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Pilot strap advice

Postby svaglic » November 19th 2015, 9:35am

I saw these on ebay for a good price, the problem is, they are 8" and 9.5". With my 6 3/4" wrist, there would be too much left over and look bad. I emailed the seller and they don't make them any shorter.
They leave the rivets open because people may want to put them on closed lug watches.
My question is, can I take them to a leather shop and have them shortened? I was thinking It would work that way and new rivet holes could be punched. It will need some restitching on the ends too.
Is this a bad idea and I am way off base? I like the looks of these more than other pilot straps I have seen, but just can't deal with the length. They are $29.00, is it worth a try? Has anyone ever had a strap shortened before and does it work out well?

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Re: Pilot strap advice

Postby Falstaff » November 19th 2015, 9:55am

I have never had this specific modification done but I have had various repairs, mainly restitching and relining, successfully performed by my shoe repair guy. Can't imagine your job being a problem for a pro - although you'll likely have as many $ in the mod as you paid for the strap.
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Re: Pilot strap advice

Postby svaglic » November 19th 2015, 10:04am

For it being $29.00, I figure I can live with 30-50 in mods. I want a dark brown for my Rundenmeister and a black for my 63 reissue. For some reason, this is the strap I keep coming back to. I like the vintage look and the mix of brass and stainless.
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Re: Pilot strap advice

Postby conjurer » November 19th 2015, 10:09am

Falsy's right, a good shoemaker/leather-apparel maker could probably do it for you. I don't think it would be super-expensive.
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Re: Pilot strap advice

Postby kevco » November 19th 2015, 11:39am

conjurer wrote:Falsy's right, a good shoemaker/leather-apparel maker could probably do it for you. I don't think it would be super-expensive.



Just what these cats have said. Take it to a shoe shop. They can usually easily repair smaller sized leather items.
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Re: Pilot strap advice

Postby svaglic » November 19th 2015, 11:47am

Thanks guys.
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Re: Pilot strap advice

Postby Mark1 » November 19th 2015, 5:27pm

If you don't have any old school cobblers in your area try anyone who repairs saddles, they would have the right tools to do the job.
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Re: Pilot strap advice

Postby Racer-X » November 19th 2015, 5:36pm

I agree, should be a pretty simple job for a leather-worker. I have a local guy who has fixed up a few things but not a watch strap.

Maybe Andrea at Martu could make what you want?
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Re: Pilot strap advice

Postby svaglic » November 19th 2015, 6:14pm

Racer-X wrote:I agree, should be a pretty simple job for a leather-worker. I have a local guy who has fixed up a few things but not a watch strap.

Maybe Andrea at Martu could make what you want?
http://www.martuleather.com/contact.html


I'll be putting an order with her next month, but I haven't seen any rivet pilot bands in her stuff so I didn't ask. She will be making me about 4-5 though. I have been on a bracelet/band buying spree this last month. By next month I should have everything updated as I want it, then just pick and choose what I want as I need.
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