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I will stick with the original!!

Easy choice when you have one...........


But, there are a lot of Speedtimers out there that don't have an original bracelet and this is the best alternative.
 

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I have been staring at Tom's photos and they are extremely helpful but I find it is very hard to judge quality until you have one in your hands. From what I can see the aftermarket 6139 speedtimer bracelet looks like an almost exact copy.

What I find surprising is the quality of the aftermarket bracelet looks like it might even be BETTER than the original. Stamping looks crisp, finishing looks well done, and even comes with proper folded end links.

I would prefer an original speedtimer bracelet but WoW.... that aftermarket bracelet sure looks good!
 

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I have been staring at Tom's photos and they are extremely helpful but I find it is very hard to judge quality until you have one in your hands. From what I can see the aftermarket 6139 speedtimer bracelet looks like an almost exact copy.

What I find surprising is the quality of the aftermarket bracelet looks like it might even be BETTER than the original. Stamping looks crisp, finishing looks well done, and even comes with proper folded end links.

I would prefer an original speedtimer bracelet but WoW.... that aftermarket bracelet sure looks good!

It is a good looking bracelet and true to the original but one area where it falls short is in the removable sliding clips for link removal. They are similar to the originals which is a good thing but they are extremely tight fitting complicating the removal and installation process.


The wear-ability factor has yet to be tested. That's next........:)
 

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In addition to making what looks like a high quality reproduction speedtimer bracelet maybe the manufacturer and seller of the Speedtimer bracelets should also be commended for Not trying to fraudulently sell them as original. The temptation would certainly be great. Yes I agree the price is High but the seller could have extracted far greater sums from Seiko collectors had they been presented differently.
 

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And we are off,Popcorn Time me thinks😜😜😜🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿🍿
 

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In addition to making what looks like a high quality reproduction speedtimer bracelet maybe the manufacturer and seller of the Speedtimer bracelets should also be commended for Not trying to fraudulently sell them as original. The temptation would certainly be great. Yes I agree the price is High but the seller could have extracted far greater sums from Seiko collectors had they been presented differently.
Someone definitely will try to pass it on as an original on a watch in the future, to inflate the value of that watch, no doubt about that.
 

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I recently received one of the new "Pricey" aftermarket 6139 Speedtimer bracelets. Was it worth it??


At first glance it looks like a very good reproduction bracelet but lets size it up against an original bracelet and see how it compares............
On top is the new reproduction bracelet. On bottom we have an original bracelet. The only major difference is the number of links. The original has had some links removed.




A closer look at the clasps reveals a slight difference in the size of the Seiko + Sports 5 Text. You probably wouldn't notice the difference unless you compare it side by side with an original.



As we venture into more "In Depth WISdom" when it comes to Speedtimer bracelets it's important to note that there are actually 2 different original versions of the Speedtimer bracelets: The Early Version + the Late Version. From the top side they look identical. From the underside we can note that the early version's end links are stamped 6139 600 while the later version end links are stamped XAA 301. In the photo below we see the Early Version next to the the Aftermarket Version. The end link as been reproduced very well with only a noticeable difference in the font of the stamping.
Early Original on left - Aftermarket on right.




Aftermarket on top, Late original version in middle, and Early version on bottom..............




The second difference we notice is the length of the underside of the clasp. On the early bracelet it is shorter and measures 35mm. On the later Version and the Aftermarket Version it is longer and measures 40mm.
Aftermarket bracelet on top. Early original bracelet on bottom



The 3rd and final difference we notice is on the end link of the bracelet that attaches to the end link for the case. On the Early original version it's just 2 links that are secured to the case end link by the spring bar. On the Late Original version and the Aftermarket version there are actually 2 small tabs that help secure the bracelet to the end link along with the spring bar.
Aftermarket on top - Early original on bottom



Early Original on Left, Late Original in middle, + Aftermarket on right



Aftermarket on top, Late Original in the middle, + Early Original on bottom



Aftermarket on top, Late Original in the middle, + Early Original on bottom



I can't give any exact info regarding when the early Speedtimer bracelet was replaced by the Late Speedtimer bracelet but I can narrow it down a bit. The Early bracelet is from a Speedtimer dated June of 69' while the later version is dated from a Speedtimer from Nov 70'.


What's the Final Verdict? The Aftermarket Speedtimer bracelet is a Very Good reproduction bracelet. Who ever created this bracelet did their homework and the quality of the bracelet is Top Notch! Is it worth what they are asking?? I'd have to say no but hopefully prices will drop as more suppliers come on line. The bracelet I bought was from a seller in the Philippians while it was dropped shipped from Singapore.


There's only one question left in my mind: Who's bracelet is it??........:)

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The links do not interchange. There is a slight difference in the width of the small center links. The clip pins are very similar to the original design but I will say they are a tight fit and not so easily removed.
But can they be tweaked to fit?
 

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I purchased one aftermarket one as a backup and to compare since I have a NOS original bracelet and a couple mounted on my JDM Speedtimers. I also want to add to the original poster observations.

Sorry just used an old pic and and encircled 3 areas, didn't take side-by-side photos anymore. There are polished accents on the original bracelet:

1 - on the edges of the clasp
2 - the 2 lines in the middle of the connecting links
3 - on the sides of the clasp and bracelet links, to match the polished sides of the JDM Pogues as well


The aftermarket one is all brushed finish, no polished accents anywhere.


 

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But can they be tweaked to fit?

Yes, it looks like they can be tweaked to fit. More info to follow as soon as I have a bit of spare time.
 

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I purchased one aftermarket one as a backup and to compare since I have a NOS original bracelet and a couple mounted on my JDM Speedtimers. I also want to add to the original poster observations.

