Removing screw bars to convert the Breguet Tradition 7027 to use quick release spring bars
Although the black alligator strap the watch came with was nice enough, I really wanted to get rid of the fixed screw bars in favour of quick release spring bars.
The bars are screwed into the case with the threading on the lug opposite where the screw head is. Additionally the bars are secured with an additional screw on the bottom of the lug. My initial attempt didn't go too well, I managed to remove one of the securing screws but failed to get decent purchase on any of the others. I thought I would leave it there and try to get the boutique to do it for me. However, since there's no boutique where I live and since I got a little too impatient to wait till December when I could visit one, I tried again with the thought that maybe the screwdrivers I used weren't sized correctly. This time I succeeded using a set of Bergeon screwdrivers; 0.8mm for the securing screw and 1.2mm for the main screw bar. The gold screws are very soft so its imperative the right size is used, I caused some minor damage to one of the main screws trying to use the 1.0mm on it but no big deal as I shan't be using it ever again. But if you're doing this yourself you might be well advised to go a little slower than I did and double check the screwdriver head is fitting into the screw slot snugly.
Anyway I now have a Breguet with essentially drilled lugs. Easy to use with regular spring bars with or even better with quick release bars. The open lug holes don't look much worse off than when they had a screw to my eyes at least and I'm quite looking forward to being able to swap straps around on this. The navy matte gator from Delugs looked perfect on the Tradition, I also tried the Ischia green gator though it didn't look quite as well suited as it did on the GO Panograph. In any case I plan to acquire a few more straps, perhaps a Saffiano black and a classic brown gator to start with. Maybe something a little more adventurous too eventually.