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    Spring bar Problem with 356 UTC

    Hi all,

    I was wearing my Sinn 356 UTC on a custom buckskin leather by The StrapSmith - TheStrapSmith - Custom Leather Watch Straps by Rob Montana (I have 5 or 6 of his custom pieces as he does really great work) and I was giving a presentation. To draw attention and give emphasis I clapped my hands loudly and one of the spring bars popped out and my watch fell to the floor. No damage done at all as it was a heavily carpeted floor and the watch was a Sinn after all. This is the second time this has happened and after the first time a year or so ago I swapped the spring bar out and haven't changed the straps since. But now it's happened again for the second time as I just described above.

    I have a number of other watches:
    - Fortis B-42 Cosmonaut Chronograph Limited Edition Titanium Lemania, Fortis B-42 Cosmonaut Chronograph GMT, and a Fortis B-42 Pilots Professional Chronograph GMT (the first two also on really nice StrapSmith custom pieces and all three have the Fortis style screw in spring bars and tubes so they are not easy to pop out at all given the screw holds them in place),
    - an Omega Seamaster 300 Professional Chronograph, a Marathon MSAR, and a Tudor Pelagos LHD all on 'normal' spring bars and official bracelets and all of which are bigger and heavier than my 356 UTC and none of them have ever had a spring bar pop out either.
    - even my dad's old gold Rotary has never had this happen and that's an old style small watch with a 35mm face.

    I have done the clap thing in a number of presentations while wearing most many of these watches with no ill effects. So I'm a bit worried that this has happened with my Sinn twcie now. Anyone else ever had a spring bar pop out on any of their Sinn watches?

    Best,

    Rab
    Last edited by Rab; July 4th, 2018 at 04:52. Reason: fixing typos

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    Re: Spring bar Problem with 356 UTC

    I picked up these 20mm Marathon spring bars from Amazon for my 356. They’re solid and clap proof. It looks like the 20mm are out of stock at the moment, but I’m sure they’ll be restocked soon enough.
    https://www.amazon.com/MARATHON-Swis...arathon+spring




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    Re: Spring bar Problem with 356 UTC

    Yep, the key as stated above is to buy really good bars. I get mine through Esslinger but Marathon are solid.

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    Re: Spring bar Problem with 356 UTC

    Unfortunately my current EZM doesn't have spring bar holes (sucks) but I second the marathon bars suggestion... they are excellent.
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    Re: Spring bar Problem with 356 UTC

    Quote Originally Posted by Giggo View Post
    I picked up these 20mm Marathon spring bars from Amazon for my 356. They’re solid and clap proof. It looks like the 20mm are out of stock at the moment, but I’m sure they’ll be restocked soon enough.
    https://www.amazon.com/MARATHON-Swis...arathon+spring




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    Wow - nice watch and chunky looking spring bars - much more heavy duty than the ones that came with my watch and the others I had lying around. Will see if the other Amazons (UK and Japan) have them or else just wait for Amazon.com to restock. Thanks for the suggestion everyone.

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    Re: Spring bar Problem with 356 UTC

    Just noticed this important part on the Amazon site (and alluded to in the post by Geof3 below),
    "NOTE: Do not use on the wrist watches that do not have drilled lugs."
    I imagine that would be a bit of a pain to get out if they were put on a watch without drilled lugs! Lucky my 356 has lug holes, just wish my Pelagos did too.

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    Re: Spring bar Problem with 356 UTC

    Amazon Japan has them in 20mm if anyone is interested and looking for some,

    https://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%83%9E%E...on+spring+bars

    and I'll be ordering mine today.

    Thanks again everyone for the advice.

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    Re: Spring bar Problem with 356 UTC

    When in doubt order double flanged

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    Re: Spring bar Problem with 356 UTC

    I think the key is, as others have suggested, to get a set of really good springbars for your 356.

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    Re: Spring bar Problem with 356 UTC

    What if my 356 came with the bracelet (fine bracelet, not the other, more robust bracelet)?

    Shouldn't one assume that if we never removed the original bracelet, that the original spring bars ought to be of suitable quality that they won't pop out with normal use?

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