How do I remove links on an Omega "Beads of Rice" bracelet?

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    How do I remove links on an Omega "Beads of Rice" bracelet?

    I have a pin tool, so it's easy to remove the pins. The problem is with the inner tube.
    I managed to get the link closest to the clasp off, but no amount of flexing will allow the other links to come apart after the pin is removed. I tried 2 links. The inner tube seems to be holding internally on both ends. It's a new bracelet, so I don't want to force anything.
    Anyone else have experience on how to coax this off?



    Here's the inner tube and pin from the only one that came apart easily.

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    Re: How do I remove links on an Omega "Beads of Rice" bracelet?

    Kurt,

    If you can find out the bracelet part number, you might be able to find more information (at least, technical drawings) here

    My own guess is that there probably still are two (or one) link tubes ("a1" or "a2" in this drawing of a different bracelet) remaining inside the link, that you will have to push all the way out with a long pin. But I can't be sure: a good drawing would really be of help!

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: How do I remove links on an Omega "Beads of Rice" bracelet?

    This is a new bracelet, but has no number stamped in the clasp.


    There is one tube remaining inside. It is fatter than the outer pin holes, so it cannot slide out. The only thing I can think is that the outer links need to be turned out, exposing the inner beads links and allowing the tube that runs through them to be slid out. The problem is that the outer links do not want to swivel, as if they are still held in place by a portion of the inner tube. The inner tube seem only to be the length of the 4 beads links, or slightly longer.
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    Re: How do I remove links on an Omega "Beads of Rice" bracelet?

    Well maybe that tube is slightly shorter than the total width of the bracelet, and needs to be pushed a little to one side, then a little to the other side in order to allow the outer beads to clear, one after the other…
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    Re: How do I remove links on an Omega "Beads of Rice" bracelet?

    I think you may be right. In any event, it now appears trickier than anticipated. I think I make have my Omega-trained watch guy figure it. out
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    Re: How do I remove links on an Omega "Beads of Rice" bracelet?

    The solution was easy. On new bracelets, that inner tube is quite snug. Just needed to flip the 2 end beads (connected by stationary pin) up together 90 degrees to expose the tube. I needed to help it with a pair of jeweler's pliers (with the jaws protected to not scratch the plating).
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    Re: How do I remove links on an Omega "Beads of Rice" bracelet?

    Congrats!
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    Re: How do I remove links on an Omega "Beads of Rice" bracelet?

    Thanks all, here's the finished result:

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