Changing Straps...A New Approach??

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Changing Straps...A New Approach??

RodMonster
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April 8th, 2012, 11:44 am #1

I am new to Panerai having just purchased a 372 last December. I have a serious strap addiction that is nearly out of control. I have planned my strap purchases well into the next millennium.

When changing a strap,despite my steady hands, it is almost impossible to prevent the screwdriver from slipping every once in a while. I shudder to think that I am scratching the case with the screwdriver. (On this Easter Sunday I ask you this question: Is it an unforgivable sin to scratch the watch case? Does eternal damnation await me?)

One of my other hobbies is high-end stereo equipment. In particular I enjoy old vacuum tube amplifiers. In many older amplifiers, it is necessary to set the bias on the tubes in order to make sure that the output from each tube is identical. A small screwdriver, about the same size as used to change a strap, is used to adjust the bias. In older amplifiers, the screw to set the bias is hidden deep within the amplifier.

Here is the point of all of this: A person must use a PLASTIC screwdriver to adjust the bias on an amplifier. A small slip with a metal screwdriver means certain ELECTROCUTION.

And finally my question: Has anyone ever used a plastic electrician's screwdriver to change a strap? I see no reason why it shouldn't work, and a plastic screwdriver shouldn't scratch the watch case.

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rumrunners75
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April 8th, 2012, 12:06 pm #2

Hi, why don you try it with toothpick, it will not leave a scratch mark on your pam.
I have tried it.
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aikiman44
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April 8th, 2012, 12:23 pm #3

I am new to Panerai having just purchased a 372 last December. I have a serious strap addiction that is nearly out of control. I have planned my strap purchases well into the next millennium.

When changing a strap,despite my steady hands, it is almost impossible to prevent the screwdriver from slipping every once in a while. I shudder to think that I am scratching the case with the screwdriver. (On this Easter Sunday I ask you this question: Is it an unforgivable sin to scratch the watch case? Does eternal damnation await me?)

One of my other hobbies is high-end stereo equipment. In particular I enjoy old vacuum tube amplifiers. In many older amplifiers, it is necessary to set the bias on the tubes in order to make sure that the output from each tube is identical. A small screwdriver, about the same size as used to change a strap, is used to adjust the bias. In older amplifiers, the screw to set the bias is hidden deep within the amplifier.

Here is the point of all of this: A person must use a PLASTIC screwdriver to adjust the bias on an amplifier. A small slip with a metal screwdriver means certain ELECTROCUTION.

And finally my question: Has anyone ever used a plastic electrician's screwdriver to change a strap? I see no reason why it shouldn't work, and a plastic screwdriver shouldn't scratch the watch case.
But placing a piece of scotch tape over the screw will prevent scratches.

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April 8th, 2012, 12:36 pm #4

I am new to Panerai having just purchased a 372 last December. I have a serious strap addiction that is nearly out of control. I have planned my strap purchases well into the next millennium.

When changing a strap,despite my steady hands, it is almost impossible to prevent the screwdriver from slipping every once in a while. I shudder to think that I am scratching the case with the screwdriver. (On this Easter Sunday I ask you this question: Is it an unforgivable sin to scratch the watch case? Does eternal damnation await me?)

One of my other hobbies is high-end stereo equipment. In particular I enjoy old vacuum tube amplifiers. In many older amplifiers, it is necessary to set the bias on the tubes in order to make sure that the output from each tube is identical. A small screwdriver, about the same size as used to change a strap, is used to adjust the bias. In older amplifiers, the screw to set the bias is hidden deep within the amplifier.

Here is the point of all of this: A person must use a PLASTIC screwdriver to adjust the bias on an amplifier. A small slip with a metal screwdriver means certain ELECTROCUTION.

And finally my question: Has anyone ever used a plastic electrician's screwdriver to change a strap? I see no reason why it shouldn't work, and a plastic screwdriver shouldn't scratch the watch case.
Just place the tape over the screw and surrounding area. Then puncture the tape with the screwdriver and remove the screw. If you slip the tape protects the watch case.

