Attach 103 SS bracelet--DIY??

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    Attach 103 SS bracelet--DIY??

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    I bought my 103 with the SS bracelet a couple of years ago. About a year into ownership I took the watch to a watchmaker and switched to a Sinn leather strap for a change of pace. (There was no way for me to get the SS bracelet off.) Well, it's summertime again and I want to switch back to the SS bracelet. Any tips/advice on how to attach the bracelet? Any special tools required? All I have the is Sinn tool that has the mini screwdriver on one end and the little "pole" at the other end. Or is this a job better left to a jeweler/watchmaker?

    Obviously, removing the leather strap is no biggie. And the watchmaker who did the original swap moved out of town. Thanks in advance for any suggestions...

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    Re: Attach 103 SS bracelet--DIY??

    The steel bracelet, does it have two little cut-outs on the back of the spring bar tube in which the spring bar sits? If it has, that is the place where you compress the spring, with the springbartool end that looks like a tiny "V".
    Easier to do if you can take the bracelet apart.

    Good luck Janne
    Last edited by Janne; May 30th, 2008 at 18:02. Reason: Replacing words to correct ones

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    Re: Attach 103 SS bracelet--DIY??

    Well, I do not own that "V" tool. I wonder how difficult it would be without it...

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    Re: Attach 103 SS bracelet--DIY??

    Quote Originally Posted by mbntx View Post
    Well, I do not own that "V" tool. I wonder how difficult it would be without it...
    The "V" tool is called a spring bar tool. I would definately get one.
    See http://www.mywatchmaker.net/springbartool.htm or ebay.
    If you try to use a microscrewdriver, it will likely slip and you will gouge up the springbar and/or bracelet in the process. How to...
    http://www.pmwf.com/Watches/WatchSch...ork%20tool.htm

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    Re: Attach 103 SS bracelet--DIY??

    Quote Originally Posted by kontai69 View Post
    The "V" tool is called a spring bar tool. I would definately get one.
    Thank you, that is the one.
    I am a verbal Neanderthal. Sorry!
    I have Edited my post

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    Re: Attach 103 SS bracelet--DIY??

    Ahh...very helpful information. Thanks.

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    Re: Attach 103 SS bracelet--DIY??

    No problem. I would also apply Scotch tape to the lugs to protect them from scratching during the process of installing the bracelet. Like this...

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