Sorry just used an old pic and and encircled 3 areas, didn't take side-by-side photos anymore. There are polished accents on the original bracelet:

1 - on the edges of the clasp
2 - the 2 lines in the middle of the connecting links
3 - on the sides of the clasp and bracelet links, to match the polished sides of the JDM Pogues as well


The aftermarket one is all brushed finish, no polished accents anywhere.


Thanks for your observations! Nothing beats a NOS bracelet for comparison.
 

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Stunning NOS Speedtimer Bracelet :) Thanks for the Photos :grin:

Maybe the manufacturer used a well worn bracelet as an example and was not even aware of the polished areas or...

Is it possible that Seiko produced different OEM Speedtimer Bracelets with different finishes?

I Wish I had an original bracelet to compare :(
 

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I purchased one aftermarket one as a backup and to compare since I have a NOS original bracelet and a couple mounted on my JDM Speedtimers. I also want to add to the original poster observations.

Sorry just used an old pic and and encircled 3 areas, didn't take side-by-side photos anymore. There are polished accents on the original bracelet:

1 - on the edges of the clasp
2 - the 2 lines in the middle of the connecting links
3 - on the sides of the clasp and bracelet links, to match the polished sides of the JDM Pogues as well


The aftermarket one is all brushed finish, no polished accents anywhere.




Great observations Ditoy. Thank you.

My NOS JDM (see sticker shot too!) Has more of a mill finish to the bevel on the clasp. Not brushed but not really polished either. Looks more shiny than the brushed top as you can see, but not polished like the clasp sides.
 

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WoW! Another NOS Speedtimer Bracelet :eek:hmy: Amazing!

Where in the World are you guys finding these? Seiko Japan JDM Speedtimer Watches are Rare but original bracelets are nearly impossible to find. I know I've been searching.

Even though I am sure there are other Seiko bracelets that are harder to find the Speedtimer bracelet is not only Super Rare but also Highly Desirable. From photos I have seen the Speedtimer Bracelets just look awesome on the watches. A Very Special and Unique Looking Combination!

Well Done Gentlemen!
 

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WoW! Another NOS Speedtimer Bracelet :eek:hmy: Amazing!

Where in the World are you guys finding these? Seiko Japan JDM Speedtimer Watches are Rare but original bracelets are nearly impossible to find. I know I've been searching.

Even though I am sure there are other Seiko bracelets that are harder to find the Speedtimer bracelet is not only Super Rare but also Highly Desirable. From photos I have seen the Speedtimer Bracelets just look awesome on the watches. A Very Special and Unique Looking Combination!

Well Done Gentlemen!
Thanks BBK !

Search YP early and often, open wallet wide. No secrets !!
 

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Another Link to WISdom............
I mounted up the bracelet and have worn it for a couple of days. I would have to say it is as comparable in comfort as an original. I will note that the end links don't fit as flush as I would like but only a persnickety WISer like us would notice and in the scheme of things not a deal breaker for me. I still feel the price is about twice what the bracelet is worth but hopefully prices will drop due to lack of sales at the current price level. Time will tell...........:)









When it comes to removing links it's such a tight fit that you'll almost need a pair of link removing pliers. A spring bar tool is just not stout enough.



Now to link interchangeability: The issue with the incompatibility is the aftermarket link will insert in the Original link but the original link will not insert correctly in the Aftermarket link due to the inner links being too wide.


Aftermarket link on left, Original on right:




Original Link on left, Aftermarket on right:



As you can see in this photo the fit is tight and you're unable to re-insert the link clip. This is where, with a little Tweaking, by filing down the connecting links, you could probably make it work......:)



As you can see in this photo the link clips are very similar but the finish is a little rougher on the Aftermarket clip. I discovered smoothing out the finish with 1500 grit sand paper did help and made it easier to re-install them.
Aftermarket on top, Original on bottom:




Hopefully, now that you're all "Linked up", you'll be able to tell the difference between and Aftermarket bracelet and an Original bracelet. This should help everyone decide on which route to take when pursuing one of these bracelets or to distinguish what's what when purchasing one of these Speedtimer bracelets .............:)
 

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Another Link to WISdom............
I mounted up the bracelet and have worn it for a couple of days. I would have to say it is as comparable in comfort as an original. I will note that the end links don't fit as flush as I would like but only a persnickety WISer like us would notice and in the scheme of things not a deal breaker for me. I still feel the price is about twice what the bracelet is worth but hopefully prices will drop due to lack of sales at the current price level. Time will tell...........:)









When it comes to removing links it's such a tight fit that you'll almost need a pair of link removing pliers. A spring bar tool is just not stout enough.



Now to link interchangeability: The issue with the incompatibility is the aftermarket link will insert in the Original link but the original link will not insert correctly in the Aftermarket link due to the inner links being too wide.


Aftermarket link on left, Original on right:




Original Link on left, Aftermarket on right:



As you can see in this photo the fit is tight and you're unable to re-insert the link clip. This is where, with a little Tweaking, by filing down the connecting links, you could probably make it work......:)



As you can see in this photo the link clips are very similar but the finish is a little rougher on the Aftermarket clip. I discovered smoothing out the finish with 1500 grit sand paper did help and made it easier to re-install them.
Aftermarket on top, Original on bottom:




Hopefully, now that you're all "Linked up", you'll be able to tell the difference between and Aftermarket bracelet and an Original bracelet. This should help everyone decide on which route to take when pursuing one of these bracelets or to distinguish what's what when purchasing one of these Speedtimer bracelets .............:)
Many thanks Tom!...the photos helped a lot!
 

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You're welcome ED!
 
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