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Seiko7A38
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Those of you who've used Seiko Oz's database to look up part number information in the past may have noticed that the old link doesn't work anymore. :(

Instead it returns a HTTP Status 404 – Not Found error message.

More worryingly, the description of that error message reads:

The origin server did not find a current representation for the target resource ....

or is not willing to disclose that one exists.

Seeing that second part made me initially suspect they'd decided the information should no longer be in the public domain. :(


October 31, 2017 at 9:44 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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I wasted some time browsing Seiko Oceania's website trying to find a way back in. Don't bother even looking under the Support tab - trust me it's not there either.


http://www.seiko.com.au/support


 

October 31, 2017 at 9:59 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Instead, I tried taking the old link and shortening it to: http://service.seiko.com.au

Initially, all it gave me was: Set Time Zone in the top left hand corner of an otherwise blank page. :( But if you're patient, this page will eventually load:


http://service.seiko.com.au/ords/f?p=150:1:14902840850104:::::&tz=0:00




Once you're there, click in the box (outlined in red) Catalogue Search ....

Which displays something vaguely resembling the old Database Search:


http://service.seiko.com.au/ords/f?p=150:105:8320782858913::NO:RP&tz=0:00




Keying valid data in the Calibre and Case No. fields yields encouraging results:




You can use the gear wheel symbol on the right to activate / refine your search. It's not the most user friendly. :roll: Oddly, the pen symbol (circled in red) which usually means 'edit' anywhere else, gives you (read only) access to the parts detail.



October 31, 2017 at 10:06 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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As you may have noticed, there is a button at the top right of the first screen which gives instructions on How to use this screen. As per usual (in typical 'bloke-ish' manner), I read these instructions afterwards. :P




One thing I haven't yet managed to figure out how to do in this new version, is a reverse look-up (i.e. ask where a part is used). It's sometimes very useful for establishing that certain parts are common to multiple case models. :/


October 31, 2017 at 11:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Seiko7A38
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Looks like Jonas (Mr. Jones) pipped me to the post by a few days, posting this in a thread on WristSushi.




The direct link he'd posted was slightly different to the one I'd found, but the page is just as slow to load (if not slower) - as he put it freaking slow:o


October 31, 2017 at 12:06 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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