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Old 13 September 2017, 10:18 AM   #1
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How I lost my Red Sub; a cautionary tale

Ok so I didn't really lose it; it snapped off my wrist while I was coaching little league soccer tonight.

I had been noticing the link which connects the last link to the clasp was worn thin. Tonight, it finally gave out. See pics. Luckily, I was standing in a grassy field and I noticed it slip off...it just fell right off my wrist.

It goes to show that, although these are made to be worn, the parts wear and will fail. Stay safe out there.





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Old 13 September 2017, 10:37 AM   #2
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Wow, that's pretty scary. Glad to hear that the watch did not sustain any significant damage.
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Old 13 September 2017, 10:38 AM   #3
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That's definitely an eye opener...couldn't have happened in a better place I suppose...glad it wasn't lost and everything can be fixed
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Old 13 September 2017, 12:16 PM   #4
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That's exactly the same place mine gave way. It is the weakest link in the bracelet. The previous owner of my Sub must have tried to repair it but to no avail. When I first picked it up it was broken, so I made a better thicker link and that was fine. However I asked the dealer to use a Rolex approved link and was told no way. Either buy a new clasp or a new bracelet.

I bought a new bracelet.

So other owners should make note and keep a close eye on this link.
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Old 13 September 2017, 01:49 PM   #5
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Old 13 September 2017, 01:56 PM   #6
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Nothings invincible. I'm happy you avoided disaster op.
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Old 13 September 2017, 02:31 PM   #7
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Old 13 September 2017, 02:38 PM   #8
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Spooky. Thank goodness you were not in a boat. How about a snap of the face?
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Old 13 September 2017, 02:42 PM   #9
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Spooky. Thank goodness you were not in a boat. How about a snap of the face?


No kidding! I spend a lot of time in boats, sometimes in 1 foot of water, sometimes in 1,000 feet of water.

Per your request, here it is in happier times:




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Old 13 September 2017, 02:43 PM   #10
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Just what I anticipated -- awesome!
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Old 13 September 2017, 03:21 PM   #11
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Old 13 September 2017, 03:40 PM   #12
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Rob, I have the part for you to repair that ratty old Sub bracelet. Let me know if you need it and I'll ship it down to you.
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Old 13 September 2017, 08:12 PM   #13
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Rob, I have the part for you to repair that ratty old Sub bracelet. Let me know if you need it and I'll ship it down to you.
Hi JP , What a nice gesture . Its good to know people are out there that are happy to help fellow members
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Old 14 September 2017, 12:35 AM   #14
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Rob, I have the part for you to repair that ratty old Sub bracelet. Let me know if you need it and I'll ship it down to you.

Jp I looked and I don't have one. I'd be very grateful if you would send it on down.


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Old 14 September 2017, 02:10 AM   #15
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Glad you got it before it was gone!

Nice JP

Why I wear a NATO when at play (including offshore fishing) with an old vintage
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Old 14 September 2017, 04:59 AM   #16
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Quite a cautionary tale. Whilst we all love the idea of wearing the original vintage bracelet, many are beyond their optimal functional lifespan. My watchmaker routinely takes macro shots of the connectors and clasp prongs of my old 7206s or 9315s to evaluate for possible failure points. Sometimes these can be laser welded, but often not.


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Old 14 September 2017, 06:27 AM   #17
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Glad you avoided disaster .... They don't come any better than JP....
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