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One of the nicest features of the Helix Okto Blue Diver model HX420-03L17B was a fantastic stainless steel bracelet with rubber inserts on the center links and an expandable diver's clasp.


Well, that all went by way of the dodo a few weeks back when the center links began to crumble. See the picture below.


I tried to glue things back together but super glue didn't seem to do the trick and the crumbling continued.

I resorted to a Google search for replacement watch straps with curved ends. I didn't like the thought of having a gap between the case and the strap.
I think I got pretty lucky. I found a black silicone strap with blue accent stitching and blue rally strap cut-outs.


I think it looks good and it fits the case and lugs like an OEM replacement.






My search turned up quite a few more straps than I anticipated. Since I don't dive and very seldom wear watches in water I'm thinking of picking up a second strap in leather.
Thanks for looking.
 

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I'm just in the process of getting rid of the SS bracelet on that Citizen Eco-Drive World Time watch i posted a few days ago in WRUW and doing the same thing you did. And...i went with the black / blue accents like yours.
 

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Where did you get the perforated band?

One of the nicest features of the Helix Okto Blue Diver model HX420-03L17B was a fantastic stainless steel bracelet with rubber inserts on the center links and an expandable diver's clasp.


Well, that all went by way of the dodo a few weeks back when the center links began to crumble. See the picture below.


I tried to glue things back together but super glue didn't seem to do the trick and the crumbling continued.

I resorted to a Google search for replacement watch straps with curved ends. I didn't like the thought of having a gap between the case and the strap.
I think I got pretty lucky. I found a black silicone strap with blue accent stitching and blue rally strap cut-outs.


I think it looks good and it fits the case and lugs like an OEM replacement.






My search turned up quite a few more straps than I anticipated. Since I don't dive and very seldom wear watches in water I'm thinking of picking up a second strap in leather.
Thanks for looking.
Where did you get that band? It looks great. Your endorsement is a big deal cause it's hard to know when looking at internet pictures.
Thanks,
Kev
 

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FWIW I have several Helix watches & those that have "rubber" bands have failed. Usually they just break in half! I was lucky to catch an Okto chrono before it hit the pavement. I have retired all of the OEM synthetic bands to preclude another incident.
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One of the nicest features of the Helix Okto Blue Diver model HX420-03L17B was a fantastic stainless steel bracelet with rubber inserts on the center links and an expandable diver's clasp.


Well, that all went by way of the dodo a few weeks back when the center links began to crumble. See the picture below.


I tried to glue things back together but super glue didn't seem to do the trick and the crumbling continued.

I resorted to a Google search for replacement watch straps with curved ends. I didn't like the thought of having a gap between the case and the strap.
I think I got pretty lucky. I found a black silicone strap with blue accent stitching and blue rally strap cut-outs.


I think it looks good and it fits the case and lugs like an OEM replacement.






My search turned up quite a few more straps than I anticipated. Since I don't dive and very seldom wear watches in water I'm thinking of picking up a second strap in leather.
Thanks for looking.
I own three, a black one and two in stainless, all are chrono with the Ronda 5030 quartz movement, they are tanks!!!!!


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