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    Sourcing spring pins locally?

    I had to extract a spring bar out of my tegimented bracelet last night, piece by piece. It was pretty beat up. So, I don't have any extra 22 mm pins, since I bought the watch used. I'm eager to get this new leather strap on there, can i just go to the store and get a 22 mm pin? Jewelry store? Target?

    I'll get some new quality ones coming, where's a good source for common parts online, like high quality spring bars/pins?

    I really had to,give that pin hell. I thought I was going to have to,get serious today and take it to my farm shop, but was able to pull out with needlenose. My watch tool is a sinn that came with a bracelet, and it's puny. And broke, with no real lateral pressure.

    Thanks,,enjoy your Saturday!


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    Re: Sourcing spring pins locally?

    Good morning cheoah,
    I had asked the same question in the past to Rob from Watchbuys and he recommended julesborel.com or ottofrei.com . I think they only sell by the bulk but they have many options and apparently good quality material. I have not bought from them yet, but I am thinking of doing so for my 856UTC just to have some extra spring bars available.
    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Sourcing spring pins locally?

    Thx jak02, will check those out directly.

    Anyone have suggestions for local? I'll call around but thought I'd query my sinn comrades first.


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    Re: Sourcing spring pins locally?

    Don't buy them. Send Sinn Germany an email telling them why you need some new bars and they will send you out a set. Their after service care is stellar.

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    Re: Sourcing spring pins locally?

    Will try that. Was surprised to see it so distorted, ostensibly from wearing, and torquing. Not sure what their policy is on what I see as a consumable item. I'll ask nonetheless, since that may be low hanging fruit for,them as far as making customers happy. Meanwhile, I hate to put it away, so I'll try to find today and won't buy them unless they seem beefy enough.


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    Re: Sourcing spring pins locally?

    I'll pick some up at my watchmakers shop today. A little more of a trek, but whatever. I'm a slave to my watch :)


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    Re: Sourcing spring pins locally?

    Not a fan of those sinn spring bars with single flange, chamfered tips. I usually swap them out with some ofrei double flange 1.8 mm bars, I get boxes of 100 in 20mm, 22mm sizes.

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    Re: Sourcing spring pins locally?

    Sinn uses Titanium springbars. They use fat bars for straps and thin bars for bracelets. If you use a bracelet bar for your straps it will get bent.
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    Re: Sourcing spring pins locally?

    I picked up some 1.8 mm spring bars yesterday and I'm enjoying the leather band on my 857 UTC. it's a Hirsch band I bought on eBay. It's the perfect size, with just a small amount of excess strap.

    What do you think? If wears nicely, and is lighter.

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    Re: Sourcing spring pins locally?

    I think it looks great.

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