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Hey guys, got my sumo and I love it! Pardon me for not being too experienced with watches, but I have a quick question. I had my jeweler put a NATO strap on, and I didn't notice until I took it off, but on either side, if you try and wiggle the pin that goes across the lug close to the watch, I hear some clicking and popping, and the pin has some give. It's not popping out, just has some give. Is this normal? If not, is this something I should see my jeweler or Seiko about? Should I have concerns wearing it?
Good to hear you like Sumo. It's a quality item for anyone who values ... quality, I guess. =) As for the 'give' you feel in the springbar, it's natural. Usually a springbar is made up of three parts, two short end pieces, and one middle piece that runs across most of the length. The two end pieces are connected by a spring that runs through the middle piece. Since the parts are small and they are mostly made as cheaply as possible while maintaining their function, there is wiggle when pressure is exerted laterally as when a nato strap is put on. If it's a metal bracelet, then the end pieces of the metal bracelet will brace the lugs and wiggle will be limited as to almost not feel it. Since Nato is more 'free style,' pressure is directly put on the springbars. The function of Nato is that if one springbar breaks, your watch can still be on your wrist, albeit dangling which one springbar; with other straps with two piece form, it's very likely the watch will fall from your wrist....
There are third party springbars called Seiko 'fatty springbars.' They are better springbars with less wiggle (but there is still wiggle!!) If you can not stand the wiggle, you can google it and get it from ebay or other places.
Alright, I've said too much!
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Thank you very much for the info! As long as it's normal, I don't really mind. It's not noticeable once it's on my wrist.