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Old 22 March 2008, 11:44 AM   #1
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Making It Fit........The Bracelet.

Omega uses pins to hold the bracelet together. To confound this, the nice clasp they provide does not have any micro-holes for adjustment..

But you can do it:

First you need a couple of simple tools.

Either a bracelet pin removal tool...or
A pin punch the approximate diameter (smaller) of the pins.
A small hammer to tap the pin out.
A pair of small pliers to pull out and insert the pin.

Something like this:
a-tools.jpg

Looking at the links from the backside, some small arrows can be seen etched in the removable links. The pins are pushed out in the direction of the arrows.

Place the bracelet in a padded vice, or hold sturdily on a piece of padded wood....or two with a small space between for the pin to have room to come out. After the pin is started out, it can be pulled the rest of the way with the pliers. This photo shows two pins partially out.
b-Arrows.jpg

Here we see the parts. You will notice we have two full links and one 1/2 link. The other parts are the locking tube and the pin. This photo also shows that the center links are actually three pieces and it is possible to mis-align the thin outside pieces..
c-3things.jpg

Unfortunately it is trial and error to know if you need a link out/added or a half link, or several, so don't put it together tightly unless you try it on "mocked up" first.

When you have the size you want, it's time to reassemble. The locking tube is inserted first in the center link, the link is mated up, and the pin is inserted. It is important that you notice that the pin has a long smooth side and a shorter side with a crimp. The crimp is what locks into the locking tube so it is important to insert the long end first. Push it in against the arrow (opposite of removal)

This shows the proper assembly order:
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Old 22 March 2008, 11:57 AM   #2
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Great tutorial!!!!
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Old 22 March 2008, 11:47 PM   #3
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look like seiko links that are on my divers watch
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Old 7 April 2008, 06:45 AM   #4
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Great stuff, Larry. I understand that if you use a pin pusher you must get one with a longer pin as the regular pin won't push an Omega pin out far enough. Thanks foe the helpful instructions.
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Old 26 May 2008, 08:06 AM   #5
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Larry,

If you are chnaging the bracelet and need to lay it flat is this the only way to half the strap or is there a spring pin on the clasp somewhere?
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Old 30 October 2008, 09:50 AM   #6
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Thanks, Larry! I think that even I can do that thanks to your clear explanation! Cheers, Bill P.
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Old 30 October 2008, 12:16 PM   #7
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Outstanding! I tried this a couple months ago on my SMP, but then wisely decided it was best to take it to the AD, since I nearly lost the tube.
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Old 30 December 2008, 11:19 PM   #8
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thanks! have a 2254 coming soon!
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Old 29 March 2009, 12:56 AM   #9
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Thanks to your tutorial, mine GMT not flop around on my wrist.

You're one-of-the-best!
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Old 24 July 2009, 11:15 AM   #10
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Old 13 November 2009, 02:39 PM   #11
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I used one of those cheap plastic tools sold at Amazon, those blue ones. It works amazingly! I highly recommend them, and I didn't damage the links at all.
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Old 24 December 2009, 11:20 AM   #12
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Does the planet ocean links have the locking tubes also?
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Old 28 February 2010, 06:21 PM   #13
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Another great tutorial! Thanks, Larry!
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Old 12 May 2010, 06:03 AM   #14
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Half links Info...

The Seamasters come with one half link.
The speedmaster 3570.50.00 has no half links.
Two half links, are longer then one full link.
The half link from the Seamaster Speedy bracelet fits:
The Speedmaster 3570.50.00 bracelet.
Adding one,or two half links.
Sometimes solve the bracelet fitment problems.
On Omega watches.
Omega should ship all of their watches with two half links.
But this is not the case.
Just food for thought.
Adding one half link, to my 3570.50.00. Made the bracelet fit correctly.
For those who purchase new, ask the AD to include a half link.
With your purchase.
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Old 7 July 2010, 01:43 PM   #15
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Awesome.. I just took out a half link.

