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I’ve always used nylon dies and never had a problem, however my new ones are a lot softer and flex too much and as a result I’ve ended up breaking the face on a watch for the first time.

So rather than risk something similar happening again, I’ve decided to invest a bit in some new and higher quality watch tools.

 

I’m looking for recommendations for strap adjustments, back removers, presses and screws. I’ve always just had the basics for all these but if I’m going to start buying new equipment, I’d rather do it right.

 

I don’t replace movements or glass as I wouldn’t have a clue where to start so I don’t need anything for that

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Quite a wide ranging question really. I would say, you don't have to go top of the range like Bergeon, I've always been fairly happy with A*F or even cousins own brand, especially their screwdrivers.

Never had a problem with soft dies. Here are my favourite and most used tools, had them both over 15 years, they suit me well.

A Seiko/citizen style case knife, and a steel spring loaded bracelet punch .IMG_20180215_072523.jpg

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My dies I'm sure were just cousins own brand nylon, I would worry that metal would potential mark the casing/glass. As for occasionally breaking a glass, it will occasionally happen. I didn't break any between about 2014-2017, but have broken two this year ( both were avoidable, I should have taken more care/time).

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I own this press

https://m.cousinsuk.com/sku/tools/press-dies-robur/press-robur/G0728?_=1518899944670

Along with these dies

https://m.cousinsuk.com/sku/tools/press-dies-robur/die-set-robur/D0425?_=1518899944675

 

Which I use mainly for glass and stubborn backs

 

And this press for day to day batteries

 

https://m.cousinsuk.com/sku/tools/press-dies-horotec/press-push-fit-dies/C4675?_=1518900336785

 

And I use this for screw on backs

 

 

https://m.cousinsuk.com/sku/tools/case-opening-universal-horotec/universal-case-back-tool-horotec/C44241?_=1518900336792

 

With other dies for more specific backs like Omega etc

 

I never push a snap back on with my fingers and never use a hand tool for a screw on back. It looks more professional to the customers eye and eliminates risk. These tools where brought a long time ago and are low enough investment to be returned quickly. And that’s the approach I always use with watch tools nothings too much money when you think how quickly you return your money on batteries alone.

 

Lee

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If you have a curved glass you can make a die specifically for the watch using polymorph

https://www.maplin.co.uk/p/mindsets-polymorph-250g-n14at

Ive used this when pressing glass into Armani etc by making a mould of the watch before removing the old glass then using my mould to press in the replacement. Heat it up put it in a metal die and press down your press (lightly) onto it to make the shape allow to harden, clean up on a grinder and hay presto a custom die

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