The Ultimate Guide On How To Change The Watch Strap

OK, brace yourselves watch people, because today I'm publishing the groundbreaking guide on how to change a watch strap. I know you've all been waiting for this moment, as it's the missing piece in the vast ocean of watch-related content out there. I mean, who wouldn't want another complex tutorial on something so basic?

nenad pantelic profile photo Nenad Pantelic • December 9, 2023

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All it takes is a spring bar tool and a bit of patience.

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The 7-step Guide

Step 1: Locate your watch. I know, I know, it's a tough one, but try your best to remember where you left that valuable investment asset of yours. What do you mean watches are not investments?

Step 2: Take a deep breath. Changing a watch strap is a difficult task, and you'll need all the courage you can gather. You might want to put on some motivational music in the background to set the mood. "Eye of the Tiger," maybe?

Step 3: Find a replacement strap. This step is especially tricky because there are only about a gazillion options available online and in stores. Make sure to spend at least three hours scrolling through various websites, adding items to your cart, and then ultimately settling for the first one you saw.

Step 4: Use tools. Mind-boggling, right?! You'll need a spring bar tool, a tiny screwdriver, or maybe just a butter knife if you're feeling brave. Remember, nothing says watch aficionado like using the wrong tool for the job.

Step 5: Remove the old strap. This is the part where you'll need the precision of a brain surgeon. Don't worry; I'm sure your trembling hands are up to the task.

Hold a watch in one hand and a spring bar tool in the other. Next, use the small fork-like attachment at the end of the spring bar tool to catch the shoulder of a spring bar located inside the watch's lug. With gentle maneuvering back and forth, the pin will disengage from the slot and the strap will detach.

One wrong move, and the next 20 minutes will be spent looking for the tiny spring bar that flew across the room.

Step 6: Attach the new strap. Now comes the real challenge - putting on a new strap and inserting those tiny spring bars into even tinier holes. It's like threading a needle while blindfolded. Good luck, and may the horological gods be with you (including John Mayer).

Step 7: Admire your handiwork. Congratulations! You've successfully changed a watch strap, joining the elite ranks of watch enthusiasts who have this rare skill.

To Wrap It Up

And there you have it, a revolutionary guide on how to change a watch strap. I hope this life-altering information has enriched your passion for watches.

Stay tuned for my next groundbreaking post on how to wind a watch. Spoiler alert: It involves turning the crown. Shocking, I know.