3 easy steps to find the perfect size for your watch strap.
Have you ever asked yourself how a watch strap is best measured so that it fits perfectly on your wrist? There is a very simple method for this.
- First, look for a flexible item, e.g. a string and put it around your wrist, preferably not too tight. Over the day, the wrist usually swells a little, so we recommend leaving a finger-width between the wrist and the cord so that the watch strap does not get too tight.
- Mark the string at the two points that overlap.
- Place the taut string on a ruler, leaving the perimeter that is defined by two points.
Does the watch strap also fit the watch?
You can also specify the width using a lineal or you can download and print our template for watch strap sizes here. Put your watch on the expression and you’ll see immediately what size you need.
Change a watch strap – it’s that easy.
We have a few methods for you to show you how easy it is to change a watch strap.
How to change a watch strap?
Anyone who is looking for a watch band, has already asked himself this question. Most of us believe that only a watchmaker is able to change a watch strap, they are afraid to damage their watch or think you need special tool for it. But this is not the case.
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With a good spring bar tool, of course, it is a bit easier, but we show you a few techniques that work well without extra tools.
The watchmaker method
The easiest and most relaxing way to change a watch strap.
Watch case with visible spring pin holes
For this method you need the tip side of the spring bar tool.
- Before you start, we recommend you have a gin tonic, a good whiskey or a delicious coffee, depending on the time of day. Let’s start then.
- It is best to take the approach of the watch band between thumb and index finger. The watch case should be in the palm of the hand for safety reasons.
- Press with the tip side of the spring bar tool into the first of the holes in the watch case. Due to the pressure on the spring bar, the strap should now be released on one side. If you can not pull the watch strap with the spring bar out of the second hole, do the same procedure like before again.
Watch case with invisible spring pin holes
For this method you need the fork side of the spring bar tool.
- As with the method previously, you should take the approach of the watch strap between thumb and index finger. In this case, the watch case should be located in the palm of the hand for safety reasons, the bottom of the watch case is pointing upwards. Of course you can place the case on the table. But make sure that you place the watch on a soft surface so that the case glass does not scratch.
- Take the spring bar tool and bring the fork between the spring bar and watch case. Apply a little pressure with the thumb on the strap and slide it slightly to the side. So it’s easier to go between the watch band and watch case with the spring bar tool. Put it between the grooves on the spring bar.
- Tilt the tool with slight pressure a little towards the outer edge and try to push it in the direction of the strap in order to pry the spring bar out of the hole of the watch case. Caution: Danger of slipping! Work with patience, so that the case also remains scratch-free.
The macho method
This method works very well when you have a watch, where you see the spring bar at the outside edge of the watch case.
- At the risk that you are no longer quite so casual, take the toothpick out of your mouth and use it for something really meaningful.
- Take the watch between thumb and index finger so that you can apply some pressure to the spring bar with the thumb. We know that you have strength, save it, so the clock remains heal. So do not press too hard.
- Press with the toothpick into the first of the holes in the watch case. Due to the pressure on the spring bar, the watch strap should now be released on one side. If you can not pull the watch strap with the spring bar out of the second hole, repeat the same procedure. Important: Keep the watch case in the direction of the palm of the hand so that it does not take off when the watch strap is released.
Watch our video: How To Change a Watch Strap – with and without tool
The gourmet method
This method works quite well with watches, which have no visible spring-holes on the outside of the case. Caution, this method is rather something for more experienced watch strap changers.
- Instead of putting the knife between the oysters, you should now bring this between the spring bar and the watch case. Hold the watch with the case back up in your palm. Or place them on a soft surface to prevent possible cuts.
- Apply a little pressure with the thumb on the watch strap and slide it slightly to the side if possible with the knife between the watch strap and watch case. Put it between the grooves on the spring bar.
- Tilt the knife with slight pressure a little in the direction of the outer edge and try to push it in the direction of the watch strap in order to pry the spring bar out of the hole of the watch case. Caution: Slipping and cutting danger, so be careful. In addition, the case is synonymous to remain scratch-free.