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    Need a strap Hole Punch tool!

    I have small wrists, and I just bought a nice Hadley Roma leather strap for my Hamilton Navy GMT, but there aren't enough holes. I'm looking for a hole punch tool that's not too expensive, so I was wondering if anyone has recommendations? I would like a tool that I can use in the future, for various sizes, because I'm sure this won't be the first strap that will need extra holes! I found these two, but I dont know if they are good or not:

    http://www.thewatchprince.com/s.nl/it.A/id.147/.f


    http://www.pmwf.com/Phorum/read.php?...285#msg-173285
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    Re: Need a strap Hole Punch tool!

    any hardware shop should carry a rotary hole punch

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    if you need smaller holes you may need a watchband specific one like the ones you posted.

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    Re: Need a strap Hole Punch tool!

    Check your local stores. I made the mistake of buying a crappy hole puncher like the first one you showed for $15 online. It punched holes, but it did exactly that. What you want is something that will actually CUT, not punch, a hole so it's clean. Check this link: http://www.google.com/products/catal...CAcQ8wIwADgA#p

    I got it for $11 at my local ACE hardware store. It works great, and I didn't have to wait for shipping.


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    Re: Need a strap Hole Punch tool!

    Quote Originally Posted by In_Front View Post
    Check your local stores. I made the mistake of buying a crappy hole puncher like the first one you showed for $15 online. It punched holes, but it did exactly that. What you want is something that will actually CUT, not punch, a hole so it's clean. Check this link: http://www.google.com/products/catal...CAcQ8wIwADgA#p

    I got it for $11 at my local ACE hardware store. It works great, and I didn't have to wait for shipping.
    Thanks. Does that one punch small holes (about 1-1.5mm)? From the picture it looks like it only punches larger holes, like for belts.
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    Re: Need a strap Hole Punch tool!

    Here's the product details:


    • For punching round holes in leather, plastic, rubber, canvas, cardboard and similar materials
    • Tool is self opening by spring tension
    • Hollow punches are hardened steel and plated
    • Replacement punch set available
    • Punches 6 sizes: 5/64", 3/32", 7/64", 1/8", 5/32" and 3/16" Individually Carded


    I guess the smallest hole it punches is roughly 2mm, which should be standard for most leather straps. Are you certain your watch strap has 1mm-1.5mm holes?

    Also, if you have a Harbor Freight Tools store nearby, here's a similar one for cheaper:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=97715


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    Re: Need a strap Hole Punch tool!

    Yeah I just remeasured, the holes are definitely less than 2mm. About 1.5mm I think. Attached is the strap in question
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    Re: Need a strap Hole Punch tool!

    I think you might be able to get away with 2mm holes, since .5mm is barely noticeable and negligible. But also remember that holes can shrink or expand a bit based on the temperature. But if 2mm would bother you and you're looking only for 1.5mm mm, then I think the second tool you posted in the first post will work. The thing is, all these hole punching tools are hard to align properly, so your holes will be slightly misaligned. In my opinion, that's much more noticeable than a .5mm difference. Hope that helps!


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    Re: Need a strap Hole Punch tool!

    Quote Originally Posted by jbetts1790 View Post
    I have small wrists, and I just bought a nice Hadley Roma leather strap for my Hamilton Navy GMT, but there aren't enough holes. I'm looking for a hole punch tool that's not too expensive, so I was wondering if anyone has recommendations? I would like a tool that I can use in the future, for various sizes, because I'm sure this won't be the first strap that will need extra holes! I found these two, but I dont know if they are good or not:

    http://www.thewatchprince.com/s.nl/it.A/id.147/.f


    http://www.pmwf.com/Phorum/read.php?...285#msg-173285
    I have a similar problem with strap holes smaller than 1mm. I've going to use a small drill bit in my electric drill. The hole I need is approximately 0.5mm and a drill bit of that size should work just fine.

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    Re: Need a strap Hole Punch tool!

    I ended up buying this tool from Amazon, and it works pretty well:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ef=oss_product



    It cuts through the strap with no problem, but its difficult to actually get it to make the hole where you want it. I tried it on a cheap strap, and even though I lined it up with the original holes before punching, its clearly not in line with the rest. I guess I have to experiment to get it right.
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    Re: Need a strap Hole Punch tool!

    If you're handy, your best bet will probably be to use the type of punch you hit with a hammer and make a simple jig to hold the strap steady and punch centered.

    Granted, thats quite a bit of work for making one or two holes on the occasional strap, but it will likely produce the best results.

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