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Old 25 August 2011, 04:56 AM   #1
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Deepsea/DSSD on Isofrane rubber strap

Sometimes I just prefer my divers on a rubber strap, especially in the Mid-Atlantic area which is hot and humid this time of year. My favorite strap is the Isofrane because of the quality, comfort and look so I decided to try it on the Deepsea (don't know why I waited so long).

Measure-wise the Isofrane is a 22mm strap and the lug width of the watch is 21mm, but it is very easy to squeeze in there. I suspect it would be better to shave/sand down the end piece on the Isofrane just a little bit, I'll try that later. Here as some quick pix with the point-and-shoot.









The 5mm thickness of the Isofrane goes very well with the chubbiness of the DSSD. A thin strap looks a bit off, I think.

Given that how the strap is perforated it is very easy to adjust to the perfect tightness to any occasion or preference. On the wrist, the top-heaviness of the watch almost disappears. It is very comfortable to wear. I really like the fact that the strap doesn't taper at all but keep it width of 22mm - it goes very well with the look of the watch IMO.

I know some people hate any type of modifications to Rolex. To each his own, but I think this is a great addition to the Deepsea Sea-Dweller watch and on top of that not a big investment if it doesn't work out for you.

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Old 25 August 2011, 04:57 AM   #2
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Isofrane is the shizzle .... looks great .... dont shave/sand down the end pieces its great as is
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Old 25 August 2011, 04:58 AM   #3
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That looks GREAT!!! I should do that with my Sub. I've been eyeballing the Isofranes for a while...
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:01 AM   #4
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i will join the party here ....



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Old 25 August 2011, 05:06 AM   #5
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Yeah, I already have one for my Sub/SD as well.

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Old 25 August 2011, 05:08 AM   #6
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Isofrane is the shizzle .... looks great .... dont shave/sand down the end pieces its great as is
That would be more for 'security reasons'. When a rubber strap is a bit too large between the lugs it can actually fall off if you are really unlucky. It doesn't allow for the spring bars to do their job perfectly so if you pinch and twist the strap it actually comes lose.

Taking them down just a notch should change the visual appearance much.
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:09 AM   #7
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pure class patrick

looks great mate.

i'm too lazy to google isofrane, is it a US brand?

dr robert has been praising them too....
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:09 AM   #8
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That absolutely rocks!
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:12 AM   #9
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Looks pretty good. Not a bad combo.
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:16 AM   #10
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looks great mate.

i'm too lazy to google isofrane, is it a US brand?

dr robert has been praising them too....
Yes, Isofrane is part of the Synchron Watch Group, out of Houston, TX I believe (the own Doxa etc) and they have relaunched the Isofrane straps of the 1960-ies. Pure class, as you say.

It should be easy enough to get one shipped to the UK.
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:21 AM   #11
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That absolutely rocks!
You Brits are just liking it because I was wearing it with a Hackett shirt today! ;-)



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Old 25 August 2011, 05:27 AM   #12
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:32 AM   #13
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i have mine on a breitling rubber strap, its awesome on there.


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Old 25 August 2011, 05:38 AM   #14
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I've got a DeepSea & have been thinking about a rubber strap for it but was unsure of how it would look, you have answered my question! I'll be joining the club!
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:40 AM   #15
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Did you get a new DSSD Patrick?
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:40 AM   #16
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Looks awesome, almost better than the bracelet, wish they had those in my part of the world.
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:41 AM   #17
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Did you get a new DSSD Patrick?
It just happened to land at my doorstep. Again. ;-)

Hoppas att allt är väl!
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:44 AM   #18
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Looks great!!
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Old 25 August 2011, 05:48 AM   #19
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It just happened to land at my doorstep. Again. ;-)

Hoppas att allt är väl!
Happens way too often for you

Allt är väl här och med dig med hoppas jag.
Faktum är att jag börjar gilla Deepsean mer och mer sen jag lånade en av en god vän till mig
Gem vet kanske blur en till Rolex iaf.

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Happens way too often for you

Allt är väl här och med dig med hoppas jag.
Faktum är att jag börjar gilla Deepsean mer och mer sen jag lånade en av en god vän till mig
Gem vet kanske blur en till Rolex iaf.

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Du behöver en guldare först! :-)
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i have mine on a breitling rubber strap, its awesome on there.


Me too....

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Old 25 August 2011, 06:37 AM   #23
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The Isoframe looks great!!!
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Old 25 August 2011, 06:48 AM   #24
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Iso is the shiznit, best rubber round'
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Old 25 August 2011, 06:58 AM   #25
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Looks great Patrick! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 25 August 2011, 07:00 AM   #26
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Wow. That looks good. I almost want to try the Deep Sea Again.
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Old 25 August 2011, 10:56 AM   #27
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Love that isoframe strap. One of the best aftermarket straps ive seen for the DSSD!
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Old 25 August 2011, 12:28 PM   #28
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That would be more for 'security reasons'. When a rubber strap is a bit too large between the lugs it can actually fall off if you are really unlucky. It doesn't allow for the spring bars to do their job perfectly so if you pinch and twist the strap it actually comes lose.
That is exactly correct with the 22mm rubber strap on a DSSD. When I first used the Breitling Pro II on my DSSD I thought it was all good until one day I was playing with the rubber strap. I pinched it by the lug to see if the rubber will flex or if it would stay firm. The strap came off just like that. So, I sanded it just a tiny bit, put it back on the watch and the strap has stayed put ever since.

I will try out an Isofrane for my DSSD. I feel the Breitling is a bit too thick and so I hope the Isofrane will do the job. Thanks Patrick!
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Old 25 August 2011, 01:12 PM   #29
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The Isofrane strap looks at home on the dive watches pictured here.....they make any dive watch look better......IMHO, they look like they were made for a Rolex sub!
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Old 25 August 2011, 02:28 PM   #30
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This strap looks amazing. I am a purist and usually do not like nato's or anything other than the bracelet but this looks really good... Oh my, what am I saying... I think I may need one
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