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    Way to stretch a NATO?

    I got a 17mm nato strap for my Seiko (this size was hard to find). It is a Daniel Wellington strap and I like the quality, but unfortunately it is women's size.

    My wrists are not small. I managed to get it on my wrist on the very last notch, but it is still tight. Besides losing 10 lbs or putting another hole in the strap, is there a way to stretch it slightly? It is so close to fitting comfortably, and I really like it and don't want to get rid of it. Will it stretch after a little bit of wear?






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    Re: Way to stretch a NATO?

    Isn't that a snk809/807, can't tell if it's black or blue? Those use 18mm bands. Is there a reason you decided to use a 17mm instead?
    I've had limited success by getting the strap wet and wearing it a bit tight until it dries, seemed to stretch it slightly. It may depend on the quality of the strap used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpaar63 View Post
    Isn't that a snk809/807, can't tell if it's black or blue? Those use 18mm bands. Is there a reason you decided to use a 17mm instead?
    I've had limited success by getting the strap wet and wearing it a bit tight until it dries, seemed to stretch it slightly. It may depend on the quality of the strap used.

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    It is. The Amazon description said 17mm. That makes it a hell of a lot easier to find something. Was wondering why there were so few 17mm natos


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    Re: Way to stretch a NATO?

    Yeah. Don't trust Amazon's specs for watches. They're hit or miss.
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    Re: Way to stretch a NATO?

    Years ago, it seemed most of the watches used odd number mm for watch bands, nowadays most seem to use even numbers. It can make it annoying to try and get new bands. Sellers not measuring the length of bands correctly is another problem i have found.

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    Re: Way to stretch a NATO?

    You could try wetting it and wearing it as it dries as Rpaar suggests but don't be surprised if nothing much happens.

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    Re: Way to stretch a NATO?

    It's 18mm. Plenty of stock in that size! Plus, never worry about buying a NATO strap a mm larger than you think the lugs are, they'll fit fine 9 times out of 10.


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    Re: Way to stretch a NATO?

    one of the positives for synthetic materials is they do not stretch out or shrink to the extent that natural fibers do and therefore it is unlikely you will get any significant length increase. you could wet the band, secure one end on a shower rod and put some weight on the end. given the Seiko has a 18mm lug width and the band is short, why not buy a new band--they are pretty inexpensive.

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    Way to stretch a NATO?

    Thanks all. Will be buying an 18mm nato soon. $21 down the drain but live and learn


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    Re: Way to stretch a NATO?

    I would buy a Toxic NATO or a Crown and Buckle Premium Nato.

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