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George Pabon
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Hi everyone,

I got a used 7a38-7289 stainless steel watch and I'm in need a an extra link or two.  Where should I look for one?

Thanks,

George

January 28, 2017 at 11:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Hi, George.

This is a relatively common problem with this model - and all the others in the 7A38-728x range, which use the p/n B1627 bracelet. Spare links aren't that easy to find nowadays. Assuming your watch is still fitted with the short (12mm) non-adjustable clasp closer, an acceptable alternative method of increasing the length of the bracelet is to fit a longer clasp cover (of the same 16mm width).


Original Seiko fitment (no adjustment):


25mm long 5-hole adjustment:


35mm long 7-hole adjustment:


January 29, 2017 at 5:17 AM Flag Quote & Reply

George Pabon
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That's a great idea.  I'll see if I can find a longer clasp cover, thanks!

George

January 30, 2017 at 11:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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I'm not 100% sure if this actually is genuine Seiko (the additional word 'JAPAN' is frequently found on Feiko bracelets), but if it is a reproduction, it appears to be a very high quality pressing. Ideally you'd want to find one with the SQ logo, instead of Japan, but ....


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Seiko-Japan-Stainless-Steel-Mens-Watch-Clasp-16mm-New-old-stock-/181919165257


PS - This longer 'Stelux' style Seiko clasp cover won't work with your existing Z-fold, because it doesn't have the securing tabs:


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Seiko-Stainless-Steel-Clasp-Mens-Watch-Bracelet-NOS-16mm-NEW-OLD-STOCK-/182410416610


January 30, 2017 at 12:40 PM Flag Quote & Reply

donwatch
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lot-116-Vintage-Seiko-Watch-Band-New-/162373911615

January 30, 2017 at 12:52 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Great NOS 7-hole SQ clasp find, Don (presuming it's 16mm) - but what's George going to do with the rest of the band ? :lol:

January 30, 2017 at 1:00 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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