Would you buy a vintage watch on a bracelet possibly too short for you?

Ok, so the title pretty much says it all. I am looking at buying a vintage quartz Grand Seiko, the price is ok as its within my budget, and I would never be able to afford a new/er GS otherwise. Other than the usual scratches and scuffs it's in good condition. But the advert says max wrist size is 18cm, and I think I fluctuation 18 to 19cm, so will probably not fit.

Would you still buy it and hope for a spare link in the future and live with leather straps instead?

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That's some good outside the box thinking!

Personally, I wouldn't be too fussed about the bracelet for a GS - I think all GS look infinitely better on strap than bracelet anyway. I don't wear any of my GS on bracelet. I've swapped them all out for straps... heck, not just GS, make that all watches!

Thanks for the advice, looks like I might be pulling the trigger on this item

I have large wrist and I have a hard time finding anything that fits. I figured this out though. Buy the watch. You鈥檒l find a way to strap it to your wrist.

If the watch is worth it, I'll buy it, and if the bracelet won't fit I think I would replace it with a leather strap.

I bought a lovely vintage Seiko in perfect shape on Ebay, it really is nice, however it is too short, and in contacting Seiko, they no longer make the links to extend the band.

whystopatone

I have large wrist and I have a hard time finding anything that fits. I figured this out though. Buy the watch. You鈥檒l find a way to strap it to your wrist.

Sounds like you have to take the 3rd option anyway.

Thanks for the advice!

peapodesque

I bought a lovely vintage Seiko in perfect shape on Ebay, it really is nice, however it is too short, and in contacting Seiko, they no longer make the links to extend the band.

Sounds like the same situation I think it's going to be leather strap fun or buying a separate bracelet and swapping buckles as @DaveCarter suggested

DrabinaKZ

If the watch is worth it, I'll buy it, and if the bracelet won't fit I think I would replace it with a leather strap.

Thanks for the advice, seems to be the popular choice

I鈥檇 never have the strap/bracelet keep me away from a watch I want. 50%+ of mine get switched anyway!

Here's something interesting: the last three vintage watches I've bought with a bracelet, one apparently had all its original links, while the other two didn't, but fit my wrist perfectly, with just a smidgen of room to spare for wrist-swelling. What are the odds?