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straight end piece vintage rivet bracelet project results.....

June 11 2012 at 5:06 PM

Glenn m.  (Login unionspecial)
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This is a quick post to show a vintage rivet bracelet I just put together. I like the look of the old Rolex straight end-piece rivet bracelets, but they are very hard to find, and pretty expensive and I didn't want to damage one of my 7206 bracelets trying to retrofit a home made straight end-piece. On a whim I picked up a NOS 1960's vintage rivet bracelet with spring loaded straight end pieces for a hundred bucks on ebay. I thought I'd take a chance. I received the sterile vintage bracelet and realized that the dimensions and measurements of the links and clasp were very close to a 19mm 7205 bracelet. The quality of the bracelet itself was very good, so I decided to pick up a '61 7205 clasp for another hundred bucks, and with 5 minutes of filing and adjusting I got this...

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It's not an original Rolex band, but its a vintage riveted straight end band for 200 bucks. I love the way it looks with my 5508, the space between the case and ends really make the watch pop out. Very happy.


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(Login JPMallard)

Your straight end piece...

June 11 2012, 8:41 PM 

....looks cool! Good work!

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(Login Robbe1675)
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but will eat the lug in the years to come

June 12 2012, 12:14 AM 

because of the spring loaded end piece, there is constant pressure on the lug, creating a very slow drill when dust and sand gets in there.
It looks nice, but please keep the watch case + band clean to minimise the effect!

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Spring loaded endpieces

June 12 2012, 12:19 AM 

Will destroy your case and look cheap. IMHO.


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Glenn m
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Bummer. :-(. Back to the drawing board...nt

June 12 2012, 2:47 AM 

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