I noticed a JB Champion on eBay where one end link had lost its springiness. Seller said the spring was still there, it just didn't work. I made a low offer and got it. I first put it through the ultrasonic cleaner, hoping that might fix it. It was the dirtiest band I've ever seen---took four 5-minute cycles to get it clean, the water turning black for the first three. The end link still didn't spring in and out. So, throwing caution to the winds, I pried open the three tabs holding the end piece together (I hate tabs). The spring was there, but one of the loop ends had broken off. I took a trip to Paul's Watch Repair in Sacramento and they gave me a new spring---slightly shorter, but it looked like it might work. So I took it home, looped the ends of the spring around the tiny prongs, then bent the tabs back into place. Voila! Then I noticed that there were a couple of pointy things sticking out of the sliding part of the clasp. I discovered this was an 18mm spring pin that someone had sharpened and made to fit. I took it out, whereupon it essentially disintegrated, and replaced it with a proper 16mm pin. Voila! Here's a pic of what's left of the improper spring pin (on the left) and the broken spring (on the right): And here's the money shot of my new JB Champion bracelet on my straight text '69: I love this bracelet!