Spring Bar Tools for watchstrap removal & replacement from Watchworx TSS UK


Spring Bar Tool 2 - *Fine Fork Tip

(all metal body and tips)






The Springbar tool 2 is supplied with the tips seen below


Springbar Tool Fine Fork Tip

______________ Springbar Tool Standard Pin Tip



Price: £8.75


*Price includes postage and packing within the United Kingdom

Overseas customers please see the 'International Orders' page



Springbar Tool 2 - Fine Fork Tip


Spring Bar Tool for changing leather watchstraps and accessing the spring bars in steel bracelets with restricted access.

This is a decent size tool which handles well, unlike the more compact designs which actually make the task of changing your watchstrap a more fiddly affair than it should be.

Steel body with knurled sections for secure grip / handling.

Supplied with a fine fork tip for accessing spring bars with restricted / limited access (steel bracelets usually have more limited access to the spring bar) and a fine pin tip at the opposite end for compressing spring bars in 'open hole' type case lugs, ie. those with external hole through which the pin can inserted to compress the spring bar.

**Please Note This tool can also be used for removing leather straps but in our experience the standard fork tip tool is a little easier removing / replacing leather watchstraps as the wider fork tip can be located on the spring bar shoulder more easily (reduced risk of misalignment) - click here to see the standard fork tool.

Overall length (including replaceable tips) = 145mm

*Price includes postage and packing within the United Kingdom


Overseas customers please click here for shipping details.

For replacement / additional tips please email your requirements to ken@thestrapshop.co.uk


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Spring Bar Tool usage notes



Using a spring bar tool is very straightforward and provided the inexperienced user applies
reasonable care and patience (both with your watch and the tool) watchstraps can be conveniently removed and replaced quickly and with minimum fuss




Common Case Lug Types



Watch case lug types



The most common watch case lug designs come in two principal types, ie. those with 'closed' lugs as seen above left or 'open' as seen above right. There are other more esoteric designs but for the purposes of this (admittedly simple) spring bar tool user guide only the two types seen above are covered here.



TSS Spring Bars


All spring bars supplied with TSS watchstraps feature a double flange as seen below


Watchstrap Spring Bar



When carefully inserted between the inside face of the case lug and the strap the spring bar
tool fork tip locates on the double flange allowing the spring bar to be easily compressed.
Once the spring bar has be sufficiently compressed the strap can be removed.



Spring Bar Double Flange Detail





Spring Bar Position

The spring bar connecting your strap to your watch is positioned approximately as
seen above - there are slight variations depending on the brand and design of your
particular watch but the difference will not be great in the vast majority of cases.
The male end of the spring bar locates in the female port found on the inside of the
case lug. There is a central (internal) spring that allows the each spring bar end to
be compressed for removal and refitting. TSS supply Swiss made stainless steel
spring bars only as we believe them to be superior in terms of service life and are
highly resistant to corrosion and seizing.




Using a spring bar tool with metal bracelets

In most cases the access to the spring bar is restricted as seen below and the bar end
can only be reached by using a fine fork tip as the standard width fork tip is simply too
wide to be inserted and attempting to insert the larger tip into the narrower access port
willl almost certainly result in damage to the fork tip itself and damage to the case lugs
and therefore it is strongly recommended that you use the correct tip
for the job !


**avoid using too much force as this could damage the pin pusher or worse - your watch !

If you are unable to compress the spring bar(s) with light pressure your old spring
bar(s) could be seized. In this instance TSS recommend that you take your watch to a
local watch repairer to remove the spring bars and fit your new strap.







Using the tool with closed type case lugs
(as seen below)
 

a) Carefully insert the fork tip between the inside face of the case lug and the strap as indicated below

b) Apply a light levering action to compress the spring bar


*the compression required is rarely more than a 2-3 mm

**avoid using too much force as this could damage the fork tip or worse - your watch !

If you are unable to compress the spring bar with a light levering pressure your old spring bar(s) could be seized. In this instance TSS recommend that you take your watch to a
local watch repairer to remove the spring bars and fit your new strap.

 
Spring Bar Tool fork tip
 
 
Using the tool with open type case lugs
(as seen below)
 


a) Carefully insert the spring bar pin pusher tip as indicated below

b) Light pressure will compress the spring bar
as seen

 
 
Spring Bar Tool pin pusher

*the compression required is rarely more than a 2-3 mm

**avoid using too much force as this could damage the pin pusher or worse - your watch !

If you are unable to compress the spring bar(s) with light pressure your old spring bar(s) could be seized. In this instance TSS recommend that you take your watch to a
local watch repairer to remove the spring bars and fit your new strap.




 

If you are searching for excellent quality waterproof replacement military, vintage or classic leather watch straps that doesn't come with a 'stand and deliver' price tag, the straps seen here will impress both in terms of quality and price. Every strap in the TSS/Watchworx range has been carefully selected for its quality of construction and superb handling qualities. You could easily pay significantly more for an 'OEM' replacement watch strap without necessarily getting a better quality strap for your money, you'll just be buying a similar watchstrap with an expensive logo !

TSS can supply a diverse range of military and vintage style watch straps compatible with a wide range of military, vintage and classic watches, including mid to high end brands such as CWC, MWC, Ruhla, Marathon, Hamilton, Sinn, Zeno, Bell & Ross, IWC, Luminox, Traser, Ollech and Wajs, Junkers, Muhle-Glashutte, Lemania, Omega, Doxa, Kobold and Glycine.

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