18mm NATO on 19mm lugs

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    18mm NATO on 19mm lugs

    Anyone wear NATO straps on larger lugs (I wear a 18mm NATO on 19mm lugs)? Are there significant long-term risks associated with this, from an engineering perspective?

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    I wouldn't be worried that the strap (NATO one) will tear apart due to using the wrong size and smaller means weaker.. It just doest make sense as far as I'm concerned.

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    Re: 18mm NATO on 19mm lugs

    Quote Originally Posted by iBlake View Post
    I wouldn't be worried that the strap (NATO one) will tear apart due to using the wrong size and smaller means weaker.. It just doest make sense as far as I'm concerned.
    I am not worried about the strap. I am concerned about the possibility of the spring bars bending/coming off.

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    Re: 18mm NATO on 19mm lugs

    Only when you use fat springbars, the 1mm gap is tolerable.
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    Re: 18mm NATO on 19mm lugs

    I hate seeing the little 1mm of springbar peeking out at me.

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    Re: 18mm NATO on 19mm lugs

    Quote Originally Posted by lvt View Post
    Only when you use fat springbars, the 1mm gap is tolerable.
    I use regular spring bars. I guess I am at risk now.

    EDIT: I've ordered a new strap now.
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    Re: 18mm NATO on 19mm lugs

    Thank you for your opinions!

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    Re: 18mm NATO on 19mm lugs

    You're probably better off using a 20mm NATO on a 19mm lug width. That's what I do with my Tissot PRC200, and it looks far better than the gap of an 18mm NATO on it. Picture for reference:

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    Re: 18mm NATO on 19mm lugs

    Quote Originally Posted by illini675 View Post
    You're probably better off using a 20mm NATO on a 19mm lug width. That's what I do with my Tissot PRC200, and it looks far better than the gap of an 18mm NATO on it.
    I agree. But at the same time I am afraid there might be a lot of undue pressure on the spring bars.

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    Re: 18mm NATO on 19mm lugs

    I have a few odd lug sized watches (19, 21 and two 23s). I hate using the size bellow as the viewable lugs drive me nuts. I either find the right size strap or use the 1mm larger even NATO - never had any issues with any of them.
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