Last week we showed how we freed some stubbon retaining pins so we could change out the old TX watch band and replace it with a new one. This week we will show readers some nice rubber strap options should you want to upgrade your sport watch for Spring.
We found some awesome-looking rubber straps from Strapped For Time. Our favorites are the Navy Seal Diver and the Rubber Oyster band. Both are thick but surprisingly light weight and flexible, much softer than any OEM bands we have seen. The Navy Seal strap is made with silicone and has reversible keepers.
The Oyster band a has deep link-like pattern, built-in clasp, and will complement any sport watch. We plan to pair it with some of the stainless steel watches that some of the folks in the office wear.
Band removal is a topic which we have covered a few times in the past, so we will only point out details where this differs from past replacement projects. One such difference is when the metal band is taken off, you may notice some watches have a small curved piece which fills the gap between the end of the band and the watch. This piece is purely cosmetic. We leave this piece off when attaching a new band.
Once the bands have been swapped, it needs to be sized to fit the wearer. These Oyster bands from Strapped For Time has a very nice feature not found in many rubber straps. They have removable links. The links' locking pin may be removed using a standard link removal tool. Do note that the locking pins for these rubber straps have two parts: the pin and a retaining ring.
With four removable links and fine adjustments on the clasp, it is easy to size the band for a perfect fit to any wrist. We'll swap another Oyster band and the Seal Diver Strap on two other watches later in the week to show how they can completely transform the look of a watch. [Permalink]- Diver Bands from SFT