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How in the hell do you remove a BOR-bracelet with fixed springbars?!?

  1. Shabbaz

    Shabbaz Feb 12, 2019

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    I received a new omega, but I can't remove the BOR because the springbars between the lugs are fixed. What's the solution?!? I dont know...
     
  2. Shabbaz

    Shabbaz Feb 12, 2019

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    This?!?
     
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  3. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed Feb 12, 2019

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    Probably need to pry open the connectors between bracelet and lugs.
    A pic wouldn’t hurt ya know.
     
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  4. S.H.

    S.H. Feb 12, 2019

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    With a small jeweller's saw (bocfil in French) you can cut the springbars if the endlinks are not too tight. (the blade comes in various sizes and can be very small). Also, you need a steady hand.
     
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  5. Shabbaz

    Shabbaz Feb 12, 2019

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    Ah. Alrighty! Thnx!
     
  6. jimmyd13

    jimmyd13 Feb 12, 2019

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    What are you dealing with? As @gemini4 said, help us help you by letting us see what you're dealing with. Could easily be shoulderless or female spring bars rather than fixed.

    Edit: for example, these are not fixed bars despite all evidence to the contrary when they were obscured by a bracelet:
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  7. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed Feb 12, 2019

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    Perhaps open the (3)small rings which attach the bracelet to the bars.
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  8. JimInOz

    JimInOz "Helpful Hints from Heloise" of bracelet cleaning. Feb 12, 2019

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    If you cut them, and they are indeed fixed springbars, you will be up shit creek.

    If they are full width shoulderless springbars you might be OK.

    Please provide hi res macro shots for further advice.
     
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  9. cristos71

    cristos71 Feb 12, 2019

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    I think then you'd be removing the bracelet but the ends would still be attached!

    I can't believe they are fixed springlinks. I've had many ba::censored::rd pairs of springlinks that have taken me an age to remove, patience and perseverance have fortunately always eventually won the day!
     
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  10. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed Feb 12, 2019

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    Opening the 3 small rings would, I think, release the bracelet and end links but I agree, the spring bars are probably not fixed.
     
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  11. cristos71

    cristos71 Feb 12, 2019

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    Thinking about it again I think you're right :)
     
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  12. snunez

    snunez Feb 12, 2019

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    Wouldn't that risk breaking the rings?
     
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  13. jimmyd13

    jimmyd13 Feb 12, 2019

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    Not if you give it a little heat maxresdefault.jpg
     
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  14. michael e

    michael e Feb 12, 2019

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    Have a close look at the spring bars.
    Do they have a tiny tab on them like these?
    Many people miss them as the tab usually rolls from view. These are original Omega spring bars.
     
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  15. Shabbaz

    Shabbaz Feb 12, 2019

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    Sorry guys! People were bothering me at work! Why!?! So I went home...

    Anyway, I looked again and what did I see? Haha! Little fockers!

    Thnx guys for your advice!!
     
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  16. S.H.

    S.H. Feb 12, 2019

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    Nice surprise! I have to remove smooth/shoulderless bars mated with bracelets (often fixoflex for some reason?) from time to time, it is no fun. You have to cut them, some bastards like to put them on non-drilled through lugs.
     
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  17. Shabbaz

    Shabbaz Feb 12, 2019

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    So later I'm going to do a short write up about this watch. It's a very interesting piece....
     
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  18. DIV

    DIV Feb 12, 2019

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    I'm glad you asked here before cutting...
     
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  19. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Feb 12, 2019

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    Yes they are almost always turned so you can't see them, which is why putting these back on is a bad idea...and why I hate these bars on bracelets.
     
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  20. Shabbaz

    Shabbaz Feb 12, 2019

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