I know this is a thing that comes up around here, but often the answers are of the form "ask person X if they have any" followed by a link to a hobbyist site that may or may not have seen any love in a few years. I'm after current advice (hence the date in the thread title).
I have a couple of pin and collar watches that have thrown pins during wear and haven't been able to find or recover them. One is a Sumo, and I dealt with that with buying a Strapcode super oyster for it. I don't love the Strapcode honestly and would rather go back to the stock bracelet if I can. Now my Orient Pro Saturation Diver has done the same thing, and answers seem to be:
- Buy a totally different strap for it (not ideal)
- Get in touch with Orient, who will charge me $100+ for a new strap if they even still have one (the PSD has been out of production for a few years now)
- Source some pins and collars for both watches somehow - could be really hard for the PSD
- (3a?) Discover that both watches use Seiko pins and find a source for those
- Repair the bracelets for them some other way
People, is 5) an option? I am not a purist about this; I don't intend to sell the PSD on though I might part with the Sumo at some point and a buyer might care a lot about having original pins. Failing 4), is 3) a thing that can be done these days? I live in the UK if that changes anything but I travel to the US fairly often.