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Old 17 November 2010, 04:29 PM   #31
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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.

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Old 23 November 2010, 01:24 PM   #32
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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   #33
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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   #34
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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   #35
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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 28 February 2011, 07:32 PM   #36
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Can't seem to find the etched arrow on the bracelet. Any other way to know which side to tap? Thank you
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Old 6 May 2011, 01:45 PM   #37
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i just got an old Speedy Mark 4.5 and the mexican jubilee is impossible to adjust.
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Old 6 July 2011, 12:01 AM   #38
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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   #39
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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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Old 16 April 2012, 10:21 PM   #40
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Sizing with Screwed Links

I searched the thread and couldn't find any tips on sizing a new style screwed link bracelet found on the SMP300.

Is it as simple as removing the screws from each side and then tapping out the bar with the proper pin punch?

The bracelet is already sized, just trying to add 1 link...the bars do not look as though they have the crimp link the old style on the Speedmaster bracelet.

Any tips appreciated!

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Old 5 June 2012, 05:02 PM   #41
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I searched the thread and couldn't find any tips on sizing a new style screwed link bracelet found on the SMP300.

Is it as simple as removing the screws from each side and then tapping out the bar with the proper pin punch?

The bracelet is already sized, just trying to add 1 link...the bars do not look as though they have the crimp link the old style on the Speedmaster bracelet.

Any tips appreciated!

It's that simple. Just remove the screws from both sides of the bracelet and tap out the pin. When you go to put it back together, just Locktite in one side, place the pin, and Locktite the other screw in. Should only take a few minutes.
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Old 18 July 2012, 10:28 AM   #42
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just be careful. the bond bracelet and similar ones use the same friction pins and the indent which locks the pin up with the collars is a weak point. Even with the right tools, he process can be slightly frustrating and i have damaged a pin before when reinserting it. it occurs when the pin meets the first collar and you need to add some pressure to move past the point of resistance.the indent can buckle and snap if you are not given straight and direct pressure aka hitting it at an angle. just take your time and dont get crazy with force and all should be ok. mine may have been weakened even further from constant resizes as I too found an issue with getting it "just right", unlike my sub
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Old 26 July 2012, 03:54 AM   #43
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I had Omega Service install a half-link when my Speedy was being worked on. Best $35 I've spent in a while. Why won't they include one from new?
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Old 26 December 2012, 11:54 AM   #44
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It's that simple. Just remove the screws from both sides of the bracelet and tap out the pin. When you go to put it back together, just Locktite in one side, place the pin, and Locktite the other screw in. Should only take a few minutes.
As simple as it may sound but you need to have a little patience. You know what I mean. :P
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Old 24 February 2013, 11:20 AM   #45
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Excellent tutorial, Larry. The pictures were extremely helpful (I wish I had pictures in law school but I digress). Anyway, I just successfully removed a link from my new-to-me 2594. A proper fit increases the enjoyment exponentially. Thanks again.

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Old 17 October 2013, 09:53 AM   #46
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Ok, what happens if the 1/2 link is still slightly too loose, but removing the 1/2 link is too tight???
Has anyone tried a 2nd 1/2 link to replace another standard link?

By the way, after getting frustrated by the cheap Chinese eBay blue link pin tool, I bought myself a Euro-tool and it's excellent! Otto Frei has ALL thr goods...
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Old 4 February 2016, 01:22 AM   #47
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Omega uses pins to hold the bracelet together. To confound this, the nice clasp they provide does not have any micro-holes for adjustment..
Thank you for a PROPER tutorial on this - much appreciated!
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Old 1 May 2016, 02:26 PM   #48
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What Dyson said, wood block or magazines as a base to tap pins in. The least expensive pin tools work great. I have been changing links on my Omega for 15 years and I am on my second plastic pin tool. A small bronze hammer for tapping pins into place work best.

Omega 1/2 links give you 1/8" in length, full links are 1/4" it is difficult for me to imagine one link being too much and a half link being too little.
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Old 14 December 2016, 10:03 PM   #49
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Yes, great tutorial...
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Old 4 May 2017, 10:44 PM   #50
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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.
thanks for that! saved me the money of buying or going to ad for a half link! my aqua terra came in and its a little tight now after the adjustments
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Old 3 February 2018, 10:08 AM   #51
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I still can’t get my brand new speedy to fit properly with the bracelet. Either too loose or too tight. Need a half link and can’t find one!
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Old 13 February 2018, 05:45 AM   #52
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This is a great tutorial! Any way it could get updated with pictures that are visible?
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