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Old 10-18-2018, 01:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all,

I got a vintage Seiko bracelet which is in NOS condition except for one of the end links which is slightly bent. It looks like something that might be easy to sort out with the proper tools and expertise. As I lack both I'd hate to ruin it and was wondering if there is a place or person who can sort this out? A quick search produced some links to places that advertise such services but they mostly talk about (very) high end brands....not sure they would be excited about the old Seiko bracelet.

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Old 10-18-2018, 05:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Photo or two please.
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I was planning to add some when I get home, but i just snapped now a couple of photos with my cheap phone. Apologies for the out of focus photos, but they should illustrate the issue. One of the "hooks" is bent out as shown (lower on on the first photo, right on the second). Normally I wouldn't worry about these things so much, but the rest of it, including the watch, is in immaculate state so it would be a shame not to fix it. Don't know how and when this happened, I imagine it took quite a bit of twisting force to bend it like this.
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Try an old wooden lollipop stick for that mate.
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Just don't bend it too many times in case the metal gets a stress crack.
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Try an old wooden lollipop stick for that mate.
Can you elaborate please?
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Can you elaborate please?
Wooden stick off a lolly ice. Save scratching it. Use it to push it back into place. What did you think I meant?
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Something along those lines. Problem is, the metal is quite rigid, it will definitely require a vise and some kind of pliers. I'll go back to the drawing board, don't want to mess this one.
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Just make sure you cover with tape or polythene if using tools.
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I believe I found what I need. I will invest in a pair of a parallel pliers with nylon jaws, these should help me try to straighten it out without damaging the metal. I will report back how that worked out.
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Stainless steel is quite tough but that is quite a sharp bend and might crack when you straighten it, right enough.
If you cut up a can of coke and use pieces to cover pliers or vice jaws, the aluminium should not mark the stainless as its much softer. You can cut a can with scissors but watch out because the edges will easily slice into you. I think there's a chance your nylon jaws will just dent, and not provide enough force to bend the lug back. It kind of depends on the link, some are really tough, some are easy to bend.
Fingers crossed, I hope it proves to be an easy one
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Thanks for the tips. I will try very carefully, if it gives me too much resistance I will just leave it as is.
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I think we might be over thinking this. I have a spare end link and I was able to bend the small lugs you see in the picture, just by holding the link in my hand and using the pliers to bend the lug. Itís quite possible to hold it by hand while bending although you need to hold it tight. Put one jaw on the outside of the tab and one on the inside and just twist. Put the edge of the jaw close to the bend. Youíd need to take the end of the bracelet off the watch first of course
You want a short pair of needle pliers. If the nose is too long, the jaws will twist, so you need short sturdy pliers like those in the picture. They are smooth jaws, donít get ones with a serrated face on the inside. It wonít mark the stainless if you just grip it and donít slide it about to scratch it. Donít bother with aluminium, it will just make it too hard to see what youíre doing.
I got these pliers over 30 years ago and they are invaluable for all sorts of things. Longer nose pliers have a role too, but much more delicate and I use those in the picture more than anything. I got those 30 years ago and I canít find that model number now, but I really like the look of these ones here
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pliers-Tron...frcectupt=true
- although they are expensive if this is the only thing you will use them for. They are so useful though, I am sure you will use them for lots of other things. Iím tempted to get a pair of those myself.


These ones look a bit flimsy and might not be up to the job but are much cheaper
https://www.ebay.com/itm/ESD-Needle-...kfk:rk:32:pf:0

Or these ones are inbetween
https://www.ebay.com/itm/BN-01448-El...iWe:rk:14:pf:0
Those are just some suggestions from a quick look on ebay by the way, Iím not a plier salesman
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Got you, but the problem is that it is not possible to remove this end link in order to grab the inside of the tab...so getting a proper grip might be a challenge here. I am planning to tackle this over the weekend and will report back. Hopefully it will turn out to be an easy one.

It is just a piece of metal, how hard could it be? (Famous last words...)

And I absolutely agree that one should not save on proper tools. Cheap tools are sure path to much pain and frustration.
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