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    Tough, strong, standard spring bars?

    Obviously, it isn't until you lose a spring bar and almost a watch that you realize how important they are...

    After a recent experience with some faulty spring bars, I realized that I had little-to-no knowledge of what makes a "good" (tough, strong) spring bar versus a flimsy one. More importantly, I didn't know where to go or to whom to buy some really strong ones.

    Any tips, brands, eBay sellers, etc. to look at?

    Mods, feel free to move this to "straps and bracelets", if that's where it needs to go.

    Thanks,

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    Re: Tough, strong, standard spring bars?

    Hi Noah,

    I've been very happy with the spring bars and service from U.K. ebay seller thetimezoneuk.
    Nathan

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    Re: Tough, strong, standard spring bars?

    I've never ordered from him, but a lot of forum members will recommend Otto Frei.

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    Re: Tough, strong, standard spring bars?

    Otto Frei, Jules Borel, Cousins, I have had good results from all these places.

    As to what make a "good" spring bar, as opposed to a "bad" one is mainly the tube. The tube of a spring bar should be a seamless stainless steel, cheaper ones are rolled sheet stainless with an unwelded seam. The cheap one tend to open uo on the seam when they bend.

    The next thing to look for are stainless steel plunger ends, cheap ones have brass.

    You should get the largest diameter spring bar that will fit in your strap.
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    Re: Tough, strong, standard spring bars?

    Thanks for the recommendations. I'm fearing that I'm coming down with a sense that "they all look the same" on eBay as far as assortments go. O-Frei looks like a good bet, but they don't seem to sell the higher-quality, thicker, 1.5mm versions in an assortment.

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    Re: Tough, strong, standard spring bars?

    Along with the above recommendations, I have gotten good ones from Panatime. Great service too.

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    Re: Tough, strong, standard spring bars?

    Quote Originally Posted by EHV View Post
    Along with the above recommendations, I have gotten good ones from Panatime. Great service too.
    I don't know about Panatime's spring bars, but I just got a leather strap from them and the quality and craftsmanship is outstanding. So I can't imagine their spring bars would suck.
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    Re: Tough, strong, standard spring bars?

    Quote Originally Posted by brandon\ View Post
    I don't know about Panatime's spring bars, but I just got a leather strap from them and the quality and craftsmanship is outstanding. So I can't imagine their spring bars would suck.
    +1 except i just got an outstanding pair of ZULU's. very well made



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    Re: Tough, strong, standard spring bars?

    You could also try Gleave and Co, Clerkenwell [London] some spring bars go up to 1.80mm dia

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    Re: Tough, strong, standard spring bars?

    Hi All,

    I have some vintage 19mm watches and I want to make sure I use the right spring bars.

    I have bought a box of these:

    Rolex Generic Graded Spring Bar Set.
    This precision made graded box set is designed like the Rolex Spring Bar.
    The set comprises: 110 Pieces in graded box set, 11 Sizes, 10 Pieces per size, Size 12mm to 22mm, Diameter 1.78mm
    These are too thick for most of my straps..

    I want to get another assortment box, but I have the choice between 1.0mm, 1.3mm, and 1.5mm

    Which one should I get? BTW I am getting them from - Watch Tool - Bergeon Swiss Made Watchmakers Tools, Horotec Watchmakers Repair Tools, Screwdrivers Consumables
    • Heuer Camaro (v72)
    • Seiko DarthFrankentunamonster :)
    • Seiko 6139-7010
    • Casio G300 Kawasaki Racing Team
    • Pulsar Quartz
    • Seiko 0124-0049 (burning wreckage)

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