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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 1:18 pm 
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I would like to buy a Breitling with a steel bracelet and a rubber bracelet. Can I change these over myself when the mood takes me, or is this a job for my dealer? Is a special tool needed?

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As long as you have a spring bar removal tool (there are multiple topics on those right now, and several on e-bay) and you're careful when you do it, you'll be fine on your own.

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As long as you have a spring bar removal tool (there are multiple topics on those right now, and several on e-bay) and you're careful when you do it, you'll be fine on your own.


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I'd use the springbar tool.. still not sure about this pocket knife thing that sportback's AD uses. I have done it before with a pocket knife, but unless you have done it quite a few times or are very good with your hands, I wouldn't try it your first time out. I would also recommend a dull pocket knife over a sharp one. But the Bergeon spring bar tool is the best :thumbsup:

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Thanks guys, I have now read about these spring bar tool thingies and will get one off eBay. This seems a simple task but my local dealer said it was best left to him and I didn't want to scratch the bracelet or watch. My plan is to get both straps and change occasionally.


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Of course your dealer says that - he probably charges you a small sum every time you want the job done. Nevertheless, it's not difficult as long as you're careful.

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I have to clarify something here - I've changed straps on other watches using this technique - as yet I've not been able to remove the metal bracelet on my Evo to change it back to the strap :wink:

In terms of the sheer practicality of it, sliding a knife blade between the strap and the lug is hardly rocket science - however selecting the correct size jewellers screwdriver to insert into a tiny slot (on a metal bracelet)and then trying to engage with the circular lug on the spring bar completely defies me...but then I can't play the piano either, so it must be true - there are really some things I just cannot do :oops:

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I believe there are also the sprint bar removal tool that are made of plastic which lessens the probability of scratching your case.


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Call me a sad git, but I tend to put a couple of small bits of masking tape over the top and bottom of the lugs when I remove a strap or bracelet. That way if you slip very slightly, the lugs will be protected from scratches from both the tool and the spring bar once it comes free. It's also good protection when putting the strap or bracelet back. (Obviously a couple of layers of tape won't protect against everything, but every little helps! And believe me it does work!)

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