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Anyone adapt a Bertucci NATO strap to a non-Bertucci watch? The Bertucci watches seem to have a slightly curved lug with fixed retention bars which may allow for a thicker strap. Not sure they would fit through a straighter lug with spring bars. Bertucci seems to favor their straps as replacements for their own watches. Bertucci strap thickness measurements seem to be non-existent on known sites selling their straps.
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It doesn't look deleted. If you want some info I can tell you my experience with them?
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It doesn't look deleted. If you want some info I can tell you my experience with them?
Thanks for the offer, but I determined their straps are too thick for my intended application. I think they work on their watches with their fixed lugs.


I'll be using a C&B Chevron strap instead (incoming). Any experience with theirs?


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I have a c&b chevron that i used a couple of times. I bought it because i have a small wrist, and i figured the adjustable nature will finally let me center the clasp right under my wrist. The problem is, for that to happen i have to shorten the strap quite a bit, and the way the watch sits, 12 o clock is a bit longer than 6 o clock. Also makes the overall strap short, and a bit hard to clasp together, because there’s not much material to overlap.

Maybe its just me being picky, or ocd. But it kinda bothers me.


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I have a c&b chevron that i used a couple of times. I bought it because i have a small wrist, and i figured the adjustable nature will finally let me center the clasp right under my wrist. The problem is, for that to happen i have to shorten the strap quite a bit, and the way the watch sits, 12 o clock is a bit longer than 6 o clock. Also makes the overall strap short, and a bit hard to clasp together, because there’s not much material to overlap.

Maybe its just me being picky, or ocd. But it kinda bothers me.


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Thanks for that info. You're not being "picky or ocd". For the price of that strap, you should be totally satisfied, IMHO.
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I quickly put it on my watch again. I centered it on the strap and this is how it sit on my wrist. I guess i could lengthen the 12 o clock side more, so when worn the buckle creeps up towards the middle holes. That metal keeper thing on the end still feels out of place though.

Also, there is no keeper to hold the flap down. I guess you’re supposed to slide it under the backside of the clasp.


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Thanks for the offer, but I determined their straps are too thick for my intended application. I think they work on their watches with their fixed lugs.


I'll be using a C&B Chevron strap instead (incoming). Any experience with theirs?


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The Bertucci strap I had was crazy thick and super short. It was a strap that was not comfortable for me.
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I quickly put it on my watch again. I centered it on the strap and this is how it sit on my wrist. I guess i could lengthen the 12 o clock side more, so when worn the buckle creeps up towards the middle holes. That metal keeper thing on the end still feels out of place though.

Also, there is no keeper to hold the flap down. I guess you’re supposed to slide it under the backside of the clasp.


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Is that an older-style Bertucci strap? The ones I'm seeing now look like this:


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The Bertucci strap I had was crazy thick and super short. It was a strap that was not comfortable for me.
The "crazy thick" may be due to their designing their straps to fit their own watches, and may be too thick for non-Bertucci watches.
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Is that an older-style Bertucci strap? The ones I'm seeing now look like this:


(Bertucci vendor image)


Sorry, stuck on the c&b chevron. (Yes just realized that was not the topic of the thread). For reference my wrist is just a tad bit over 6 inch.


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The "crazy thick" may be due to their designing their straps to fit their own watches, and may be too thick for non-Bertucci watches.
I am talking thick in relation to uncomfortable. It was almost like I had a piece of cardboard on my wrist. There are straps straps at 1.5mm thickness that are way more manageable imo.

Their sewn in ridges are a cool idea, in a way. When the strap is short though I couldn't use it.
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I have a c&b chevron that i used a couple of times. I bought it because i have a small wrist, and i figured the adjustable nature will finally let me center the clasp right under my wrist. The problem is, for that to happen i have to shorten the strap quite a bit, and the way the watch sits, 12 o clock is a bit longer than 6 o clock. Also makes the overall strap short, and a bit hard to clasp together, because there’s not much material to overlap.

Maybe its just me being picky, or ocd. But it kinda bothers me.


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Received the C&B Chevron today. Bit time consuming to get the strap adjusted right for a 6.75" wrist. Got it to work on the next to last hole with minimal overlap and the buckle siting on the exact underside of the wrist. The strap would benefit from some extra holes IMHO.
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I have a c&b chevron that i used a couple of times. I bought it because i have a small wrist, and i figured the adjustable nature will finally let me center the clasp right under my wrist. The problem is, for that to happen i have to shorten the strap quite a bit, and the way the watch sits, 12 o clock is a bit longer than 6 o clock. Also makes the overall strap short, and a bit hard to clasp together, because there’s not much material to overlap.

Maybe its just me being picky, or ocd. But it kinda bothers me.


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I see what you mean. Shortening the strap does not leave enough strap, when attached to wrist, to reach the keepers. For my 6.75" wrist, I have to use the strap at max length and fasten in the next to last hole. That leaves enough strap to go under the two keepers.


BTW, the keepers do not appear visible in your image. From a frontal view of the buckle they look like this as shown in the vendor image:
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Is this metal thingy at the end supposed to be the keeper?




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Two metal keepers are near the strap end in the vendor's image. The position would vary depending on the length-adjustment. Hard to tell from the angle of the strap as positioned in your image where the keepers are on your strap.
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I am glad we had this discussion. I emailed crown and buckle about my missing keeper (bought last july) and they shipped me one for free. I also was motivated to give the strap a try, and follow your description (aim for middle hole, don’t adjust to make the strap too short). Now it’s perfect. Thank you for the tips.




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I am glad we had this discussion. I emailed crown and buckle about my missing keeper (bought last july) and they shipped me one for free. I also was motivated to give the strap a try, and follow your description (aim for middle hole, don’t adjust to make the strap too short). Now it’s perfect. Thank you for the tips.




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Glad you got it "sorted" (as the Brits say).
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