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A friend sent me a couple of broken bracelets that needed two non removable links removing :)

The non-removable pins had broke in the middle of the link.

This was the process:
  • Set the bracelet up true in the machine vice on my micro mill (ideal for the small stuff).
  • Spot mark the link with a center drill were the non removable pin is/was.
  • Start the hole with a solid carbide slot drill.
  • Drill through with a HSS drill.
  • Ultrasonic clean.

Job done and another bracelet saved :)











 

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Nice work John ^^^ :) How is the new pin fit? Is it permanent ?
 

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Nice work John ^^^ :) How is the new pin fit? Is it permanent ?
Thanks David, yes the new pin will be semi permanent(nothing is permanent as this post proves :) ) it also has to be wasted away in certain areas of its length to enable movement.
 

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Wow Tiger your machine shop never ceases to amaze.

Ever consider doing contract work in your retirement ? You could charge and arm a leg to do things like this for collectors with repair needs on prized cases and bracelets.
 

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Agreed on the contract work you could do on the side. If you've got the equipment & the time, I can see a lot of collectors/WIS lining up for drilled lugs, bracelet modifications, and other case mods if you please :)
 
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