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    DIY: A solid link bracelet for the 960 Neptune case.

    ...Some modification required!











    This is intended to be a non-commercial post. I do not sell bracelets, nor will I work on your bracelet. I simply wanted to get the information out there.

    If you need help identifying the bracelet that works, feel free to PM or email me.

    This watch is AWESOME on this bracelet! I love it.



    EDIT... trying again with the photos... not working on Tapatalk...





    Last edited by Dave Murphy; October 25th, 2013 at 15:50.

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    Re: DIY: A solid link bracelet for the 960 Neptune case.

    Thanks Dave.

    I have a rubber strap on my watch and it would be nice to add a bracelet.

    I think I recognize the band and seller, but I'll send you a PM just to make sure .

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    Re: DIY: A solid link bracelet for the 960 Neptune case.

    That's a very cool and INEXPENSIVE mod there MISTER Murphy! I've got (or did have) an older Amphibian that that would (would've) worked well on! Just checked...it is WOULD HAVE....it was a blue dialed Dude. I made a leather strap work on it, but never really cared for the way it looked. Dang you is smart!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Murphy View Post
    ...Some modification required!











    This is intended to be a non-commercial post. I do not sell bracelets, nor will I work on your bracelet. I simply wanted to get the information out there.

    If you need help identifying the bracelet that works, feel free to PM or email me.

    This watch is AWESOME on this bracelet! I love it.



    EDIT... trying again with the photos... not working on Tapatalk...





    I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said "....I drank what?"

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    Re: DIY: A solid link bracelet for the 960 Neptune case.

    If anybody out there owns both a Neptune and an integrated-bracelet Slava TV (AKA 'Chromehenge') can you please confirm whether or not the lug of the Slava is the same width and length as the Neptune?

    This is the one that I mean:

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    Re: DIY: A solid link bracelet for the 960 Neptune case.

    I'm not entirely surprised that there are metal bracelets out there in this style with the right diameter center link, since I've thought about it before but didn't want to bother finding one. I want to try this but I'm not as sure how well it will look on my sunburst-brushed Neptune case. I'm using a mesh band right now that I Dremeled to fit but I'm starting to pass on it. It would certainly help if I had a new bezel to spruce up the face of the watch to complement it though. *coughcough*

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    Re: DIY: A solid link bracelet for the 960 Neptune case.

    Quote Originally Posted by JRMTactical View Post
    Dang you is smart!!

    -Bobby
    I don't know 'bout that, Mister M. I'm just a guy who likes watches, and has a lot of tools.

    But one thing is for sure: If I do 99 stupid things, then 1 smart thing, then post pix of that thing on a forum, it does tend to make me look smarter. Smart enough not to post the 99 stupid things, anyway.

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    Re: DIY: A solid link bracelet for the 960 Neptune case.

    Tell me about it, my friend! I have a few watches that I thought would be SO EASY to fix.....nope. I also have several drawers full of gun parts and pieces that made it off the drawing board and off the lathe or mill....but never worked like I wanted. For me it's more like 1 decent idea out of 749....I can live with that LOL!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Murphy View Post
    I don't know 'bout that, Mister M. I'm just a guy who likes watches, and has a lot of tools.

    But one thing is for sure: If I do 99 stupid things, then 1 smart thing, then post pix of that thing on a forum, it does tend to make me look smarter. Smart enough not to post the 99 stupid things, anyway.

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    Re: DIY: A solid link bracelet for the 960 Neptune case.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arizone View Post
    I'm not entirely surprised that there are metal bracelets out there in this style with the right diameter center link, since I've thought about it before but didn't want to bother finding one.
    It was a lucky find. I actually bought the bracelet so I could file the endlinks for a 060 case. Then I happened to notice the similarity in dimensions. I liked it so much that I reordered so I could put these on both watches.




    Quote Originally Posted by Arizone View Post
    I'm not as sure how well it will look on my sunburst-brushed Neptune case.
    Oh, that radial finish... it's one of my current obsessions. I wish I could apply a brush finish in that pattern. Hmmmm... the radial grain on the lug would be just about the same as the linear grain on the bracelet, so it might look okay. OTOH, I guess one needs to consider fine vs coarse grain.

    Quote Originally Posted by Arizone View Post
    *coughcough*
    Being a non commercial forum and all, I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. :D

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    Re: DIY: A solid link bracelet for the 960 Neptune case.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chascomm View Post
    If anybody out there owns both a Neptune and an integrated-bracelet Slava TV (AKA 'Chromehenge') can you please confirm whether or not the lug of the Slava is the same width and length as the Neptune?
    Do you have calipers handy to measure the Slava? Looks like the lug on the Neptune is about 9.2 mm wide.

    Dave

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    Re: DIY: A solid link bracelet for the 960 Neptune case.

    So I had gone ahead and ordered one of these bracelets after seeing this thread. It arrived after not too long and after a bit of filing I fit it on my Neptune just fine. Coincidentally Dave Murphy did also restock his bezels around the same time, so I ordered one of those and a Seiko bezel insert to complement it. The insert finally arrived today, so now I'm finally able to show off the complete setup. Thanks again, Dave.

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    There are other Neptunes with a similar dotted bezel like this, although Dagaz sells an insert closer to my original one I may pick up when they restock it, since Meranom isn't carrying the new Vostok black bezels separately.
    Last edited by Arizone; November 22nd, 2013 at 02:48.
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