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    How to Remove Shoulderless Spring Bars? Help please.

    Does anyone have any experience with single shoulder spring bars/shoulderless springboard? I have two watches with them that do not have drilled lugs (I have no idea why the company did this)

    I could not remove the spring bars with my spring bar tool since there was nothing to grab onto, so I resorted to breaking them off.

    The first watch only had a canvas strap that I didn't care much for, so I cut if off to expose the spring bars, and then carefully cut the spring bar in half til it came off, then added a new leather strap.

    for the second watch however, I don't want to damage the strap. I wish to put it aside for later use, but can't figure out how to remove the spring bars with out damaging anything.

    How should I go about this?

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    Re: How to Remove Shoulderless Spring Bars? Help please.

    I'd try a set of flush cutters, like these.
    http://www.amazon.com/Xuron-2175-Max.../dp/B000IBU0YC

    Cut between the edge of the strap and the lug.

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    Re: How to Remove Shoulderless Spring Bars? Help please.

    Quote Originally Posted by ScootingCat View Post
    I'd try a set of flush cutters, like these.
    Xuron 2175 Maxi-Shear Flush Cutter: Wire Cutters: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific

    Cut between the edge of the strap and the lug.
    Hmmm I guess this could work. I'd have to be really careful not to damage anything. Is there no tool that removes single shoulder spring bars without breaking them?

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    Re: How to Remove Shoulderless Spring Bars? Help please.

    If it was mine, I would use a small Swiss Army blade (very sharp). With outward pressure on the band, try to press the blade into the pin and move it towards pulling out. If you can get purchase on the pin and move it a little, the outward pressure on the band may keep the pin compressed with side pressure holding it in the lug hole. Reset the knife and keep at it.

    In short, be patient and try to weasel the pin out one small tick at a time with a sharp, thin blade.

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    Re: How to Remove Shoulderless Spring Bars? Help please.

    I used my springbar tool to bend them to take them off. Useless without shoulders anyway.

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    Re: How to Remove Shoulderless Spring Bars? Help please.

    Quote Originally Posted by ToniDaTyga View Post
    I used my springbar tool to bend them to take them off. Useless without shoulders anyway.

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    Unless the lugs are drilled all the way through.

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    Re: How to Remove Shoulderless Spring Bars? Help please.

    Ugh that would be awful. Anyways that's what I had to do with my Citizen Blue Angels AT8020-03L. I covered the case where the tool rested on some cloth. Took a big chance doing that but it worked out for me.

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    Re: How to Remove Shoulderless Spring Bars? Help please.

    If it's not a metal bracelet, the easiest way is to cut the springbar with cutting pliers.
    If it's a metal bacelet, use an old watchmaking screwdriver (thanks to its chisel shape), and CAREFULLY use a hammer, until the springbar is cut. Don't scratch the lug's inner part.

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    Re: How to Remove Shoulderless Spring Bars? Help please.

    Quote Originally Posted by ToniDaTyga View Post
    I used my springbar tool to bend them to take them off. Useless without shoulders anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToniDaTyga View Post
    Ugh that would be awful. Anyways that's what I had to do with my Citizen Blue Angels AT8020-03L. I covered the case where the tool rested on some cloth. Took a big chance doing that but it worked out for me.

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    Yeah I have no use for the spring bars after removing them anyway. I just wanted to know if there was a way to remove them without breaking them to minimize the chances of damaging anything.

    For the first watch, I did the same thing.. put a cloth in between the case and strap and filed down the spring bars with a pair of kitchen scissors til it broke in half..no damage to anything but hella nerve racking! For my second watch I think I should get some proper tools lol

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    Re: How to Remove Shoulderless Spring Bars? Help please.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deli View Post
    If it's not a metal bracelet, the easiest way is to cut the springbar with cutting pliers.
    If it's a metal bacelet, use an old watchmaking screwdriver (thanks to its chisel shape), and CAREFULLY use a hammer, until the springbar is cut. Don't scratch the lug's inner part.
    yup, gonna go pick up some skinny cutting pliers. thanks!

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