How can I make a leather strap fit better?

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    How can I make a leather strap fit better?

    So I have an interesting problem on my hands (or wrists, to be more precise). I've recently bought a lovely hand-made leather strap but the holes in it are spaced just a fraction too wide than they should be. On one hole, it feels too tight for comfort, on the next looser it is too wide and slides around too much for my liking. Unfortunately I can't put a hole in between the two as there's not enough space (the pin on the buckle is quite wide, thus the hole diameter is large to fit it).

    Any suggestions as to what can be done to make it fit a bit better? I was considering padding the underside of the strap perhaps - a search of the forum suggested using Dr Scholls moleskin, but I don't know if that's doable. I love the leather and watch combination, but just need to make it sit better on my wrist!

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    Re: How can I make a leather strap fit better?

    I would try the moleskin first. You can use it as a shim with varied layers of thickness, and an easier and cheaper solution than buying a new band.
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    Re: How can I make a leather strap fit better?

    Leather shrinks due to moisture. Try leaving it in the steamy bathroom when you take showers to expose it to non-direct moisture and perhaps it will shrink enough for the 'too loose' hole.


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    Re: How can I make a leather strap fit better?

    Quote Originally Posted by TimeAndTheRiver View Post
    Leather shrinks due to moisture. Try leaving it in the steamy bathroom when you take showers to expose it to non-direct moisture and perhaps it will shrink enough for the 'too loose' hole.
    That's quite a good idea actually. Would it become stiff because of this or still stay flexible?

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    Re: How can I make a leather strap fit better?

    You can adjust the buckle tang. I've tried it and it works, even on tangs with an existing bend. Here's a DIY video:

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    Re: How can I make a leather strap fit better?

    Good suggestions above. I run into this issue often for some reason. Usually, I wear it on the tighter notch for a while and usually the band will stretch a bit. However, I only wear leather straps in the cooler weather when my wrist size it at its smallest. So, it seems like it's between stretching or shrinking it either physically or with "shims."
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    Re: How can I make a leather strap fit better?

    Same problem here with a small wrist. Will try this today see if it shrinks enough. Thanks for the idea

    Quote Originally Posted by TimeAndTheRiver View Post
    Leather shrinks due to moisture. Try leaving it in the steamy bathroom when you take showers to expose it to non-direct moisture and perhaps it will shrink enough for the 'too loose' hole.


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    Re: How can I make a leather strap fit better?

    I spent few days thinking how I can make my beautiful Steinhart Triton fit not too loose or too tight. The only thing that you can do buying an aftermarket buckle and there is a big chance that is not going to be the same size like the original one. I found my old Casio buckle and now it fits perfect. I don’t like the look of it that’s why I ordered one from eBay and hopefully it’s going to fit perfect.



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    Re: How can I make a leather strap fit better?

    Yep...try different buckle.
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    Re: How can I make a leather strap fit better?

    I seem to always have this problem myself, I will have to try a different buckle and see if it helps

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