So I thought I had damaged the outer ring of my watch because I saw some bubbles appear around it (very small). Turns out that there was still a protective plastic cover on that part of the watch. It was so tightly sealed I couldn’t really see it. Oops. Here she is without that protection and she looks awesome.
It took me an email with G. Gerlach and about 20 minutes of using their supplied spring bar tool to install. It’s a sun blasted stainless steel (316L type) at 22mm. The tool Gerlach supplies with each watch isn’t bad, just a little small. I have a tool that I ordered a long time ago that’s larger and more robust and has a small regular screw tip on one end.
It took at least 15 minutes just to get the new bracelet on the watch. I then had to remove 4 links and then tweak on the diver’s clasp area.
Previously because the fit is so tight, I emailed Gerlach about sending another bracelet because I thought the one they supplied didn’t properly align. They told me if I couldn’t get it on (it should fit Enigma) to send the watch and bracelet to them in Poland and they would install it. Reading that as a nice brush off, I tried again with more vigor. Which paid off for me. And them.
Why did I change from the default canvas/leather?
Honestly, the supplied canvas/leather that came on the Enigma is a great strap. It buckles easily, looks perfectly retro, doesn’t have metal tabs to hold the band down, wears wonderfully, and is a joy.
However, if I am going to be in and out of the water as I plan this summer, that canvas and leather are not going to be able to keep up with me. That’s why I ordered the stainless with the watch.
It does dress the watch up and now I don’t need to worry about water at all. It also adds some heft which is nice.