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PostSubject: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 8:44 pm

Have any of you ever notched a strap/band to get it to fit? How crappy does it look or does it turn out OK? I have one in mind for a mod project but it only comes in 24mm.
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 8:55 pm

i've done many using a razor blade and they always come out fine! rubber is easy, with leather you might want to color the sides of the notch with a marking pen! I've even done it to a few steel bracelets with a dremel tool! Think monster, it's 20mm but after the notch its like 24mm plus all the maratac elite straps are 24mm and notched to the lug size!! go for it, you'll love the results!
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 9:09 pm

24mm on 22mm watch (lots of time you can squeze them in, on this one i took just a sliver)

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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 9:12 pm

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i've done many using a razor blade and they always come out fine! rubber is easy, with leather you might want to color the sides of the notch with a marking pen! I've even done it to a few steel bracelets with a dremel tool! Think monster, it's 20mm but after the notch its like 24mm plus all the maratac elite straps are 24mm and notched to the lug size!! go for it, you'll love the results!

Sounds easy enough, but do the notched areas start to spread and get all jacked up looking since you cut into the area where the spring bars go which are now exposed?
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 9:14 pm

damn cali...just saw the pics...the look great! Not even an issue now! Thanks bro
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 9:32 pm

Cali's THE kid, man!
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 9:34 pm

Holy crap Trevor, I thought I was the king of strap and bracelet mods. Ya blew my doors right off the hinges. I either use an exacto knife, a leather hole punch or for metal I take it to my goldsmith buddy and he uses carbide drill bits or cutting tools.
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 9:37 pm

There were more but thought i was going overboard a bit, anyway you can do almost anything you can think of with a strap, look at the watch you modded Chris, notching a strap is child play!!
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 9:44 pm

And I was going to say buy a notched strap....seems like a cop out now!

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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 10:02 pm

Have you seen Trev's pic?

That sucker is so bad he probably just BITES a notch out!

Chuck Norris is a CaliKid poser!

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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 10:47 pm

Excellent thread. If you need to notch one for oddball attachments there are tools to take 1-2-or even 3mm wide bites out of a strap too.
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 11:10 pm

Would like to buy a notching tool, bought well ordered rememberi sell tools a set of arch punches in rounds and oval to punch extra holes in straps, The notching tool looks sweet and i'm sure that is what harold at west coast time uses on his maratac elite straps, they all come in 24mm and he notches them to lug size!!


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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 11:14 pm

I solved the problem years ago by just buying straps that were the right size to begin with. Notching a strap Icon_razz
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 11:16 pm

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I solved the problem years ago by just buying straps that were the right size to begin with. Notching a strap Icon_razz


Way too easy Fog, Some watches just look better with a wider strap on them!!
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 11:19 pm

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I solved the problem years ago by just buying straps that were the right size to begin with. Notching a strap Icon_razz

Damnit Jeff. Beat me to it.

Have you ever had a strap that was the correct size for the watch Cali? That was like 50 watches you just posted, all with altered straps. That said.......Good work!
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 11:21 pm

Thinking about cutting the endlink down to 20mm on this one to put on a seiko monster, wont need the slots in the endlink to release the springbar since the monster has drilled lugs! think this bracelet is going to look kickass on a monster!!

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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 11:23 pm

You know what guys, i cant buy a new watch every month but with modding, putting straps on bracelet watches and just changing things up it's real inexpensive way to make a watch look totally different!
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 11:26 pm

cali kid wrote:
You know what guys, i cant buy a new watch every month but with modding, putting straps on bracelet watches and just changing things up it's real inexpensive way to make a watch look totally different!

Agreed.
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeFri Jan 15, 2010 11:31 pm

foghorn wrote:
I solved the problem years ago by just buying straps that were the right size to begin with. Notching a strap Icon_razz

Makes sense to me too, but for some odd reason the one I want only comes in 24mm. That Maratac looks pretty nice, I will have to check it out...
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PostSubject: Re: Notching a strap   Notching a strap Icon_minitimeSat Jan 16, 2010 1:52 am

cski wrote:
foghorn wrote:
I solved the problem years ago by just buying straps that were the right size to begin with. Notching a strap Icon_razz

Makes sense to me too, but for some odd reason the one I want only comes in 24mm. That Maratac looks pretty nice, I will have to check it out...

what size lugs width are you working with? i've got an all black maratac elite notched for 20mm lugs and a black with orange stitching also 20mm that are new! would look good on any seiko with 20mm lugs, pm your address and they are yours!!
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