Wednesday, November 15, 2017

OMG Moment: Rubber Strap Failure on my Laco 1925 Squad Atacama “Ninja” Reference 861632

Took out my Laco 1925 Squad Atacama to wear the other day and it was fine. After the end of a long day, before I went to bed, I took it off and put it on the dressing table.

In the morning, when I was getting ready to go to work, I saw this......The rubber strap failed on me. Based on my calculations, this watch was in my possession for exactly four years (got it in October 2013) when I suffered this failure.

Due to the unique lug system (due to the crown located at the 12 o'clock position) as well as the inverted cone shape of the watch casing, if I decide to use a NATO strap, the watch would like its floating on my wrist. A normal strap is required. Unfortunately, the ones I have are better suited to dress watches instead a military style watch. The only thing I have that comes close to the styling is this black Velcro nylon. Unfortunately, it is designed for a 20 mm lug width instead of a 22 mm for this watch.

After making the change I note that it is not as bad as I though it would be.  

The only issue I found is that the extra-long lug system added additional length to the strap which in turn increased the minimum wrist size possible for the strap. In my case, I have to wear it higher up the wrist to get a firm grip. 

Since I am using a 20 mm strap instead of a 22 mm, you do see a part of the lug pin.

Another issue I note that is caused by the extra-long lug system is that the strap is not centered properly. This is akin to resizing a bracelet by not evenly taking off links from both sides of the clasp.

Overall, I am satisfied with the replacement. It didn't cost me anything.

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