Can I cut my Maratac Zulu strap?

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    Can I cut my Maratac Zulu strap?

    I've got quite thin wrists, and just got my Zulu today.
    My watch (Baby-G) is positioned just above where the holes on the strap stop, and when I fasten the watch strap closed on my wrist, the strap 'pokes' out at the end where it's got no support.
    Is it possible I can just cut the strap with scissors? Or will the strap then fray?
    I don't fancy burning the end as I would make a real mess.

    Thanks for your help on this one!!

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    Re: Can I cut my Maratac Zulu strap?

    The usual procedure with Zulus is to fold the excess 'back under' so that there are two thicknesses of the strap going through the metal loops, and the end isn't seen at all. Very neat.

    I don't think I've ever seen a Zulu used in any other way, and believe they are designed to be used this way. I might be able to find a picture of mine on a 5600 but have to go offline now.
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    Re: Can I cut my Maratac Zulu strap?

    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    The usual procedure with Zulus is to fold the excess 'back under' so that there are two thicknesses of the strap going through the metal loops, and the end isn't seen at all. Very neat.
    Hmmmm... I've just done what you describe - but it looks quite thick where the 'end' which is a fold now is.

    A picture would be great - thanks mate. I'll get a shot up tomorrow hopefully.

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    Re: Can I cut my Maratac Zulu strap?

    Dont cut anything! there is no need for that :-S
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    Re: Can I cut my Maratac Zulu strap?

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    Dont cut anything! there is no need for that :-S
    :-X Sorry for the harsh words Batman - I think I got the whole cutting idea from the Maratac Diver's strap. You can cut it to any length required, so I assumed you could do that with all the other straps too! :-D

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    Re: Can I cut my Maratac Zulu strap?

    Lol, that's why I use resin or Titanium
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    Re: Can I cut my Maratac Zulu strap?

    The picture I was thinking of was this one, but it doesn't show what I thought it did...




    So I've just taken this one...




    I don't think that looks too thick, and the width of the Zulu retainer suggests it is made to accept the double width of the strap. Don't cut it... I think it would be prone to fraying. Maratec are rather proud of the way they make the holes to prevent fraying, so I think a cut would be asking for trouble. The beauty of Zulus is that they will fit just about any wrist, large or small, and the folding is part of the design.

    And for completeness this is the watch on the (24mm) Zulu...

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    Re: Can I cut my Maratac Zulu strap?



    A shot of a Maratac Zulu Four Buckle...and my "D-Shock".

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    Re: Can I cut my Maratac Zulu strap?

    I wouldn't worry about fraying the ends, of course it will happen, but that's why you use a lighter (or preferably, a blowtorch ) to "melt" the frayed ends together. I cut mine and it came out fine B-)

    Edit: Here's a pic
    Last edited by AtomicSolar; November 3rd, 2006 at 04:14.

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    Re: Can I cut my Maratac Zulu strap?

    Get 2 nickels or quarters and a small vise grip or clamp. Clamp the 2 coins to the end of the strap where you want to shorten it. Cut the access strap with a sharp blade. Use a lighter to "melt" the edges. VIOLA! You have a perfectly shaped end to your zulu.

    You can always fold it under like others said. That is what I do.

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