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Seiko 5 Sports
RAZOR BRACELETS


When it comes to the stylish Seiko’s 70m Sports Divers from the late 1960s and early 1970s, the bracelets are half the point! While the Sports Divers came mounted on several styles of bracelets, it was the “Razor” bracelets that really stand out.

Sports Divers in the US catalog were marketed most commonly with either “railroad” or “H-link” bracelets, but Seiko went whole-hog on razor bracelets for the same models intended for the Japanese Domestic Market.


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Razor bracelets got their name because of a superficial similarity they have with the shape of the safety razors that were popular around the same time.



These disposable blades had a center slot where the blade was mounted into the handle. The top links of these bracelets have a shape somewhat like the center slot of a safety razor.



Razor bracelets (as I define them) came in six models, and since I can find no set nomenclature online, I’ve had to invent my own names for the six models that I have identified:

“The Double Slot”

This was a popular design, appearing on the late 60s originals, as well as the reissues 30 years later. My favorite on this bracelet is the gold Sushi 6119-7160.

“The Klingon”

Calling this one the Klingon may be a bit of a stretch, but it does remind me a bit of the Klingon swords seen on Star Trek.

It is the most popular design, appearing on more Sports Divers than any other model. It was sold on watches marketed both in and outside of Japan.

“The Triangle”

I see this one most often mounted on the 5126-8130, but the 1969 Sports Catalog shows it mounted on two other models as well. It never appeared on any of the reissues.

“The Arch”

The 5126-8090 Kamen Rider is the model most associated with this design, but it was by no means the only watch that came on.


“The Double Triangle”

Here is the other bracelet that was never reissued. Unlike the other bracelets, the Double Triangle had unique links near the clasp, meaning that spare links to lengthen a shortened bracelet are near impossible to find.


“The Bottle Opener”

The I-shaped slot of this bracelet suggests a bottle opener, and of all the bracelets, best resembles the shape of a safety razor blade.


The Clasps

All the razor bracelets come with a clasp stamped “Seiko Sports 5”. Most are stamped horizontally, a few rare ones are vertical. On the reissues the clasps have two push buttons which unlock it.

Rarity
Whenever I see one of these razor bracelets for sale on an auction site or forum as a reasonable price, I scoff it up. After all, most of these bracelets are far rarer than the watches they came with.

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Thanks for this review!


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Brill piece, I’m always struggling to find what went with what!
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thanks for the great write-up! The razor bracelets are very cool and my favorite of all the Seiko bracelets.

There was a thread quite a while ago that asked something along the lines of: "is it important to have the original bracelet to a watch?", and if I recall correctly, it was mixed replies. However, when the bracelets are specially marked ADVAN, ACTUS, SEIKO 5 SPORTS, etc. I think it is very important to have. I dare not think how many of these bracelets were tossed when they came off the watch for a more "convenient" leather strap or flex band ... and forever lost. IMO they are as equally important to the watch and no doubt a lot of thought and consideration went into their designs.

Would be nice to see Uncle Seiko venture into this area.
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Thank you! Great research work. I don't wear straps, or rarely. I love all my Seikos on a bracelet. I just noticed that Strapcode does make a razor for SKX... Mmmm....
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That is one terrific summary! I really love those designs...makes me want to don my leisure suit and go for a spin in my Monte Carlo I had a Strapcode version on a modded SKX once. Good stuff!

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That is one terrific summary! I really love those designs...makes me want to don my leisure suit and go for a spin in my Monte Carlo I had a Strapcode version on a modded SKX once. Good stuff!

That looks so natural and a perfect fit.
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Amazing research and presentation. One day, I hope to be able to present an analysis that is the equal of what you and Tom and many others have given to this forum.
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Good story, thank you.
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Great write up, thanks for sharing
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My razor collection from 1969.

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Thank you! Never thought so much about bracelets! And the pictures are terrific too...
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My razor collection from 1969.

That’s a beautiful collection!
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Yes!!! Love the razor! I have only two!! You have an awesome razor collection there!! WoW!! 😳👍🏻
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