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RodMonster
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April 8th, 2012, 12:50 pm #5

I am new to Panerai having just purchased a 372 last December. I have a serious strap addiction that is nearly out of control. I have planned my strap purchases well into the next millennium.

When changing a strap,despite my steady hands, it is almost impossible to prevent the screwdriver from slipping every once in a while. I shudder to think that I am scratching the case with the screwdriver. (On this Easter Sunday I ask you this question: Is it an unforgivable sin to scratch the watch case? Does eternal damnation await me?)

One of my other hobbies is high-end stereo equipment. In particular I enjoy old vacuum tube amplifiers. In many older amplifiers, it is necessary to set the bias on the tubes in order to make sure that the output from each tube is identical. A small screwdriver, about the same size as used to change a strap, is used to adjust the bias. In older amplifiers, the screw to set the bias is hidden deep within the amplifier.

Here is the point of all of this: A person must use a PLASTIC screwdriver to adjust the bias on an amplifier. A small slip with a metal screwdriver means certain ELECTROCUTION.

And finally my question: Has anyone ever used a plastic electrician's screwdriver to change a strap? I see no reason why it shouldn't work, and a plastic screwdriver shouldn't scratch the watch case.
Just in case you were wondering why I hadn't tried to change a strap with a plastic screwdriver...

My current tube amplifiers autobias and I can't find my trusty plastic screwdriver. I will head to an electrical supply store on Monday to buy a new one.
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April 8th, 2012, 1:06 pm #6

Use a regular driver with scotch or masking tape.

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April 8th, 2012, 1:38 pm #7

I am new to Panerai having just purchased a 372 last December. I have a serious strap addiction that is nearly out of control. I have planned my strap purchases well into the next millennium.

When changing a strap,despite my steady hands, it is almost impossible to prevent the screwdriver from slipping every once in a while. I shudder to think that I am scratching the case with the screwdriver. (On this Easter Sunday I ask you this question: Is it an unforgivable sin to scratch the watch case? Does eternal damnation await me?)

One of my other hobbies is high-end stereo equipment. In particular I enjoy old vacuum tube amplifiers. In many older amplifiers, it is necessary to set the bias on the tubes in order to make sure that the output from each tube is identical. A small screwdriver, about the same size as used to change a strap, is used to adjust the bias. In older amplifiers, the screw to set the bias is hidden deep within the amplifier.

Here is the point of all of this: A person must use a PLASTIC screwdriver to adjust the bias on an amplifier. A small slip with a metal screwdriver means certain ELECTROCUTION.

And finally my question: Has anyone ever used a plastic electrician's screwdriver to change a strap? I see no reason why it shouldn't work, and a plastic screwdriver shouldn't scratch the watch case.
When your adjusting on your amp. There isn't any resistance when turning the screw. Your only turning it back and forth to find the right bias.

When doing it on your watch. You have to turn the screw to make sure it's tight. At that point your just going to twist the end of the thin tip that fits into the slot off.

Also sure the one used for your amp has a thicker tip than the Panerai screw

Using a harder plastic won't help either. Will just snap right at the point needed to tighten that little more

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April 8th, 2012, 4:11 pm #8

I know that ceramic easily chips. Would it be less likely to scratch steel?
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April 8th, 2012, 4:50 pm #9

I am new to Panerai having just purchased a 372 last December. I have a serious strap addiction that is nearly out of control. I have planned my strap purchases well into the next millennium.

When changing a strap,despite my steady hands, it is almost impossible to prevent the screwdriver from slipping every once in a while. I shudder to think that I am scratching the case with the screwdriver. (On this Easter Sunday I ask you this question: Is it an unforgivable sin to scratch the watch case? Does eternal damnation await me?)

