SE - Spring Bar Tool, with Replaceable Tips
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- Length: 5in.
- Steel Body
- 4pc Extra Tips
- Double Ended Tips
- Made In CN
This spring bar tool set has a length of 5in. It features a steel body and comes with 4 extra tips. Double ended tips.
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 2.3 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B002Q84I7U
- Date first available at Amazon.com: September 24, 2009
- Average Customer Review:
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Top Customer Reviews
When I received the spring bar tool, it was well packaged and appeared to be well made and finished. The knurling was not too aggressive and the threads were well made. There were no chips in the plating. Noticing that some of the feedback was related to tool breakage, I tested all three tips included with the tool. I found that all three tips were well made and functioned appropriately. I attempted to purposefully break each tip by applying a force many times in excess of what would be required to remove the three different types of watch band spring bars that the tool was designed for. They did not break. I can only conclude from my experience that either someone was asking the tool to do something for which it was not designed (removing a link pin, not a spring bar and "tapping lightly"), or used the tool improperly, e.g. excessive use of force.
I am picky about my tools and I have no concerns about including this fine tool on my bench. It is remarkably well made for the price.
If you do break the tips, you may purchase first quality Bergeon replacements at Jules Borel for a modest fee. However, until you learn to use tools properly, you will probably break those as well, so purchase several.
It is the poor workman who blames his tools.
Do not buy this tool.
As some other reviewers have noted, it's poorly made and will break. For me, it happened the first time I tried to use it. The small fork tip is made of low-quality metal and the tip just snapped when I was trying to remove a spring bar. I'm very fortunate to have not scratched my watch. Learn from my mistake and do not be tempted by the low price.
It's important to note that this is a copy of a high-quality spring bar tool that is Swiss made. Bergeon sells a version with their name on it as the model 6111 even though they don't manufacture it, that's how good it is. If you can get your hands on one of those, you have what most consider to be the finest spring bar tool available. Of course, the $30-40 price tag is a bit of a pill to swallow but it sure beats scratching a watch that worth hundreds if not thousands of dollars. A small price to pay, as I now know.
I purchased this (these unfortunately) to try to deal with a particularly difficult Casio where the pin fits to rubber, holding a rubber band - which needs to be pressed very firmly into place. I have never had issues adjusting bands or removing and refitting bands - but needed a special tool to try to resolve this for this watch. I did, finally, manage to get the pin located - however I required sufficient force to have removed the last sign of the other half of the 'small v' head - it was a use once experience. It is asserted somewhere in this thread that if you are using force, you are doing something wrong - well I agree and disagree as this watch, and apparently some Seiko rubber designs both need incredible force to align/place the pins. If you have a regular situation, and you get a decent 'copy' of the item, it will likely serve the purpose and is cheap. I could not find a good alternative without going up to a $30 tool, which was not warranted for a $70 watch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This tool makes switching out watch bands a breeze. However, I ended up chipping one of the small tips only a couple of uses in.Published 2 months ago by Jacob C.
Purchased this tool to use while replacing the band on my pebble. Worked like a charm!Published 13 months ago by Brandon Jackson
I have a decent number of watches and am always looking to expand my collection. I figured, well, why am I going to keep going to a jeweler to get my bracelets fitted? Read morePublished 14 months ago by MJ