CW Tide Material... Does it wear in?

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CW Tide Material... Does it wear in?

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So, I've now set and am wearing a new Sealander GMT that arrived just over an hour ago. It come with a Tide Material strap and bloody hell it was hard getting the watch onto my wrist for the first time. Does this material become a bit more supple over time?
Watches? Beat up Swatch Irony I bought in the 90s, C5 Malvern (the original), Swiss Military Swiss Soldier Quartz, Seagull 1963, Swatch Blurang, CW Sealander GMT, Motorola 360 (broke), Huawei Sports 2 (broke), Fitbit Charge 5. Festina 8810.
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Re: CW Tide Material... Does it wear in?

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It does to some extent, but I would never call it the most comfortable of straps. I much prefer the hybrid strap on my Sealander.
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Re: CW Tide Material... Does it wear in?

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It helps to roll it between your fingers to bed it in and make it curved; to fit your wrist.

Once it has got the curve of your wrist, I have found the #tide strap really quite comfortable, especially on heftier watches where it gives good support.

Hope that helps.

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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Tue May 10, 2022 4:30 pm It helps to roll it between your fingers to bed it in and make it curved; to fit your wrist.

Once it has got the curve of your wrist, I have found the #tide strap really quite comfortable, especially on heftier watches where it gives good support.

Hope that helps.

Guy
I agree with this, rolling both bits of it while off the watch definitely helps to make it fit better when back on the watch and wrist.

Couple of points I found with mine (on a Sealander Auto) is that some strands appear from or around the hole used and, while it was still a bit stiff, when taking it off the first few times it sprung off and fell out of my grip, but fortunately onto a soft surface.

I'd be happy to buy another.
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Thanks everyone. It seems to be getting there after a few hour wear (and I implemented the advice to roll around a finger). One thing I am appreciating - it's possible to wear this strap fairly lose, compared to other straps I've used, and the sides of the strap stick to my skin, holding the watch firmly in place.
Watches? Beat up Swatch Irony I bought in the 90s, C5 Malvern (the original), Swiss Military Swiss Soldier Quartz, Seagull 1963, Swatch Blurang, CW Sealander GMT, Motorola 360 (broke), Huawei Sports 2 (broke), Fitbit Charge 5. Festina 8810.
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The thing that surprised me when I first wore it was how thick the strap was. I don’t know why, but I had been expecting something thin and fabric-like, somewhat akin to a NATO.
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^^^^ If you look at it carefully, side on, and study the weave you'll see that it is effectively double the thickness of a NATO.

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So, the Tide Material strap has grown on me. Somewhat. Nevertheless I have some quick release spring bars and have a Zulu Alpha NATO on order.
Watches? Beat up Swatch Irony I bought in the 90s, C5 Malvern (the original), Swiss Military Swiss Soldier Quartz, Seagull 1963, Swatch Blurang, CW Sealander GMT, Motorola 360 (broke), Huawei Sports 2 (broke), Fitbit Charge 5. Festina 8810.
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I swapped on a Tide strap for the CW canvas on a watch and found it took over a month of wearing and working to get it decently comfortable for me. Very pleased with the tide material now as it’s durable and fit to my wrist. It does take some acclimation time.
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