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The Watch Steward elastic straps

Post by toxicavenger » Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:22 pm

http://www.thewatchsteward.com/

Looks okay. But I am not to sure about the clasp.
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The Watch Steward elastic straps

Post by Rackness » Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:14 am

Looks like an E.O. strap minus the E. This type of strap has been getting a lot of press lately. I imagine we will start to see a number of variants popping up as the straps increase in popularity.
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Post by Rackness » Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:15 am

I guess it is a little different in not being a sewn loop. Less security in trade for less bulk. Plus they cost less than half of an E.O. So I am sure they will find plenty of buyers.

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Post by dnslater » Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:15 am

Rackness wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:14 am
Looks like an E.O. strap minus the E. This type of strap has been getting a lot of press lately. I imagine we will start to see a number of variants popping up as the straps increase in popularity.
I'm not sure that they are less bulky, they look like there is a section that is still double fabric. Probably easier to put on than the Erika straps and half the cost, although Erika uses nicer hardware with a choice of finishes, and has the stripes, etc.....

The E.O. style straps are super comfortable once you get them on. They wear like a NATO, but the little bit of stretch is nice.

I agree Terry - having the name engraved in black on the clasp is a huge turnoff for me. The way they fit you would be looking at that name all the time.

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Post by mattcantwin » Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:14 am

dnslater wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:15 am

Probably easier to put on than the Erika straps...
With Erika's strap I could slide the watch on and off over my hand without undoing the clasp.
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Post by Joeprez » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:39 am

Looks very good, but hate the name on the buckle. Does it wear like a "pass-through" nato strap?
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Post by toxicavenger » Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:52 am

Joeprez wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:39 am
Looks very good, but hate the name on the buckle. Does it wear like a "pass-through" nato strap?
No just around the spring bars.In this pic from MarkND it is on the right.

He says it is completely US Made. :salute: I guess it is a good strap if you are just looking for another strap without the extra security.
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Post by para13cord » Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:31 am

Looks nice. I love erikas straps so I ordered one of these and I will compare the two when it arrives. I do wish the buckle was more subtle.

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Post by Steve O. » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:02 am

I tried this type of strap (MN variant)- just didn't work for me. Agree about the buckle.

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Post by watches503 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:33 am

Thanks for sharing, Terry. Very tempting.


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Post by toxicavenger » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:35 am

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Thanks for sharing, Terry. Very tempting.


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Post by Ryeguy » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:46 am

toxicavenger wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:52 am
Joeprez wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:39 am
Looks very good, but hate the name on the buckle. Does it wear like a "pass-through" nato strap?
No just around the spring bars.In this pic from MarkND it is on the right.

He says it is completely US Made. :salute: I guess it is a good strap if you are just looking for another strap without the extra security.
Would you have to wear the watch (SKX I think) on the right with the strap loop wrist opening like this?

Couldn't you tighten the inner loop so that it was snug under the watch head, NATO-like, and take up the slack by moving the adjustment keeper up towards the 12 o'clock lug?

I guess this would only work if there wasn't too much strap length to be able to move the adjustment far enough.

I don't know if I am explaining my thought clearly, but it seems this would allow the strap to offer similar security to a NATO or Erika's strap.

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Re: The Watch Steward elastic straps

Post by toxicavenger » Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:50 am

Ryeguy wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:46 am
toxicavenger wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:52 am
Joeprez wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:39 am
Looks very good, but hate the name on the buckle. Does it wear like a "pass-through" nato strap?
No just around the spring bars.In this pic from MarkND it is on the right.

He says it is completely US Made. :salute: I guess it is a good strap if you are just looking for another strap without the extra security.
Would you have to wear the watch (SKX I think) on the right with the strap loop wrist opening like this?

Couldn't you tighten the inner loop so that it was snug under the watch head, NATO-like, and take up the slack by moving the adjustment keeper up towards the 12 o'clock lug?

I guess this would only work if there wasn't too much strap length to be able to move the adjustment far enough.

I don't know if I am explaining my thought clearly, but it seems this would allow the strap to offer similar security to a NATO or Erika's strap.
I think it is essential a Erika strap just worn differently. And a hell a lot cheaper

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Post by Ryeguy » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:01 am

Well, to answer my own question I figured I'd try one. We'll call it a $25 experiment, plus I'm supporting a Made in the USA business, so that is good.

They are only available in 22mm width, so I'll put it on either my SKX or Shogun. I'll see if I can wear it NATO style with the strap passing under the watch head or if it has to be worn as demonstrated.

If the strap could be worn NATO style for the extra security but ultimately proves too long, addressing the issue is only a pair of scissors and a sewing kit away.

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Post by Seppia » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:30 am

I like this setup though, the only issue I have with natos is that they always seem to make my watches sit too tall on my wrist.

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Re: The Watch Steward elastic straps

Post by Panerai7 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:31 am

Terry you should make these as a single pass-through with normal nato hardware in RAF style. Much thinner on the wrist and more comfortable, and also doesn't look like a silly bra hook on your wrist.

I got an old french parachute that came with a bunch of these elastic bands but you know where to go to get the other colors ;)

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Post by toxicavenger » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:42 am

art you are one creative mofo bro! it looks great

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Post by Panerai7 » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:09 am

toxicavenger wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:42 am
art you are one creative mofo bro! it looks great
oh thanks dude :cheers: it's just a rubber band with a buckle at the end and 8 stitches :grin:
how much are these things anyway?

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Re: The Watch Steward elastic straps

Post by substitute » Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:34 am

Ordered one to try out. I have an old Orient that needs a strap.

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Post by substitute » Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:29 pm

Strap arrived today and... I think it sucks. I may take some pics tomorrow to better explain my reasoning.

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Post by Ryeguy » Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:39 pm

Mine arrived as well. I think it is OK. I’ve never tried one of Erika’s so I have nothing to compare it to.

It is a challenge to figure out how to get it sized and put it on. I had to watch the video about 5 times to figure it out.

Did a trial by fire and wore it surfing tonight. It stayed on my wrist fine.

I think it would stay on even if the clasp opened, so in that sense it is fairly secure. If a spring bar failed you would lose the watch though.

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Post by 59yukon01 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:13 pm

Am I seeing this right. Your have to remove both spring bars to then put the strap on? With the hardware it doesn't look like any other way. If so I don't like that at all. One thing I love about Natos are the quick change ability.

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Post by Ryeguy » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:17 pm

59yukon01 wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:13 pm
Am I seeing this right. Your have to remove both spring bars to then put the strap on? With the hardware it doesn't look like any other way. If so I don't like that at all. One thing I love about Natos are the quick change ability.
Yes, to mount the strap you have to remove both springbars. There is no way to slide the strap through as you can with a NATO. This is why I tried it on the Shogun - lug holes.

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Post by CGSshorty » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:17 pm

That buckle is horrendous.
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Re: The Watch Steward elastic straps

Post by toxicavenger » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:36 pm

I have one headed in also. So I will share my thoughts when it arrives.

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