[6105 Willard] Alternate Strap Suggestions for a 6105 Willard
By - Gameshow_Ghost
I would go for a waffle rubber strap. It’s period correct for a ‘60/70’s diver watch. I really like the one seiko used for their SLA line, but I’m uncertain if you are able to buy them separately.
Check out Strapcode. They have have some similar ones. Nice watch btw.
I'm kind of dubious of the fit on rubber straps in general after this one, to be honest.
Are silicone straps also a no-go for you? From my experience they wear much more comfortable than rubber.
I'm not sure. I'm not a huge fan of how they look, but I'm not necessarily opposed to it. They definitely tend to have a bit more stretch to them to accommodate fit.
I love my Barton Bands elite silicone bands on my divers. They are rather comfy especially in the Florida sun and hold up well.
I've had really good luck with some other Barton bands, so I definitely might look into it.
I keep mine on a vintage tropic or a quality leather looks good IMO
Vintage Speidel flat vent
I appreciate the suggestion, but I absolutely can't stand bracelets without matching end links, which is invariably how those Spiedels always are.
Not a bracelet. It’s a strap
Oh! My bad, I'll have to look into it.
I'm not a fan of rubber straps for the most part. My favorite strap on my 6105s is the [Watch Steward](https://www.thewatchsteward.com/store/p106/Grey_-_19mm_.html).
I have a 20mm version from before they started making the 19mm one and it fits fine, very comfortable and has a nice military like look to it without being a rubber strap or a NATO.
[My 1972 6105-8119](https://i.imgur.com/hFMSM5w.jpg)
Edit: I just noticed that some people say the 19mm version leaves a small gap, the 20mm one I have fits perfectly in the lugs so if anyone is looking at these I'd say go for the 20mm.
I also wear mine on the 20mm Grey Watch Steward strap most of the time. I also wear it on a Tropic and [this](https://www.uncleseiko.com/products/wide-link-bracelet-18-19mm) Uncle Seiko bracelet. I also ordered his H-Link bracelet for the 6105.
Oh, that's an interesting bracelet. I have my other 6105 on the Uncle Seiko H-Link bracelet.
Oh you're bad also, I have six of them that I actually bought when new. They were my surfing watches at the time. In Vietnam I wore an Omega Seamaster and a Felicia so I never bought one at a PX.
Hey all. I have my Willard on a period correct Uncle Seiko chocolate bar reproduction strap, but the hole spacing is just super uncomfortable on my wrist. It's either too loose or the thick rubber keepers dig into me.
What do you guys think looks good as an alternative? The 19mm strap is so thin, it's hard to find a good match. I'm open to anything but a bracelet.
It might be worth trying a nato strap. Probably more comfortable than the rubber, especially if you have to wear it a bit tight. You could also punch your own hole in the chocolate bar strap to get a better fit
NATOs are definitely an option; I used to wear my 6309 and Samurai on them. They're a little bulky, though.
Punching a hole isn't an option, unfortunately the Uncle Seiko is designed with a sort of grid based hole system and I don't think you could successfully punch between them.
Maybe a Zulu strap then? Only a single-pass so less bulk around the watch. Or a paratrooper might be even better cause you can really get a perfect fit.
[Check out these options](https://www.cheapestnatostraps.com/collections/single-pass-straps)
I did consider an MN strap, so that might be how I go.
Good luck! For me, finding the right strap for a watch is almost as fun as getting the watch itself
I have my old 7548-700b on an ISOfrane right now and I really like it (blue strap with pepsi bezel). The only trick is that standard Seiko fat bars don't slide in nicely, so it's better to find some thin bars with fat ends (so the skinny ends don't wear out the lug holes).
The 7548 is a 22mm though, so the ISOfrane's "chunkiness" may not balance out as well at 18mm.
\[edit\] Dang, looks like 20mm is as small as they go. Sorry, dude. \[/edit\]
No worries, the 19mm is definitely the big challenge on the Willard. Balancing the chunky watch on a thin strap is always a weird game.
That's probably why they went up to 20mm on the SPB151 - better strap option availability (maybe better balance on the case as well?).
It honestly wears really well on a thin strap, it's just this damn rubber one not fitting my wrist all that well.
Live and learn though.