How to Trim the Strap on your G-Shock Watch

by November 28, 2011 11/28/11
DIY G-Shock Watch Band Trim

The straps on G-Shocks can sometimes be a bit too long for the average person. That’s especially true of my GW-5600J, to the point where they stick out and catch on the cuff’s of my shirts and long sleeves.

I posted a question on a popular watch forum to ask if anyone ever trimmed their straps, partly because I was curious to know how many other pencil-wristed G-Shock wearers were having the same problem and partly to see how many people were willing to take a knife to their beloved Gs.

To my surprise, the resounding response was “yes”, followed by “just go ahead and cut it already”. There were varying methods and tools recommended for doing it, ranging from razor blades to scissors. The problem was, I didn’t just want to hack off the end of my watch strap and have it look all gnarly or rough, I wanted to shorten it but make it look like it was bought that way.

With my mind made up, I set the wheel in motion. Enough talk, on with the cutting…

Victim: Atomic Solar Mudman

The strap is just a little too long and would be much better if I trimmed off about one inch (2.5cm). No jokes about trimming my hairy arms please :-)

I’m going to use a straight edge safety razor. I’m using the rounded edge of my kitchen cutting surface for this in order to keep the cut open as I slice into it, it will help stop the razor blade getting pinched. Decide where to make the cut… commit to it… cut!

DIY G-Shock Watch Band Trim

The first cut is made and it has the classic shiny edge that none of us wants to end up with, but we’ll fix that later.

DIY G-Shock Watch Band Trim

I’m going to use the safety razor again to make two smaller cuts on the corners to trim off some of the excess and save myself some filing time with the emery board.

DIY G-Shock Watch Band Trim

Now that the heavy work has been done, it’s time to shape the corners. I’m going to use an emery board to round the corners into the desired shape.

DIY G-Shock Watch Band Trim

 

DIY G-Shock Watch Band Trim

Ok, I’ve got the two corners nicely rounded – the emery board worked great!

DIY G-Shock Watch Band Trim

Now I want to add a small bevel all the way around the end of the strap to try and make it blend in with the rest of the strap.

DIY G-Shock Watch Band Trim

The end of the strap is now nicely rounded and beveled to match the rest of the strap — I could stop here and it would be just fine — but you know I can’t do that.

DIY G-Shock Watch Band Trim

I need to polish/smooth off the slight roughness left behind by the emery board. In the past I’ve found that a pair of jeans can buff things up pretty well, so I’m going to see if my jeans will do the trick.

DIY G-Shock Watch Band Trim

Well what do you know, the jeans worked great! The end is polished just to the point where it matches the non-shiny surface of the rest of the strap. I think the end result is awesome, I’m definitely happy with it.

DIY G-Shock Watch Band Trim

That’s it! I think you’ll all agree that this is a great way to avoid having a nasty, shiny end to a trimmed resin strap – it was easy to do as well. It probably took me a whole lot longer to take these photos and write this up than it would to just cut the strap and clean it up — but I thought it would be fun for you all to see the steps. Hope you enjoyed it, now go fix those long straps on all your G-Shocks!


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felony_1
felony_1

Dude, this is incredible - i've been on the fence about buying G-Shock precisely because of my 6 1/2" wrists.  Your fix is a godsend.  Good on ya, sir.

DRQ
DRQ

Thanks so much for this! I've been wondering the same question and afraid to start till I saw your blog and this helps a lot! Cheers man!

schorched
schorched

Glad to see this. I'm a grown man with the wrist of an anorexic 3rd grader. Ok maybe not that bad but it's small lol.

Rod Baker
Rod Baker

Ok, I won't comment about the hairy arm. What did you do to that poor thumb nail?

Brian Green
Brian Green

I've never wanted or needed a luminous watch compass. It kinda irritates me to see the constant glow. It depends on your need and point of view I guess, I can understand both sides of the argument. My "stupidly cheap" button compass has enabled me to locate and safely navigate a lost Cub Scout Den out of the woods before, so it's not all bad :) The Suunto Clipper seems BIG.

Brian Green
Brian Green

ARGH! Everyone knows that the camera adds hair. My arms really don't look that hairy =) Okay can we move past this topic...

wade boggs
wade boggs

Maybe you should trim the hair on your arm and the watch will fit a bit better.

cullen61918
cullen61918

I would like to see some trimming of that arm hair. Just playing, good read.

Brian Green
Brian Green

Robert, I wear a really nice liquid filled, floating dial mini compass on my Casio Mudman watches just like the one shown (which literally is my watch). I bought several of them a few years ago at a great price online, like $2-3 a piece I think. Here's a photo of the one I have on my G-Shock Mudman right now! http://instagr.am/p/WX8av/

Robert
Robert

Now I just need a compass that will fit over this fat band.

Joker
Joker

If your plan is just to wear this as your everyday watch by all means cut it. My wrists are probably smaller than most of yours so I always have that problem, But the reason for the long band is to fit over a wetsuit sleeve. I had to go out and buy a replacement after cutting my first one off. But I know most of you will never need that extra length, just wanted to let you know that Timex doesn't think everyone have tree trunks for arms.

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

If you read the article linked in the articles at the bottom of the article that I wrote about my G-Shock I talk about how to melt the pointy tips on the Suunto Clipper. Ever since I've done that it's great and doesn't jab into my wrist.

lairdb
lairdb

Yeah, I did essentially that years ago, and it still does. I'm just SENSITIVE, man....

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

LOL! Maybe your gorilla arm hair is getting caught in it?

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