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    Is my watch case done for? Will this break in the long run?

    Just bought a speedy few months ago from new. Its a special occasion purchase. Getting the bracelet off is fine, but the first time putting on a leather is pain because of how strong the sprint bar is, gave me 1 or 2 deep scratches on the lug. Lug hole still fine


    After a couple of strap changing, there are tons of scratches around the lug hole. The hole itself is not mint anymore (pic below). I get better now, but i don't know anymore if i still damage the lug since the scratch is uncountable :(


    And then, the nightmare. Bought a tweezer so i can easily install and uninstall my bracelet. Easy. But when i tried to use it to install a rubber strap, things get hard and the tweezer don't bite it nicely, the springbar itself at times doesn't want to be squeezed. I get impatient and now the springbar looked damaged. (Springbar for bracelet). At some area the spring bar that touch the lug looks uneven


    My question is

    1. Is my lug area done for? :(. I mean, can it still be polished and maintain its integrity? Or if not polished, and i just use my bracelet the entire time, will it still maintain its integrity in the long run?


    2. Should i change my spring bar with its current condition? Will using it put more damage to the lug hole in the long run (when using bracelet)


    3. Does anybody know how much does it cost for a new case?
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    Re: Is my watch case done for? Will this break in the long run?

    If your springs bars are abnormally hard to compress then you really should replace them.

    Polishing etc will only take away more material from the case/lug. If your method is continuing to scratch it up further then probably best not to go about polishing each time, just let the scars pile up on top of each other. To my untrained eye the holes for the spring bars still look serviceable and the lug only has cosmetic surface damage so the integrity should still be there.
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    Re: Is my watch case done for? Will this break in the long run?

    Your lug and springbars look fine, that's not significant damage at all. Take a deep breath, put your watch on, and enjoy.
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    Re: Is my watch case done for? Will this break in the long run?

    Try using loupes to see what you're doing.
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    Re: Is my watch case done for? Will this break in the long run?

    All okay, lugs and spring bars are fine. No need for a new case. Just enjoy the watch with your new strap and move on, you will get over it.
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    Re: Is my watch case done for? Will this break in the long run?

    Thanks for all the feedback. Its a huge relief knowing its only cosmetic. Under the loupe, the scratch is horrifying to me. i'm afraid the scratched - rough spring bar will only damage the lug hole area further to unusable. Maybe i should just order new one from omega. Regarding my tools, i use bergeon from the start. But my skills are a bit lacking, the spring are stiff so when the tool slipped, it hurt the lower lugs. Its okay for me. But to see the inner lug (the side that touch the strap), scratched like that, i just afraid the lug hole will be widen and widen and maybe not round anymore. Now i do things much smoother. But have no idea what made the scratch at that area, maybe from the spring bar.. starting to just stick with one strap at a time for long period / many natos
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    Re: Is my watch case done for? Will this break in the long run?

    As others have said the scratches are superficial and the integrity of the lug holes look ok.
    Spring bars are relatively cheap and never a bad thing to change but ensure you get the correct size and product from an Omega dealer.
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    Re: Is my watch case done for? Will this break in the long run?

    Are you using the Bergeon 7825 tweezer or Bergeon spring bar tool?

    Try the tweezer if you haven't. Ofrei is known to have good spring bars, just make sure you order the right size or get new ones from Omega like others said.

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    Re: Is my watch case done for? Will this break in the long run?

    Quote Originally Posted by minoli View Post
    Are you using the Bergeon 7825 tweezer or Bergeon spring bar tool?

    Try the tweezer if you haven't. Ofrei is known to have good spring bars, just make sure you order the right size or get new ones from Omega like others said.
    Used the spring bar tool from bergeon. Tweezer not from them, but its a new stuff for me and those tweezer are not as easy as what i saw on videos
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    Re: Is my watch case done for? Will this break in the long run?

    Quote Originally Posted by JP(Canada) View Post
    Your lug and springbars look fine, that's not significant damage at all. Take a deep breath, put your watch on, and enjoy.
    Yep, I don't even know what the inside of my lugs look like.

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