Anyone ever screw up an ISOfrane?

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Anyone ever screw up an ISOfrane?

Post by Torrid » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:21 am

I had my ISO up for sale. Sold actually. Then I found a knick in it which could be best described as a very shallow cut. Not quite sure when it happened, but most likely while working and caught it on a rail car grab handle that had some metal sticking up. I didn’t feel right selling a strap with a cut in it and rubber or at least polyurethane straps rip easily once this happens. Maybe I over reacted here and the strap is tougher than I think because I can’t be the only one to ever do this to an ISOfrane. I could only find two instances online with pictures that showed a failed ISOfrane strap.

The shallow cut is visible in this picture on the bottom edge just between the 3rd and 4 tang hole from the rectangular vents. When I noticed it in the picture I thought it was a scuff.

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Anyone else ever do something similar? Anything ever come of it? I mean I’m sure it’s fine to use, but I’d rather if it would fail that it would fail on me and not on someone who bought it from me.

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Re: Anyone ever screw up an ISOfrane?

Post by bedlam » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:02 am

I had one fail...the rubber between the pin and the watch head is really quite thin and under pressure the pin tore through the rubbber.

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Re: Anyone ever screw up an ISOfrane?

Post by tattoo chef » Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:18 am

After all it is rubber, so it can be cut or break if enough pressure put on it.


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Re: Anyone ever screw up an ISOfrane?

Post by toxicavenger » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:30 am

It will progress farther for sure. No telling when though.

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Re: Anyone ever screw up an ISOfrane?

Post by shaneotool » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:37 am

I've got one with the slightest tear starting at the edge of the springbar hole. I probably need to retire it..

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Re: Anyone ever screw up an ISOfrane?

Post by Torrid » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:56 am

Man that sucks. I guess I might have well use it for now. Here I had it sold too.

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Re: Anyone ever screw up an ISOfrane?

Post by toxicavenger » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:04 am

shaneotool wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:37 am
I've got one with the slightest tear starting at the edge of the springbar hole. I probably need to retire it..
There is a seam where the molding process happens in that area. I wonder if that is what is failing?

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Re: Anyone ever screw up an ISOfrane?

Post by Torrid » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:21 pm

Well I decided to give the strap another try. Maybe it’s more superficial than I think but time will tell. It is comfortable, I just wish it was less bulky. It’s probably why I got it hit on something. It looks like whatever hit it just missed the buckle with the adjustment hole I use.

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Re: Anyone ever screw up an ISOfrane?

Post by Ryeguy » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:59 pm

FWIW, I received one of those "ISO-a-likes" from Borealis a few years ago that had a similar nick in the edge of the rubber. The Borealis folks sent me a replacement, but I ran the nicked one on a Seiko for an entire summer surfing, etc., with no ill effects. I eventually sold the Seiko with the replacement / new "Borealis-o-frane", but the old one never got any worse. I think I still have it somewhere, actually.

I think the nick would certainly effect resale value, so I would just run it. I've got to think if you pulled it hard enough to rip that rubber through, you'd probably also likely pull out a spring bar too.

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Re: Anyone ever screw up an ISOfrane?

Post by The Relumer » Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:16 am

i honestly do not see it in the picture

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