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post #3256 of 3829
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

It should take a competent jeweler 10 minutes to switch out a band.

"Competent" being the key word. Unfortunately, too many are not, and are performed by staff who are no more skilled than oneself and likely less careful, or even using incorrect tools. I once had a bracelet clasp adjustment returned from a jeweler with tool teeth marks. Personally, for bracelet/strap swaps i'd do it myself, and for anything more difficult I'd only entrust to a trained watchmaker. A good precaution is to tape around and between the lugs for protection against scratch in case of tool slippage.
post #3257 of 3829

Is there anywhere in Europe I can send my Vostok Amphibia for a service? Or should I just hand it in to a local watchmaker/store? It's suddenly stopping all the time and winding it doesn't help.

post #3258 of 3829
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

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Originally Posted by johnvw View Post

Lurker on (and admirer of) this thread for a while, I have questions that someone here maybe can answer. As I understand it, a leather watch strap can be put on a watch made with a metal bracelet, provided the watch cases and bands are the same sizes. For those not especially DIY-inclined in this area, is this usually a time-consuming procedure for a jeweler to do? Roughly how expensive should it be? Watches in the Citizen Eco-Drive and Seiko Solar families are what I have in mind.

Thanks in advance for any help with this.

It should take a competent jeweler 10 minutes to switch out a band. Some of the Seikos (and probably Citizens as well) have an extra little "collar" pin and sometimes that can add to the amount of time. Maybe allot an extra 30 seconds to a minute for the job. nod[1].gif If you wanted to DIY, there are some videos out there on YouTube that walk you through the process and it's very simple to do at home, even for the non-DIY inclined.

As for the cost - if you are buying a band from a jeweler, there should be no additional cost to have them swapped out. If you just take in the watch and the new band to a jeweler, I cannot imagine they would charge you much for the work. Maybe $10?

Thank you for your response. fistbump.gif
post #3259 of 3829
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Originally Posted by kentyman View Post

You can easily learn to do this yourself with a spring bar tool. You just need to make sure your watch's lug width matches the width of the band you're swapping out. I agree that YouTube is a good place to learn how to do this.

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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post

It should take a competent jeweler 10 minutes to switch out a band.

"Competent" being the key word. Unfortunately, too many are not, and are performed by staff who are no more skilled than oneself and likely less careful, or even using incorrect tools. I once had a bracelet clasp adjustment returned from a jeweler with tool teeth marks. Personally, for bracelet/strap swaps i'd do it myself, and for anything more difficult I'd only entrust to a trained watchmaker. A good precaution is to tape around and between the lugs for protection against scratch in case of tool slippage.

Thanks! fistbump.gif
post #3260 of 3829
Wearing this today while marking up some drawings.

Such a great watch for $100.

post #3261 of 3829

Is that with the Oyster bracelet? I'm debating wether I should get it with the oyster or not.

post #3262 of 3829
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Originally Posted by OlafG View Post

Is that with the Oyster bracelet? I'm debating wether I should get it with the oyster or not.

I am not 100% sure. It was sold to me on the watch and the gent could not remember where he got the bracelet from.
Sorry.
post #3263 of 3829
Going on its bracelet instead smile.gif



It seems to be settling at +2 per day which I am reasonably happy with.
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post #3265 of 3829
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Originally Posted by ClassyCanuck View Post

Wearing this today while marking up some drawings.

Such a great watch for $100.

Which Seiko is that? Where did you buy it for $100?

post #3266 of 3829
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Originally Posted by GeneralW View Post

Which Seiko is that? Where did you buy it for $100?

SKX-007.
post #3267 of 3829
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Originally Posted by lamergod View Post

SKX-007.

but $100 is not a normal price esp with bracelet.
post #3268 of 3829
Ebony & Ivory... shog[1].gif



The datejust was bought new in 1997, the 'T Swiss Made T' dial is developing a nice patina after 16 years smile.gif (yes I know the date is wrong again)

As I mentioned I'm not keen on flat crystals and here's why frown.gif
post #3269 of 3829
Hey! Stop posting Rollie's in the PMWT!

post #3270 of 3829
Well without digging out the sales invoice, that Datejust cost about 1.5 grand at the time, and so I think it deserves PMWT status. The Universal retailed about the same at the time and is arguably a more refined watch and no one complains about that. We want to be accepted here yes we do smile.gif
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