How to Swap Watch Strap for A Fresh Look

How to Swap Watch Strap for A Fresh Look

A watch is more than just a tool to tell time. It's also a fashion statement that can add style and sophistication to your outfit. One of the easiest ways to switch up the look of your watch is by changing out the strap. This is a simple and affordable way to give your timepiece a fresh, new look without having to invest in a whole new watch. In this article, we'll guide you through the process of changing out your watch strap, step-by-step. You don't need any special tools or skills to do this; anyone can do it at home with just a few basic materials.


Sizing guide for measuring watch strap & band size to match different watches due to the different lug size of every watches.


Step 1

Determine the Size of Your Watch Strap The first thing you need to do before buying a new watch strap is to determine the size of your current strap. You can find this information on the back of the strap or by measuring the width of the strap where it attaches to the watch case. The most common sizes are 18mm, 20mm, and 22mm.


Black Rolex Submariner with Strapatelier's Saffiano Padded Strap

(Strap shown in photo: Saffiano Padded


Step 2

Choose a New Watch Strap Now that you know the size of your watch strap, it's time to choose a new one. There are many different materials, colours, and styles to choose from, so take some time to think about what would look best with your watch and your personal style. Some popular materials include leather, metal, NATO straps, and silicone.


Showcase of Rolex Submariner Lug Holes and Seiko SARB035 with Strapatelier Strap Changing Pro Tool 


Step 3

To remove the old watch strap, locate the spring bar that attaches it to the watch case. Use a spring bar tool or a small flathead screwdriver to compress the spring bar and release it from the groove on the watch case. Repeat the process on both sides of the strap, and then pull the strap away from the watch case.


If your watch has lug holes on the outside like those seen in the photo of the Rolex Submariner above, you can utilize the pointed end of the pro tool to puncture the lug holes and extract the spring bar.


(You can purchase a Professional Springbar Removal Tool clicking HERE)


Seiko Sarb035 with Strapatelier Saffiano Padded Leather Watch Strap


Step 4

Attach the New Watch Strap Great! Now, it's time to install the new watch strap. Start by inserting one end of the spring bar into the hole on one side of the watch case. Then, push the other end of the spring bar into the hole on the other side of the watch case. Next, slide the new strap onto the spring bars. Make sure the strap is facing the correct way and that it's centred on the watch case. If you're using a leather strap, ensure the buckle is facing correctly. Finally, compress the spring bars again and slide them into the grooves on the watch case. Once they're in place, release the spring bars and make sure they're securely in place.


Orient Bambino watch with Strapatelier saffiano padded leather watch strap in dark grey

(Strap shown in photo: Saffiano Padded Dark Grey)


Step 5

Test the New Watch Strap Before you wear your watch, it's a good idea to give it a quick test to make sure it's secure. Gently tug on the strap to make sure it's attached properly and won't fall off. You can also shake your wrist to ensure the strap stays in place. If the strap feels loose or you're not sure it's secure, repeat the process and make sure the spring bars are fully engaged in the grooves on the watch case.



Switching out your watch strap is a simple and cost-effective way to give your watch a fresh look and a new lease of life. With a wide range of strap materials, colours, and design selections, you will be able to find a strap that not only complements your personal style but also suits the occasion and season. Additionally, changing the strap is also a way to customize your watch and make it stand out from the crowd. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily switch out your watch strap at home with minimal tools and time.

However, if you're unsure about the process, it's always best to seek professional assistance to avoid damaging your watch or the strap. Remember, a well-chosen watch strap can make a big difference in the overall appearance and comfort of your watch. So don't be afraid to experiment and try out different straps to find the perfect match for your watch and style.

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