Hey guys, Max here. Been a watch lover since i was a kid ( thanks dad ) and ive finally gotten in the position to buy myself a real watch. Up until now I've been wearing a Tissot 1853 Sport that my dad got me on a plane some years back for pennies but over time its become an object of great value to me and its something that I will always cherish, scratches and all.
But alas, its time for an upgrade.
For years now I've been in love with the design of the Seiko Tuna in all its various forms large and even larger :P. So I've just bought myself an SNE499P1.
I bought this one as I love the dial and hands and the colour combinations as a whole and I did my research and found that I can upgrade to a stainless steel shroud fairly easily which I will be doing ASAP. The watch arrives on Thursday and I will be ordering a new bracelet and shroud ASAP. Likely I will upgrade the hardlex to AR Sapphire double domed at some stage as well to finish off the upgrade. So I have a couple questions regarding the shroud and the bracelet that I'm going to purchase that I hope you guys can help me with.
In terms of the Shroud I have two choices as far as I can tell there is Yobokies andStitches&Buckles. Since I've heard some people find Yobokies a little trickier to install i think i will go with Stitches&Buckles who also has offered to send me a tool for fitting the shroud as well which is awesome. Id be interested to hear from you guys if you have any tips regarding the installing of a new shroud and any possible speed bumps I might run into.
Regarding the bracelet, I'm not in a position to spend £100+ on a bracelet so I'm looking to budget myself to a max of about £70 per bracelet.
I want to purchase a Shark Mesh and a Super Engineer and I've found ones that I like at WatchGecko.com that are in my price range and seem good quality but I have a few questions.
For my SNE499P1, should I purchase curved ends for the super engineer bracelet or does the shroud on my solar Tuna make them impossible to fit?
Also I have a 6.8inch wrist and I worried that the Shark Mesh will be too long even at its shortest length with all H links removed so I may have to remove a row or two of links with a tool which makes me slightly nervous, does anyone have experience with this procedure that could advise me?
I'm open to any advise or recommendations in regards to all points I've raised in this post.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting to know some of you guys here in the near future.
PS. Not sure what happened to the font in the middle of the post, maybe one of the mods can help me out. Thanks.