10L02 Wittnauer watch~need band screws that connect link to link
Hi! I have the 10L02 Wittnauer ladies watch (back of watch case hasnumber c860457) and I need some single-screw watch bracelet band screwsthat connect link to link that fit this band. I had two screws comesloose and the screws were lost. (Thank God the watch was not!) I amretired and on a tight budget and just need the link pins to reattachthese links and put the band back together. Does anyone know where Ican get these screws?
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Just from what I can tell by looking at the watch, it doesn't appear to have pin-style links. Most fancy ladies' watches do not use pin-style links, they use screws. It's pretty easy to distinguish the difference by looking at one end of the pin in the hole. Screws have a slot for a flat head screw and you can see that they are solid like a regular screw. The other end of the pin will look flat. A split-pin is comprised of a piece of metal folded in two, On one end is a very thin ****, but it's very easy to tell it's not a screw and the other end is rounded where the metal is folded in two. If it is, as I suspect, a screw-type pin, you will need a set of precision screwdrivers. They are very inexpensive and you can get them at any department or hardware store. Here's an article that explains everything you need to know about the different styles of common watch link pins and how to change them.
For this you will need a pair of fine tweezers, a small flat blade screw driver and a lot of patience.
Determine how many links you need to take out by pinching the band while it is on the wrist. Once you know how many you are ready to remove the links. spread the band and you will see that the very end of the links is tabbed. Be careful and fold down the end of the link with your small screw driver. Be careful not to bend anything. You will then need to turn the band over and bend down the tab of the link on the opposite side but right beside the first tab you bent down. Now you will see how the band is held together. If you look into the two tabs you just bent down you will see a small peice of metal connecting the two links. This is a staple. Pull the staple out with your tweezers. Now go to the exact opposite side and perform the same task. The band should now be apart where you remove the staples from each side. Now count down the number of links you want to remove and perform the task again. *Remember that you must do it the exact same way on each side or the band will not go back together. Once you have the correct number of links out the band will go back together the same way you took it apart. When folding down the tabs be sure to use gentle even pressure so you dont over bend them and keep the band from moving freely. I usually find it easiest to use the fla part of the screw driver in a gentle pressing motion.
Remember that this take watch makers and technician a lot of practice. Be patient. If you arent patient or good with very small parts, pop into your local jewlery store for help.