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  1. Walviskroket

    Walviskroket Jan 11, 2019

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    Hi OmegaForum,

    I just noticed that my Speedmaster clasp is starting to show some metal fatigue. Since I really like the vintage appeal of stamped omega sign I would love to keep wearing it. Do you have any advice on how to prevent it from spreading further?

    Thanks


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  2. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 11, 2019

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    The other side looks like it doesn’t have long either. Think it is just tears of wear

    Looks like you have to search eBay for another. They do come up from time to time.
     
  3. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Jan 11, 2019

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    Metal fatigue like this is only going to get worse with continued use, unfortunately not really much can be done to mitigate it.

    Could be laser welded but would probably be cheaper to simply source a replacement.
     
  4. BlackTalon

    BlackTalon Jan 11, 2019

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    JB Weld? :D
     
  5. Inpw

    Inpw Jan 11, 2019

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    I haven't experienced anything like this even with vintage bracelets. How often have you been wearing this?
     
  6. Varnado

    Varnado Jan 11, 2019

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    Laser weld It for $10 and it will last another 30 years.
     
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  7. Walviskroket

    Walviskroket Jan 12, 2019

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    Thanks for your response. I have contacted my watchmaker Nico Rijsman and he also sugested to point weld it. Will post an picture of the end result + the costs
     
  8. Walviskroket

    Walviskroket Jan 12, 2019

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    In the meantime I have a very reliable clasp to support me :)
     
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  9. Walviskroket

    Walviskroket Jan 12, 2019

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    I have been wearing it for the past 3 months now ( I bought this bracelet at an eBay auction, but I didn’t check it for metal fatigue at that time. It probably already had Some signs of wear I guess)
     
  10. Theluglife

    Theluglife Jan 12, 2019

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    I am a little unsure at what I am looking at. Is that a small crack in the clasp?
     
  11. Walviskroket

    Walviskroket Jan 13, 2019

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    It is a smal crack indeed, clasp still works atm
     
  12. Theluglife

    Theluglife Jan 13, 2019

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    I never knew clasp could fatigue like that! May I ask how old that clasp is and what model of omega it came with? I'm going to have to pay much closer attention to clasp when looking at vintage pieces now.
     
  13. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Jan 14, 2019

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    Or not buy watches off bricklayers ;)
     
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  14. flqt-9000

    flqt-9000 Jan 14, 2019

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    I can’t figure that component suffering low cycle fatigue issues..
     
  15. Walviskroket

    Walviskroket Apr 12, 2019

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    Nico Rijsman fixed it perfectly! You can hardly see it. Ready to go for an other 50 years :)
     
  16. Walviskroket

    Walviskroket Apr 12, 2019

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  17. Walviskroket

    Walviskroket Apr 12, 2019

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  18. starcraft

    starcraft Apr 12, 2019

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    "Laser" weld it. I just discovered this in the past week or so.
     
  19. seber

    seber Apr 14, 2019

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    Unfortunately, welding will crate an HAZ. It may be possible to mitigate the problem with post heat treat, but in all likelihood it will not be a satisfactory solution. You will just get failure next to the weld. In any case. replacement will be just about the same price.