HSLD Watch Band In Crye Multicam

Down Range Gear HSLD Watch Band

Down Range Gear HSLD Watch Band


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Couple of weeks ago a customer asked if I could build a HSLD Watch Band in Crye Multicam. He was about to head overseas and put a tight deadline on the project. I told him I’d have no problem doing the work but there would be a surcharge to get the Multicam material in from DIYTactical.com, I don’t stock it and it’s damned expensive.

I had him send the watch in. I need the watch in order to properly fit the band. The HSLD Watch Band is a direct replacement for the factory watch band and is designed to be sewn into the watch body. Each one is custom built and fitted. I can either use my existing design or build one to the customer’s specifications.

So the watch face came in but without a critical part that I needed to secure the band! Not good. As the customer was deploying in the very near future, we agreed that the best course of action was to send the watch back with a refund, less shipping and the cost of special materials.

After that I stewed over the project for a couple of days, unfinished projects bug me. FInally, I had an idea for a design that I could build that could maybe be user installed. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier, but I put it together today. I’m taking a chance here because I’m not sure if he’ll be able to fit the band to his watch, which is why I require the watch be sent in for proper fitting and band installation, but just doing the project made me look at the problem and approach the solution from a different perspective. I hope the customer I had to turn away gets something out of it as well.

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7 comments
  1. Stephen said:

    I am the customer who didn’t pay attention to details. Thankfully, Chris helped me out and I eventually received the band. It is currently sitting on my Suunto XLander. The band is going strong and I couldn’t ask for more. About the only thing is the MC pattern faded due to sweat (I run 5-8 miles a day) and use. Not a real problem though. I 100% recommend DRG and the HSLD watch band.

  2. downrangegear said:

    Stephen,

    Thanks for the kind words! I’m not sure if you’re still overseas, but hope your deployment went/is going well. As you might have seen, the watch band has evolved since you ordered yours. I’m happy that the parts I sent you were of use, I wasn’t 100% sure that they would work. The new version of the band can be end user installed and does not put any stress on the retaining bars, a much better design than I started out with. I’m sorry to hear that the Multicam print is fading out on you. Sweat and/or immersion in salt water takes a serious toll on printed fabric, and I’m not sure the 5038 (binding tape) webbing that I’m using for the bands was meant to be used in this role. Have you tried not PTing as much? Just kidding! I really appreciate your business and am very grateful for your having taken the time to post a comment here. I look forward to working with you again!

    -Chris

  3. David said:

    What would you charge for a Multicam Commando type watch band? I’m talking about the type made of 2″ webbing with a flap that covers the watch to protect it and/or cut down on shine and glare in a tactical environment. I’ve been using them for 26 years now and would like to have one in Multicam if possible.

    • downrangegear said:

      Unfortunately that’s not a job we’re going to be able to do, there’s entirely too much going on at the moment.

  4. joe said:

    Nice will it fit a lunanox 3051 ?.how much ?

    • downrangegear said:

      Thank you. Unknown as to whether or not it will fit your watch. After having tried to do this a number of different ways, we’ve determined that the best way is to have the customer send the watch in for fitting. It may be inconvenient but it cuts down on hassle and expense in the long term.

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