PSA: you should get spring bar tweezers

Just received these as a present from my mother-in-law… absolutely a game changer. So much easier and safer to change watch bracelets/straps.

https://www.esslinger.com/horofix-spring-bar-tweezers/

*I’ve been using the Bergeon 6767-F prior to this.

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I just got some <$5 AliExpress one last night. Despite one bracelet spring bar being crudded up, it made relatively short work of a job that is about impossible without it.

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Got something similar when my 6767 just wasn’t working getting my Tudor bracelet off.

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You are so right. I bought a pair of Horofix spring bar tweezers to remove the bracelet off my black bay. Easiest bracelet removal ever.

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How does this one compare to the Bergeon 7825? I’ve had it in the cart for a bit but it’s hard to pull the trigger on $170 tweezers lol. $90 while still ridiculous, is a lot more palatable lol

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I have the Horotec ones (similar to the OP ones), it's mostly handy even though you have to be aware that they dont necessarily fit all spring bars (mine doesn't really fit into my P39 bars, for instance).

What I also realized, and I guess that's what you pay for when buying the expensive Bergeon ones, is the stability they offer in comparison to the regular ones, by controlling the 'spring' effect until you're right in there ready to press. It can be fiddly, depending on the spring bar tension and the space available, to stabilise the regular tweezers before you exert pressure against the pins. The Bergeon construction appears to remedy that.

It's all about the little details. It often is. And that's partially what you pay for.

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Tweezers or pliers are a must have for installing/removing bracelets. They make life sooo much easier.

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Didier

I have the Horotec ones (similar to the OP ones), it's mostly handy even though you have to be aware that they dont necessarily fit all spring bars (mine doesn't really fit into my P39 bars, for instance).

What I also realized, and I guess that's what you pay for when buying the expensive Bergeon ones, is the stability they offer in comparison to the regular ones, by controlling the 'spring' effect until you're right in there ready to press. It can be fiddly, depending on the spring bar tension and the space available, to stabilise the regular tweezers before you exert pressure against the pins. The Bergeon construction appears to remedy that.

It's all about the little details. It often is. And that's partially what you pay for.

FYI, most manufacturers sell replacement tips that are sized differently to work on different brands and spring bars. You may already know this, but it’s helpful info for anyone!

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theloniousmonk

How does this one compare to the Bergeon 7825? I’ve had it in the cart for a bit but it’s hard to pull the trigger on $170 tweezers lol. $90 while still ridiculous, is a lot more palatable lol

I was in the same place as you. I have no first hand experience with the 7825 but in my online research, it seems that they’re pretty similar in quality. $90 is much more reasonable. Made in Japan. Fun fact: replacement tips for the 7825 are $90.

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I got this pair of springbar pliers on AMZ. They are well made for the price, work great, and only cost $17. https://a.co/d/9ej1vSD

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I've been using the Bergeon version for years. Game Changer!