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    Default Remove watch band pins

    I don,t work much on wrist watches so my amatuer question.
    I have used tweezers to remove the spring loaded pins that attach the band to a watch case. But i think there must be a tool for this, as some don,t have the hole in the back to push the pin out.
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    Default Re: Remove watch band pins (RE: Kevin W.)

    Hi Kevin,
    There is a tool for removing them, however I have always used an old screwdriver or the thin blade on my case knife. I carefully slide either the screwdriver or caseknife between the case lug and strap and it will fit between the lip on the springbar and the lug. I then press it down a little and the springbar will come right out. I hope this makes sense.
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    Default Re: Remove watch band pins (RE: Samantha)

    Thanks Samantha, yes i understand what you mean.I knew something had to be better than tweezers.
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    Default Re: Remove watch band pins (RE: Kevin W.)

    If you decided to invest in a tool, be aware that a lot of the ones sold have way too large a tip to be of any practical use. The Bergeon 6767 is a pretty good choice and not too horribly overpriced. It's handy because it has a point on the opposite end that is just right for removing the spring pins on bracelet clasps.

    There are also fancier ones which are like special purpose tweezers that can compress both sides of the pin at once. I've never actually used one, but I've had to deal with bracelets that are very tight fitting and can see the benefit to such a tool.

    But if you've got an old 1mm screwdriver, you can make a perfectly good tool out of it with a few minutes work and a slip.
    Will McCown -- Rolling Hills Estates, CA

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    Default Re: Remove watch band pins (RE: flynwill)

    Thanks Will.Yours and Samantha,s methods should work good for me.I dont do many of these in a year. For the screw driver do you just thin the blade down until it,s thin?
    Smantha i used my case opener and worked just as you explained, thanks.
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    Default Re: Remove watch band pins (RE: Kevin W.)

    I have three or four springbar tools lying around and I never use any of them. I find, as others mentioned, they are impractical for most modern watch bracelets. I too, use an old screwdriver with very hard, narrow blade. It works perfectly!

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    Default Re: Remove watch band pins (RE: Dale)

    I like to grind a notch in the blade to make a two prong fork. This way your partially suround the small round of the spring bar. It is less likely to slip and damage the case.

    If you Google "spring bar tool" you will see pictures of commercial tools.

    Don

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    Default Re: Remove watch band pins (RE: Kevin W.)

    Kevin,
    I'm glad that it worked for you. And as others mentioned, if you come across one that you have difficulty getting out, you can modify an old screwdriver. I've done that when needed. One has to remember, Bergeon and other companies are out there to make money, not every tool they sell is necessary.
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    Default Re: Remove watch band pins (RE: Samantha)

    Yes Samantha, i almost faint when i look at some Bergeron tools and see what they sell for.
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    Default Re: Remove watch band pins (RE: Kevin W.)

    I agree Kevin! I bought a lot of my tools in the 70's and can't believe prices these days!
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    Default Re: Remove watch band pins (RE: Samantha)

    Kevin I know you can improvise one because you studied machine works right? The spring bar remover is one of the simplest tool you can make in watch repairing.

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