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    Filing a watch band to fit.

    I have a nice vintage milanese style watch band that I want to put on a watch of mine. Only problem, the band is 19mm at the lugs. I hear that it's possible to file the lugs down to fit. How is this done, exactly? Is it something I can do myself or do I need to take it to a jewelers? I don't have any metal files, but that can be solved with a quick trip to the hardware store. Any and all advice will be appreciated. Here's a pic of the band. I'll be putting it on an early 60s Zodiac Sea Wolf (no date).

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    Re: Filing a watch band to fit.

    Yup, go to the hardware store and get a file metal file and some leather gloves. Go for it.
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    Re: Filing a watch band to fit.

    It is very easy as long as u can do some simple hand work
    It will all depend on the width of the watch band too
    I see this one is very small areas protruding from watch band which means if it is not close to correct width
    If these are made flat with no relief cuts
    You will never be able to access the spring bar ends and able to remove the band
    This band will not be able to be narrowed properly
    If not your local watchmaker could easily do this too
    Good sandpaper or a good metal file
    Will do this as you need to take equal amounts off each side
    I would make sure your spring bars fit into the band first
    Should only take you a little while and take your time
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    Re: Filing a watch band to fit.

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    Re: Filing a watch band to fit.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nokie View Post
    Google is your friend as is YouTube.
    I thought a forum dedicated to watches and watch enthusiasts would also "be my friend." Most of my friends aren't sardonic to strangers asking for help.
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    Re: Filing a watch band to fit.

    Quote Originally Posted by jringo8769 View Post
    It is very easy as long as u can do some simple hand work
    It will all depend on the width of the watch band too
    I see this one is very small areas protruding from watch band which means if it is not close to correct width
    If these are made flat with no relief cuts
    You will never be able to access the spring bar ends and able to remove the band
    This band will not be able to be narrowed properly
    If not your local watchmaker could easily do this too
    Good sandpaper or a good metal file
    Will do this as you need to take equal amounts off each side
    I would make sure your spring bars fit into the band first
    Should only take you a little while and take your time
    God Bless,John
    If you need any help
    Just let me know

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    Thanks for your help and advice. Do you have any recommendations for what gauge file I should get?

    Thanks.
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    Re: Filing a watch band to fit.

    Quote Originally Posted by threno View Post
    Thanks for your help and advice. Do you have any recommendations for what gauge file I should get?

    Thanks.
    Well I would personally look for small files ..
    you will have to look for them locally and online
    They are much smaller and easier to do small detail stuff
    Full size files are not what u are looking for
    Also you will need a soft vice to hold the band too
    That way it is secure and does not damage it either
    Slow and steady is the key
    How wide is the new band?
    How wide are the lugs?
    God Bless,John
    Most files are two sided and get one for Metal...
    There is ones for wood too

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