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Old 26 July 2018, 07:20 AM   #1
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Adventures in Band Repair (B4/After photos)

A fellow member sent us an Oyster band for repair.

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Old 26 July 2018, 07:26 AM   #2
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Up close there are some real trouble spots. In this area a center link has dug in so deep that it is actually occupying the space of the outer the link!



Opened we get a better look at the outer link of the affected area. The center link has worked a very deep groove well into the outer part of the link. It takes a lot of friction for an extended period of time to create a groove this deep.



Many rounds of welding, adding 316L fill material, grinding, more welding, and even more grinding then surfacing goes into each end link. We then repeat this 19 more times of all the outer links. Here's a look at the fruits of our labor. We're constantly trying new techniques and improving our tooling to achieve even better results.



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Staying busy, now onto to the next!



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Old 26 July 2018, 07:44 AM   #3
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Very nice work! Nice to have an option state side.
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Old 26 July 2018, 10:33 AM   #4
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Looks pretty darn good considering the wear. Nice
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Old 26 July 2018, 10:37 AM   #5
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The bracelet looks very nice. Great work.
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Old 26 July 2018, 11:10 PM   #6
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Old 26 July 2018, 11:21 PM   #7
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Beautifully restored. Bravo!
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Old 27 July 2018, 05:05 AM   #8
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Thanks. More to come
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Old 27 July 2018, 06:10 AM   #9
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Nice work!

I highly recommend Sand Hill! Just got my oyster band back and was highly satisfied. Would recommend to others. As rushca mentioned, it’s great to have a source in the States.

Keep up the good work!
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Old 27 July 2018, 10:59 AM   #10
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Looking good!
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Old 27 July 2018, 11:00 AM   #11
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Adventures in Band Repair (B4/After photos)

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Old 6 August 2018, 12:56 PM   #12
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that is pretty impressive. I assume TIG with an extremely small tungsten under magnification?
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Old 6 August 2018, 01:05 PM   #13
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TIG when we need better penetration laser welding on thinner portions.


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Old 6 August 2018, 01:53 PM   #14
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thanks for responding! thats some awesome craftsmanship!
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Old 6 August 2018, 03:37 PM   #15
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Very well done!
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Old 25 August 2018, 03:06 PM   #16
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Swiss folded Jubilee? Yes sir!








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Old 25 August 2018, 03:07 PM   #17
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Old 31 August 2018, 04:45 PM   #18
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That's pretty dramatic! Great work!
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Old 31 August 2018, 09:11 PM   #19
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Wow. Looks great.
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Old 1 September 2018, 01:43 PM   #20
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Absolutely Amazing! Almost makes me wish I had a worn out bracelet....
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Old 7 September 2018, 12:40 PM   #21
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Another Oyster band in need of major TLC. It's not always practical to stop work at every stage to take photos (quite disruptive in fact) but we like to do this from time to time. Now it's time to do what we do when we're doin how we're doing it.









After close inspection there are some real trouble spots that are in real concern. Red arrows indicate the most of it but technically we there could easily 15+ more spots that could have arrows.










Here's a fun shot of the basic components of bracelet after all the pins are removed.





Up close you see the surface of every corner is missing metal. All of this will need to be rebuilt. When a bracelet starts to get loose, all the friction is transferred and focused to the corners rather than being spread evenly throughout the link. This grinds down the corners of all the components increasing the sloppiness in the links. The degradation grows exponentially so from kinda sloppy to very sloppy happens fairly quickly.

There is a lot of damage here and a lot repair work is needed.





This is what the damage looks like.


Outer part of the links with deep gouges dug into them.






Center part of the links ground down from rubbing.



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Old 7 September 2018, 12:46 PM   #22
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All 36 pieces of this bracelet will need laser welding. On average 15 mins per piece between welding, grinding, and touch ups. You got it 9 hours of welding and grinding alone. Yep, sigh.

This is what the welding process looks like. A spool of 316L stainless steel fill wire, argon shielding, gas, and a laser beam of light. In the photo is one of the side pieces of the oyster link.




316L fill material is added to rebuild these areas. It may not be pretty but this is exactly what is needed.






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Old 7 September 2018, 12:47 PM   #23
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Here is what these components look like after the excess metal is removed.


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Wow dude that is awesome stuff. I wish we would do that here at our RSC but just too time consuming.
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Wow dude that is awesome stuff. I wish we would do that here at our RSC but just too time consuming.
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Haha. Yah im sure I could find a more enjoyable way to spend 12 hrs.


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I LOVE it!!!!!!

I want to see more of this!!!
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How often do you repair bracelets? Or is it all you do?
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How often do you repair bracelets? Or is it all you do?


We’re repairing bracelets at an increasing number week by week. More than one per day at the moment but not quite two per day.


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