Getting better at changing straps

Most of the watches I buy have black or brown straps. I don't wear anything brown - not even shoes - and I don't care too much for black watch bands. So I have ordered a bunch of pink straps (and some other colours) and I had a frustrating but satisfying evening changing them out. More straps are on the way and I'll be adding some blues and greens. 

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I'm just curious if @Aurelian objects to blue in the case of women. I seem to recall some '80s publication that claimed a pair of navy flats would go with anything. But he objects to blue straps, at least for men.

How do you feel about expansion bracelets?

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OscarKlosoff

I'm just curious if @Aurelian objects to blue in the case of women. I seem to recall some '80s publication that claimed a pair of navy flats would go with anything. But he objects to blue straps, at least for men.

How do you feel about expansion bracelets?

Someone on here objects to blue straps, but it isn't me. I have a few:

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Before quick release straps a strong color choice in a strap might limit use of a watch because it was often difficult to switch. Now we really don't have that issue. I think that a green strap would look great with that Timex. With quick release it can be a different color every day of the week.

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OscarKlosoff

I'm just curious if @Aurelian objects to blue in the case of women. I seem to recall some '80s publication that claimed a pair of navy flats would go with anything. But he objects to blue straps, at least for men.

How do you feel about expansion bracelets?

I like some of them. I have a Tissot that had a silver Speidel. It just doesn't look good on me for some reason so I swapped it for a navy leather strap I happened to have. I have something else on the way - 17mm lugs meant I had to go looking on Ebay. I forget which colour I ordered. At any rate, not having hairy arms, I'm not adverse to them. 

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Aurelian

Someone on here objects to blue straps, but it isn't me. I have a few:

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Before quick release straps a strong color choice in a strap might limit use of a watch because it was often difficult to switch. Now we really don't have that issue. I think that a green strap would look great with that Timex. With quick release it can be a different color every day of the week.

I ought to invest a bit more money in the quick release straps. 

How do you like that brown ink? Waterman Mysterious Blue may be my favourite blue ink. 

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BrandNewDay

I ought to invest a bit more money in the quick release straps. 

How do you like that brown ink? Waterman Mysterious Blue may be my favourite blue ink. 

You can make this yourself with nail scissors on straps that you already may have

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The spring bars should be cheap enough so that the conversion is worth it. In my opinion at least.

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BrandNewDay

I ought to invest a bit more money in the quick release straps. 

How do you like that brown ink? Waterman Mysterious Blue may be my favourite blue ink. 

It has been my preferred ink since 1995, so I guess that I like it. This is a way of getting selection on a budget.

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MegaBob

You can make this yourself with nail scissors on straps that you already may have

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The spring bars should be cheap enough so that the conversion is worth it. In my opinion at least.

Do you mean buying quick release spring bars and cutting into the straps to place them in? 

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Aurelian

It has been my preferred ink since 1995, so I guess that I like it. This is a way of getting selection on a budget.

I'm in the UK, but I know of a site that sells them relatively affordably 

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BrandNewDay

Do you mean buying quick release spring bars and cutting into the straps to place them in? 

Unless it's very expensive straps or you won't be changing them much, yeah, why not? 

That's what the strap makers do as well 😄 not with nail scissors but still. at least on curved spring bars Jean Rousseau cuts even all the way through and not just the "window" you often see. 

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BrandNewDay

Do you mean buying quick release spring bars and cutting into the straps to place them in? 

I did this a few times, none totally unsuccessful. I used a boxcutter/utility blade to cut the little rectangle in the right place. It needs to be wide enough that you can slide the spring bar in through the slot (because that knob) and then get the little retracting part to slip through, then slide the whole thing into position.

There's probably a photo or two on my Instagram, but I got the idea from this video.

https://youtu.be/okVQuDA3eug

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OscarKlosoff

I did this a few times, none totally unsuccessful. I used a boxcutter/utility blade to cut the little rectangle in the right place. It needs to be wide enough that you can slide the spring bar in through the slot (because that knob) and then get the little retracting part to slip through, then slide the whole thing into position.

There's probably a photo or two on my Instagram, but I got the idea from this video.

https://youtu.be/okVQuDA3eug

I have bought some springbars and Ima try it! 

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Love that Oris! I picked up this old one 2nd hand - I just liked the look of it. It's quite small so perhaps more of a ladies size, but the clear numerals have a kind of field-watch vibe. I've put it on a green leather strap, but I think it might be nice on a nato. The case case is almost a gold hue of brass/bronze. Any suggestions for straps welcome.

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weathermanx
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Love that Oris! I picked up this old one 2nd hand - I just liked the look of it. It's quite small so perhaps more of a ladies size, but the clear numerals have a kind of field-watch vibe. I've put it on a green leather strap, but I think it might be nice on a nato. The case case is almost a gold hue of brass/bronze. Any suggestions for straps welcome.

I put mine on a NATO 

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BrandNewDay

I put mine on a NATO 

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That's really funky! Love it :)