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Tale of a Watch Strap
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Posted on Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:16 am
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Five months ago, I made myself a brass/steel/EPDM European 4 in 1 strap for my watch (gallery link):



Which I then wore every day.

It didn't hold up that well.


The silver plating on the brass rings wore off and tarnished, or was eaten away; the worst damage was at the front where it tended to get wet when I washed my hands, so perhaps it was a reaction between water and my skin.
Note that other things made with those particular rings have been okay, but they haven't been worn every day. Nor have they been regularly in contact with water.

So I decided I'd better make a replacement watch strap, this time using stainless steel for ALL the metal rings. Made with something other than E4, because I found it was a bit... floppy on the edges. I thought maybe Half Persian 4 in 1 or Half Persian 3 in 1, since they were more solid and strap-like, and one could do them with rubber rings. But I was also concerned that the strap would be too narrow for my liking. So I tried to find out if anyone had done GSG with rubber rings, but I couldn't find anything. Maybe it wasn't possible. After all, with HP3 and HP4, the rubber rings were just one strip of rings; with GSG one would have to add rows and rows of them. One would somehow have to add the next row of rubber rings before one had closed the previous row of metal rings. Could it be done?

Yes. It was tricky, but I did it. Very Happy

Watch strap, GSG three-wide; stainless steel ID=8mm, OD=10mm, WD=1mm, AR of 8; EPDM rubber (light blue, turquoise, dark green) ID=6mm, OD=10mm, WD=2mm, AR of 3.
Note that both sets of rings have the same outer diameter. I think that's why they work pretty well together.

Flat view:


Side view:


Let's hope this strap lasts better than the previous one did!


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Posted on Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:50 am
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Nice Smile

I have been wanting to make a watch.

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Posted on Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:42 am
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Thanks!


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Posted on Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:39 am
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Very nice! I look forward to hearing how this one holds up.


Flutter - good luck on your watch making, but I think it might be easier to make a watch band instead. Razz


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Posted on Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:38 am
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Thanks, MusicMan!
I think it's likely you'll only hear about it if this one, too, doesn't hold up, since I'll forget, in six months time, that anyone would want a progress report... Wink


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Posted on Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:41 pm
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I can live with that!


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