I've got an Explorer II 16570 Polar with drilled lugs (1995). I love being able to swap out the bracelet and straps easily, but I'm finding the clearance is very tight and lots of straps rub on the case which eventually ruins them. I see a lot of people ignore this but it bothers me to see them fray. I got a really sweet gray leather strap from Worn and Wound that looks killer on the watch but rubs on the case. I tried curved bars, only to learn later that you shouldn't use curved bars with drilled lugs because they do not fit right (they fall right out). Someone then told me you could use one mm bigger on the curved bars with a watch with drilled lugs and it will fit, but I'm hesitant to do so, and no strap is worth risking loosing or damaging a Rolex (or most watches for that matter).
So... any first-hand experience doing the 1mm bigger curved bars? I've got a friend who has done it on a non-Rolex watch and says it has never been an issue.
Also, recommendations for straps that fit the tight clearance on the 5 digit Rolexes? Specifically the 16570, but I'm assuming most 5 digit SS models are similar. No idea about 6 digit because I have no first-hand experience.
And finally, anyone try these Barton canvas straps on their 16570 or similar? I love the green and white ones and am hoping they would work. I'd be ignoring the "quick release" spring bar function and going with standard shoulder-less bars: https://www.bartonwatchbands.com/col...F4JBoC_Vzw_wcB
Edit: Also... I'm realizing now that if I plan to swap out the quick release bars for shoulderless bars it may not be so easy to get them out.. Does anyone have experience with this? I see now they are on Amazon Prime so I can return them if they don't work out.
Edit: I found a video in the FAQ and they can come out relatively easy. Easy on rubber, a bit harder on canvas apparently. If anyone is curious: