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    Vintage Seiko - can I take off the bracelet?

    I got this but couldn't really see how much crud is on the backside of this bracelet, under the clasp, and in every nook and cranny. Does anyone know if I can take this bracelet off and replace it with a more traditional band or strap? It's a 6106-8629.

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    Re: Vintage Seiko - can I take off the bracelet?

    You would need some sort of special adapter, and honestly the watch is meant to be worn with that bracelet. You should just get it thoroughly cleaned.
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    Re: Vintage Seiko - can I take off the bracelet?

    As Dan says, it is made for that band.

    Simply remove the movement and everything else(stem and crown etc) and just toss the empty case and band into a sonic cleaner to remove the essence of the former owner.
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    Re: Vintage Seiko - can I take off the bracelet?

    How does "traditional" band look for this watch?
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    Re: Vintage Seiko - can I take off the bracelet?

    Quote Originally Posted by laikrodukas View Post
    How does "traditional" band look for this watch?
    How's it look for this watch? Well, I admit that's a subjective thing. I prefer silicone bands for divers and sport watches. They come in a wide range of colors and are relatively inexpensive to swap out all you want to change looks. They don't absorb sweat like leather and crud can't build up between links for a long period of time and in places difficult to clean. With a silicone band, I take an alcohol wipe to it a couple times a week and it's good to go.

    To be honest, it's my fault for not asking for better pictures of the seller so I could tell for certain that this watch is set up only for the original bracelet. *sigh* Live and learn...

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    Re: Vintage Seiko - can I take off the bracelet?

    Okay, after a couple rounds of cleaning, polishing the steel and polishing the crystal, here's the before and after:

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    Re: Vintage Seiko - can I take off the bracelet?

    The only thing I can't figure out is how to set the day/date. I've looked on the internet and the instructions are to pull crown out to first position for day, second for time/quick set date. But, there's only one position!

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    Re: Vintage Seiko - can I take off the bracelet?

    That's a 6106? It should have quickset ability by pushing in the crown:

    • If it's an early 6106 movement, pushing in the crown will move the date, the day will have to be set by cycling through with hands.
    • If it's a later 6106 movement, pushing in the crown firmly will move the day and date, gently will move just the date.


    Also, looks like that bracelet is integrated with the case, e.g. the case has a 'notch' so the bracelet fits nicely (similar to the modern Tudor North Flag), so finding a strap for it might be tricky or may need some cutting to fit. It probably can be done though.
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    Re: Vintage Seiko - can I take off the bracelet?

    Quote Originally Posted by fiskadoro View Post
    That's a 6106? It should have quickset ability by pushing in the crown:

    • If it's an early 6106 movement, pushing in the crown will move the date, the day will have to be set by cycling through with hands.
    • If it's a later 6106 movement, pushing in the crown firmly will move the day and date, gently will move just the date.


    Also, looks like that bracelet is integrated with the case, e.g. the case has a 'notch' so the bracelet fits nicely (similar to the modern Tudor North Flag), so finding a strap for it might be tricky or may need some cutting to fit. It probably can be done though.
    The crown doesn't "push in". I got a small tool and tried to push the crown in and it doesn't go in at all. Pulling the crown all the way out, then pushing in doesn't move the day either.

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    Re: Vintage Seiko - can I take off the bracelet?

    It cleaned up well!

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