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    Strap hole slightly too large - any way to remedy?

    {Hope this is the right forum, couldn't find one dedicated just to straps and figured putting in IWC was too specific...


    I have an IWC deployment clasp that has begun to slip out of the desired hole in a leather strap. The strap is only 4 years old, is only on the watch about half the year and gets worn probably 25% of that time at max. IOW, not a daily wear.

    The hole really doesn't show any sign of wear or having been stretched, nor is there any damage to the nub on the deployment clasp intended to hold it in place when pressed through hole in strap. The nub on the top of that pin in clasp is seemingly pretty small, but I guess that's all there is.

    Short of replacing a very expensive strap any suggestions on a way to minimize this? The size of the strap doesn't need to be adjusted regularly but I also don't want to butcher this up with a permanent hack fix like glue. Or duct tape.

    It almost looks like if I could fashion some very small expansion on the pin on clasp it might work, since shrinking the leather hole is impossible. Hey -- maybe duct tape IS the answer!

    I saw one suggestion to put a drop of crazy glue on the back of the hole without pin in it. Supposedly absorbs into leather/hole, no visible change but slightly stiffer and smaller. Sounds crazy, but....

    Figured I'm not the first to deal with this and that someone here had creative solutions I'd not considered. Hopefully?

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    Re: Strap hole slightly too large - any way to remedy?

    I would be most hesitant about using any type of adhesive on it, IMHO.

    Might try a little Heat Shrink rubber tubing.

    Google it if needed, but basically it can be shrunk to fit most round (and other) surfaces via heat like from a blow dryer, open flame, etc.

    I use it all the time for very small detail stuff with my cars and sometimes watches.

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    Re: Strap hole slightly too large - any way to remedy?

    I have thought about rivets before but never followed thru.
    I don't have too many watches! I have too few wrists!

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    Re: Strap hole slightly too large - any way to remedy?

    The heat shrink is a good idea. I have some, but none quite tiny enough to be snug on that post. Off to AMZN!

    Had someone else suggest a tiny rivet. That's a fallback option.
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    Re: Strap hole slightly too large - any way to remedy?

    Good luck.

    Keep us updated as to what works.
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    This problem has been discussed in IWC’s collector forum. A possible solution is to put a c-clip over the pin. You have to measure the diameter of the pin and find the right size c-clip. I have not try this myself, but it seems workable.

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    Re: Strap hole slightly too large - any way to remedy?

    Thanks to Nokie for the great idea. Got some 1mm heat shrink tubing today, cut it off just as close to the length of the pin as possible and shrunk it on there. Ended up around the nub on top of pin as well as length of pin, so now it is snug in the leather strap hole.

    Outstanding creativity - thanks!

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