Different feel on the wrist with different straps?

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    Question Different feel on the wrist with different straps?

    I was wondering if this truly makes a difference. I have a diver's watch that is a bit thick and heavy feeling on my wrist. Came stock with a thin leather strap. I hate the way my Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro diver sits on my wrist, but absolutely love the watch in every other respect. Will swapping out the thin leather strap with a thicker rubber strap make a difference, or will I likely have to sell this beautiful timepiece because my wrist doesn't love it as much as I do?
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    Re: Different feel on the wrist with different straps?

    I would try it with a thick rubber strap or even a NATO or a ZULU because they have many settings enabling one to get a perfect fit. With a thick watch that is also heavier it is not as easy to stop the annoying sliding around which makes a watch uncomfortable.

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    Re: Different feel on the wrist with different straps?

    Different straps definitely make a difference. A well-fit strap/bracelet makes the weight of the watch head less noticeable, in my opinion, by balancing the watch head and keeping the watch from shifting about too much.

    For rubber dive straps, I'm a big fan of the Isofrane rubber straps. They are thick and balance nicely, both visually and physically. Getting mine was a revelation in comfort and fit.

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    Re: Different feel on the wrist with different straps?

    I say they make a subtle, but definitely noticeable difference. I had a few watches I never wore because of how awkward they felt on the wrist. One day, I swapped their stock straps with some extra NATOs, and they were soon seeing wrist time.
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    Re: Different feel on the wrist with different straps?

    Quote Originally Posted by Monocrom View Post
    I was wondering if this truly makes a difference. I have a diver's watch that is a bit thick and heavy feeling on my wrist. Came stock with a thin leather strap. I hate the way my Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro diver sits on my wrist, but absolutely love the watch in every other respect. Will swapping out the thin leather strap with a thicker rubber strap make a difference, or will I likely have to sell this beautiful timepiece because my wrist doesn't love it as much as I do?
    Yes, the strap will definitely make a difference. There are quite a few reasons for the differences. Material, padding, buckle, tang vs. deployant, and strap length. I have a strap where the buckle side of the strap is a bit shorter from the hole side. I have another where they're about the same length. Due to the size of my wrist, the short buckle strap fits near the edge of the wrist rather than the middle, making it uncomfortable.

    I've found the deployant style straps are generally the most comfortable. They will also help extend the life of your strap.

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    Re: Different feel on the wrist with different straps?

    Yes I find strap changes can drastically change the feel and appearance.

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    Re: Different feel on the wrist with different straps?

    Thanks for all the responses, guys.

    I've got several aftermarket straps in different styles lying around. I'll try them out to see if they'll cause my wrist to love my CW as much as I do.

    Thanks again.
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