Bracelet/Strap Changing Guide

Posted on 29 October 2013

This brief guide will show you how to remove you bracelet and fit a conventional straight ended watch strap.
You will require
Spring Bar tool
1.4mm or 1.6mm Screwdriver
A cloth to lay your watch on
We would suggest keeping all of the parts that you remove from your watch in a very safe place.
Removing the Bracelet will be a lot easier if you open up the Bracelet. To do this, you can either remove a spring bar that will be holding your clasp together or detach a link from the bracelet. Using your spring bar tool to compress the spring bar will release it from the clasp and it should come away from the clasp.
Once you have opened up the bracelet, you will be able to access the Spring Bars holding the bracelet on a lot easier which reduces the risk of damage to the watch.
At this point, we would recommend taping up the lugs of the watch. This will further protect the watch from potentially scratching the watch when you are removing the bracelet.
To remove the bracelet, locate the forked end of your Spring Bar tool on the Spring Bar within the bracelet. Once located, compress the Spring Bar inwards and you should be able to remove it from the hole that it is located in. Do the same to the other side of the Spring Bar and you should be able to remove the bracelet from between the lugs.
Once you have removed the Bracelet you should be left with just the watch. You will be see the two holes on the inside of the lugs. This is where you need to try and get the new Spring Bars on the leather strap in to.
We would suggest replacing the tape. Insert your new spring bars in to the strap and locate one end of the spring bar in to one of the holes on the lugs making sure the strap is the right way up. Also, you will want to attach the length of the strap with the holes on the the 6 o'clock lugs and the buckle length on the 12 o'clock lugs.
Once the one end of the Spring Bar is in the lug then you take the other end of the spring bar and compress it with the forked end of the spring bar tool. You will then be able to locate the hole and you will hear a little click when the spring bar has been located in to the hole. At this point we would suggest lightly tugging on the strap to double check that the spring bars have been located in to the holes safely.
Repeat that process for the other length of strap.
Congratulations, you should now have a successfully fitted a watch strap to your watch.

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  • Michelle Brown: June 26, 2016

    I want to purchase one of your princess straps my old strap says its18mm however its a very snug fit in fact the strap looks a little frayed because its tight. I measured the space where the spring bar goes and it is 18mm do you think its because the strap I have is a cheap one or should I get a 16mm? very confused don’t want to waste postage and time with an incorrect size?

    Thank you

  • Stephen: May 16, 2016

    Great guide – thanks for posting….

  • WatchObsession: June 30, 2014

    Hi Bryan, thanks!

    This is the Golden Brown Lucca. Looks a little dark in these photos but in the flesh I would struggle to find a better looking Calf leather strap.

  • Bryan: June 29, 2014

    Awesome guide! and great looking strap! Is this Lucca in brown or golden brown? :)

  • WatchObsession: January 22, 2014

    Hi David, thanks for the feedback. We are constantly thinking of new guides to do and one for the deployments is on our list. It will be uploaded soon.

  • WatchObsession: January 22, 2014

    Hi Luis, it is possible to change over the buckle for one which came with your original strap.

  • Luis Borrego: January 17, 2014

    As for you exemple concerns, it is possible to change the Hirsch buckle for the original Rolex one without dismantle the strap?

  • David: January 15, 2014

    Thanks for these guides. Perhaps you could do one that shows fitting of each deployment clasp so we can get a better idea of which type to buy.

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