cheapest Nato Straps for you. Where they have
a ton of different NATO's to check out, and just learn about too.

Enjoy ! 🙂

Cheap watch straps and watch band replacement
I like nylon Natos, I once had a leather one, but I eventually got rid of it because leather natos are way too thin (in my opinion) and I think nylon works better than leather in such a thin configuration.
 

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😄I'm kind of going to back off saying to do it now Cameron. 😊

Honestly don't want you to be disappointed if the strap doesn't turn
out the way you want. Maybe it would be best to track down a nice
22mm strap instead, and just keep the 26mm one the way it is.

That way you can have your cake, and eat it too ! 🙂

If maybe it was just an old strap in which you didn't care about,
and could practice on that would be great. But I don't want you
to possibly mess up, and get upset sir.

P.S. on the NATO thing Cameron, I can't say how a Turtle would
work with one. But there are so many styles, and materials, and
even single pass ones. Here are a couple pics of how the Turtle
can look sir...





Also have a link to Cheapest Nato Straps for you. Where they have
a ton of different NATO's to check out, and just learn about too.

Enjoy ! 🙂

Cheap watch straps and watch band replacement
Those straps look great Tom. Thank you for the link, there're dozens of strap sights but this looks like another winner.
 

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Cutting, hoping for the best, waxing etc. All possible of course but a man of your means should just spring for a new strap.
My means, that's funny. I've lived with little, soon to be no debt, and accumulated a personal discretionary fund, aside from providing for my family, savings and charitable givings; I've always been blessed to worked a lot, and I started taxing my side work income a few years ago, after 20yrs of keeping nothing aside for me.

The canvas straps I'm looking at are upwards of 170.00, I don't think I want to spend that on canvas, but I would possibly attempt it on a used one for $50.
I have a plan, now all I need is time...time to fritter away with modding and strapping, one of these days.

For now I think your right and I may try a couple from the sight Tom shared.


Have I tried it, YES, have I succeeded, NO
Very good, "false economy" as the fo would say the Britts do say.
 

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I like nylon Natos, I once had a leather one, but I eventually got rid of it because leather natos are way too thin (in my opinion) and I think nylon works better than leather in such a thin configuration.
Those straps look great Tom. Thank you for the link, there're dozens of strap sights but this looks like another winner.
Gary, that’s interesting with the leather NATOS. 😉 I have only
had experience with nylon versions. 🙂 But can totally understand
how the nylon would work better like you are saying being so thin.
Leather might look great, but it’s not necessarily best for a NATO.

Cameron, you are very welcome ! 😀 Was hoping you might like
them. Honestly is just fun looking at all of the different styles, or
types really. I don’t mean to tempt you. Just is a cool site to check
out all that is out there, and add to your list of strap sites. (y)
 

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Straps generally taper to the buckle, is there a functional advantage to that design, is it esthetic, more comfortable?
I'd assume a strap that doesn't taper would hold a timepiece (especially a larger one) more securely, is this not true?

My little Hammy came on a one-pass that's 20mm, and the Gekato I have it on tapers from 20 to 18, it's a noticeable
reduction visibly, but the straps are so different there's no reference point to judge the wearability; it's very small and thin too, no top-weight to consider holding in place.

Thanks guys, I appreciate your opinions and input.
 
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