Finally, the day arrived when I had a watch I knew was a keeper. The Enicar Seapearl 600.
It speaks to those who get it. It has the patina of history surrounding it. "If I could only speak to tell my sea tales!" For now, I can use my own imagination.
So, the journey for a strap began and WUS was the most logical place to start. Perhaps what follows will help you with your future strap purchase.
As a preface to the actual process, I would like to relay a bit of buying advice for any artistic purchase.
When you buy fine art, you are invited to a gallery where you are led into a room with a drawn curtain. The owner or staff will seat you and allow you to get comfortable, then open the curtain to reveal the artwork. You gaze upon it for as long as you like. Then, you go home and sleep on it. The dealer holds it for you for a week or so and then you return to repeat the process. The key difference being how you react when you see the artwork for the second time. It should make you feel like you are seeing an old friend again. For some, it may mean a third visit to be sure. That's the best way to describe the process and it applies to watches too. It means you can live and appreciate your treasure long after the initial purchase.
I posted a request for ideas for the Seapearl 600 and awaited the creativity to kick in.
You can read the thread here:
As you can see, CADstraps (KC) suggested "Fish."
"Say what?" I thought.
However, the more I pondered it, the more that idea appealed to me. It certainly was appropriate as well as the Seapearl was a dive watch.
I sent a private message to CADstraps about having one made and we traded a number of emails about color, buckle, and other preferences, etc. He sent the following photo:
I also related that the watch was tested by the US Navy for their divers and that I am a member of the Navy League. So, the stitching color changed to gold and viola, we had the makings of one very cool looking strap capturing the elements of the watch and its history. Not to mention that I like blue and gold as colors having worn an original Citizen Blue Angels Navihawk for years. We came to an agreement on price, delivery, etc.
Soon after another email arrived as follows:
"I'll start by proposing the finished strap and it's details. You will then either approve or request revisions/corrections. Once we shake hands on the plan, I put your strap in the queue and start cutting. This type of strap is a 3-day process once I get started.
- 125/75 lengths, 17.5mm width (please double check) tapering to 16mm. That lug width makes me wary. I know you said you don't want to go to 18mm, but the thought of a gap keeps me up at night.
- core of premium grade veg leather
- genuine fish hide upper, in sueded navy blue
- 2 floating keepers, also of fish construction
- yellow stitching in an open pattern (I will show you the yellow threads I have in stock and you can pick the one you like best) with beeswaxed Irish linen thread.
- liner of premium Italian lambskin (black? Red? Blue? Pink?)
- 16mm solid stainless double locking deployment with pushbutton opening (great hardware)"
I sent him some measurements of the watch lugs. Here they are:
"Lug height at pin hole 2.5mm
2.5 at the case
Top of pinhole to top of lug 1.34mm
Bottom of pinhole to bottom of lug .4mm
Bottom lug width at pinhole is 17.5mm
Same for top
Suggest 17.7mm lug width just to help you sleep
Case wall closest to lug to middle of pinhole 4mm
Case wall center to the middle of the pinhole is 2.7mm
Lug length is 6.9mm"
Another follow-up by me:
"Just recalled that I may not have mentioned my wrist size as not large.
A short strap is usually better for me rather than regular size.
Otherwise I have a lot of extra strap hanging off the end...
Lug to lug is about 44mm on this Seapearl."
Which prompted this response:
"Do you have a strap now that you like the size? My 125/75 is fairly standard for a wide range of wrists, but I can make an adjustment if necessary."
It's only going on my wrist...."
Not long afterwards, I received a bit of teaser photo:
Then, the final product:
Finally, the happy day when it arrived and is now installed on the watch. No need for words, the watch can now fully "speak" for itself:
I certainly appreciated the extra care and time KC spent on my little project and I hope the reader gains some insight into how the process works and how enjoyable it can be -- especially with the final outcome!
I'd rate it a five star transaction.