Screwdriver for gold screws

Oct 30, 2019,03:23 AM
 

Hi,

Was reading a post about a member’s new Cartier Tortu strap change and it got me thinking.

I know as steel is harder than gold, we need to be more careful. However, all the jeweller’s screw drivers I see for sale are steel. What do watch makers use for gold screws?

Curious!

BW,
Chi Kai

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Hope the experts will chime in!

 
 By: chikai168 : October 30th, 2019-04:41
It is not always convenient to go to an AD or boutique to get straps changed!

Screwdrivers

 
 By: chippyfly : October 30th, 2019-05:20
One of the watch repairers I use has a bunch of bronze screwdrivers so as not to mark steel, let alone gold. I have never been able to find any bronze ones to buy for myself. Clive

Interesting!

 
 By: chikai168 : October 30th, 2019-05:26
Thanks for chiming in. You are right- the only material I can find is steel! BW, Chi Kai

The most important criteria for a screwdriver is how it fits the screw

 
 By: mpg13 : October 30th, 2019-05:58
A steel screwdriver blade is best even for gold. If it properly fits the slot it will not deform the metal. watchmakers routinely shape blades to fit a particular screw rather than just grab whatever is the closest stock size. If you check watchmaker supp... 

I knew someone would have the expertise!

 
 By: chikai168 : October 30th, 2019-06:31
Thanks for this. So as long as the fit is good, it is ok to use a steel screwdriver for gold screws? BW, Chi Kai

Yes - shaped to fit snugly and used with care

 
 By: cazalea : October 30th, 2019-06:57
Steel screwdrivers are the norm. When I was apprenticing my first jobs of the day were to straighten up the bench, inspect all the screwdriver, straighten and reshape the tips. ...  

Very nice post!

 
 By: chikai168 : October 30th, 2019-07:37
Thank you!

+1. [nt]

 
 By: kjkt3 : November 8th, 2019-09:04