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    Expensive lessons in watch collecting

    When I have a problem, i am very guilty of taking things into my own hands, I recently got a new rubber strap which I had a lot of difficulty fitting through the screw in bars on my watch. So much trouble that i have scratched the brushed lugs which annoys the hell out of me (eventhough,nobody else will notice). In addition to that I put the strap ends in hot water to soften it and get it on more easily, it appears that this has made it shrink a little and I am left with a tiny gap between the lug and the strap which again drives me crazy. So now its off to the watchmaker to get the lugs tidied up and the strap while useable will be probably coming off. The whole exercise will cost a bit and its all for nothing!!

    Have you got any examples of mistakes which have put you out of pocket?
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    Re: Expensive lessons in watch collecting

    I once tried to change my bezel insert. Followed directions on Youtube.
    Ended up scratching the heck outta the case.
    AND, couldn't lift the dang bezel off.

    My watchmaker did it free, outta friendship.
    But I got stuck with a scratched case. All my own doing.
    Ever since, I've been doing a lot of this whenever, wherever I can find a nice solid wall:
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    Re: Expensive lessons in watch collecting

    I didn't bother to tape over the lugs, or remove the hollow end links from my Mako when I was trying to tighten them to stop the rattling. The top of the lugs got scratched up a lot, and I still had to take the end links off to properly bend them inward. Dunno what I was thinking

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    I gouged the bezel insert on a pretty new Omega SeaMaster. I read up on how to change the insert and decided to order one and do it myself to save a lot of money.
    The new insert looks great! The scratch on the bezel, not so much.
    But after 2 years, it just adds to the character.


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    I've found removing bezels with a bone tool generally works pretty well. It's a car trim remover that's essentially a plastic/polymer caseback tool. You can't scratch the watch and it works like a charm. Anyone who would dare try it should look for "Bojo" tools and you'll see what I'm talking about.

    But remember; when in doubt, bring it to a professional.
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    Re: Expensive lessons in watch collecting

    Quote Originally Posted by jtstav View Post
    I've found removing bezels with a bone tool generally works pretty well. It's a car trim remover that's essentially a plastic/polymer caseback tool. You can't scratch the watch and it works like a charm. Anyone who would dare try it should look for "Bojo" tools and you'll see what I'm talking about.
    How come nobody's ever mentioned this before?

    I don't even own a car, so naturally, I didn't know about BOJO.
    The thing looks a little big for a watch. But it works?
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    Re: Expensive lessons in watch collecting

    I hear ya.

    I've destroyed 2 aftermarket straps by trying to trip them down to fit a smaller sized, they weren't that cheap either.

    There was also a time I wrestled for 2 hours trying to get a lum-tec tungsten bracelet onto my M23, lugs got stabbed numerous times, destroyed a few spring bar - but the tungsten carbide case was totally scratch free.
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    Re: Expensive lessons in watch collecting

    I notched a really nice leather strap thinkin to myself, how hard could it be to get it right.

    ever heard of the old "measure twice, cut once?" ....yeah, I have now too.
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    Re: Expensive lessons in watch collecting

    Oh, couldnt get the springbar out of a Seiko 6105-8110 with a butter knife, so I thought i'd just cut the strap off instead.

    The strap cost more than a spring bar tool.
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    Re: Expensive lessons in watch collecting

    Quote Originally Posted by camb66 View Post
    Have you got any examples of mistakes which have put you out of pocket?
    Yes, not buying what I really want and trying to compromise. I end up selling what I bought at a loss and buying what I originally wanted anyway.
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