Changing strap on Rolex Submariner 16610
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    Changing strap on Rolex Submariner 16610

    To the owners of a 16610, without lug holes, how difficult are strap changes?

    I am keen on getting a late-model 16610 but would like to change to NATO/perlon strap every now and again but if this is difficult, I probably wouldn't bother.

    I am torn between this model and a late 14060m which has the lug holes and would make this easier.

    I decided to go for the 16610 as it is to me the full package but want to know how much of an issue strap changing is on a non lug-holes watch first, ie how long it would take.

    Thanks for any help.


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    Re: Changing strap on Rolex Submariner 16610

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    Re: Changing strap on Rolex Submariner 16610

    Quote Originally Posted by shaunlawler View Post
    To the owners of a 16610, without lug holes, how difficult are strap changes?

    I am keen on getting a late-model 16610 but would like to change to NATO/perlon strap every now and again but if this is difficult, I probably wouldn't bother.

    I am torn between this model and a late 14060m which has the lug holes and would make this easier.

    I decided to go for the 16610 as it is to me the full package but want to know how much of an issue strap changing is on a non lug-holes watch first, ie how long it would take.

    Thanks for any help.
    That's a Submariner Date. No problems if you got the right tools. Look around the daily WRUW and you will see many people have them on straps and NATO. Normally, a Bergeon 7825 springbar tool is what is required.

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    Re: Changing strap on Rolex Submariner 16610

    I bought the Horofix ergonomic spring bar tool from Eslinger. Have already changed straps several times on my BB58 and 16600 and it works great. A fraction of the price of the Bergeon and includes extra tips. You can also buy extras for cheap.
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    Re: Changing strap on Rolex Submariner 16610

    Thanks for asking about this. I'm also curious.

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    Changing strap on Rolex Submariner 16610

    Even with this tool, I'm not sure if I would use it that often and would prefer a watch with lug holes of changing the straps often.
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    Re: Changing strap on Rolex Submariner 16610

    I found it much easier to remove bracelets and change straps in my non-lug hole watches with my horoflex tweezer tool than it was to change on my lug hole 5-digit references... it can be easy to scrape the side of the case when changing via lug holes.

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    Re: Changing strap on Rolex Submariner 16610

    To be honest the holes are only really useful in getting the bracelet off, and that generally is the easy part. To me getting it back on is always the challenge.

    Of course the above tool is useful for both applications.

    However I wouldn’t be basing my entire decision between the two watches on which one has lug holes, it seems a small consideration given the above.

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    Re: Changing strap on Rolex Submariner 16610

    I'm getting the 16610. To me, it's just the better watch with an improved bracelet, full package with the cylcops as a daily wearer and strap changes not been an issue with this tool.


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