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I have a 17 year old Tag Link in gold and stainless steel CG1120-0. The bars between the individual links have worn over the years and need replacing but Tag specialists say that I can only replace the whole bracelet with a new one which quite apart from the horrendous costs, is not what I want. The watch was my fathers and has great sentimental value and changing half the watch loses its sentimental value to me. Is there anyway I can get somebody to replace the bars in the links in the bracelet even if it is just the two that are continually "letting go" although I would much prefer them all replaced. The links are in good condition. This watch is very special to me and I really miss not being able to wear it. I live in the UK but would quite happy to pay for special delivery both ways to any country that can do the repair or even just supply the bars. Watch shops including Tag shops in the UK only want to replace the bracelet, very sad really that TAG don't help more than they do. Thanks for any help it is very much appreciated!
 

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I suspect pins can be sourced from ofrei.com or cousins.co.uk.... if you posted pics we might have someone who knows for sure. I do not recommend going to a jeweler for watch repairs unless they have a good watchmaker on staff. They really don't usually know much about watches.
 

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The 'bars' between the links can be replaced individually and any reputable watchmaker should be able to do the job. Do NOT listen to someone telling you that you need to replace the whole bracelet, hey clearly do not know what they are talking about regarding this watch. I had one of the bars (i believe tag calls them barrel pins) break a few years back and the bars cost me about $15 for 2 and the guy at my local Tag Heuer dealer replaced them for me at no cost. Just make sure that you take it to someone familiar with the Link's bracelet, as it is pretty unique in it's assembly. If the bars are not bent or broken, they could just be loose and need to be tightened. Good luck with your repair!
 

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Re: Tag SEL Bracelet Repair

In my experience, the SEL bracelet links are better replaced vs repaired. You should try this first before repair. You can find the links on eBay. You want the full size S/el Link.

You need to understand the links consist of two pieces. We'll call them male and female. The male portion has a fixed pin with a knurled end. The female piece has an opening with some sort of lock piece inside. The two half links lock when pressed together.

Over the 18-20 years the S/el was offered the bracelet durability was improved. I have seen many bracelets from different years and in various condition. IMHO the later bracelets locked together the best.

Note: There are two special TAG tools specially designed for the S/el Bracelets. I have seen them recently on eBay. I have also attached a few pictures.

There is a special plier type tool used to "unlock" and press the S/el Links. There is also a fold over type tool made to remove the end screw and pin on the flip over clasp side of the bracelet. This pin has flat notched screw heads one each side. The tool is designed so that one person can remove one side of the screw while the other side is held stationery..

The other thing about aged/worn SEL bracelets is once you start to disassemble, you may create or discover other worn links that may not "re-lock" when reassembling the bracelet. In many cases, the end locking component is what holding many of the links together.

I could imagine someone experienced with worn bracelets and links recommending a new bracelet. You TAG & Bracelet looks pretty worn, so IMHO a recommendation for a new bracelet is not a outrageous recommendation. It is an expensive one, though.

Cheers,

David
 

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Re: Tag SEL Bracelet Repair

In my experience, the SEL bracelet links are better replaced vs repaired. You should try this first before repair. You can find the links on eBay. You want the full size S/el Link.

You need to understand the links consist of two pieces. We'll call them male and female. The male portion has a fixed pin with a knurled end. The female piece has an opening with some sort of lock piece inside. The two half links lock when pressed together.

Over the 18-20 years the S/el was offered the bracelet durability was improved. I have seen many bracelets from different years and in various condition. IMHO the later bracelets locked together the best.

Note: There are two special TAG tools specially designed for the S/el Bracelets. I have seen them recently on eBay. I have also attached a few pictures.

There is a special plier type tool used to "unlock" and press the S/el Links. There is also a fold over type tool made to remove the end screw and pin on the flip over clasp side of the bracelet. This pin has flat notched screw heads one each side. The tool is designed so that one person can remove one side of the screw while the other side is held stationery..

