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Thread: Metal, but it's still strap advice I want

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    Grand Master snowman's Avatar
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    Metal, but it's still strap advice I want

    I've been wearing my old Seiko 6138-3003 (I think, arabic/english days - I've always thought of it as a 3002, though, as it was sold as such) over the last couple of days and thought it might be nice to have it on a bracelet for a change.

    The one it came with, the original, was utter junk, even before it became worn out junk, so I wondered if anyone had any recommendations for a 19mm straight ended bracelet at an affordable price?

    I don't fancy it on a mesh, but am open to suggestions on any other kind of bracelet - I've seen a few styles I quite like on eBay, but they look as cheap and nasty as the original Seiko one.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks

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    If you’re handy, a 20mm straight end will file down very easily, a lot more choice out there than 19mm.
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    Metal, but it's still strap advice I want

    What about an ‘expandro’ type expandable bracelet? Lots of these have sprung lugs so they will fit 18-22mm lugs.
    The bracelet is very retro in style and very comfortable.


    You can different finishes to suit the watch head. My wear my Airman on a similar.
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    Tough one. Problem is that finding a new bracelet that will fit a vintage watch is hard to match. Personally, a nice two stich suede (you can go custom here) is a perfect choice for a vintage Seiko. If you wanna go for a bracelet, why not mesh?Or getting vintage bracelet from somw different seiko model...

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    Not a fan of suede for watch straps at all and I really want a metal bracelet, I'm more than happy with the Di-Modell Rallye as a strap option.

    I like mesh bracelets, but I don't see it suiting this watch (I've tried a few against the watch - I don't have any 19mm ones - and they just look wrong to me).

    I found another Seiko bracelet in my strap box I quite liked, but it was brushed and looked wrong against the polished case, so the hunt goes on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowman View Post
    Not a fan of suede for watch straps at all and I really want a metal bracelet, I'm more than happy with the Di-Modell Rallye as a strap option.

    I like mesh bracelets, but I don't see it suiting this watch (I've tried a few against the watch - I don't have any 19mm ones - and they just look wrong to me).

    I found another Seiko bracelet in my strap box I quite liked, but it was brushed and looked wrong against the polished case, so the hunt goes on...

    M


    Would it not be possible to polish your Seiko bracelet with a cape cod cloth ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gobo View Post
    Would it not be possible to polish your Seiko bracelet with a cape cod cloth ?
    Mmmm - It's a thought, although I'm not sure how effective that would be on a brushed bracelet - I'm sure I'd end up with some unpolished areas.

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