This is my first post here, so take it easy on me, especially since I know some people hate math teachers in general simply because of what they teach :)
I know the title of this post is going to imply that I need to upgrade my watch to something better, but we're actually talking about my lone digital watch here (I do have two better face watches that I wear). It's also a rather complicated watch and story about why I have said watch.
Back in 1999, I got a Fossil Brain DQ-1013 for Christmas. It's one of those watches with seven different alarms, a memo function, built-in help...basically, the most cutting edge digital watch I was aware of at the time. Coming from a basic Armitron, this was a huge upgrade. I got my better watches years later.
I got this watch while still in school. Sadly, the strap broke after three years of daily wear, and my mom threw it out when I was in college (believe me, this happened to a lot of my stuff; I lost my favorite backpack and a really nice shirt while she was in a cleaning mode). For years, I scrounged eBay looking for a new watch.
I finally found one a few weeks ago. I paid three figures to have it imported from Italy, where the guy had a new old stock model. The color was a little different than my original, but it was close enough. I knew any other digital watch would be a downgrade, and since I do time my students quite often, I figured getting a new digital watch would help me (so I can watch them closer instead of watching my watch).
I wore it for the second time today, mostly to break it in, and...the strap broke. It broke on the decorative indentation.
Here's the problem--the strap is integrated into the design. It's not one where you can just take the old one off and replace it. Believe me, I did that with my old Armitron back in the 90s, which survived the abuse only an elementary school kid could put it through.
Now having been after this watch for a long time, I'm not going to just go and return it or get rid of it. I want to fix it.
My first thoughts were...
1. Gorilla glue, Loctite, etc. I do have Gorilla glue on hand right now but am not sure if it would be my best option since this thing has to bend a bit.
2. Sugru. I saw it come up and have heard some guys have repaired watch straps with it, but I'm not sure how good the bond would be.
3. Find some way to get a new, more permanent, more durable strap on there. This would take a lot of modification. I am not a jeweler but have extensive experience with small electronics, models, wood, etc; I do know my way around fixing and modifying things but have never dealt with a strap like this before (unless you count my first Fossil Brain, which I would have probably tried to fix).
Here are some pictures. I took two of the "damage" and one of what it would look like when together. These should get a general feel for the watch. I also got one shot of the face itself since even the guys at Fossil were unfamiliar with it!!