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Old 16 August 2019, 04:08 AM   #1
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Half Link for and Explorer?

I cant quite get my 214270 to fit. Using the micro adjustments changes on a single position I am still torn between a bit too loose and a bit too tight. Being Summer in Spain does not help.
I am thinking of playing around with a half link and the micro adjustments to see if I can get a better fit.
Has anyone bought one from an AD for a non half link watch? no objections? or is there a silly rule?
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Old 16 August 2019, 04:21 AM   #2
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Bought a used one from Watchfinder on eBay...looked fine and fit great. Especially since I fit that link next to the ezlink that is not extended most times, can’t even see that link anyway.
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Old 16 August 2019, 04:24 AM   #3
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Bought a used one from Watchfinder on eBay...looked fine and fit great. Especially since I fit that link next to the ezlink that is not extended most times, can’t even see that link anyway.
could be an option, thanks.
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Old 16 August 2019, 04:25 AM   #4
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You’ll find many spare parts like that on Chrono24 too.

Curiosity: isn’t the half link same length as the micro adjustment?


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Old 16 August 2019, 05:19 AM   #5
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I have bought a couple half links from my AD with the intention of using them on non-half link watches. However, I had a 116610 at the time and my AD had to leverage the fact that I owned a half link watch in order to order them from Rolex.

If you can source a half link (either through an AD or the classifieds here), you will probably find that you are now able to find that sweet spot for the bracelet fit. I ended up adding half links to my Bluesy, Daytona, and BLNR (when I had one) and they all allowed me to get the perfect fit. From what I recall, the SS half links cost me around $125 USD.


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Old 16 August 2019, 05:33 AM   #6
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My AD can order any bracelet links and I haven’t purchased any watches from them.
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Old 16 August 2019, 05:39 AM   #7
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Any AD should be able to order you a half-link (Submariner) part number is 32-21029. If the AD is nice they will order it up using a serial number they have on hand or on one previously sold.

As ordering 1/2 links (in my case), I had to provide my AD with a serial for it to be ordered. (still pending to receive them, as they were on back-order)
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Old 16 August 2019, 05:40 AM   #8
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I did the same thing on my Explorer. PM me if you need the actual part number. Most ADs will not allow it but you could easily source one if you ask around.


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Old 16 August 2019, 05:48 AM   #9
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I have bought a couple half links from my AD with the intention of using them on non-half link watches. However, I had a 116610 at the time and my AD had to leverage the fact that I owned a half link watch in order to order them from Rolex.

If you can source a half link (either through an AD or the classifieds here), you will probably find that you are now able to find that sweet spot for the bracelet fit. I ended up adding half links to my Bluesy, Daytona, and BLNR (when I had one) and they all allowed me to get the perfect fit. From what I recall, the SS half links cost me around $125 USD.


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thanks for the quicke reponse. Good to know that it is not too much trouble to get one.
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Old 16 August 2019, 05:49 AM   #10
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I did the same thing on my Explorer. PM me if you need the actual part number. Most ADs will not allow it but you could easily source one if you ask around.


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good to know and thanks for the quick reply.
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Old 16 August 2019, 05:50 AM   #11
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Any AD should be able to order you a half-link (Submariner) part number is 32-21029. If the AD is nice they will order it up using a serial number they have on hand or on one previously sold.

As ordering 1/2 links (in my case), I had to provide my AD with a serial for it to be ordered. (still pending to receive them, as they were on back-order)
solid advice and thank you.
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Old 16 August 2019, 06:43 AM   #12
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Have the same fit issue on my Explorer. Tried using the half link from my Sub - while it fits the bracelet perfectly, I still couldn’t get a better sizing, it was the exact same “slightly too tight” or “slightly too loose” no matter what position or combination I tried. Played with the clasp adjustments, clasp centering, moving the half link from 12 o’clock side to 6 o’clock, no luck.
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Old 16 August 2019, 06:51 AM   #13
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I was in a similar situation as you with my Explorer 39. I just couldn’t find the right fit no matter what combination of micro adjustment and EZ link position I tried. Finally I tried moving a link from the 6:00 o’clock side to the 12:00 o’clock side and now it fits great!
It may be worth a try.
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Old 16 August 2019, 07:34 AM   #14
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I just got a 214270 too, and was in a similar situation. However, between adding / removing a full link, and using the 3 micro adjustments, I got mine dialed in properly to be able to use the EasyLink (clipped in the morning, unclipped throughout the day as wrist swells). I think you should tinker around with it one more time before going the half-link route. There are enough 5mm adjustments built into the bracelet to get a good fit.

And, my AD told me there is no such thing as a half link, so I stopped caring.
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Old 16 August 2019, 08:30 AM   #15
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I had a similar experience as well. I ended up putting on a half link and it did seem to help. However, I ended up cheating some more and put on a glide lock clasp, which now is perfect for me. Honestly, the adjustability of the new clasp is great, but I think the heavier clasp helps to balance the watch even more.IMG_4342.JPG
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Old 16 August 2019, 09:06 AM   #16
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I’ve gotten links and clasps from an AD
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Old 16 August 2019, 09:17 AM   #17
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I had the same problem, just couldn’t get a comfortable fit no matter what I tried. 6.75in wrist.

Went back to the Rolex AD that sold the watch and ordered a half-link. Arrived three weeks later and I installed it on the 6 O clock side. Perfection. It’s now the most comfortable watch I have ever had.
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Old 16 August 2019, 11:15 AM   #18
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I'm in same exact situation . Got Explorer last week - dealer offered to size for me but I did it myself ( too many stories about butchering bracelet ) wound up taking one link out if each side . Felt good but a little snug , the next day I moved the micro over to the widest position . Been playing with ezlink during the day watch feels good for a while but then too tight , open ezclasp too loose !
Asked my AD to order a half link - hope its not a hassle to get
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