Help with Uncle Seiko Tropic Rubber Strap
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    Help with Uncle Seiko Tropic Rubber Strap

    Hey Guys,

    This question may have already been answered so sorry if this is a repost. I recently purchased a 20mm US Tropic strap but I want to put it on a non-Seiko watch. The regular spring bars that I have are too skinny for the holes in the tropic, do I just use the regular "skinny" spring bars or are there special spring bars that I can purchase that are 2.5 mm thick but have skinny ends?

    Also, has anyone had issues with the buckle sticking out when wearing this strap? Maybe boiling the strap in water will help with the fit?

    Thanks for your replies.

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    Re: Help with Uncle Seiko Tropic Rubber Strap

    Not sure about the spring bars - only ever had it on a Seiko without problem.

    The buckle does stick out a bit. Seems to be the lack of angled buckle pin holes... seen often on ill-conceived rubber/silicone straps. Hasn't proved a huge problem for me.
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    Re: Help with Uncle Seiko Tropic Rubber Strap

    There are different types of spring bars with various thickness. Maybe you could go to a local watchmaker. They usually have a selection of different types available. Or you can search for example Amazon for thick or heavy duty spring bars (but make sure that the tip diameter is not too large).
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    Re: Help with Uncle Seiko Tropic Rubber Strap

    Thanks for the replies everyone.

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    Re: Help with Uncle Seiko Tropic Rubber Strap

    I bought some "Fat Boy" spring bars from Holden's so i could get away from using the regular sized spring bars in my dive straps. They're 2.5mm thick with 0.8mm tips.
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    Re: Help with Uncle Seiko Tropic Rubber Strap

    Quote Originally Posted by Lowrota View Post
    Not sure about the spring bars - only ever had it on a Seiko without problem.

    The buckle does stick out a bit. Seems to be the lack of angled buckle pin holes... seen often on ill-conceived rubber/silicone straps. Hasn't proved a huge problem for me.
    Would buying an angled buckle and putting it on the strap relieve the problem of the buckle sticking out?

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    Re: Help with Uncle Seiko Tropic Rubber Strap

    Standard size is usually 1.5mm to 1.78mm. Fat Bars are normally 2.5mm

    You can find them on Amazon, esslinger, ofrei, etc.
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    Re: Help with Uncle Seiko Tropic Rubber Strap

    Toxicnatos has a good selection of good bars that are labelled well so you can be sure you're getting what you need:

    https://www.toxicnatos.com/collectio...ch-spring-bars

    It looks to me like his "Fatty Norms" would fit the bill for you.
    I'm not affiliated with him, but I've ordered bars/straps/rolls from him and have always been really happy with the quality. Top notch.
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