Recently bought a custom spring bar tool and was surprised to find out how hard it is to compress my spring bars. I wanted to swap the bracelet with the leather strap with little success so far. Even with a paper clip it's somewhat difficult to get sufficient movement to release the bars. Besides getting a Bergeon tool, anyone else find their spring bars on an El Primero a bit tight and hard to compress? Strangely, the spring bars on the leather strap seem to compress much easier even using my finger tips. Perhaps once I get them off, I replace them with a pair that are easier to work with.

Here's a video of the tool:

Any help on this would be much appreciated.