Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Instructions by Seiko on how to Resize the Brand's various Bracelet Designs

Below is the instructions provided by Seiko in their 2017 Catalogue. I realised that a number of their bracelet designs I have yet to encounter. 
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Seiko bracelets are designed to be elegant and durable, as well as easy to adjust.
PRO TIPS
• Before “sizing,” estimate the number of links you’ll want to remove, and remove sections, rather than individual links, when you can.
• If you are only making a small adjustment, check to see if it can be made by adjusting the clasp mechanism before you start removing links.
• Save the removed links.
• Work on a flat surface so the links stay aligned.
• On expansion bracelets, remove links from near the center of the watchband.
• On clasp bracelets, remove an equal number of links from the bracelet on each side of the clasp.

LOCKING TAB BRACELETS
• 1. Many bracelets, particularly expansion bracelets in a “topshell and bottom box” design, are locked together by bent tabs of metal. To size these bracelets:
• 2. Place the band upside down and use a thin blade to pull out and straighten the tab on one end of a topshell.
• 2a. Lift the band, pivot the end of the topshell with the straightened tab away from the band and “unhook” the other hand to free the topshell. Put this topshell aside for reassembly. Repeat this procedure, on the topshell at the other end of the section you want to remove.


• 3. Place the band rightside up so you can see the “top boxes” you have exposed by removing topshells. Next, use a thin blade to pull out and straighten the flaps on the bottom boxes diagonally to the left of the topshells you have removed.


• 3a. Then straighten the flaps on the exposed top boxes.
• 4. Keeping the bracelet on a flat surface, slide the left
hand section of the bracelet away from you as you pull the
right hand section toward you.


• 5. Remove the unwanted section and align the two parts of the band for reassembly. “Staple A,” the small hook on the left hand section, should slide into the top box on the right hand section above the spring. “Staple B,” on the right hand section should slide into the bottom box on the available left hand section.


• 6. Gently “close” the flaps on the top and bottom boxes. Do not use pliers – they can damage a bracelet.
• 7. Take the first topshell you removed and hook its unbent end into the bracelet over the top box flap. Pivot it into place.
• 7a. Rebend and insert the tab to lock the topshell into position.


SCREW PIN BRACELETS
These bracelets are easy to size. Unscrew the pins that hold the links you wish to remove, remove those links, reassemble the band, and re-insert a screw to hold it together. Note that in some bracelets, not all links have accessible screws.



SPRING CLIP BRACELETS
These bracelets can be quickly sized, once you know how. Looking at the underside of the bracelet, place a pointed object into a spring clip you want to remove and slide the spring clip in the direction of the arrow. Once you have removed the appropriate number of links, align the remaining parts of the bracelet and put one of the spring clips you removed back in to join the bracelet back together


SPLIT PIN TYPE (SIZING CODE I)



Push the pin in with the SEIKO Multiple Band Sizing tool or a common band sizing tool in the direction of the arrow and the pin will be removed from the link. After removing the appropriate number of links, reassemble the links and insert the pin using the sizing tool in the opposite direction of the arrow.


PIN AND SPLIT PIPE TYPE (SIZING CODE C)
Push the pin in with the sizing tool in the direction of the arrow and the pin and a pipe can be taken out. Remove the appropriate number of links.
REASSEMBLY
Type A Reassemble the links, place the pipe into the hole of the link and insert the pin in the opposite direction of the arrow. Type B Place the pipe into the hole of the link, reassemble the links and insert the pin in the direction of the arrow. Type C Place the pipe into the hole of the link, reassemble the links and insert the pin.


Seiko has introduced a bracelet sizing coding system, adding a sizing code on each bracelet after the Band # with a dot in-between as shown below. The bracelet code can be found on the back of the bracelet either on the end piece, clasp, or on the links.


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