Watch Band/Spring Bar to Screw Bar

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    Watch Band/Spring Bar to Screw Bar

    Quick question and please forgive me if I have posted incorrectly. I have a large dive watch I use for work and more than once it has gotten caught on one thing or another and ripped the spring bars out of the watch case. I find it amazing how little actually holds the watch band to the watch case with these spring bars. Is anyone aware of a jeweler that could convert this watch to the screw in watch bars? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Watch Band/Spring Bar to Screw Bar

    Hey Shawn,

    What brand and model watch are you using? Some watches have thicker lugs than others, and in this case the thicker the better.

    An alternative is to use a one piece nylon strap that threads thru both of your spring bars. That way if one spring bar fails your watch will still be retained by the other bar.

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    Re: Watch Band/Spring Bar to Screw Bar

    In all the years I’ve worn a watch I never had one jump ship in this manner so before you have holes drilled in the lugs just check that the strap is the full width of the lugs, the spring bars are the right ones for the watch and that they are in good condition.

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    Re: Watch Band/Spring Bar to Screw Bar

    Two things to check.
    1. If the watch is on straps are they the proper length? One mm too narrow could allow the strap to compress the spring bars a bit.
    2. Are the spring bars the correct diameter? Too small could cause a problem.

    That said if you regularly catch the watch on something it may be time to put it in your pocket while working.

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    Re: Watch Band/Spring Bar to Screw Bar

    Thanks for all the responses back which are very helpful. I have the large Arctos SEKM Diver. The watch itself is perfect for my job which is in rotor wing SAR/Medic. Specifically once I had a large medical bag on my shoulder and when I slid it down my arm it caught the watch and the pin failed. Fortunately I was on a grass field and no damage was done to the watch. I just purchased a Dievas Vortex which has the screw in bars. Might put the Arctos up for sale. Anyway thanks again for all your responses!

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    Re: Watch Band/Spring Bar to Screw Bar

    A jeweller can‘t do this job. Even watchmakers might refuse to domthe job since you need to drill the lugs. Someone who is specialized in precission engineering might be the right one to speak to.
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    Thank you.

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