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Tightening a vintage Jubilee bracelet

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My vintage oval Jubilee bracelet has a ton of stretch but its very confortable.

I want to push in the outer in so that things are a bit more tight.

Is it safe to press down on both sides of the bracelet to reduce the gap?

Or will I disturb the welded outer links and make the links loose and they would eventually fall off?

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I’d be pushing them together don’t think they are welded think just a pin with tapered  end, I’ve had this on a few straps it will fall apart in the end if you do nothing.

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The pins bend allowing the bracelet to stretch. Michael Young in HK and others replace the pins to  recondition the bracelets. There's also a company in San Francisco that  does this. I don't know if the pins are available to the public, but taking the bracelet apart is a chore in and of itself. It might be better to let a pro make this repair.

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Michael Young will make that Jubilee like new. He does amazing work.

 

You also have some worn / bent / stretched links. Look at the one I circled, it’s been pulled “open”, resulting in that gap. My 9305 bands wear like that, where the pin passes through the center links. They develop a groove inside the bend and get weak, the gaps open up and they look stretched.

 

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