Looking for Strap Options for the Evolution 9 Diver

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Looking for Strap Options for the Evolution 9 Diver

Post by ezcheese » Tue Jan 24, 2023 6:59 am

I've been out of the loop for a long time, especislly whern it comes to straps.

Is alcantara (we used to call it lamboshit) still a thing? What about canvas?

Who are the good strap makers working with these materials these days?
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Post by TSD » Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:07 am

Work with custom canvas strap makers (Art, Drew, Micah) or purchase from RedRock Straps on Etsy.

I’m still baffled why Seiko increased the lug width on this reference from 22mm. The OG GS Divers are perfect on rubber and that 23mm size is a PITA.

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Post by hoppyjr » Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:32 am

You could probably fit a 24mm Isofrane easily and it would look great.

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Post by ezcheese » Tue Jan 24, 2023 9:49 am

TSD wrote:
Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:07 am
Work with custom canvas strap makers (Art, Drew, Micah) or purchase from RedRock Straps on Etsy.

I’m still baffled why Seiko increased the lug width on this reference from 22mm. The OG GS Divers are perfect on rubber and that 23mm size is a PITA.

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23MM is totally a pain in the ass! Thanks, I didn't know if any of the guys who I was familiar with were still "in the game" or who the new players were.
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Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:32 am
You could probably fit a 24mm Isofrane easily and it would look great.
I've been tempted to just get a 24mm isofrane, I love my 22mm one.
But I'm a little worried about the wear that would occur over time on the inside of the lugs with such a tight fit.
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Post by hoppyjr » Tue Jan 24, 2023 10:24 am

ezcheese wrote:
TSD wrote:
Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:07 am
Work with custom canvas strap makers (Art, Drew, Micah) or purchase from RedRock Straps on Etsy.

I’m still baffled why Seiko increased the lug width on this reference from 22mm. The OG GS Divers are perfect on rubber and that 23mm size is a PITA.

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23MM is totally a pain in the ass! Thanks, I didn't know if any of the guys who I was familiar with were still "in the game" or who the new players were.
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Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:32 am
You could probably fit a 24mm Isofrane easily and it would look great.
I've been tempted to just get a 24mm isofrane, I love my 22mm one.
But I'm a little worried about the wear that would occur over time on the inside of the lugs with such a tight fit.
The Iso is so soft I doubt you’ll see an issue.

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Post by ezcheese » Tue Jan 24, 2023 11:01 am

hoppyjr wrote:
Tue Jan 24, 2023 10:24 am
ezcheese wrote:
TSD wrote:
Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:07 am
Work with custom canvas strap makers (Art, Drew, Micah) or purchase from RedRock Straps on Etsy.

I’m still baffled why Seiko increased the lug width on this reference from 22mm. The OG GS Divers are perfect on rubber and that 23mm size is a PITA.

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23MM is totally a pain in the ass! Thanks, I didn't know if any of the guys who I was familiar with were still "in the game" or who the new players were.
hoppyjr wrote:
Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:32 am
You could probably fit a 24mm Isofrane easily and it would look great.
I've been tempted to just get a 24mm isofrane, I love my 22mm one.
But I'm a little worried about the wear that would occur over time on the inside of the lugs with such a tight fit.
The Iso is so soft I doubt you’ll see an issue.
hell, might as well try it!
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Post by CGSshorty » Tue Jan 24, 2023 1:06 pm

I bet you could easily sand .25 mm off each side of the Isofrane for an even better fit. Just next to the lug holes, not the entire length. I’d also look for a used 24mm Iso. All the newer ones I have gotten are much stiffer than the older ones. Maybe it’s my imagination, but it feels like they changed the rubber compound a little bit.
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Post by ezcheese » Tue Jan 24, 2023 2:00 pm

CGSshorty wrote:
Tue Jan 24, 2023 1:06 pm
I bet you could easily sand .25 mm off each side of the Isofrane for an even better fit. Just next to the lug holes, not the entire length. I’d also look for a used 24mm Iso. All the newer ones I have gotten are much stiffer than the older ones. Maybe it’s my imagination, but it feels like they changed the rubber compound a little bit.
Interesting. I’m gonna try out my 22mm isofrane first and see how that fits.
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Post by unsub073 » Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:52 am

The Strapsmith does nice work with Alcantara. I have one of his, and don't really abuse it, so I can't speak to the durability of it, but it is a comfortable strap to wear.

https://www.thestrapsmith.com/alcantara

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Post by ezcheese » Wed Jan 25, 2023 2:59 pm

unsub073 wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:52 am
The Strapsmith does nice work with Alcantara. I have one of his, and don't really abuse it, so I can't speak to the durability of it, but it is a comfortable strap to wear.

https://www.thestrapsmith.com/alcantara
Awesome, thanks!
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Post by toxicavenger » Wed Jan 25, 2023 8:04 pm

this is the best strap for this watch. trust me: https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/gran ... p.5455641/

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Post by hoppyjr » Wed Jan 25, 2023 8:06 pm

toxicavenger wrote:this is the best strap for this watch. trust me: https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/gran ... p.5455641/
and it’s been up for 3 weeks so I bet he’d take $100. Do it.

