Sorry didn't get your punch line. But its still possible.
In all seriousness, though, I don't see why it would be impossible to do from the outside. There are ways of taking measurements that would allow you to line up the holes with a reasonable amount of accuracy. And you wouldn't need a hole on the outside that's as large as the end of a springbar. It could actually be much smaller, allowing a wider range of error. The real issue is keeping the metal cool so it doesn't change colors, not scratching the surrounding material and sourcing a drill bit small enough (about a paperclip size diameter) that will still be hard enough to chew through stainless steel. If I had an extra SKX case, I'd be willing to experiment. You'd get 4 tries per case after all!! It would end up being an art more than anything...being able to drill that kind of hole with a degree of accuracy without specialized tools...
Someone might get lucky on one or two with out a special jig. It's just not real cost effective and I'm sure will all end in tears, probably already has.
Last edited by leroytwohawks; March 30th, 2012 at 22:51.
Current watches: Citizen Eco-Drive Skyhawk Atomic JY0000-53E. Being built: Custom vintage style watch with 15 Jewel Cortebert 616 Swiss movement and custom dial.
Watches now sold or traded: Seiko Marinemaster SBDX001 traded ;-( but know I will buy one again, Seiko Alpinist SARB061, 2 Lum-Tec Combat B-1's, 2 Omega Seamasters, Omega Speedmaster, Anonimo Millemetri, Anonimo Militare, Hamilton Officers Chrono, Citizen Skyhawk, Rolex Day Date, Tudor Prince, Steinhart Ocean One, Seiko Mil Sub Mod, Seiko FFF Mod, Seiko Sumo, Seiko Spring Drive, Sinn Hydro Prototype, Bell & Ross Bomb Squad, BaliHa'i CaliHa'i, Luminox Black Ops and many more over the years I just can't remember.
I don't want to stir things up, and I like the drilled lugs on my SCM023, but I never had a problem changing straps on my Seikos, and all I use is a small Swiss Army Knife blade. I change straps/bracelet often...
Still, would be good to know how it can be done!
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