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I have a Relic ladies watch that I wear all the time and just love. I recently had the pin to brake that holds the watch to the band. The jewelry store repair man had to drill the pin out to replace it with a new one. A few weeks later the same thing happened to the pin on the other side. I took it back to the jeweler and they couldn't get the pin out this time, even when drilling with a diamond bit. Is there any solution or am I just going to have to replace the whole watch? The watch is probably about 3 yrs old, but I wore it everyday.

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Mcdevito75 here, That pin is called a spring bar and is used to hold the band to the watch, the pin must be frozen in place on the watch, Best Bet is to try another jewelery shop, in the meantime you can put a drop or 2 of cooking oil on the pin just as it meets the watch this may loosen the remaining portion of pin.

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