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Tweezers for Precious Bridges

by Jordan Ficklin

What kind of tweezers do you use when handling the bridges of watches that cost $500,000 and more? If you are Stephen Forsey you use Dumont Tweezers with Boxwood Tips. I recently sat down with Mr. Forsey at the AWCI Convention. One of the questions I asked him was about his favorite pair of tweezers. He said some of his favorites are boxwood tweezers. I had never heard of such a thing, but now I have them. If they are good enough for Stephen Forsey, they are good enough for me!

Dumont Tweezers with Aluminum Handles and Boxwood tips, available from Jules Borel.

I don’t handle too many watches like those Stephen Forsey makes (or any at all) but there are still times when I want to be sure I don’t scratch something but I still need a really good grip. The boxwood tips provide both of that. Excellent for hands. They are even better than Delrin tips.


  1. Christopher Milton
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    I am a student currently enrolled at OSUIT. I will be starting the watchmaking courses next semester and I have to say, I truly enjoy reading this blog. The information is fantastic and it really is one of the best ways I have found to learn about the profession that is not from a book.

    Please keep up the fantastic work.

  2. Posted September 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Awesome. Thanks for asking (and sharing!), Jordan.

  3. Dave A
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    These look really interesting- potentially less slippery than delrin and less marring than brass.

    I’ve just been through the Jules Borel Horological and Tools catalogs, and I don’t see them- do you have an item number (or, I suppose catalog page number) where they can be found?


  4. J.Peter
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    They are fantastic. It is a brand new item from Jules Borel. They had to order mine from Switzerland but I told them they might want to buy some extras since I would be advertising their benefits. I don’t know what the Borel number for them is but they are Dumont 159/BUIS/I-H . If you talk to Brad in tools he’ll know what they are.

  5. Dave A
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Great, thanks for the additional info!

  6. david
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 6:38 am | Permalink


  7. Posted September 26, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    I’ve used the delron but these look lighter. I’ll givem a try. Thanks J.

  8. J.Peter
    Posted September 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I find myself using them more and more each day. They are fantastic!

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