Bracelet Mods, Tips & Tricks
It's always exciting when a customer lets me know that one of my bracelets fits a new watch. Sometimes the bracelet will fit the case radius perfectly and align with the spring bar holes with a nice tight fit between the end links and case. Occasionally, though, you will need to do some light modifications to make it work.
Below you'll find the most common mods needed to get your Uncle Seiko bracelets on the wrist where they belong. If you haven't already, checkout the Bracelet Compatibility Chart to view a list of all bracelet/watch combinations I offer.
1) Bend the end links
This is the most common mod needed to get various bracelets working, and it's a good place to start because it's easy to undo without messing anything up. Essentially, you will just be bending the "tabs" on the end links to widen or narrow the space between the tab and the top of the link. This will allow the end links to fit tightly with larger or smaller watches.
Below is a very quick tutorial on how to do this.
2) Trim the end link tabs
If you own a new Speedmaster 3861 and you're looking to wear it on the Uncle Seiko 1450, you're in luck! There's a very simple mod that can be done to get this to work. Basically, you will just need to clip off the tabs of the end links and it will fit great. I recommend a small pair of metal snips or something similar.
3) Switch end links
Sometimes, all you need to do to get a bracelet to fit is to swap the end links. For example, my Speedmaster Flat Link US1035 bracelet will fit on the Seiko 6139 if you just fit the stock 6139 end links with my bracelet. There are several other combinations like this, and probably many more that I don't know about!
4) Use different spring bars
Occasionally, you can just change the spring bar to get your bracelet to fit. Divers tend to take a thicker "fat boy" spring bar, while others may take a skinnier bar. Sometimes, though, depending on where the spring bar holes are in relation to your end link, they will need a thinner spring bar - or even just a different size spring bar collar tip.
For example, you can make any of my hollow end link SKX bracelets work on the Seiko 5KX just by swapping out the standard "fat boy" spring bars with my Custom 2.5mm Spring Bars.