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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:37 am 
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I received my new leather watch straps I will be replacing the steel straps on my super ocean heritage and super avenger.
I can’t figure out how to get them off.
There is literally no gap for the springbar to get into.
Help?


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Under side of the bracelet, there should be two notches on each end of the ends. You’ll need a spring bar tool to remove the bracelet.

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zak57 wrote:
Under side of the bracelet, there should be two notches on each end of the ends. You’ll need a spring bar tool to remove the bracelet.

I have one but it doesn’t fit in.


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jordan1708 wrote:
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Under side of the bracelet, there should be two notches on each end of the ends. You’ll need a spring bar tool to remove the bracelet.

I have one but it doesn’t fit in.

You'll need a smaller one then! :wink: Try a Bergeon 6767F. The F denotes "Fine" and relates to the fork at the end. I've always found the 6767F to be more than adequate for any Breitling bracelet/strap.

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You need something like a Bergeon 6767-F 6767-S. Usually comes as a two ended tool, one end is the spring bar fork the other is a pin pusher. Other cheaper makes are available but I suggest the Bergeon as it will fit.

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Driver8 wrote:
jordan1708 wrote:
zak57 wrote:
Under side of the bracelet, there should be two notches on each end of the ends. You’ll need a spring bar tool to remove the bracelet.

I have one but it doesn’t fit in.

You'll need a smaller one then! :wink: Try a Bergeon 6767F. The F denotes "Fine" and relates to the fork at the end. I've always found the 6767F to be more than adequate for any Breitling bracelet/strap.

I’ve never changed a strap.
I assumed it would be a universal size.
The tool comes with the strap I bought.


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Hi, you probably need to use a "precision" screwdriver with a very small end and use it inside the 2 notches on the endlinks. The Bergeon is ok when working with straps.
I did several times with the screwdriver and it's also the technique that my watchmaker recommended to use. Here is a video with the bergeon & breitling bracelet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MgczVBrVGA.
I'm using a bergeon 3153 for straps and a precision screwdriver.

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MagXL wrote:
Hi, you probably need to use a "precision" screwdriver with a very small end and use it inside the 2 notches on the endlinks. The Bergeon is ok when working with straps.
I did several times with the screwdriver and it's also the technique that my watchmaker recommended to use. Here is a video with the bergeon & breitling bracelet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MgczVBrVGA.
I'm using a bergeon 3153 for straps and a precision screwdriver.

Yes I've also used a very small screwdriver for compressing springbar pins on bracelets and straps before too. It works well enough, but you just have to be very careful as a slip (and then a scratch) is much easier compared to using a proper tool. But you are correct that, with care and a bit of taping up of the lugs, a small screwdriver can work very nicely.

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Driver8 wrote:
MagXL wrote:
Hi, you probably need to use a "precision" screwdriver with a very small end and use it inside the 2 notches on the endlinks. The Bergeon is ok when working with straps.
I did several times with the screwdriver and it's also the technique that my watchmaker recommended to use. Here is a video with the bergeon & breitling bracelet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MgczVBrVGA.
I'm using a bergeon 3153 for straps and a precision screwdriver.

Yes I've also used a very small screwdriver for compressing springbar pins on bracelets and straps before too. It works well enough, but you just have to be very careful as a slip (and then a scratch) is much easier compared to using a proper tool. But you are correct that, with care and a bit of taping up of the lugs, a small screwdriver can work very nicely.

I emailed the strap company and they said they will send me a tool out with a 1mm tip.


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Why anyone would consider using a screwdriver to remove a springier is beyond me. The Bergeon 6767F is specifically designed to deal with springbars. It is like using an adjustable wrench to loosen a nut when you have the right socket and ratchet available. Sure, it may do the job, but you risk damaging what you are working on. I have never seen a watchmaker or sales associate use a screwdriver to remove springbars, to me you are just inviting trouble. Just my 2 cents on the subject.


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56scooter wrote:
Why anyone would consider using a screwdriver to remove a springier is beyond me. The Bergeon 6767F is specifically designed to deal with springbars. It is like using an adjustable wrench to loosen a nut when you have the right socket and ratchet available. Sure, it may do the job, but you risk damaging what you are working on. I have never seen a watchmaker or sales associate use a screwdriver to remove springbars, to me you are just inviting trouble. Just my 2 cents on the subject.

:lol: Yes it's not ideal, but works fine if you know what you're doing. I must be honest but I've done it quite a few times in the past when I didn't have a 6767F, and I never slipped once..., but then I also always tape the lugs first.

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