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    Take it to a jewellers or buy a kit and resize it myself?

    I have a bracelet watch I just got and needs proper sizing for my wrist. Are there any big risks to buying a cheap kit off ebay/amazon and doing it myself or is it worth taking it to a jewelers? I have a giftcard which works at a number of jewelers at my city center and can also be converted to an amazon giftcard so the money here is no problem. My only worry is that my watch may be damaged at the jewelers. I have no idea how caring the person doing it will be, and I am a youth plus my watch is not thousands so I don't know how seriously they will take it. I know it might sound a bit paranoid but it's a major problem to me if a new guy does it and causes some internal damage to my watch which only becomes apparent a few months later, and by re-sizing this watch I lose its warranty.

    And if anyone can recommend a good place to get it done in the UK it would be great.
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    Re: Take it to a jewellers or buy a kit and resize it myself?

    If you're uncertain if you can do it yourself, take it to a competent watchmaker, not a jeweller. Yes, there are risks to DIY work: pins can break, screws can strip, pieces can get lost, scratches can happen. Using a watchmaker will minimize those risks.
    If you want practice, get the tools and some cheap bracelets, and practice away until you're comfortable with removing/installing links, pins, clasps, etc.

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    Re: Take it to a jewellers or buy a kit and resize it myself?

    Thanks for the advice. Would In-Time be classed as competent?

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    Re: Take it to a jewellers or buy a kit and resize it myself?

    In your position I say a watchmaker, can't help you in the UK though. When you start to get more watches and start playing with them more often then tools make good sense (then you HAVE to gain the knowledge to use them). One thing I would say is do NOT buy cheap tools, "buy once, cry once". Poor tools often end in frustration and damage not only with watches but every endeavor that requires tools.

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    Re: Take it to a jewellers or buy a kit and resize it myself?

    It's not difficult to punch a few pins out. Save a few bucks and do it yourself. If you're really unsure about it, take it to a local jeweler with a good reputation.


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    Re: Take it to a jewellers or buy a kit and resize it myself?

    Surely a metal pin pusher alone is not going to break though? I know those plastic things you lock watches into snap after the first pin is out, but a cheap kit that includes these should be fine right?:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Domu-Piece-W...tch+repair+kit

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    Re: Take it to a jewellers or buy a kit and resize it myself?

    It's very easy to do, just take your time. Here's a you tube video.




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    Re: Take it to a jewellers or buy a kit and resize it myself?

    Quote Originally Posted by noyo View Post
    Surely a metal pin pusher alone is not going to break though? I know those plastic things you lock watches into snap after the first pin is out, but a cheap kit that includes these should be fine right?:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Domu-Piece-W...tch+repair+kit
    Skip the pin pusher... Personally, I find it difficult to get the thing aligned correctly. A punch and mallet is much easier IME.


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    Re: Take it to a jewellers or buy a kit and resize it myself?

    I use a tool I got from mywatchmaker.net. Think I payed 20 bucks for it. Think it would be impossible to damage the movement of a watch with it. Works very well. You know, you'll never learn if you don't start somewhere. Come back in a few months and we'll get you removing casebacks.
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    Re: Take it to a jewellers or buy a kit and resize it myself?

    Taking off and puting on a bracelet is not as easy as strap, let alone resizing it, its going to be scatches thru inexperienced hands. As u ask here, i assuming u r not familiar with it, go to watchmaker for it.
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