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Leather Strap -> G-Shock Mod

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Leather Strap -> G-Shock Mod

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Post by BostonCharlie » Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:25 pm

As noted elsewhere, being able to change out the strap can make a watch more versatile, comfortable and cool. G-Shock, however, doesn't make this easy.

Today I took a blade to a 22mm leather Fossil strap I recently purchased on sale for $8 (still available here). The challenge was to trim the ends down to 16mm to fit my G-Shock G-2300F. With a little prep and good tools, I am pleased with the results.

I first slid out the quick release (QR) bars after making small slits from the QR hole to the edge.

I took the strap piece with the buckle. I cut a notch 3mm wide (22mm - 2 x 3mm = 16mm) by 4mm long from each corner to see how that worked. It fit very well. It turns out that the gap left by the QR bars is very handy when fooling with the spring bars. I then repeated this with the other strap piece.

After wearing it a little I realized that the squared-off notches I made didn't conform well with the G-Shock lug shape. This is actually due to my smaller wrists pulling the strap nearly 90 degrees to the case. I made one side of my notches angled by shaving a wedge off of one side. The result is that on the top side of the strap, the notches measure the original 3mm x 4mm. On the back side of the strap they are more like 3mm x 5mm. The resulting strap has more play and doesn't strain when I wear it.

Here are some photos:
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Re: Leather Strap -> G-Shock Mod

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Post by yinzburgher » Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:14 pm

Nice job. Looks great! Not too many G-shocks on leather out there. Also cool you were able to do it with a decent strap for $8, rather than something that costs as much as the watch. My last attempt to modify a rubber strap for a Seiko SNKK43 didn't go all that well but I may have to try again.
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Re: Leather Strap -> G-Shock Mod

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Post by Robotaz » Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:13 pm

Great idea, but I’m voting on black or gray.


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Re: Leather Strap -> G-Shock Mod

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Post by BostonCharlie » Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:17 pm

Robotaz wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:13 pm
Great idea, but I’m voting on black or gray.


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And black hardware, too.

Update: I just checked, and my Fossil strap does use a spring bar to attach its buckle. So a change out will be easy.
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Re: Leather Strap -> G-Shock Mod

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Post by BostonCharlie » Sat Apr 13, 2019 3:57 pm

Here is the Zlimsn leather strap modded to fit my dw-9600. Tip: start with a fresh blade. My used-once blade crushed the material and give me a ragged edge. A fresh blade made all the difference.

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