One of my other hobbies is high-end stereo equipment. In particular I enjoy old vacuum tube amplifiers. In many older amplifiers, it is necessary to set the bias on the tubes in order to make sure that the output from each tube is identical. A small screwdriver, about the same size as used to change a strap, is used to adjust the bias. In older amplifiers, the screw to set the bias is hidden deep within the amplifier.

Here is the point of all of this: A person must use a PLASTIC screwdriver to adjust the bias on an amplifier. A small slip with a metal screwdriver means certain ELECTROCUTION.

And finally my question: Has anyone ever used a plastic electrician's screwdriver to change a strap? I see no reason why it shouldn't work, and a plastic screwdriver shouldn't scratch the watch case.
Do you have any pictures? That would be fantastic, specially for PVD watches!

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Nacho Martinez
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April 8th, 2012, 5:36 pm #10

I am new to Panerai having just purchased a 372 last December. I have a serious strap addiction that is nearly out of control. I have planned my strap purchases well into the next millennium.

When changing a strap,despite my steady hands, it is almost impossible to prevent the screwdriver from slipping every once in a while. I shudder to think that I am scratching the case with the screwdriver. (On this Easter Sunday I ask you this question: Is it an unforgivable sin to scratch the watch case? Does eternal damnation await me?)

One of my other hobbies is high-end stereo equipment. In particular I enjoy old vacuum tube amplifiers. In many older amplifiers, it is necessary to set the bias on the tubes in order to make sure that the output from each tube is identical. A small screwdriver, about the same size as used to change a strap, is used to adjust the bias. In older amplifiers, the screw to set the bias is hidden deep within the amplifier.

Here is the point of all of this: A person must use a PLASTIC screwdriver to adjust the bias on an amplifier. A small slip with a metal screwdriver means certain ELECTROCUTION.

And finally my question: Has anyone ever used a plastic electrician's screwdriver to change a strap? I see no reason why it shouldn't work, and a plastic screwdriver shouldn't scratch the watch case.
slide-show to demonstrate just how it's done.
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April 8th, 2012, 5:37 pm #11

I am new to Panerai having just purchased a 372 last December. I have a serious strap addiction that is nearly out of control. I have planned my strap purchases well into the next millennium.

When changing a strap,despite my steady hands, it is almost impossible to prevent the screwdriver from slipping every once in a while. I shudder to think that I am scratching the case with the screwdriver. (On this Easter Sunday I ask you this question: Is it an unforgivable sin to scratch the watch case? Does eternal damnation await me?)

One of my other hobbies is high-end stereo equipment. In particular I enjoy old vacuum tube amplifiers. In many older amplifiers, it is necessary to set the bias on the tubes in order to make sure that the output from each tube is identical. A small screwdriver, about the same size as used to change a strap, is used to adjust the bias. In older amplifiers, the screw to set the bias is hidden deep within the amplifier.

Here is the point of all of this: A person must use a PLASTIC screwdriver to adjust the bias on an amplifier. A small slip with a metal screwdriver means certain ELECTROCUTION.

And finally my question: Has anyone ever used a plastic electrician's screwdriver to change a strap? I see no reason why it shouldn't work, and a plastic screwdriver shouldn't scratch the watch case.
A few months ago, someone was experimenting with a screwdriver made of a softer metal than stainless steel, so that it would not scratch, but it was strong enough to turn the screws. Anyone remember?



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April 8th, 2012, 6:12 pm #12

slide-show to demonstrate just how it's done.
I love that!

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gfriedell
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April 9th, 2012, 1:46 am #13

I am new to Panerai having just purchased a 372 last December. I have a serious strap addiction that is nearly out of control. I have planned my strap purchases well into the next millennium.

When changing a strap,despite my steady hands, it is almost impossible to prevent the screwdriver from slipping every once in a while. I shudder to think that I am scratching the case with the screwdriver. (On this Easter Sunday I ask you this question: Is it an unforgivable sin to scratch the watch case? Does eternal damnation await me?)