The other thing about aged/worn SEL bracelets is once you start to disassemble, you may create or discover other worn links that may not "re-lock" when reassembling the bracelet. In many cases, the end locking component is what holding many of the links together.

I could imagine someone experienced with worn bracelets and links recommending a new bracelet. You TAG & Bracelet looks pretty worn, so IMHO a recommendation for a new bracelet is not a outrageous recommendation. It is an expensive one, though.

Cheers,

David
Thanks David that is great advice and very detailed information, I have managed to find a local watchmaker / repairer to undertake the work and hope to pick up the watch very soon. It has been surprisingly difficult to get somebody to undertake the work in the UK, seems like in USA and Canada it may be easier. Good luck David, very best regards Garry
 

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Re: Tag SEL Bracelet Repair

Great information - thank you, I am due to pick up my repaired Tag today!

In my experience, the SEL bracelet links are better replaced vs repaired. You should try this first before repair. You can find the links on eBay. You want the full size S/el Link.

You need to understand the links consist of two pieces. We'll call them male and female. The male portion has a fixed pin with a knurled end. The female piece has an opening with some sort of lock piece inside. The two half links lock when pressed together.

Over the 18-20 years the S/el was offered the bracelet durability was improved. I have seen many bracelets from different years and in various condition. IMHO the later bracelets locked together the best.

Note: There are two special TAG tools specially designed for the S/el Bracelets. I have seen them recently on eBay. I have also attached a few pictures.

There is a special plier type tool used to "unlock" and press the S/el Links. There is also a fold over type tool made to remove the end screw and pin on the flip over clasp side of the bracelet. This pin has flat notched screw heads one each side. The tool is designed so that one person can remove one side of the screw while the other side is held stationery..

The other thing about aged/worn SEL bracelets is once you start to disassemble, you may create or discover other worn links that may not "re-lock" when reassembling the bracelet. In many cases, the end locking component is what holding many of the links together.

I could imagine someone experienced with worn bracelets and links recommending a new bracelet. You TAG & Bracelet looks pretty worn, so IMHO a recommendation for a new bracelet is not a outrageous recommendation. It is an expensive one, though.

Cheers,

David
 

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Re: Tag SEL Bracelet Repair

Hi Garry & Iangus,
Would you be so kind to let me know where you had your se/l bracelets repairs & the costs please, I'm seeking to hand down mine to my daughter and would like to fix the bracelet & full watch poilsh up before doing so.
Watch is an early 1990s Tag Heuer Se/m midi , satin & chrome finish.
Regards, Jaz
 

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Re: Tag SEL Bracelet Repair

Got the watch back and it held up really well for nearly a year but has now gone again. I suspect that the final solution is to replace the band with a new one even though the price is heavy! I must admit I do feel a bit disgruntled that such an expensive watch should have such a technically poor standard of strap. I would have thought that Tag would have made the replacement strap available to owners of the range at a reduced price due to the technical inadequacies of the original design, but then that means that companies like Tag would have to care about their customers. Ok so I live in hope!
 

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Re: Tag SEL Bracelet Repair

My dad has the two tone automatic with chrono version of this watch and has gone through a couple of bracelets under warranty (the second time the watch was out of warranty but they fixed it - partly as he also had time keeping issues so they tried to do the right thing). His watch was from ealry/mid 90s. A few years back the folding mechanism snapped, and the bracelet separated, he almost lost the watch. Most of the links are quite sloppy also.

Agree one would expect better durability from a watch costing ~$3500, seems to me it is just a poor design in terms of durability.

He is reluctant to replace the bracelet again (~$600+) as it will most likely start to fall apart again in a couple of years?

Has anyone had experience with other solutions/options? Are the ebay replacement bracelets decent quality? Has any one fitted a normal strap or bracelet to this case?

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Re: Tag SEL Bracelet Repair

SEL bracelets are noted for their comfort. Others are noted for their durability. I suspect there is a tradeoff between comfort and durability. Personally I have some 'durable' bracelets that are so uncomfortable I don't often wear the watch... they are ugly too! :-d
 
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