Link Bracelet Squeaking Sound

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  1. xtcvvv macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone else's link bracelet make a squeaking sound when you open and close the butterfly clasp? Wondering if this is normal or should I return it.

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  2. PedCrossing macrumors 6502

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    I'm like this when I finished reading your post.

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    Come on, it's a metal moving part, I'm sure you've heard door hinges squeak. If you really, really mind the sound, try some WD-40, but this is totally unnecessary IMO.
     
  3. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    But it's a $679 band (in Australia at least). For that price, I would expect it to be perfect. Also, I've never heard a new door hinge squeak. After a few years that's to be expected, but definitely not right away.

    Personally, I would try something like WD-40 first but if that doesn't fix it, I would take it back to Apple.
     
  4. map1978 macrumors 68020

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    Are you people really suggesting WD-40?! :rolleyes:

    Go get it replaced if your not satisfied - quite a simple solution
     
  5. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    It won't hurt to try. Anyway, with demand for Apple Watches still being pretty high, it would be quicker to try and fix it yourself than wait for Apple to send you a new one.
     
  6. ocabj macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed.

    Just put some oil, lube, dry film lube, etc., and be done with it.

    To actually go to an Apple Store, and have someone look at it, and them replacing it assuming you can get them to do it is a complete waste of time and resources for everyone involved for something that can be solved with a drop of basic lubricant.

    And it's not like it's defective. Metal watch bracelets can squeak, especially if new since they can be very tight. Either oil it up or let it wear in naturally.
     
  7. thekev macrumors 604

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    That's a good idea. If they see any number of these complaints, they're likely to come up with some suggestion for a safe lubricant. It seems like a lot for that band, but I haven't seen one up close. Considering the price they were right to make bands interchangeable. That way a costly band can be moved to a new watch later on (at least for a while).
     
  8. telefono macrumors 6502

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    Mate, this is normal for a link bracelet, if it bothers you try dry-lube instead of WD-40. $679 is priced right, bracelets that cost 5 x more can squeak as well.
     
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    In the watch world where link bracelets from high end luxury watch manufacturers cost many times more than Apple's Link Bracelet and where a polish service from one of those manufacturers can cost as much as an Apple SS Watch, that's like saying but it's a $10,000 car and you expect it to be perfect.

    I've never noticed squeaking sound in my link bracelet, but then again, I'm not that anal retentive enough to notice it especially while quickly putting it on.
     
  10. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    But those link bracelets from high end luxury watch manufacturers that cost many times more than Apple's link bracelet are handmade and checked enstensively before being attached to a watch. Also, I wouldn't expect a brand new car to squeak everytime I opened the door either, regardless of what it cost.

    Although, I may haveworded it incorrectly. I just think that for the premium price that the OP paid for it (note: premium, not most expensive bracelet in the world), there's nothing wrong with getting it replaced for one that is perfect.
     
  11. InAustralia macrumors 6502

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    My Stainless Steel Link bracelet squeaks as well.

    It's perfectly normal. The stainless steel link bracelet on my Tag Heuer squeaks as well.

    Still if you are not happy with it, return it, but I would think that your replacement bracelet will squeak as well.
     
  12. easheer macrumors regular

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    You really don't have a clue what you're talking about. I own many high-end watches all with bracelets far superior to the Apple link bracelet, and many of them squeaked when brand new. It's steel rubbing on steel.

    The sense of entitlement from some segments of the Apple customer base is really insufferable at times.
     
  13. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    Personally, I've never experienced that but you may be right.

    I may have not conveyed this effectively, but I was just trying to say that if it is annoying the OP, he can either attempt to fix it or get it replaced. My post was a response to the second post which said that recognising the issue is unnecessary.

    Also, IMO, getting something replaced because you are not 100% satisfied with it is not showing a sense of entitlement.
     
  14. Mac 128, May 24, 2015
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    Mac 128 macrumors 601

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    DO NOT USE WD-40!

    WD-40 contains mineral spirits which can do who knows what to the finish on that link band and then Apple will never take it back. I mainly use it as a solvent, and rarely use it to lubricate. i'd take it to a jeweler and get something recommended for the purpose.
     
  15. ocabj macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, bracelets for "high end luxury" watches can squeak.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=rolexforums.com+squeak&oq=rolexforums.com+squeak

    Metal and metal rubbing against each other can have that effect. Either let it break in or put a drop of oil on the parts.

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    Like I had said on many occasions, just wait until Apple makes a car. People will be complaining that their cars scratch easily, that they have to change oil on the car too often, the tires wear out, and will be buying windshield covers and car wraps.
     
  16. BillyTrimble macrumors 6502a

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    Please. It's hardly a scandal. Does every little complaint have to be labelled a "..gate"?
     
  17. iConnected macrumors 6502a

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    How about 3-in-1 oil?

    I wouldn't use WD-40 for this purpose anyway - that stuff just sprays everywhere ;)
     
  18. PedCrossing macrumors 6502

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    Gee, I'm not suggesting to spray that thing all over the band. If I had to do this, I would spray onto a Q-tip and apply it carefully. Still, I wouldn't put any lube on a watch band.
     
  19. Switchback666 macrumors 68000

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    I wish my watch was here so I could hear it squeak
     
  20. soya macrumors 6502

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    No squeak here with my Link bracelet :rolleyes: God it's crazy how some people here complain about such things..
     
  21. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    None of my inexpensive link bracelets squeak.

    But then, they're likely built to looser tolerances.

    I'd go with those who say to let it wear in. No lubricant, because that'll just attract dirt.
     
  22. Switchback666 macrumors 68000

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    Yeap any lubricant will bring gunk, if I have the "problem" when mine comes IL just let it break in.
     
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  24. mav macrumors newbie

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    Keep wearing it and it will eventually go away. If it really annoys you, I would suggest try using mild soap and warm water on it, of course removing it from the Watch itself first.
     

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