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Watch strap repair

Post by Eat My Goal » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:41 pm

After purchasing the yellow Trident C60 316L i managed to do this in the space of a month! :(

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I had hoped that Christopher Ward would be able to repair it, or replace as a gesture of goodwill as i have purchased 4 watches in the last year! Sadly, i have been advised it cannot be repaired and i'd need to buy a new watch strap.

So my question is... is there a high street place that could stick on a generic loop on to the watch strap to save me the cost of a new strap?

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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by Kip » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:51 pm

This part is called a keeper.

Replacement "keepers" are difficult to obtain and usually require a donor strap. There are generic keepers available, but they rarely fit well or match. A local dealer may have some to try.
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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by Thegreyman » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:57 pm

If you search "leather watch strap keeper" on ebay, there are a loads, costing only a couple of pounds, avaiable in all widths (yours I'm guessing 22mm). I have bought replacement ones before and they have been ok. Possibly not as nice as the original but for the money a good option and the difference may be hard to spot. Example of one linked

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PREMIUM-Leat ... ctupt=true
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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:57 pm

Kip beat me too it!

Presumably this is the floating / moveable keeper from a yellow backed/stitched Soft Touch leather strap.

Donor strap? Simples!

Being of a larger wrist size, I often find the floating keeper to be redundant and frankly a pain as it then slips round the strap; such that I remove it and just work with the fixed keeper.

As I have a couple of yellow soft touch leather straps I'm sure I can let you have one of the (redundant) keepers I have - PM sent.

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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by gaf1958 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:24 pm

Great stuff from Guy, who incidentally just sent me a freebie NATO strap to match up with the C7 Hornet I bought from him recently. A true gent!
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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by Eat My Goal » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:28 pm

Thank you for all the replies, and as the saying goes... you learn something new every day! :)

Also, thanks to Guy for sending out a redundant keeper, it's very much appreciated.

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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:55 pm

All sorted.

Spare keeper going in the post this afternoon. :thumbup:

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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by MiniMpi » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:10 pm

Top work Guy !!
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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by Eat My Goal » Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:20 pm

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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by Jeff Spangle » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:25 pm

Playing devils advocate, I would ask what is happening to put that much strain on the keeper to break it like that?
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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by Eat My Goal » Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:11 pm

Jeff Spangle wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:25 pm
Playing devils advocate, I would ask what is happening to put that much strain on the keeper to break it like that?
A fair question... I'm a naturally clumsy person, and in this occasion I caught the strap on the kitchen worktop edge, which snapped it! :(

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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:33 pm

Eat My Goal wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:11 pm
Jeff Spangle wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:25 pm
Playing devils advocate, I would ask what is happening to put that much strain on the keeper to break it like that?
A fair question... I'm a naturally clumsy person, and in this occasion I caught the strap on the kitchen worktop edge, which snapped it! :(
Any damage to the Kitchen worktop? :lol: :lol:

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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by Eat My Goal » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:10 pm

Bahnstormer_vRS wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:33 pm
Eat My Goal wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:11 pm
Jeff Spangle wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:25 pm
Playing devils advocate, I would ask what is happening to put that much strain on the keeper to break it like that?
A fair question... I'm a naturally clumsy person, and in this occasion I caught the strap on the kitchen worktop edge, which snapped it! :(
Any damage to the Kitchen worktop? :lol: :lol:

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Lol... Thankfully not, as my head would be on the chopping block, as its only just over a year old!

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Re: Watch strap repair

Post by Thermexman » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:41 pm

The keepers, on the leather strap that came with my C65, are wafer thin and I have to be extremely careful when I put the strap on as I’m sure they’ll break at some point. They appear to have been made out of the thin veneer that you sometimes find covering cheap leather straps.
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