4. The Result and some additional thoughts
I think a 50 Watt soldering iron would be a better choice or maybe I am just a bit too impatient. But it took a while until the soldering tin flowed nicely into the end-links and into the meshed bracelet ends. As the update on the page 1 indicates, today I would probably use a 2-component glue like Araldite to glue the bracelet ends into their clasp-side end-links. The 2-component glue would also allow to connect other materials then metals of course and probably be better suited for stainless steel meshed bracelets and the like.
Yet I am quite confident this soldered connection will hold. My money clip has been in daily use since I have been soldering it together when it fell apart ca. 8 years ago. It is also made of Sterling silver for a clever reason. It is quite soft and thus ideal of adjusting it to the current stack of bills. Being a WIS makes sure of not having a very thick pile of bills anyway. So the flexible Silver comes in handy to adjust for thinner bundles. The soldered connection had survived eight years on a money clip, so I trust that the watch bracelet should remain intact too.
Below is the shortened and closed bracelet:
The color shift on the right inside is from some mysterious reflection, the heating did not lead to any discoloration of the bracelet. Of course on the last picture you see that mysterious object: it is the yellow Bergeon bracelet clipping tool box
The bracelet before and after. Of course the shortened bracelet is not as flexible anymore as before, but the meshed silver still allows a comfortable wear on the wrist:
And last but not least, a shot from the front of the watch: A nice little Mother-of-Pearl quartz watch made by SEIKO:
Quite interesting use of the "STERLING SWISS" inscription... if one did not know it is a SEIKO, one could be tempted to assume that this is a Swiss Made watch :-)
Any kind of watch works is fun. And working with the hands is such a welcome alternative to all the brain works of a normal desktop day. But ... be careful when working with a micro torch. This one is pretty safe thanks to its wide stand. Also make sure you have a heat-resistant working pad. If you do not have a work shop and not heat resistant pads, an alternative is an old plate from your kitchen. I always place my soldering iron into an old soup plate when I have something to solder together (toys of my daughter that have fallen apart for example) and when I am too lazy to fetch my heat-resistant work surface. Btw. I simply use a large stone floor tile (40 x 40 x 1 cm) when I need a larger heat resistant work surface.