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  1. cdw2222

    cdw2222 Aug 29, 2012

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    Hello,
    Long time lurker here.I'am looking for a bit of advice on removing a no.12 bracelet from my constellation it appears to have solid bars where I would expect spring bars,if I move it to a certain angle there is a recess but I having no joy moving it with a spring bar tool.Any ideas before I just cut it off.

    Thanks Colin.
     
  2. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Aug 29, 2012

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    It would be helpful if you could post a couple photos.

    My first thought is that someone used spring bars which are too long.
     
  3. cdw2222

    cdw2222 Sep 2, 2012

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    Sorry for the delay
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    Apologies for crappy iphone pics,as you can see (hopefully) when held at an angle a detent in the bar can be seen this is solid and cannot be moved.

    Any thoughts
     
  4. cicindela

    cicindela Steve @ ΩF Staff Member Sep 2, 2012

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    You're watch does not have solid bars. While it appears a tight fight, any competent watchmaker should be able to remove it if you can not yourself. Personally I would remove it with a 140mm flat-head screwdriver, as a spring bar tool can be harder to get in there and could damage the lugs with a slip.
     
  5. kyle L

    kyle L Grasshopper Staff Member Sep 2, 2012

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    +1, if it doesn't come out with a screwdriver bring it to a watchmaker. It's worse when people use the springbars with no notches on watches without lug holes, sometimes it can take an hour to get them off. :thumbsdown:
     
  6. cdw2222

    cdw2222 Sep 2, 2012

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I've tried a very small jewellers screwdiver with no luck,I think I will put a little WD40 in and leave it overnight.If that doesn't work I will give it to a professional.
     
  7. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Sep 2, 2012

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    Here is one other possibility. I've seen many Omega bracelets which were originally fitted with spring bars which had a tab on one end which protruded up through the notch in the bottom of the end link. These often get twisted around so the tab isn't visible.

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  8. N2FHL

    N2FHL Omega Qualified Watchmaker Sep 2, 2012

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    I think you're on the right track. In the picture with your thumb on the back, it looks a little green in there- probably corroded. Soak it for a couple of days and it will probably loosen up. You should then replace it anyway.

    If, as Kyle described, someone used a spring bar that is too long you may not have room to depress the pin on the end. These I break out. This can be done without damage to the case or bracelet. You pad the whole end with a thick rag and carefully twist 'til it breaks. Hard to describe, but it works.

    Another option is to saw it out with a thin jewelers blade between the lug and endpiece. It takes patience and care not to leave marks on either.
     
  9. cdw2222

    cdw2222 Sep 2, 2012

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