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    358 bracelet installation

    I purchased a 358 with bracelet a while back and although the bracelet is nice, I replaced it with a nice alligator pattern leather band which looks awesome. I've worn it sparingly as I purchased a Omega Speedmaster Moon watch that has received the majority of my wrist time. I've been thinking about selling the 358 and decided to re-install the bracelet. The deal is, how in the world do you install the bracelet? I spent about an hour very carefully exploring how to do so but the tight tolerances of the end pieces doesn't allow one to get one side of the spring bar started in order to slip the opposite side in. It seems like both sides need to be compressed at the same time to drop it in. I have a tool but not two of them. I'm very particular and don't want to needlessly scratch the lugs even on the backside. Is there a trick to install it? Thanks all
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    Re: 358 bracelet installation

    It's possible to do it with a single fork tool. I managed it on a Sinn 556 and with enough tape you can protect the watch.

    Ideally though you need one of these Bergeon tools for easy removal and refitting of bracelets.



    It allows you to compress both sides of the spring bar at the same time. Just be sure to still use tape though to protect the watch. It can still slip occasionally and lead to lug scratches.


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    Re: 358 bracelet installation

    Quote Originally Posted by Waser View Post
    It's possible to do it with a single fork tool. I managed it on a Sinn 556 and with enough tape you can protect the watch.

    Ideally though you need one of these Bergeon tools for easy removal and refitting of bracelets.



    It allows you to compress both sides of the spring bar at the same time. Just be sure to still use tape though to protect the watch. It can still slip occasionally and lead to lug scratches.


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    Thanks Waser. I figured there was such a tool. I'm thinking if I sell it I'll just leave it on the strap and include the bracelet and let the new owner do it :)
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    Re: 358 bracelet installation

    take it to Jewelers on Time, Vanessa will pop it on for you.

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    Re: 358 bracelet installation

    Quote Originally Posted by David Woo View Post
    take it to Jewelers on Time, Vanessa will pop it on for you.
    A much better idea than me doing it! Thanks David.
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