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    I HATE SPRINGBARS

    After spending 30 minutes trying to get a canvas strap off one of my watches, I began to wonder if there's a better way. I like to change straps often and don't really like NATOs and the excess flap that you have to fold down. Is there any alternative out there that makes changing straps easier? Is there something like Apple has that you can put a fixed piece on with the spring bars and then attach/detach straps from it?

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    Re: I HATE SPRINGBARS

    Do you have a proper spring bar tool?
    Drilled lugs?
    If not drilled lugs, do you have "shoulder" spring bars?

    They're not hard if you have the correct equipment. Tell us what you're dealing with.

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    Re: I HATE SPRINGBARS

    I purchased the following from Amazon:

    Bergeon 6767-F Watch Spring Bar Tool

    Excuse my ignorance, what is the difference between a drilled lug and a non drilled lug?

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    Re: I HATE SPRINGBARS

    If it's a watch on a strap or on a bracelet that doesn't have end-links, use this:

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    If it has end-links, I prefer using this:

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    If it has drilled lugs, you can simply use this, although I'm an idiot:

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    Joking aside, this does work if you tape the end or round off the tip using sand paper.

    Strap changes are easy, you just need to identify your watch and then find the appropriate tool.
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    Re: I HATE SPRINGBARS

    Quote Originally Posted by verl20 View Post
    I purchased the following from Amazon:

    Bergeon 6767-F Watch Spring Bar Tool

    Excuse my ignorance, what is the difference between a drilled lug and a non drilled lug?

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    As you can see, rather than having to push in the shoulders of the spring bar from underneath the watch, you can simply push them in using this pre-drilled hole in the lug.
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    Re: I HATE SPRINGBARS

    Drilled lugs should be mandated by law on all watches. I don't think there is any such attachment for regular watches thus far.

    Side Bar --->If you ever buy a Deep Blue with a rubber strap...don't ever take it off. I've changed watch bands on multiple watches dozens of times, but never have I faced such a formidable foe as the Deep Blue rubber strap. I'll never do it again.
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    Re: I HATE SPRINGBARS

    Ah ha, the watch I was swapping the strap out this morning did not have drilled lugs. The 22mm canvas strap was so tight on the lugs that it was difficult to even get the tool past the canvas to get to the spring bar. I did notice that the Sinn I just bought does have drilled lugs and can see how much easier it will be to change the straps out.

    I think I'm going to pick up one of these and see if that makes life easier.

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    However, someone needs to invent a tool less strap adapter for those like myself that have shaky hands. : )
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    Re: I HATE SPRINGBARS

    You have the right tool for the job, and you can also look on YouTube for videos that might help. Harder with almost all watches that don't have drilled lugs to remove the spring bars, but just takes patience and practice.

    One word of advice if you decide to get a set of spring bar pliers, buy the good ones, not a cheapie brand. They are not inexpensive, but worth the price for a good pair.

    The quality/hardness of metal for the forks (as small as they are), makes a huge difference as the tips break on the cheap ones pretty easy.
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    Re: I HATE SPRINGBARS

    On drilled lugs, don't you still need a spring bar tool to reinstall the spring bar to finish the strap swap?
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    Re: I HATE SPRINGBARS

    Quote Originally Posted by verl20 View Post
    However, someone needs to invent a tool less strap adapter for those like myself that have shaky hands. : )
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