How to Change a Wrist Watch Strap
Now I will teach you, how to change a watch strap from a stock (original) strap.
It is very simple and requires only a tool which has a sharp edge.
Examples of tools ranked from least user firendly, to most user friendly.
- Knife: LEAST
- Flat screwdriver: ALRIGHT
- Springbar Tool: BEST
Knife, flat screwdriver and springbar tool
Step 1: Locate the Springbar
The watch strap is held to the watch with a springbar. This springbar has a small spring inside it, which makes it capable of compressing into the watch case.
Springbar is compressed within the watchcase
Springbar and hole for springbar in the watchcase
Step 2: Press the Springbar flange
The springbar has a small flange, sometimes a double flange on each side. This illustrated springbar has a double flange on one side only (right side).
Double flange on the right side
Press the springbar flange in the arrows direction and remove it from the watchcase.
Step 3: Put both Springbars back into the Case
When both springbars are removed, you simply put them back into the watchcase again, by applying pressure on each flange.
Both springbars back in place
Step 4: Attach your Preferred Strap
When both springbars are back in the case, you will be ready to attach your NATO strap.
Left: NATO strap; Right: Stock strap
NATO Strap Attaching:
Insert the long end of the strap under the upper springbar
Insert the long end under the lower springbar
Insert the long end into the shorter end´s metal loop
You have now hopefully learned how to remove the old strap and attached a new NATO strap onto your watch.!
As for tools to use, I recommend using a springbar tool, as it is specifically designed for that job and your risk of scratching your watchcase is much lower.
Happy strap changing!