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If you permit, let me do a brief write-up so that you can understand how I got here asleep .

Last year, when I first thought about getting a Sumo, I thought the watch was absolutely stunning, but the stock bracelet looked too narrow for such a big case :( . Everybody was raving about the Sumo but I couldn't bring myself to like the watch just because of the bracelet, and with that I ended up getting a Samurai. The Samurai saga is a story for another thread (hopefully in a couple of days ;D ), but a few months after I got the Sammy I saw over at WUS or here someone with with a Sumo on an Anvil. Now, that looked good! At the time I was absolutely certain that Seiko made a mistake with the stock bracelet, and should have gone with something like the Anvil instead. To my eyes it looked much better suited to a big ass case like the one on the Sumo. So back then I thought that I could buy a Sumo, but the Anvil would be an obligatory switch.

Time goes by and the Sumo started to call my name, but interestingly, the stock bracelet started looking at least good in my eyes - it really wasn't that narrow. By the beginning of this year I was thinking that the stock bracelet did look good, so I ordered a Sumo. The watch arrived, and as everyone said, in the metal the bracelet looked very good, and I was very happy with it. Since I'm very impressionable (you all are very bad influences to me, or so says my wife), with all the pics you can see online, I started thinking about beefing up my Sumo so I ordered an Anvil bracelet from Harold O0 . It arrived two days ago and I immediately swapped the stock one for the Anvil, and here is what my Sumo looks like now:










Without a doubt it gave a "butchier" look to the Sumo, and it makes the watch look less top-heavy. It's also a bit more comfortable then the stock bracelet, because of the smaller links - it can adapt better to the contour of my wrist. Quality is overall VERY good, my only gripe would be the end cap (the cap that covers the spring bar in the case). the end caps are hollow and not solid, but you absolutely can not tell because they look perfect, following the shape of the case. I understood that this is so that the caps can be adapted to cases with different angles, since they can be bent as needed. At least for the Sumo it looks perfect, and I didn't have to mess with them. The length of the Anvil is huge, so I have quite a few links for replacement. Here's a before and after shot:


HOWEVER, with the Anvil the Sumo is now less of a dress diver and more of a tool diver ::) . One of the big characteristics of the Sumo is that it's a great dress diver, a watch you can even wear in a suit, so at least in my eyes the Anvil gets in the way a bit. As a dress diver the stock bracelet makes the watch look more refined, but a bit disproportional, while the Anvil corrects the proportions of the watch but makes it look less refined.

What do you guys think :eek: ?
 

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So you guys also think the watch is looking manlier now? I really don't have a problem with that, since overall the watch looks more proportional, but now I'm out of a dress diver.
That can really upset the balance in my watch box. And I'm sure you know what that leads to ;D .
 

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LUW said:
...with the Anvil the Sumo is now less of a dress diver and more of a tool diver ::) . One of the big characteristics of the Sumo is that it's a great dress diver, a watch you can even wear in a suit, so at least in my eyes the Anvil gets in the way a bit. As a dress diver the stock bracelet makes the watch look more refined, but a bit disproportional, while the Anvil corrects the proportions of the watch but makes it look less refined.
I agree with this assessment completely. However, the Sumo looks so good it almost doesn't matter what bracelet it's on. Now you have both bracelets, so you can always switch between them if you know you have a dressy occasion coming up.

That being said, I wouldn't completely rule out the Anvil as a wearable option in nicer clothes (like dressy/office casual). I would probably draw the line at a necktie: if you have to wear one, then the Anvil is out. Otherwise, I think the Anvil is fair game.

Can I ask what size your wrist is? I really want to pick up a Blue Sumo sometime, but I've got a 6.5" wrist and I'm worried about it wearing too large for my taste.

Thanks for sharing all those great pics with us!
 

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...Can I ask what size your wrist is? I really want to pick up a Blue Sumo sometime, but I've got a 6.5" wrist and I'm worried about it wearing too large for my taste.

Thanks for sharing all those great pics with us!
my wrist size is about 6.5". Here is a shot of my blue sumo.
it wears very comfortable thanks to those curved lugs - one of my more comfortable watches in my collection.
And doesn's slide around as much as my skx007 (which is 42mm)



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probably not the clearest wrist shot, but hope it helps.

ben
 

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It looks great.
I agree that the anvil makes it look more like a tool diver.

I wonder if you can get a 22mm anvil that has 20mm lugs...?
 

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STUMPBASS said:
Can I ask what size your wrist is? I really want to pick up a Blue Sumo sometime, but I've got a 6.5" wrist and I'm worried about it wearing too large for my taste.
My wrist is 18.5 cm (~7.3").

And you're right about the tie: with just a jacket I think the Anvil will be ok, but with jacket and tie then it won't be the best choice in a watch.
 

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my wrist size is about 6.5". Here is a shot of my blue sumo.
it wears very comfortable thanks to those curved lugs - one of my more comfortable watches in my collection.
And doesn't slide around as much as my skx007 (which is 42mm)

probably not the clearest wrist shot, but hope it helps.

ben
Thanks much, Ben. That does help... you and Luciano have convinced me that I'm going to have to pick one up someday and try it for myself! ;D
 

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If you're worried about the case size being too big, don't. It's funny how a big arse watch like that looks almost small on the wrist. That's why the Sumo is so famous for being such a nice dress driver. The Anvil, however, makes it look more it's real size.

 

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While I think the anvil looks great on your Scuba/Sumo. I would like to suggest that there is nothing wrong with the 20mm band.

In fact I like it much better and has it makes more design and historical sense.

Reasons:

Look at the 6105 and the size of the lugs 19mm. Thats a wide watch with a narrow strap.

I am sure that a lot of design thought went into the lug width of the Scuba/Sumo.

It looks cool as is.

But its very fun to mod and change things around, I do it myself all the time.

Cheers
Dave

old and sold

By daveobrien, shot with E5600 at 2007-04-27

Duarte mod and pic, still got it and a fav

By daveobrien at 2006-06-03
 

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It looks great.
I agree that the anvil makes it look more like a tool diver.

I wonder if you can get a 22mm anvil that has 20mm lugs...?
ive done that ;D i had a watchadoo 'lumpy' a while back, and only had it in 22mm for my monster.....so i just carefully filed a bit of each end and it fitted perfectly...

does yobokies do a 20mm curved end pieces?
 
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