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  1. MRC

    MRC Sep 27, 2019

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    Yup. Also need a 3/4 length spring-bar to line everything up while attaching. I know where the tooling now is from the insulator business but do not know if there were any simple round ones. Photos show the 3-hole sort of thing I'm thinking about and other tooling with unknown actual output.

    BTW, after the cost of making the tool one hour of production would make a 100 year supply of these, so perhaps best to find something already in production.

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  2. chronoboy64

    chronoboy64 Sep 27, 2019

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    @Forstnerbands
    Fantastic idea, huge congrats and best luck :thumbsup:
    Will this be available for EU customers without the Import duties which means: will you have a distributor within the EU ?
    Best
     
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  3. Forstnerbands

    Forstnerbands Sep 27, 2019

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    Many thanks! We do not currently have an EU distributor but it’s something that I can foresee in the future depending on whether there is enough demand in that region. Since the launch, signs point to yes but it is still early days.
     
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  4. Forstnerbands

    Forstnerbands Sep 27, 2019

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    Loving these suggestions. Must confess that I am not an expert in o-ring or Mylar washer manufacturing! It sounds like the right approach might be a sort of micro adhesive to the inner lugs. It would take some investigation to make sure it’s sized correctly and doesn’t poke out in an unsightly manner. I agree that a rubber o-ring wouldn’t look great. Aside from that, imagine what a pain it would be to try to line up a tiny ring to the band ends while simultaneously affixing it to the lugs.
     
  5. eugeneandresson

    eugeneandresson Sep 27, 2019

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    I bought the following (when I started) to install bracelets (it was a tip from here!) : I would cut off 2 thin slivers, and stick them to the back of my lugs to prevent scratches (I no longer do it). The tape is quite thick. I could imagine if one really cared enough to go through the pain of cutting a piece to the right shape, to stick this to the inside of the lugs, and that it would last quite a while.

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  6. chronoboy64

    chronoboy64 Sep 27, 2019

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    I have just pre ordered and I must say very smooth procedure from abroad.
    great job on your website and thanks in advance :thumbsup:
     
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  7. BradleyJ.

    BradleyJ. Sep 27, 2019

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    I really don't mean this in any way negative about the product but all this talk about protecting the lug against damage got me thinking it would be easier to just eliminate the very thing doing the damage in the first place.......

    I hope to hear good things in the future regarding no significant scratching from this bracelet. I really like it.
     
  8. Forstnerbands

    Forstnerbands Sep 27, 2019

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    Thanks very much!
     
  9. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Sep 27, 2019

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    I’m waiting for the horn lug
     
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  10. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Sep 27, 2019

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    Although I typically dislike spring links, I like that could use this on my Seamaster 120 or any of my 18mm lugged Seamaster’s.
     
  11. Forstnerbands

    Forstnerbands Sep 27, 2019

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    I think it’s going to be great :) very excited to finish development of that one.

    Speaking of, what does the group think of a wider mesh version? The narrower one is classic, but an 18mm version might look good too. Thoughts?
     
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  12. M'Bob

    M'Bob Sep 27, 2019

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    You make it, I'm buying...
     
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  13. M'Bob

    M'Bob Sep 27, 2019

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    Same company?

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  14. zinengineer

    zinengineer Sep 27, 2019

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    Ditto, almost signed up for the straight end version, but I can wait. Very cool nonetheless
     
  15. Zenmaster87

    Zenmaster87 Sep 27, 2019

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    Just did my preorder! I’ve got a 6.5 inch wrist, went with the classic size, does that make more sense than going with the short version and potentially wearing it at maximum fit?
     
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  16. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Sep 27, 2019

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  17. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Sep 27, 2019

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    They changed their name but their packaging gives them away
     
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  18. Togri v. 2.0

    Togri v. 2.0 Sep 28, 2019

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    I will wait to speak on an 18mm version until I have tried the 16mm as I expect a 16mm version to be spot on. A version in 18mm might make it more contempoary looking and take away some of its vintage charm, making it more like a standard mesh bracelet of which there are plenty.
     
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  19. Forstnerbands

    Forstnerbands Sep 28, 2019

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    Tough call - I personally prefer the maximum fit look but if it doesn’t work out you could always exchange for the short version. I’m holding some aside for this sort of thing.
     
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  20. Forstnerbands

    Forstnerbands Sep 28, 2019

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    Good point