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Rolex Oyster 7205 Bracelet Adjustment


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Hey everyone,

 

I’ve finally sourced a bracelet that has some stretch and loose rivets for my Oysterdate. Curious if theres a way to rebuck the rivets to tighten things up or...? Also resizing looks like I have to remove a link and it seems the only way is to undo the rivet?

 

Kind thanks,

 

Joey

 

 

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The Rolex bracelets I have adjusted have had removable links which have screwed in rivets.  Maybe this one is just pinned. Are there any markings on the inside such as arrows indicating the direction of removal. 

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There is no easy way.
I recommend Classic Watch Repair in Hong Kong (Michael Young).
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Watch youtube for "rolex bracelet repair michael young"There is no easy way.
I recommend Classic Watch Repair in Hong Kong (Michael Young).
It may cost 250-300 GBP for repair but will make it like new.
I have used their services and been very happy.
Watch youtube for "rolex bracelet repair michael young"

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2 hours ago, AlexeiJ1 said:

There is no easy way.
I recommend Classic Watch Repair in Hong Kong (Michael Young).

I believe that local watchmakers won't do that as it is now normal for them to eschew any job that's outside their set routine.

Work is a matter of removing one or both caps, which have to be destroyed. Then new ones must be made from SS on the lathe. 

A bit of accurate work which rightly commands fair pay. 

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There is no easy way.
I recommend Classic Watch Repair in Hong Kong (Michael Young).
It may cost 250-300 GBP for repair but will make it like new.
I have used their services and been very happy.
Watch youtube for "rolex bracelet repair michael young"There is no easy way.
I recommend Classic Watch Repair in Hong Kong (Michael Young).
It may cost 250-300 GBP for repair but will make it like new.
I have used their services and been very happy.
Watch youtube for "rolex bracelet repair michael young"


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I believe that local watchmakers won't do that as it is now normal for them to eschew any job that's outside their set routine.
Work is a matter of removing one or both caps, which have to be destroyed. Then new ones must be made from SS on the lathe. 
A bit of accurate work which rightly commands fair pay. 


I agree i rather do it myself. And i dont believe new links have to be made like that im careful to remove the rivets. The rivets on the other hand im sure have to be replaced. (Coming from an aircraft background)

I might just work slowly and see what happens as there isnt much info here about it.
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1 minute ago, joeyfrost said:

I might just work slowly and see what happens as there isnt much info here about it.

Search "Rolex bracelet repair" on Youtube, there are a few videos that may help.

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16 hours ago, joeyfrost said:

 


I agree i rather do it myself. And i dont believe new links have to be made like that im careful to remove the rivets. The rivets on the other hand im sure have to be replaced. (Coming from an aircraft background)

I might just work slowly and see what happens as there isnt much info here about it.

 

The few in the trade who know are seldom on forums sharing their secrets.
Watchguy.co.uk is great, he often talks about a lot of little tricks of the trade.
Rolex straps are a bit of a black art.

I would be keen to see how it goes, let us know.
I am not able to fabricate parts like that so I would always delegate this job to someone else.

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Search "Rolex bracelet repair" on Youtube, there are a few videos that may help.


Didnt find anything that pertains to this bracelet. Curious to see how these rivets look. Better question is where to source the replacement rivets. Im pretty sure thats the only thing making it loose. Wear on the rivet circumferences.
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I don't think these are rivets, as they are never bucked. Just caps for the pin. They may have the shift knurled to improve friction to the link hole.

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I don't think these are rivets, as they are never bucked. Just caps for the pin. They may have the shift knurled to improve friction to the link hole.

Interesting i was thinking that too before taking it apart that it’s probably two piece pressed fit but not a true rivet

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Looks like the 7205-19 is made in the old way,  hence the sides to cover the clips that make up the bracelet.
These usually gets loose when the clips opens a bit, you seldom get a wear on the pin itself.
I gues to tighten it you have to tighten the clips and flaten them out on the back.
Here someone has removed a link in a magic way by just opening the clip, works well if you got the right tools.


7205_Rivet.jpg.8fa29aa589e60301c4a45a97352a5650.jpg

 

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Thanks HSL i tried that and moved a few back down which helped a tiny bit. I removed one very damaged link too and opened the adjustment a bit to compensate which worked fine but its still stretched a bit and not as rigid as it should be

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