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Hi there,

Is it possible to change it back to the springbar type?
Likely it never had springbars. In the 50s and 60s many watchcases were made of paper-thin gold. Even the lugs were hollow, and it was impossible to apply normal springbars in such thin material.

It would be an option to solder short pins to the lugs and use springbars with female ends, but of course fixed lugs are the more stable solution.

Soldering gold is no rocket science, if it reasonably thick. But soldering such thin gold asks for certain skills, and I'd not exercise on a watch, watching the lugs melting away. So better ask a goldsmith (rather than a watchmaker).

Regards, Roland Ranfft
 

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Any good Jeweler can repair this.
Very simply
 

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Go out and get some quotes.
Wanted to get some opinions because everyone I call tells me to bring it in. I'm about an hour away from the jewelers so I wanted an idea as to what to expect and avoid getting ripped off.

Dr. Ranfft, thank you, very informative as usual!

Jewelers around here are often middle men and have a 'master' craftsman in the 'back' that you can never talk to. Also not too familiar with good jewelers in this area thus asking locals for help.
 
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