Just needed some suggestions/recommendations on my small situation. I recently purchased a leather strap for my Speedmaster with 20mm lug width. I was told that the leather strap measured 20mm on the lug side, but it's actually 19.2mm, thus leaving a bit of a gap. it's very slight, as shown in the photo. I've searched through the forums and read some of your suggestions; I even remember a fairly recent post about that poor guy's Rolex falling off his wrist while on a boat never to be seen again. I know the easy solution is to get another strap that fits properly, but based on my findings below, I'm unsure if that's necessary.
- The spring bars are the ones from Omega and fit into the lug holes tightly and without any movement.
- I do not wear my watches loose, therefore there is virtually no movement at all while on the wrist.
- Even with the strap moving side to side by 1mm (forced by my hand), it does not affect the spring bars, as they stay in place without movement.
I've read in other threads that with the 1mm give, the movement back and forth may cause a spring bar failure. In this case, though, there is virtually no spring bar movement with strap movement - and the strap barely moves. The only thing I can think of is if something small gets caught between the space and pulls hard. Anyway, not sure if I'm being overly paranoid here. I like the strap, so I'd rather keep it rather than thinking about replacing it. Your thoughts and opinions will sway me either way, FYI. Thanks.