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Watch Strap Review Part 29. - Crafter Blue Strap ReviewThere is no secrete we like (Grand) Seiko here on Fratello. Through the cheap mechanical replica watches up until the Grand Seiko models with Spring Drive movement. It is also obvious that any of us (well, especially me) aren't fan of a number of the bracelets that can on these replica watches. It is mainly the looks that bothers me, not the build quality. In short, I was searching for a nice alternative for example of my personal favorite go-to replica watches, the Seiko Marinemaster 300.Seiko Marinemaster 300There are a few articles and reviews on that Seiko Marinemaster Professional 300 on Fratello, the newest one being the 52Mondayz feature from Gerard, where he talks about the watch are experts in wearing that week. The actual Marinemaster 300 is reference SBDX017, that's a slightly upgraded iteration in the reference SBDX001. Many technical aspects changed in the new edition, but what did not change was the bracelet and the rubber strap that is included with it. A wonderful waffle strap that shows resemblance using the strap within the original 6159-7000 (1968) watches . However, I stumbled upon the rubber waffle strap to be quite stiff, which after having owned the watch more than couple of years, this hadn't be supple. The time had come to have a look for the strap market, to determine what's there.Crafter BlueI've tried some straps for the Seiko Marinemaster, from leather with Alternative party rubber straps. Even so the watch looks best about the waffle strap or on the original stainless bracelet. Meet Crafter Blue! By coincidence I noticed this manufacturer in Hong Kong while i searched the interwebs to get a fitting strap.The director of Crafter Blue, Steve Chan, explained me that they believe that Seiko replica watches deserve a greater strap. As effortless is always that, and I agree. Although 'better' could be explained in many different ways, a minimum of the structure and luxury could be done better with regards to the rubber waffle strap. I will include that the silicone straps that Seiko purposes of their replica watches (including some Prospex models) are awesome i actually utilize one in my Seiko 6159-7010 'Grandfather Tuna'.Crafter Blue has 'generic' 22mm straps that will fit any Seiko on this lug width, having a design that seems familiar for the famous Isofrane strap. Moreover, they make a quantity of straps designed for a couple of Seiko models. The CB02 can be a strap that could fit the Seiko Sumo perfectly, while their CB05 (above) is ideal for the well known SKX compilation of Seiko.Crafter Blue CB03 Marinemaster StrapI learned that Crafter Blue features a strap they refer to as 'CB03', especially suitable for the Seiko Marinemaster 300. Accessible in many different colors (black, brown, orange and yellow). Although I'm Dutch, I selected the black rubber CB03 strap.This pure vulcanized rubber Crafter Blue strap comes without a clasp or folding buckle. Instead, you need to attach it to the original metal folding clasp from your bracelet that comes with the Seiko Marinemaster SBDX001 and SBDX017. An easy task to try and do incidentally, exclusively use a Bergeon (and other make) tool to get rid of the clasp through the stainless-steel bracelet and connect it towards the rolex replica rubber CB03 strap. The strap is available in a standard length (62.5mm + 100mm) and will fit any wrist around 20cm (or 7.8 inch). Because of this you have got to cut the strap on the desired length. The strap already has some 'measuring' grooves, so you're able to easily cut through it. Next, you should attach the folding clasp to your rubber Crafter Blue strap. Again, work with a proper to perform these kind of tasks.Image by Crafter BluePerfect FitI can let you know that wearing my Seiko Marinemaster 300 with this Crafter Blue CB03 strap is a great relief. Not only is it a superb looking strap in my opinion, with curved ends that fit perfectly on the case, but it's additionally a very comfortable soft rubber strap to use. Not as soft (it isn't really silicone as suited for the Marinemaster 1000 models), but not very stiff or uncomfortable much like the rubber waffle strap.The clasp works perfectly about the strap, although I don't chose the clasp to be very pretty. You may resize the clasp for those who like to utilize it over your neoprene diving suit or as soon as your wrists can be a bit swollen resulting from hot and humid weather. To get this done, you pull the flip lock towards rubber strap which releases the lock to slip the extension section of the clasp. Sometimes that is annoying, as if you want to take out the watch from the wrist kids watches , you have to use the flip lock likewise needless to say. When you pull it a touch too hard, the clasp extension commences to slide breitling chronospace . I already found this annoying within the metal bracelet, thus it has no anything to make use of the strap. However, I would not mind if Crafter Blue has an normal buckle for Marinemaster CB03 strap, much like the CB05 I pictured above.Verdict and PricingAs maybe you already have guessed, I ran across the Crafter Blue CB03 to become good companion for my Seiko Marinemaster 300. An easy task to install, perfect fit between the lugs and also the curved ends are nicely done at the same time. I'm not keen on the clasp, nonetheless it really does work fine and fits well towards the strap. Cutting the strap was an easy task, but there is however a little risk in cutting away excessive material. So please be mindful using this trying to do that over a couple of steps and that means you find the right groove to take. Once you're good to go, the strap is indeed a joy to make use of (and admire). Since I've don it the Marinemaster, I didn't feel as if switching completely to another strap again (I stay very faithful to straps that fit and feel good). I'll also switch the standard strap on my own SKX007 using the CB05 and get back soon on that one.Another thing which should be said is usually that the strap includes a strong scent. Additional two straps I coming from Crafter Blue endure the same strong scent. It took many years before it became less, but didn't disappear entirely. Despite if wearing the watch maybe once or twice, the scent usually stick to the strap. Some rubber straps i have (using their company makes) are impregnated using this vanilla scent, which I can see right now is a advantage to complete if all Crafter Blue straps have this scent. Anyway, a small issue and maybe not applicable to every one Crafter Blue straps, it is just the three straps I received experience this. It didn't cause me to feel NOT wear the Marinemaster 300 naturally.The expense of the CB03 strap to the Marinemaster is $75 USD. Their cheapest strap is $50 USD. A Twelve month warranty emerges in addition to a 7-day return policy.Ordering plus more information about Crafter Blue can be found here.Interesting when you have a Seiko Turtle, Crafter Blue can also get an exclusive rubber strap for these particular models. Pre-orders will commence soon and delivery is anticipated to stay August. Watch out for that Crafter Blue CB08 strap. Image by Crafter Blue