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Old 10-14-2014, 11:12 AM   #1
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How to prolong the life of a rubber watch strap

I have a Casio Oceanus oc-500. I love this watch. Not to expensive. Looks good. Analog with chrono and alarm. The band is very nice too. The pin design is very sturdy and do not pop out. The only issue is with the life span of the rubber bands. Because of the pin, the watch takes a specific Casio made only band. There is a metal replacement version but i like the feel and look of the black rubber. The OG band last about 5 years. The next one 2 and the last one, only one year. Though the bands are all genuine Casio, I believe they are New Old Stock, and thus already aged, therefor shortening their life span. Is there anything I can do to prolong the life of the band. Treat with armorall, or some other protectant??


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Old 10-14-2014, 09:22 PM   #2
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Will the band from the new pathfinders fit? I have one and it has same type set up....

Just a thought..would get you newer rubber versus the NOS...
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:10 AM   #3
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Wow, that's an interesting point of failure. Other than simple age, any idea why the strap is failing at those two points?

One thing everyone can do to significantly extend the life of any strap is the purchase and use of a butterfly clasp.



If you think it's worth it, butterfly clasps and other deployant clasps ($25-40) keep you from having to pull the tongue of the strap through the buckle, fold it backward to latch, and double it over to tuck it into the keeper loops. With a deployant clasp, the strap never strays from its natural curve if used correctly.

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Old 10-15-2014, 02:16 PM   #4
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I used to have the same issue with a Seiko. Preservative couldn't hurt.
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Old 10-15-2014, 05:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the replies. The pictures I posted are all borrowed off the net. The failure points are not as consistent on my band. Though they tend to break in that general area. Not necessarily at the clasp where one would expect.

The thing is I rarely take off the watch, so little flexing of the band occurs.

Looked into the pathfinder band, but i think the center lug is a different size. I have a pathfinder watch with a Titanium band. Will compare.

the butterfly clasps look cool, but since the failure mode is not due to flex, I am not sure it would help.

I just bought a new band off the ebay. $20 not bad. However I think I have replaced more bands than I have batteries for this watch and that is just not right. I will try to use to preservative. Might help.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:01 PM   #6
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Does it see a lot of sun? Maybe a UV protectant would help.
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:05 AM   #7
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I will try to use to preservative. Might help.
Harsh chemicals on a band you never take off??? Sounds like a bad combo..

I've gone through a number of bands as well and wouldn't buy a watch with a proprietary band design...

There are a ton of great band manufacturers out there that make some very good quality products, but most of them are in the standard sizes..

There is are whole subforums about bands and straps on Watch You Seek:

People yakin:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f222/
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http://forums.watchuseek.com/f319/
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:41 AM   #8
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In the beginning I kind of scoffed at the general WUS opinion that proprietary bands suck.

Now I tend to agree...particularly when it comes to leather and rubber bands.

Proprietary bracelet-ends? That's ok I guess. Those last a whole lot longer.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:22 PM   #9
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My everyday watch for some time is an omega speed master pro, i keep it on a "nato" band, much more secure in that if a pin lets go the watch stays on, just flaps about till you do something about it. Nato type straps are cheap, rugged, waterproof, great for working in etc. I have the omega on for all activities, bike riding, horse riding etc, no fear of losing the watch.
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:45 AM   #10
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Got the same watch, same problems.
Sitting in my watch box now, awaiting its next band.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:13 AM   #11
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In the beginning I kind of scoffed at the general WUS opinion that proprietary bands suck.

Now I tend to agree...particularly when it comes to leather and rubber bands.

Proprietary bracelet-ends? That's ok I guess. Those last a whole lot longer.
Even odd sizes of normal bands can be a pain if you're out side of the normal 18-20-22-24mm widths. I have an old Citizen quartz chrono that uses a 19mm size. Its hard enough to find nice bands in odd sizes. On top of that, I need extra long. Do I want plain black leather, or plain black leather?
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Don't bend it so much when you take it off. Pull it apart just a little and use your finger nail to undo the clasp thing.

Don't ask how I know this thecnique to make my $20 ladys Ironman watch last longer .
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:10 AM   #13
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Don't shower with it on or generally expose it to soaps/chemicals.

If you wear it to work or work out (i.e. get sweat on it) rinse it with clean water and wipe it off with a soft cloth.

Don't store it direct sunlight.

Since I started doing these things I've generally gotten much longer service out of all the rubber straps in my watch collection.
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:53 PM   #14
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My everyday watch for some time is an omega speed master pro, i keep it on a "nato" band, much more secure in that if a pin lets go the watch stays on, just flaps about till you do something about it. Nato type straps are cheap, rugged, waterproof, great for working in etc. I have the omega on for all activities, bike riding, horse riding etc, no fear of losing the watch.
I know the type. Basically a strap the goes between the pins. Had one for a really old twin sensor casio. I would have gone that route, but the pin design of the the Oceanus does not accommodate that type of strap.

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Got the same watch, same problems.
Sitting in my watch box now, awaiting its next band.
I just got a new band for it. For $20 why not. happy wearing my watch again. Wife was not as the glow in the dark paint (tritum) used on the hands is TOO bright at night.

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Don't shower with it on or generally expose it to soaps/chemicals.

If you wear it to work or work out (i.e. get sweat on it) rinse it with clean water and wipe it off with a soft cloth.

Don't store it direct sunlight.

Since I started doing these things I've generally gotten much longer service out of all the rubber straps in my watch collection.
So my daily hot tub soak is probably the culprit

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Don't bend it so much when you take it off. Pull it apart just a little and use your finger nail to undo the clasp thing.

Don't ask how I know this thecnique to make my $20 ladys Ironman watch last longer .
I don't take my watch off. Maybe twice a month.

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Even odd sizes of normal bands can be a pain if you're out side of the normal 18-20-22-24mm widths. I have an old Citizen quartz chrono that uses a 19mm size. Its hard enough to find nice bands in odd sizes. On top of that, I need extra long. Do I want plain black leather, or plain black leather?
I recently bought this watch band another watch. highest quality band I have bought in a while Would recommend.

http://www.wengerna.com/content16615
And in case you don't like black leather
http://www.wengerna.com/contentmgr/s...ls.php?id=1164
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Old 10-20-2014, 05:19 PM   #15
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+1 for using a Nato band. Easy to replace, zero fear of it just breaking and you losing/damaging the watch. Especially if you never take it off.
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