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NEW How to Install Watch Straps

Changing the strap on your watch can dramatically alter its appearance and feel, offering a fresh look or improved comfort. This guide walks you through the process of installing a new watch strap with precision and care, ensuring a secure fit and maintaining the integrity of your timepiece.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Preparation:

    • Begin by laying your watch face down on a soft, clean cloth to prevent scratching the crystal.
    • If you're working on a high-value or delicate watch, consider using a watchmaker's mat for added protection.
  2. Removing the Current Watch Band:

    • Identify the spring bars connecting the current band to the watch lugs. These small, telescopic bars compress to fit into holes in the lugs.
    • Carefully insert the forked end of the spring bar tool between the band and the lug. Locate the end of the spring bar and apply gentle pressure to compress it.
    • While maintaining pressure, carefully maneuver the spring bar out of the lug's hole. Repeat on the other side of the strap.
    • Tips for success: Take your time to avoid slipping and potentially scratching your watch or injuring yourself.
  3. Installing the New Watch Band:

    • With the old band removed, it's time to attach the new one. If your new band came without spring bars, you'll need to reuse the ones from your old band.
    • Position one end of the spring bar into the hole in one of the watch's lugs. Use the spring bar tool to compress the other end and guide it into place in the opposite lug.
    • Ensure both ends of the spring bar snap securely into the lug holes, indicating a secure fit.
    • Repeat the process on the other side of the watch.
  4. Securing and Adjusting the Watch Band:

    • Once both sides of the new band are attached, pull gently on each end to ensure they are securely fastened.
    • Adjust the band to your wrist and check for comfort. Make sure the clasp or buckle closes properly and that the band isn't too tight or too loose.
  5. Final Checks:

    • Inspect the watch from different angles to ensure the band is evenly attached and there are no gaps between the lugs and the band.
    • Check that the spring bars are not visible and are fully seated in their holes.