WS 22: Servicing a SEIKO 7005 including replacing the balance

Now it was time to find a matching bracelet for the repaired watch. You can imagine how happy I was to find an exactly matching 7005-8022W bracelet in my stock of vintage SEIKO bracelets.
When trying to mount the bracelet, I was surprised to find that despite the right size of the spring bars (18 mm), I could not compress it enough to make it enter the lugs. Looking with the loupe I discovered that a broken end of a brass spring bar was stuck inside one lug hole and obviously several attempts had been made to remove it. Resulting in a battered broken rest of a spring bar sitting very tightly in one lug hole.
This was not the easy and happy end I expected after having solved two spring problems. Finally I remembered that I had a stem holder tool that was probably perfect for a manual drilling job. I had a matching small stainless steel drill, mounted it in my stem holder tool and after a very short time I had worked the soft brass out of the lug hole. I think that the broken spring bar stuck in the lug hole was the actual reason I had paid so little (USD 10) for this SEIKO in relatively good condition.

Now it was really time to enjoy the newly repaired watch!

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