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    Newbie question - removing links from watch bracelet

    Hi everyone

    I've made the plunge to purchase my first 'proper' watch and I've got a Tudor Black Bay (79220R). It will need some links removing from the bracelet since my wrists are quite small but I'm not sure where to get this done. Should I use somewhere generic like a watch repair stand in a shopping centre or go to a Tudor AD?

    Is it the 'done thing' to take your watch to a jeweller that you didn't make the original purchase from?

    Sorry if this is an obvious question but I really am clueless!

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by stansmith View Post
    Hi everyone

    I've made the plunge to purchase my first 'proper' watch and I've got a Tudor Black Bay (79220R). It will need some links removing from the bracelet since my wrists are quite small but I'm not sure where to get this done. Should I use somewhere generic like a watch repair stand in a shopping centre or go to a Tudor AD?

    Is it the 'done thing' to take your watch to a jeweller that you didn't make the original purchase from?

    Sorry if this is an obvious question but I really am clueless!

    Thanks
    Tudor AD will do it for nowt…. They’ll probably even poor you a coffee

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    Quote Originally Posted by stansmith View Post
    Should I use somewhere generic like a watch repair stand in a shopping centre
    Do not let someone like that anywhere near a watch costing more than £10!


    Quote Originally Posted by stansmith View Post
    go to a Tudor AD?
    Yes, if you aren’t comfortable doing it youself, definitely go somewhere where they are familiar with the watch. Maybe ring round a see how much they charge if you didn’t buy from an AD who you would expect to do it for nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David_D View Post
    Yes, if you aren’t comfortable doing it youself, definitely go somewhere where they are familiar with the watch. Maybe ring round a see how much they charge if you didn’t buy from an AD who you would expect to do it for nothing.
    I agree with this.

    But best in the longer run to learn how to do it oneself and to get the right tools.

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    OK thanks for the advice, I'll ask in the jewelers instead.

    Is it hard to change the bracelet for a strap? I want to wear it with a NATO on the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stansmith View Post
    Is it hard to change the bracelet for a strap? I want to wear it with a NATO on the weekend.
    Depends on exactly how it is attached to the watch head (spring bars are the usual method) but usually not too difficult. It's a knack. Practice and experience help a lot.

    It's well worth buying the best tools from Bergeon. I forget the model numbers you need for standard spring bars -- I'm sure someone will be along in a minute with them.

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    They come with a pointy tool and either a fine fork or a 'wide' fork. You'll need both. The fine fork works best when removing bracelets and the wider fork when removing straps. These parts can be bought separately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDB View Post
    6767

    They come with a pointy tool and either a fine fork or a 'wide' fork. You'll need both. The fine fork works best when removing bracelets and the wider fork when removing straps. These parts can be bought separately.
    I've found myself doing just that - I ordered the 6767S (pin and 3mm fork) which worked a treat when removing a canvas strap from one watch, I've just ponied up a couple of quid to get the replacement fine end (1mm fork) for getting the metal bracelet off of another watch. I suspect the 6767F (which has the pin and 1mm fork) might've been Good Enough from the start, but time will tell.

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    Google or youtube 'adjusting Tudor black bay bracelet' and you'll get a decent selection of tips and hints plus the tools you'll need. I'm pretty sure they're screwed links.

    A basic watch tool kit can be had for a tenner. Add in a decent set of precision screwdrivers and you're set.

    It's satisfying to do these doable things yourself, especially to get that perfect fit.

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    Thanks for the advice.
    I'll buy some tools and learn to do some of this stuff myself.

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    Practice on something cheaper, or apply masking tape to prevent the inevitable scratches. The black bay bracelet (from memory) is one of the fiddlier ones to remove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarrenVrs View Post
    Practice on something cheaper, or apply masking tape to prevent the inevitable scratches.
    Applying masking tape is a must when changing or adjusting a bracelet. Sadly, I have not followed this advice in the past. In result, a few cases and bracelets scratched.

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    Can be very stiff when new so AD will do best job. If you didn't buy the watch there, they might ask you to pay £20 like they do in Kingston.

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    £20 seems to be the standard amount of money they ask for for small jobs if you didnt buy it from them

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