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Old 06-01-2015, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After buying a vintage 6309-7049 complete with GL831 strap and wearing it a few times, I could not shake the feeling that I should not trust a 37 year old rubber strap. While it is in good condition (no tears or other damage), I wanted something new.

After seeing some aftermarket "replacements" (if you can call them that), I ordered a DAL1BP. It was mentioned a few times, and I find it to be a suitable replacement. The rubber is really supple, not the chafing, obstinate plastic that the aftermarket parts are made out of.

As I have not seen a direct comparison while searching for the best replacement, I wanted to share some pictures with you.











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Old 06-01-2015, 06:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I love both of these straps and have one of each type fitted to my 6309s, lovely. Look after that GL831, they are pretty hard to come by.
Lovely looking 7049 you have there, I'm rather jealous and thank you for the comparison of straps.
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If you don't mind me saking. Where did you order the DAL1BP from.
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I'd suggest buying direct from Seiya on the web. Not the cheapest, but they are legit. There's a lot of AM DAL1BP straps out there, even with lookalike packaging. Also beware that some sites with pics of the DAL1BP send a different Seiko flat vent with the chintzy buckle. Seiya is the best choice.


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Thanks. Was looking at Seiya for picking up the strap, just wonder who else people use.
I have got straps from him and Higuchi before. Sometimes you have to pay full price on the Internet to get the quality.
Will be ordering some from him again soon. As it's always a pleasure dealing with them both.



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I got my DAL1BP from Seiya, amazing service, arrived quicker than some UK post. There was a sale on when I got mine, and you know it's pure legit! Sick of seeing eBay listings for "genuine" Seiko straps, that almost sandpaper effect on the wrist side of the strap.
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I'm bumping this thread because it was a valuable source of information when I was looking for a suitable straps for my 6309s. Thanks!
I just got two DAL1BP 22-20 Straps from seiyajapan (shipping was quite fast: ordered on saturday, delivered on thursday!). Certainly not the cheapest way to get a strap. But it was mentioned before, I wanted one thats close to the original and genuine Seiko. Each strap included a pair of Seiko fat spring bars.
They sent a springbar tool and a cleaning cloth as promotional gift.
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Glad that it helped someone I've got a DAL3BP (19mm equivalent) on the way, as I have to replace a DAL2AZ that's no longer produced... Not the same look, though, the DAL2AZ had holes on the sides of the "main" holes on the longer part.
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I also have a couple gl831's, one came with a 6306 and it sort of has this sticky residue, so I got the DAL1BP to replace it with and glad I did. It's already a comfortable strap but I boiled mine to mold a curvature and it wraps nicely and the tail tucks in better. So glad that seiko still makes it, the best strap for the 6309 imo.

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I remain baffled by the widespread adoration of the GL831, except as an indicator of overall originality of a watch. The ones I've had were shiny, sticky, brittle things. Long live the ZLM29!
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Thanks to OP for the nice side-by-side review, that was very helpful! I have a 6309-7049 that I wear almost every day, and have tried a few different straps, as the original GL831 is already slightly cracked. None of them really suited the watch as well as the original. I had already looked at Z22's etc, but didn't think Seiko would actually make an almost identical replacement to the old GL.

I also ended up ordering from Seiya. Based on some quick googling the price was in line with other providers. Didn't look at eBay though.


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Hello mates,

where could I get a DAL3BP? don΄t see it at seiyajapan...

Wouldit fit on a 6105 right?

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Is the DAL3AB the same?
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I also have a couple gl831's, one came with a 6306 and it sort of has this sticky residue, so I got the DAL1BP to replace it with and glad I did. It's already a comfortable strap but I boiled mine to mold a curvature and it wraps nicely and the tail tucks in better. So glad that seiko still makes it, the best strap for the 6309 imo.

Hi Ray,

did you boil it? I have one on the way for my 6306... how many time did you boil it?

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I've torn the keeper on some past GL831's I've had. But I have to say, I do love the feelings of having the original strap that came with the watch 40+ years ago
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After buying a vintage 6309-7049 complete with GL831 strap and wearing it a few times, I could not shake the feeling that I should not trust a 37 year old rubber strap. While it is in good condition (no tears or other damage), I wanted something new.

After seeing some aftermarket "replacements" (if you can call them that), I ordered a DAL1BP. It was mentioned a few times, and I find it to be a suitable replacement. The rubber is really supple, not the chafing, obstinate plastic that the aftermarket parts are made out of.

As I have not seen a direct comparison while searching for the best replacement, I wanted to share some pictures with you.
The DAL1BP strap is an excellent choice. Saying that, a boiled water tub to your GL831 strap can bring a lot of life back to it.
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Hi Ray,

did you boil it? I have one on the way for my 6306... how many time did you boil it?

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Hi Ramon,
I put mine on a small sauce bowl and hold it in place with tooth picks then pour boiling water on it. I let it set for a couple minutes and dump the water then repeat a few times, the last time just let it set and cool off. I learned the hard way to do it this way, as the first time I actually submerged this little bowl inside a larger pot filled with water and boiled. This can put shiny surfaces on the strap where it presses against the ceramic.
Anyway, it's how I do it, and even the keeper gets the treatment.





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Looks great, thanks for sharing
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Thanks a lot Ray! amazing!
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I love those too. The GL is a must if you have a great, original example. But, you cant beat these for every day.
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I have purchase 2x DAL1BP off ebay, from a seller called watchpartsking1
Location California. I payed $38 per piece.
(+$28 shipped to Norway) Well worth it. Fantastic quality.
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Hi all! Finally got my DAL1BP from Seiya. I will put it on my recently arrived SRP775. If not comfortable enough I'll try Ray's boiling water method to shape it up. Thanks for all your advices!
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I already got it! Very very comfortable!

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I just wonder if the buckle in your GL831 is the correct one?I got one but with a different buckle...
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