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Need Input for Speedmaster Bracelet Design

  1. whitestripes Sep 13, 2019

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    This is amazing! Haven't been around the forums awhile but would love a 1039 flat style solid link bracelet for my speedy. Or a 1450. Either way, the vintage bracelet market prices are ridiculous. God speed to you!
     
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  2. Uncle Seiko Sep 13, 2019

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    So, I have a question about the FOIS and my Beads of Rice. I just got mine the other day and I noticed the sides are polished, and I am wondering if I should make the BOR reversed, i.e. polished on the sides and brushed down the middle. I did this for the Longines Legend Diver and it worked well. It would have looked odd if the case went from polished to brushed where it connected. What say you?
     
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  3. JwRosenthal Sep 13, 2019

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    I think your “U” clasp would be ideal and should also be available for the BOR. I won’t buy a bracelet with a modern 2 latch-clasp for a vintage watch, they just don’t look or feel right.
    The things that most modern aftermarket bracelet companies have gotten horribly wrong with trying to do a vintage bracelet is they don’t get the taper right (needs to be extreme-20/16, 19/15), and they are too chunky and heavy- vintage bracelets are light and slim- it’s part of the experience (along with the jingle of hollow endlinks- the soundtrack of our people).

    Also, the 19mm flatlink would appeal to the SM120 crowd as well- not sure what the difference is with lug fit. The flatlink (can’t remember the model) was also available in 18mm around 1967- paired in catalogs for the technical dialed Seamaster’s. I believe it was the same bracelet as for the 19mm Speedy’s, but with different endlinks- could be wrong about that. I think if you offered the 18/19 model with both endlinks available you will open yourself up to a whole other market for us non- 300 Seamaster collectors.
     
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  4. omegamike Sep 13, 2019

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    Really agree with the simple clasp and flat link! Make sure to taper down to 16mm please!!!! I'll buy all of them!
     
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  5. omegamike Sep 13, 2019

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    Making a brushed version of the 50th - visually simple clasp, tapered down!
     
  6. JwRosenthal Sep 13, 2019

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    And I see no issue having another aftermarket option for our vintage Omega’s, how many of us use JB Champion or Kreisler bracelets.
     
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  7. jsducote Sep 13, 2019

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    The FOIS head does combine brushed and polished but it's only the sides. Everything in the head-on/up visibility is polished. To truly match the FOIS head, I would say polish the top, but brush the ends (only visible from side-view).
     
  8. wagudc Sep 13, 2019

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    Agreed. I would like a bracelet that appears as if it were an aftermarket bracelet from the 60's, not something trying to be an exact replica of an Omega bracelet. I want something that is harmonious with the watch and the period, but will be quality and reasonably priced.
     
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  9. JwRosenthal Sep 13, 2019

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    Catalog pic of the flatlink for 18mm models.
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    19mm JB Champion flatlink on SM120
     
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  10. VetPsychWars Wants to be in the club! Sep 13, 2019

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    I would personally see what Omega did before running too many of one type, as I suspect most people will want as Omega-like as they can get, which is what I want.

    Tom
     
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  11. odin.grey Sep 13, 2019

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    Here's a vote for a modern 1039/516... totally classic! Am I right in thinking that single bracelet would fit speedmaster pros as well as the seamaster 300 (165.024/166.024) and thus modern "Watchco" type builds?
     
  12. JwRosenthal Sep 13, 2019

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    I’m not an engineer but I would think a single flatlink style bracelet with a removable top link (the one before the endlinks) would allow for a bracelet that could accommodate 18/19 endlinks, then add the extra top link and have a 20mm endlink. Basically you could have it all with an endlink set.
     
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  13. befobe Sep 13, 2019

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    Oh thanks for this helpful listing! By the way, do you know the difference between 808 and 809 endlinks (for the 1450...)?
     
  14. bikehomero Sep 13, 2019

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    I like your ideas about the new retro bracelets and think I will buy one ore two (as well for my SM 300 Watchco). Would like to see a shark mesh with seatbelt clasp on the aftermarket as well.
     
  15. eugeneandresson 'I used a hammer, a chisel, and my fingers' Sep 13, 2019

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    One is slightly thicker than the other...as one was intended for the ‘holy grail’ Speedmaster (809 if memory serves) and the other for the regular Speedmaster (808 if memory serves) . There are a ton of threads on it here...just search the OF using google and you will find the details.
     
  16. Uncle Seiko Sep 16, 2019

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    HA ha ha ha. I literally lol'd on this one.
     
  17. Kraymehr Sep 18, 2019

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    @Uncle Seiko Whats the rough duration it takes to get this going / up for sale? We won't hold you to it, but you've definitely got us excited...
     
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  18. Uncle Seiko Sep 18, 2019

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    I would plan on it being about 6 months. It all depends on how many revisions, but that is a good estimate. Could be sooner, but we'll see.
     
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  19. JwRosenthal Sep 18, 2019

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    I'm happy to be a beta tester for you. :p
     
  20. Uncle Seiko Sep 18, 2019

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    I will be looking for a couple of guys to give me their input once I have the prototype completed (located in US, preferably).