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Post by ezcheese » Thu Jan 26, 2023 6:31 am

hoppyjr wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 8:06 pm
toxicavenger wrote:this is the best strap for this watch. trust me: https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/gran ... p.5455641/
and it’s been up for 3 weeks so I bet he’d take $100. Do it.
I've seen that one on Seiya.
The back of the strap concerns me. It's super ribbed and looks like it really digs into the wrist. Hard pass.
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Post by hoppyjr » Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:25 am

ezcheese wrote:
hoppyjr wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 8:06 pm
toxicavenger wrote:this is the best strap for this watch. trust me: https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/gran ... p.5455641/
and it’s been up for 3 weeks so I bet he’d take $100. Do it.
I've seen that one on Seiya.
The back of the strap concerns me. It's super ribbed and looks like it really digs into the wrist. Hard pass.
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It’s ribbed for your pleasure.

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Post by ezcheese » Thu Jan 26, 2023 8:00 am

hoppyjr wrote:
Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:25 am
ezcheese wrote:
hoppyjr wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 8:06 pm
toxicavenger wrote:this is the best strap for this watch. trust me: https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/gran ... p.5455641/
and it’s been up for 3 weeks so I bet he’d take $100. Do it.
I've seen that one on Seiya.
The back of the strap concerns me. It's super ribbed and looks like it really digs into the wrist. Hard pass.

Screenshot 2023-01-26 at 9.31.16 AM.png
It’s ribbed for your pleasure.
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Post by toxicavenger » Thu Jan 26, 2023 8:25 am

ezcheese wrote:
Thu Jan 26, 2023 6:31 am
hoppyjr wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 8:06 pm
toxicavenger wrote:this is the best strap for this watch. trust me: https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/gran ... p.5455641/
and it’s been up for 3 weeks so I bet he’d take $100. Do it.
I've seen that one on Seiya.
The back of the strap concerns me. It's super ribbed and looks like it really digs into the wrist. Hard pass.

Screenshot 2023-01-26 at 9.31.16 AM.png
It is slotted to keep sweat/water from building up under the strap. Comfort wise you cannot beat it. I checked one out recently at a local GS dealer.

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Post by unsub073 » Thu Jan 26, 2023 8:35 am

ezcheese wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 2:59 pm
unsub073 wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:52 am
The Strapsmith does nice work with Alcantara. I have one of his, and don't really abuse it, so I can't speak to the durability of it, but it is a comfortable strap to wear.

https://www.thestrapsmith.com/alcantara
Awesome, thanks!

Here is the strap on it's current watch.

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Post by ezcheese » Thu Jan 26, 2023 10:10 am

toxicavenger wrote:
Thu Jan 26, 2023 8:25 am
ezcheese wrote:
Thu Jan 26, 2023 6:31 am
hoppyjr wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 8:06 pm
toxicavenger wrote:this is the best strap for this watch. trust me: https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/gran ... p.5455641/
and it’s been up for 3 weeks so I bet he’d take $100. Do it.
I've seen that one on Seiya.
The back of the strap concerns me. It's super ribbed and looks like it really digs into the wrist. Hard pass.

Screenshot 2023-01-26 at 9.31.16 AM.png
It is slotted to keep sweat/water from building up under the strap. Comfort wise you cannot beat it. I checked one out recently at a local GS dealer.
Hmm
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Post by ezcheese » Thu Jan 26, 2023 10:11 am

unsub073 wrote:
Thu Jan 26, 2023 8:35 am
ezcheese wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 2:59 pm
unsub073 wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:52 am
The Strapsmith does nice work with Alcantara. I have one of his, and don't really abuse it, so I can't speak to the durability of it, but it is a comfortable strap to wear.

https://www.thestrapsmith.com/alcantara
Awesome, thanks!

Here is the strap on it's current watch.

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Nice! That’s the one I was favoring on the website.
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Re: Looking for Strap Options for the Evolution 9 Diver

Post by ezcheese » Tue Jan 31, 2023 6:09 am

toxicavenger wrote:
Thu Jan 26, 2023 8:25 am
ezcheese wrote:
Thu Jan 26, 2023 6:31 am
hoppyjr wrote:
Wed Jan 25, 2023 8:06 pm
toxicavenger wrote:this is the best strap for this watch. trust me: https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/gran ... p.5455641/
and it’s been up for 3 weeks so I bet he’d take $100. Do it.
I've seen that one on Seiya.
The back of the strap concerns me. It's super ribbed and looks like it really digs into the wrist. Hard pass.

Screenshot 2023-01-26 at 9.31.16 AM.png
It is slotted to keep sweat/water from building up under the strap. Comfort wise you cannot beat it. I checked one out recently at a local GS dealer.
Hey T, which GS AD did you see that strap at? I might try to get one from an AD here rather than through Seiya.
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Re: Looking for Strap Options for the Evolution 9 Diver

Post by ezcheese » Tue Jan 31, 2023 6:11 am

Update on the ISOfrane if anyone is curious, I took the bracelet off and realized the GS spring bars are super fat.
Too fat to fit into the ISOfrane spring bar holes. Now that's girthy!
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