Bracelet AliExpress Special

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Bracelet AliExpress Special

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » Fri Nov 19, 2021 7:15 pm

I've decided to get some steel bracelets, one of them being for my Seiko 5 SNXS79. It arrived today, straight from Cathay, in a reasonable 14 days. The "tropic" that I got for the watch from Cheapestnatostraps was...well, bad. The original bracelet was OK, but being all brushed - while the watch is all polished - it wasn't exactly a good match. So, I decided to treat the Seiko to an Oyster-style with polished centre links. Heard one can find decent ones on AliExpress, with endlinks to fit the SNXS case. Well...maybe you can. This one certainly didn't out of the box (well, bubble wrap and a bubble envelope...).
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The spring bars included just wouldn't budge in terms of jumping into the slots, so I had to use ones from the original bracelet.

Then the endlinks decided that their top surface was to stick out well above the lugs. Fuck! Well, I secured the pliers with an old, worn, dirty and tattered microfibre cloth, and I managed to bend them down a little. just that there'd be no nasty gap in there. That's as good a fit as I could get out of it:
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The links are solid, and not half bad. The pins, upon pushing them out with a bracelet vise, jump out with an audible snap, and it takes quite a lot of knocking on them with a mallet to press them back in.

The clasp...well, it's no work of art, but IMO beats the one found on the original bracelet. Friction-locked, has a lot of positions for micro-adjustment.
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Just like the original bracelet of that Seiko, it has a bloody long clasp, but I managed to balance it out with the micro-adjustment and the one link I had to remove.

If you have an SNXS, it's a bracelet option you might want to consider... However, do keep in mind that getting the endlinks to fit right is a bitch, and so is getting the spring bars to pop in where they fucking should.

Mr. Bloke out.

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Re: Bracelet AliExpress Special

Post by biglove » Fri Nov 19, 2021 8:34 pm

Think that looks great. Takes the Seiko to another level. Well done.
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Re: Bracelet AliExpress Special

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » Sat Nov 20, 2021 7:47 am

conjurer wrote:
Fri Nov 19, 2021 11:54 pm
That's a hell of a lot of work for a Seiko 5er.
With a toolkit for adjusting bracelets and a pair of pliers it's not that much, basic DIY stuff. But yeah, I wish these endlinks were good out of the box envelope.
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