On my SKX007 I had success using a watch back prying tool, the one with the yellow handle in this picture.Hi guys,
I drilled to blood my fingers twice when trying to remove a seiko Z22 rubber band on an undrilled lugs watch.
I also plyied my tool (chinese steel before it was taxed).
Is ther a tip to succeed compressing the fat spring bars on a Z22 band ?
Should we make "windows" with a cutter blade on both ends before puttong the band ?
I did this once (I'd accidentally ordered a 5 ring instead of a 3 ring and thought it would be easier to send back than return it) but when I cut the end and sealed it with a lighter I found that it ended up hard and scratchy against my skin. It was pretty much unwearable, is there a tip for getting a nice smooth clean finish on the cut and seal?
Best tip by far, just did it on my brand new SKX009 and it makes the whole unscrewing and screwing down of the crown a delight!! Thanks for this.Tip for gritty feeling screw down crown: pull crown out all the way and run some waxed dental floss on the threads. The floss will come up black from machining grit. Keep doing it until the crown feels silky smooth when screwing down.
FWIW I've done this on a lot of watches but every Seiko diver I've handled has had this little issue (except 6309-7040) and this trick works really well... and you only really have to do it once and its good for years.