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Hello
I recently purchased a used small seconds from a seller on eBay. I need to remove a couple links from the bracelet to fit my wrist. I didn't have a screwdriver small enough for the screw pins and after reading about how they are notorious for being stuck I decided to take it to a local watch repair shop. It's not an AD but I figured it wouldn't need to be for such a minor thing. I received a call from the shop and they said that they couldn't remove the screws after soaking the bracelet in some type of solvent. I'm going to pick the watch up from them tomorrow. I would appreciate any advice or recommendations from the group here. I'm assuming that I should find a local AD...I'm in the Denver/Boulder Colorado area if anyone knows one.
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Mike
 

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Usually it's the lug screw bars that get stuck (due to thread locker compound), not the bracelet link screws. I've had to spot heat the threaded area in the past in order to break the pins free.
 

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Make sure that the screwdriver is an exact fit to the slot, not a bit too narrow or too thin. Like Brent says apply some heat to the threads to break the lock. Very hot water is the most common thing to use though other WUS members swear by a hair dryer. One guy actually suggested using a soldering iron but that seemed a little extreme to me.
 
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