One of my other hobbies is high-end stereo equipment. In particular I enjoy old vacuum tube amplifiers. In many older amplifiers, it is necessary to set the bias on the tubes in order to make sure that the output from each tube is identical. A small screwdriver, about the same size as used to change a strap, is used to adjust the bias. In older amplifiers, the screw to set the bias is hidden deep within the amplifier.

Here is the point of all of this: A person must use a PLASTIC screwdriver to adjust the bias on an amplifier. A small slip with a metal screwdriver means certain ELECTROCUTION.

And finally my question: Has anyone ever used a plastic electrician's screwdriver to change a strap? I see no reason why it shouldn't work, and a plastic screwdriver shouldn't scratch the watch case.
This would help prevent scratching. I have some plastic screwdrivers, but they are made from a very soft plastic and the tips are too large to fit my watch's screws.

I am planning to experiment with another material. I'll report back when I'm finished.





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April 9th, 2012, 4:12 pm #14

I am new to Panerai having just purchased a 372 last December. I have a serious strap addiction that is nearly out of control. I have planned my strap purchases well into the next millennium.

When changing a strap,despite my steady hands, it is almost impossible to prevent the screwdriver from slipping every once in a while. I shudder to think that I am scratching the case with the screwdriver. (On this Easter Sunday I ask you this question: Is it an unforgivable sin to scratch the watch case? Does eternal damnation await me?)

One of my other hobbies is high-end stereo equipment. In particular I enjoy old vacuum tube amplifiers. In many older amplifiers, it is necessary to set the bias on the tubes in order to make sure that the output from each tube is identical. A small screwdriver, about the same size as used to change a strap, is used to adjust the bias. In older amplifiers, the screw to set the bias is hidden deep within the amplifier.

Here is the point of all of this: A person must use a PLASTIC screwdriver to adjust the bias on an amplifier. A small slip with a metal screwdriver means certain ELECTROCUTION.

And finally my question: Has anyone ever used a plastic electrician's screwdriver to change a strap? I see no reason why it shouldn't work, and a plastic screwdriver shouldn't scratch the watch case.
Use a magnifying glass, tape the lug with transparent tape the screwdriver will go through the tape and into the screw hole, and again use a magnifying glass.
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April 10th, 2012, 7:16 pm #15

I am new to Panerai having just purchased a 372 last December. I have a serious strap addiction that is nearly out of control. I have planned my strap purchases well into the next millennium.

When changing a strap,despite my steady hands, it is almost impossible to prevent the screwdriver from slipping every once in a while. I shudder to think that I am scratching the case with the screwdriver. (On this Easter Sunday I ask you this question: Is it an unforgivable sin to scratch the watch case? Does eternal damnation await me?)

One of my other hobbies is high-end stereo equipment. In particular I enjoy old vacuum tube amplifiers. In many older amplifiers, it is necessary to set the bias on the tubes in order to make sure that the output from each tube is identical. A small screwdriver, about the same size as used to change a strap, is used to adjust the bias. In older amplifiers, the screw to set the bias is hidden deep within the amplifier.

Here is the point of all of this: A person must use a PLASTIC screwdriver to adjust the bias on an amplifier. A small slip with a metal screwdriver means certain ELECTROCUTION.

And finally my question: Has anyone ever used a plastic electrician's screwdriver to change a strap? I see no reason why it shouldn't work, and a plastic screwdriver shouldn't scratch the watch case.
search ebay for "Lutz mini 4 way pocket screwdriver" it's $4.95 shipped. or try your local hardware store. It's a black and yellow pen like unit. It is carbon steel which is a "sure scratch", if you are careless, but it is a perfect fit and I do mean tight and right, end to end and side to side if you are careful and keep it aligned with the watch, you will be delighted. Don't try this if you are hung over, working in the dark, late for a date or operating a vehicle

Be aware that there are two straight tips and choose the smaller one
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