Replacement Watch Strap From an Old Inner Tire

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About: I'm a social-worker, working with 12 - 23 year-olds. I used to be a printer. In 2018 I opened a small makerspace (www.imdib.nl) in my house, where I have lasercutters, 3d-printers, Arduino's, Mindstorms and ...

So the strap from my favorite watch broke... a long time ago. Somehow it wasn't easy to get a replacement that fitted the style of the watch. So I made my own, fast and easy and I'm happy with the result.

This fix is really easy, cheap and will take you less than an hour.

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Step 1: You Will Need

Materials:

  • an old inner tube from a car or motorbike

Tools:

  • scissors
  • watch strap replacement tool can be helpful
  • glue
  • hole punch
  • pencil

Step 2: Cut Your Strap

  • Cut a straight piece from the tire
  • Mark the width of your strap on the tire with a pencil
  • Cut on the marking

Step 3: Glue the Strap

  • Put contact cement on the tire strap
  • Turn the strap inside out
  • Glue together

Step 4: Add the Old Hardware

  • Remove the hardware from the old strap (watchmaker tools might be helpful here)
  • Mark on the tire strap if you have to make adjustments (I did)
  • Cut to the desired shape
  • Add the hardware
  • Place on the watch

Step 5: Make the Other Half

  • Make the other half of the strap the same way
  • Put the watch on your wrist
  • Mark where you need the holes (you only need one hole for this custom made strap)
  • Punch the holes
  • Wear your watch

I am really happy with the result and proudly wearing my watch again.

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    3366carlos

    3 years ago

    awesome, i'm making my own soon.

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    kenyer

    3 years ago

    Sorry, English is not my first language. What do you meen with that reply?

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    rafununu

    3 years ago

    And black marks caused by rubber on your skin ? How do you remove them ?

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    kenyermothy10

    Reply 3 years ago

    and it might help to first wash the tire before you use it.

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    kenyerrafununu

    Reply 3 years ago

    It doesn't give marks, so no problem.

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    malfestor

    3 years ago

    Thank you very much for the great idea. I knew someday I would have a good use for all those inner tubes I've saved.

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    kenyermalfestor

    Reply 3 years ago

    And you can also use them to make rubber bands and by using two hole punchers even o-rings and many other things like grips for your tools. So its a good thing you saved them :)