If you are relatively new into watches or have always been a 1 watch (stock bracelet/strap) kind of person, you are not alone! Changing straps for your watch do not have to mean taking precious time of your schedule to go to your local watchmaker/ watch boutique. With the right tools, a little dexterity and a dose of patience, soon you will be swapping in and out of your straps in under 3 minutes! It is nothing but a whole load of fun and excitement changing up the look of your watch to fit the occasion and outfit! We hope this short guide and simple steps below will equip and set you on your way!
1. DETERMINE THE LUG WIDTH OF YOUR WATCH
Use a measuring tape or ruler and place it straight across the lugs of your watch. (In the photo example above, it reads 2cm or 20mm.) You now know the size of the straps that will fit your watch. Go on now, shop our 20mm straps that will give your watch a new look!
2. REMOVING YOUR EXISTING STRAP/BRACELET
In the GIF example above:
- Place a non abrasive cloth (microfibre is ideal) under and set your watch face down.
- Cut out 2 small pieces of white tape and tape them around your lugs to prevent scratching your watch
- Utilising a spring bar tool, use the forked end and gently dig into the spring bars securing your existing strap/bracelet.
- Once you feel a firm 'grip' of the forked end of your spring bar tool against the shoulders of the spring bars; gently push inwards, then downwards towards your existing strap.
- One side, then the other of your springbar will come loose and your strap is now removed.
(We sell a basic spring bar tool which will aid you in your strap changes. It is handy in size and comes equipped with BOTH the forked end and pin pusher. Details at the bottom of the page)
* IF YOUR WATCH HAS A PINHOLE AT THE SIDE
- Using the pinpusher end of a spring bar tool; simply insert and push while gently tugging your strap upwards. Your strap will be removed.
3. FITTING ON YOUR NEW STRAPosphere STRAP
- Fit 1 end of the protruding springbar from the strap into one of the lug hole.
- With the forked end of a spring bar tool, get a firm 'grip' against the shoulder of the the other end of the springbar
- Gently push it inwards, then downwards into the other lug hole.
VIOLA! You have now successfully changed your straps! It wasn't that hard, was it? Now, wear it with pride because you did this!
Link to the springbar tool we are selling below: