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    I love my Alpinist. One of the most beautiful dial I've ever seen.

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    OK, saw one of these by accident a while back on Amazon, fallen big time for it. Then I found this thread, I'm ready to jump! I see it comes with a leather band that no one seems enamored of, can it be ordered with a SS bracelet?

    If not, from my reading here I assume a real Seiko SS band must come from another watch or can the band alone be ordered from Seiko?

    Who has the best price on the watch? I saw someone recently ordered from "Higuchi"? Contact info or link?

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    I think I will be posting up mine for sale with original strap and Super Engineer II but still not sure. It has been just been sitting in my watch box.


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    Re: ***Official SARB017 Seiko Alpinist thread***

    This strap's around 3mm thick.
    ​Seiko SBDX001 MM300, Seiko SBBN007 Tuna, Seiko Spirit SBFG001, Seiko SARB017 Alpinist, Seiko SARB035, Seiko SBCM023, Seiko SKX779 Black Monster, Seiko SKX007, Seiko SKX173, Seiko SKX011J, Seiko 6309-7049,Seiko 7548-7000, Seiko 7548-700B, Seiko 7C43-7009, Seiko 7C43-7010, Smiths PRS-29A, Speedbird III PRS-22, Precista PRS18Q, Precista PRS-14, CWC G10, CWC RN Quartz Diver, Robert Poseidon 39mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ajax_Drakos View Post
    What's the thickness of yours?
    The strap's about 3mm thick.
    ​Seiko SBDX001 MM300, Seiko SBBN007 Tuna, Seiko Spirit SBFG001, Seiko SARB017 Alpinist, Seiko SARB035, Seiko SBCM023, Seiko SKX779 Black Monster, Seiko SKX007, Seiko SKX173, Seiko SKX011J, Seiko 6309-7049,Seiko 7548-7000, Seiko 7548-700B, Seiko 7C43-7009, Seiko 7C43-7010, Smiths PRS-29A, Speedbird III PRS-22, Precista PRS18Q, Precista PRS-14, CWC G10, CWC RN Quartz Diver, Robert Poseidon 39mm

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    Re: ***Official SARB017 Seiko Alpinist thread***

    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil Rob View Post
    OK, saw one of these by accident a while back on Amazon, fallen big time for it. Then I found this thread, I'm ready to jump! I see it comes with a leather band that no one seems enamored of, can it be ordered with a SS bracelet?

    If not, from my reading here I assume a real Seiko SS band must come from another watch or can the band alone be ordered from Seiko?

    Who has the best price on the watch? I saw someone recently ordered from "Higuchi"? Contact info or link?

    thanks, Rob
    There are three popular Japanese sellers - Seiya, Higuchi and Chino.
    I got mine from Seiya (who has a 5% sale now here)
    The stock strap is not good, and almost everyone agrees to this. Seiya and Higuchi also sell a Seiko SS bracelet which will fit the Alpinist about $160.
    I got the SS bracelet and a lot of people like it. But IMO, it is overpriced and I didn't like it so much. I would suggest that you get a quality leather strap, something like a Hirsch Liberty, Knight or Grand Duke instead. There are a nice beaver strap from Panatime posted above in this thread a couple of pages back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rikk727 View Post
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    Is that a Hirsch Liberty strap? I just ordered one to replace this truly awful stock strap. I was gonna get a Toshi strap just too expensive though, I'm just hoping the comfort and look of the Hirsch is good to go.

    Usually I defend the stock strap as "not as bad as people say" but this one really is that band, it's like a drug store band you would buy for $7.00. But luckily the case is easily worth the $400.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Dowling View Post
    Is that a Hirsch Liberty strap? I just ordered one to replace this truly awful stock strap. I was gonna get a Toshi strap just too expensive though, I'm just hoping the comfort and look of the Hirsch is good to go.

    Usually I defend the stock strap as "not as bad as people say" but this one really is that band, it's like a drug store band you would buy for $7.00. But luckily the case is easily worth the $400.
    Yes it is. And yes the stock strap is that bad, I bought the hirch right after I ordered the watch.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blowfish89 View Post
    There are three popular Japanese sellers - Seiya, Higuchi and Chino.
    I got mine from Seiya (who has a 5% sale now here)
    The stock strap is not good, and almost everyone agrees to this. Seiya and Higuchi also sell a Seiko SS bracelet which will fit the Alpinist about $160.
    I got the SS bracelet and a lot of people like it. But IMO, it is overpriced and I didn't like it so much. I would suggest that you get a quality leather strap, something like a Hirsch Liberty, Knight or Grand Duke instead. There are a nice beaver strap from Panatime posted above in this thread a couple of pages back.
    Thanks for the rundown. I would probably get another leather but I like the idea of a SS bracelet for water.

    How do you think this would look?

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