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Speedmaster 60th spring bars...WTF? Owner is brain dead!

  1. Faz

    Faz Mar 21, 2020

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    I'm reaching out to the community as my patience has all but ran out.

    I'm no novice at this but what the hell is it with these spring bars? I've all but resigned myself to cut my strap off as I can't get those damn things removed with the any of the tools I have. I can't seem to get the fork onto the spring notch,,,

    This is where omega falls way short of their competitor in Genève. Sizing the bracelet was a royal PITA and now the struggle with these spring bars?

    Help appreciated...

    PS; I still love my Speedmaster
     
  2. redpcar

    redpcar Mar 21, 2020

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    This is thinner. Sounds like you have no shoulders on your spring bars. I use this combined with pressure. Work it out a little bit combined with the friction from pressure to keep the bar from springing back into position. Good luck.

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  3. Meme-Dweller

    Meme-Dweller Mar 21, 2020

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    Sounds like that one set of aftermarket spring bars I dealt with before. They had nothing to grip on by design, and the only possible way to get it out was to destroy the strap then twisting the whole bar out with a pair of pliers.

    I've sized the 60th Speedy before and it's just like the rest of Omega watches... no problem at all except finding 19mm straps. Do you know if your spring bars are the original (including the set that is supplied with the watch hidden inside the back of the tool)?
     
  4. redpcar

    redpcar Mar 21, 2020

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    Shoulders
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    No shoulders
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  5. Evitzee

    Evitzee Mar 21, 2020

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    Be sure to tape the lugs to prevent damage when the bars spring back after they are free of the lug.
     
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  6. Faz

    Faz Mar 21, 2020

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    Thanks...I'll give it a whirl.

    Cheers,

    Faz
     
  7. Dan S

    Dan S Mar 21, 2020

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    I have never tried it personally, but there are youtube videos about using dental floss.
     
  8. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Mar 21, 2020

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    As someone who removes and installs Omega spring bars daily, I have no idea why you are having issues. The spring bars used to hold the bracelet on this watch are standard Omega bars that are easily removed using a tool with the proper fork end. You mention a "strap" and this model came on a bracelet, so I have no idea what spring bars are in your strap.

    IMO Omega makes the best spring bars around...
     
  9. Faz

    Faz Mar 21, 2020

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    I might have inadvertently used a different set of spring bars while playing with my straps...:whipped:
     
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  10. Faz

    Faz Mar 21, 2020

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    ..but I still think that fitting the bracelet was not simple. ;)
     
  11. dinexus

    dinexus Mar 21, 2020

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    +1.

    Perfect tension, grippy shoulders, and nice long tips. Man, what a weird phrase to type, that was. But you're right. They're the best. And more importantly, they're easy to remove or install.
     
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  12. Faz

    Faz Mar 26, 2020

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    I managed to remove the wrongly installed by me, shoulderless spring bars :whipped:.
    Edited post title accordingly! :D

    And yes...the Omega spring bars are a breeze...
     
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  13. j_mto

    j_mto Mar 26, 2020

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    So blaming Omega for having non-Omega spring bars. Fantastic.
     
  14. Faz

    Faz Mar 26, 2020

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    Yes..aren't they an abhorrent bunch?
     
  15. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector Mar 26, 2020

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    Google
    Removing spring bars with dental floss
     
  16. redpcar

    redpcar Mar 26, 2020

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    He really gives it a rip. Don't think I'll be doing that to any of my watches.

     
  17. rob#1

    rob#1 Mar 27, 2020

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    Toothpaste for polishing crystals...
    Dental floss for removing springbars...
    What next, mouthwash for cleaning cases?
     
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  18. SpikiSpikester

    SpikiSpikester @ ΩF Staff Member Mar 27, 2020

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    Believe it or not, I've seen an overnight dunk in mouthwash recommended for cleaning and disinfecting old harmonicas. I tried it once for the hell of it & it turned out to be as useful as you'd expect ::facepalm2::