How to Replace a Watch Band

It’s amazing what a difference a new watch band can make for a timepiece. Simply by swapping an old, worn out band for a newer one, you can make an older watch look as good as new. If you’ve been considering replacing your watch strap but put it off because you don’t want to make a trip to the jeweller, here’s some good news.

You can make the change yourself by following these steps:

  1. Hold the watch horizontally with the case back facing you.
  2. Insert a spring bar tool (you can purchase one from Watch Bandit if you don’t have one) in between the strap and the lug. This will push in on the spring bar and compress it.
  3. Apply pressure downward. Use a gentle touch and continue pushing until the bar pops off.
  4. Turn the watch, so that the other side is facing up and repeat steps one and two to detach the spring bar. Then, do the same on the other end of the case.
  5. Place your watch on top of the leather strap and position it.
  6. Gently push the spring bars back into place over top of the strap. Doing the replacement this way instead of trying to thread the strap through with the spring bar already on can help to prevent scratching.

There you have it. The simple technique for installing a new leather watch band! Now, you’re ready to check out our selection of high quality NATO bands and find your favourites.

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