Can vintage bracelets that have stretched be refurbished? help please :0)

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    Can vintage bracelets that have stretched be refurbished? help please :0)

    I have a nice condition Tissot PR516 auto which is in pretty good shape but will be getting a full service shortly.
    The only issue with it seems to be that a previous owner had a bigger wrist than the integral bracelet would comfortably fit.
    Instead of getting a watchmaker or jeweller to fashion an extension the link connectors have become loosened/stretched by being too tight a fit.
    I was just wondering if anyone had experience with trying to tighten up a similar bracelet or knows whereabouts I might be able to source replacement link connector pins?
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    The last few links near the clasp fixture have little slide locks to allow quick link removal -4of them are fine,the fith slide seems to work loose.

    The larger links near the bezel also have play between them and look like they might be held with an L or T shaped pin.
    Does anyone know if they can be adjusted ..or is it just a question of getting brand or model specific replacements?
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    Thanks in advance for any assistance :0)
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    Re: Can vintage bracelets that have stretched be refurbished? help please :0)

    I recommend Michael Young who is based in Hong Kong. He does a lot of Rolex strap repairs. He comes highly recommended on the Rolex forums too. That's how I found his name.
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    Re: Can vintage bracelets that have stretched be refurbished? help please :0)

    thanks for the info arejay101 -I`m in the U.K though so the postage plus repair costs would probably be a bit steep ;0(

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    Re: Can vintage bracelets that have stretched be refurbished? help please :0)

    I would keep an eye out on eBay for replacement bracelets. I've seen a few vintage bracelets that have a similar style so you can probably buy an unbranded one or one for say a Seiko with the same light width.

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    Re: Can vintage bracelets that have stretched be refurbished? help please :0)

    Quote Originally Posted by arejay101 View Post
    I recommend Michael Young who is based in Hong Kong. He does a lot of Rolex strap repairs. He comes highly recommended on the Rolex forums too. That's how I found his name.
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