Crafter Blue Releases Shogun Strap

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Crafter Blue Releases Shogun Strap

Post by Ryeguy » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:29 pm

I’ll take some photos of the Crafter Blue next to the stock Shogun Seiko strap and Terry’s Magnum on my SPB053 for comparison tomorrow.

Here is a shot of the clasp and the underside of the strap.

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Re: Crafter Blue Releases Shogun Strap

Post by spring-diver » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:42 pm

Great looking strap :thumbsup:

They really need to make this for a U1,U2, 757...etc :headbang:

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Re: Crafter Blue Releases Shogun Strap

Post by Ryeguy » Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:50 am

I thought I would post some additional pictures to try to help answer some lingering questions.

First is length.

I'm not certain how to best measure a fitted strap such as this. Measuring from strap tip to tip would give an artificially long number due to there being about 5 mm of extra material to fill the "strap gap". I thought it best to measure from the spring bar hole in the lug to end of the strap.

The long end is approximately 120mm - spring bar hole in the lug to strap end

The short end is approximately 68mm - spring bar hole on the lug to buckle spring bar hole in the strap. Including the buckle it is 85mm.

For those (like me) who find these numbers difficult to visualize, here are photos of the strap next to a MM300 stock rubber strap. I've done my best to align spring bar holes for even comparison.
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The long side of the MM300 rubber strap is longer than the Crafter Blue. The buckle side is about the same length.

One of my main concerns was if this strap would flair straight out from the lugs, making the watch effectively longer lug-to-lug. It does not.

The strap, when mounted, angles down away from the watch head.

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Fitting to the lug, both inside and outside, is well done.

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My only (very minor) complaint after a weekend of wear is the metal keeper. While looking good and well done, it does slide around a bit more than I'd like.

I have the same complaint with the stock Seiko strap on my SPB053. The simple solution was to add a second rubber keeper from another strap to run between the buckle and the metal keeper. I may to the same thing here.

I've had no issues with comfort and no pressure points on the wrist at all. I can see my Shogun getting a lot more wear now that it is mounted on this strap.

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Re: Crafter Blue Releases Shogun Strap

Post by 59yukon01 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:16 am

I can tell the strap tapers towards the buckle, but haven't read anywhere as to what. Is it 20 or 18?

I'm still curious as to why they didn't make it to use the fatties like the CB Sumo and MM straps will. Perhaps the strap isn't as thick at the lugs?

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Re: Crafter Blue Releases Shogun Strap

Post by Ryeguy » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:11 pm

59yukon01 wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:16 am
I can tell the strap tapers towards the buckle, but haven't read anywhere as to what. Is it 20 or 18?

I'm still curious as to why they didn't make it to use the fatties like the CB Sumo and MM straps will. Perhaps the strap isn't as thick at the lugs?
Yes, it does taper. It is 20mm wide at the buckle.

It is hard to see as it is only a 2mm taper, but it appears to occur in the top inch or so of the strap and remain 20mm throughout most of its length (well - I guess it would have to given how high up the buckle holes begin).

I don't have any other Crafter Blue straps to compare, but I suspect you are correct about the thinness at the lugs requiring the use of a "slim fat" type spring bar.

I'm just glad the included spring bars were of the correct tip width and they didn't just stick in some standard 22mm /.9mm tip bars. If nothing else, it indicates to me Crafter Blue knows their audience.

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Re: Crafter Blue Releases Shogun Strap

Post by mellonb1 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:11 pm

Good stuff, Chris. Your pix and insight are awesome. The Shogun is probably the only watch I've owned that needed an integrated rubber strap the most. Appears as though CB has made a great looking and high quality functioning strap.

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Re: Crafter Blue Releases Shogun Strap

Post by CGSshorty » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:53 pm

Replace the standard metal keeper with a Seiko metal keeper from one of the new rubber straps. It didn’t move around at all on the Crafter Blue I had on my Sumo.
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