Quick Primer on Sizing Current Production Christopher Ward Bracelets

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Re: Quick Primer on Sizing Current Production Christopher Ward Bracelets

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@NationOfLaws - Thanks enormously, Jameson, for an excellent write up and tutorial on this. :clap: :clap:

Thegreyman wrote: Tue Jul 19, 2022 8:13 pm . . . . . .

Perhaps CW don't but I think some brands and certainly with some second hand purchases may have already had loctite applied to the screw threads. A brief submerging in hot water should help to loosen this.
CW do; on the Aquitaine bracelet - I speak from the experience of resizing my Aquitaine's bracelet and, yes, submerging in hot water softens the thread lock and makes it easier to break the seal.

To help me work quicker and save time by not having to dry my bracelet before working on it, I placed it in a suitably sized, fairly strong freezer bag, securing it with a clip. I then dunked the bag in hot water (washing up water that I had used for doing the dishes), hanging the clip over the edge and leaving it there for a good ten minutes to get the heat soaked well into the metal.

Firm and steady torque was enough to break the seal, and the screws then undid easily.


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Re: Quick Primer on Sizing Current Production Christopher Ward Bracelets

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NationOfLaws wrote: Tue Jul 19, 2022 6:57 pm The goal is going to be applying force to the pin sufficient enough to displace it from the collar but not so great as to drive the pin into a neighbor’s engine block or propel it fast enough to achieve escape velocity and overcome the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of god.
So good. Thanks for a very helpful post. I've also been able to accomplish this successfully with relatively cheap tools, but your narrative and photos were helpful to confirm in my mind that I have been doing it more or less correctly. Hopefully I will continue to get the application of force correct on future bracelets, and won't send any pins or collars into escape velocity. . .
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Two excellent 'How to' bracelet link instructions Jameson ! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Thanks for going to the trouble of writing it up and taking the photos.

Regarding the pin and collar removal, I use the same items for removal also and remove the same way.
The only differences I do are when refitting, I always use the plastic end of the hammer to tap in the pin so as not to mark the side of the link.
I also only tap it nearly in but not fully.
I then use the pin removal tool to seat the pin correctly, go slowly and you'll feel it pop/seat back in.
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An excellent post and something I think that should be added to the thread reference thread. This is something I started to bring together all threads like this one so they could all be found in one place. It also helps me find them later.

One point about the pin and collar bracelets. If you zoom in on your first photo you will see a small indent in the centre of the pin and the collar. These are designed to meet and they hold them I’m place to prevent them coming out. Once you have reseated the pin, if you use the screw tool again on the side which sticks our most, then you can gently turn the screw until they lock into place. If you have a loupe it is worth watching as you do this as you can actually see it jump into place. That’s when you know you’ve fitted it back correctly.
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An excellent resource, Jameson. Thanks indeed for creating it.

Given the number of times I have ever had a bracelet resized, or am likely to, and my lack of practical skills and equipment, I would probably go back to Watch Hospital if ever I needed to.
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A good post Jameson. :thumbup:

Like Ferg, I also use the plastic end of the hammer and the pin removal tool to finish the process.

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Excellent post. So helpful and informative. Thank you very much for this.
I have also been using the same method for the pin and collars and, similar to Ferg and Neil, use the “plastic” end of the hammer when tapping the pins directly.
I now resize lots of colleagues at work’s bracelet who bought the bespoke CW watch I organised. I found a video online of someone explaining how to resize a CW pin and collar bracelet.
Thank you once again as this thread is so much easier to find and follow.
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MiniMpi wrote: Wed Jul 20, 2022 7:11 am Two excellent 'How to' bracelet link instructions Jameson ! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Thanks for going to the trouble of writing it up and taking the photos.

Regarding the pin and collar removal, I use the same items for removal also and remove the same way.
The only differences I do are when refitting, I always use the plastic end of the hammer to tap in the pin so as not to mark the side of the link.
I also only tap it nearly in but not fully.
I then use the pin removal tool to seat the pin correctly, go slowly and you'll feel it pop/seat back in.
It’s a good call. I normally use the metal end to get it started and the plastic end as I get close. I’m tapping the entire time, never trying to drive nails into a deck.
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iain wrote: Wed Jul 20, 2022 7:43 am An excellent post and something I think that should be added to the thread reference thread. This is something I started to bring together all threads like this one so they could all be found in one place. It also helps me find them later.

One point about the pin and collar bracelets. If you zoom in on your first photo you will see a small indent in the centre of the pin and the collar. These are designed to meet and they hold them I’m place to prevent them coming out. Once you have reseated the pin, if you use the screw tool again on the side which sticks our most, then you can gently turn the screw until they lock into place. If you have a loupe it is worth watching as you do this as you can actually see it jump into place. That’s when you know you’ve fitted it back correctly.
Really critical detail. I’ve added that to the first post. Thanks!
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