Thanks!!
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Old 9 July 2010, 01:56 PM   #16
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Great tutorial...thanks!
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Old 19 July 2010, 12:21 AM   #17
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very helpfull pix

those pix were very helpfull as we just removed links from a bond seamaster so i would fit my wrists

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Old 13 August 2010, 03:58 AM   #18
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Thank God found this post before I demolished my braclet! Great information! This is why I love this site!!
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Old 17 August 2010, 11:55 PM   #19
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This is great info for Rolex Datejust that was a bit loose...for husbands wrist...
thanks for taking the time to list!!
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Old 25 August 2010, 08:22 PM   #20
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heres a tip , find a small block of wood , say 3x3 inch , and about 3/4 inch thick , and drill a 2mm hole in it , then line the pin your driving out up with the hole , it gives the pin somewhere to go , and the whole job gets easier .
hope tha helps
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Old 25 August 2010, 11:00 PM   #21
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heres a tip , find a small block of wood , say 3x3 inch , and about 3/4 inch thick , and drill a 2mm hole in it , then line the pin your driving out up with the hole , it gives the pin somewhere to go , and the whole job gets easier .
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might work... ordered a bracelet pin remover online, that should do the trick
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This may sound lame, but the push-pin bracelets are the only reason I can't fall in love with Omega or any other watch that has a bracelet that has pins instead of screws.
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Old 17 November 2010, 03:42 PM   #23
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If the pin tends to be sloppy a touch of nail varnish help keep it tight the purze
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Old 17 November 2010, 04:29 PM   #24
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Ok, all you Macguver fans...
A few years back, I bought my parents matching Constellations (gold/ss).
In a pinch, I did not have a punch pin of the right size and length.
So, I used pieces of metal I cut from a good sized safety pin.
It has to be straight, large enough in diameter to be strong, small enough in diameter to fit the bracelet hole.
I supported the bracelet on small toy blocks, and held the safety pin pieces with a small needle nose plier and tapped the Omega pins and tubes out.
When replacing the Omega pins, I used the safety pins pieces as a set punch to carefully drive the Omega pins flush.

Gutsy in my early days... now I like Bergeon watch tools!
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Old 23 November 2010, 01:24 PM   #25
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Thanks

Information like this is always better shared. Much obliged.
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Old 4 January 2011, 08:44 AM   #26
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excellent , thank you so much. I always size any bracelet inside an old shirt box, much like you'd get at a department store. This way if something rolls away from you or pops out it will hopefully be contained in the box and you dont find yourself crawling around on the floor looking for it.

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Old 9 February 2011, 08:48 PM   #27
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Damn speedmaster bracelet!
I have resized many bracelets of many brands myself using my cheapo push pin remove from ebay for $5, however I cannot for the life of me remove the pins from the speedy.

Time for a visit to the AD or my local mall watch repairer.

Grrrrr .......

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Old 10 February 2011, 03:45 AM   #28
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Damn speedmaster bracelet!
I have resized many bracelets of many brands myself using my cheapo push pin remove from ebay for $5, however I cannot for the life of me remove the pins from the speedy.

Time for a visit to the AD or my local mall watch repairer.

Grrrrr .......

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If you can get the jeweler to let you watch, you will see why it can be difficult and is better done with good tools.
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Old 6 July 2011, 12:01 AM   #29
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Thanks for this. I added a link to my speedy 3572.50 no problem. I need to order another full link and both link pins to make it fit just right. Anyone know a good place to get one? Thanks
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Old 19 March 2012, 01:37 PM   #30
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Just how much extra length do you get out of a half link?

My dealer made my bracelet exactly the length I asked for but it is just slightly too tight and irritates my wrist after about 4 hours of wear. It needs to be loosened slightly but I don't want it flopping around either. Just curious how much extra length I'll gain before I start tearing the thing apart.

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