How do you change the watch strap?

A whole new style for your watch

You can completely change the look of your watch with a new strap. With the right bracelet, you not only upgrade your watch, but your entire outfit. You also give your watch a new feeling when you wear it. Learn how to change your watch strap below.

How to change your bracelet

First, we recommend looking at how the current strap is attached to your watch. Most watches have a so-called spring bar on each side, which is pushed into the bracelet and clamped between the brackets of the watch case. The term spring bar results from its mechanics. In order to be clamped and snapped between the watch case mounts, it must be contractible like a mechanical spring. Every spring bar has this basic mechanism.

There are now three different ways in which a spring bar can be detached from the watch case - depending on the type of bar or the type of attachment in the case. With the tool from our Watch strap store you can easily change the bracelet in any of these three ways. Below we explain how to change the watch strap depending on the case.

1. Most used attachment

The conventional and therefore most common way, like watch straps can be detached from the watch case is done with a tool or tool as follows:

  1. The flat, fork-like side of the spring bar tool is placed between the case and strap.
  2. The spring bar is then pushed together (contracted) towards the side of the bracelet until it pops out of the hole.
  3. Now the watch strap is already loosened, as can be seen in the picture.

The new bracelet is also inserted with the spring bar tool:

  1. The spring bar should first be pulled out of the previously attached watch strap and pushed into the new strap. So you can be sure that the spring bar fits into the attachment of your watch.
  2. Next you can insert the spring bar with the bracelet into one of the two holes (see picture).
  3. At the other end of the spring bar, you now need to apply some pressure with the flat side of the tool so that you compress the spring bar enough to fit between the brackets on the watch case.
  4. Now you can carefully slide the compressed spring bar with strap into the second hole with your tool.

2. Attachment with holes on the outside of the watch case

On some watches, the holes for spring bars go through the case so they are visible from the outside. The biggest difference to the variant under 1. lies in the way the spring bar can be released from the holder:

  1. The pointed end of the spring bar tool is required to detach the watch strap from the holder. With this side you press into one of the holes on the outside of your watch case (see picture) until the spring bar pops out of its holder.

To insert the new bracelet, proceed in exactly the same way as described under 1. Here it is important that you also use the existing spring bars for your new watch strap, as they usually differ slightly from conventional spring bars. They are slightly wider at the ends to fully fill the through holes in the watch case.

3. Attachment with quick-change spring bar

Quick change bars are becoming increasingly popular and are used more often on newer watch models. Even premium brands such as Nomos Glashütte now use this quick-change system as standard. In principle, this is just an attachment with a conventional spring bar, except that this spring bar has a protruding pin (see spring bar in the picture).

What is special about these quick-change spring bars is that they allow you to change the bracelet even faster and require your own holes or cut-outs in the bracelet (see picture). Changing the watch strap is as follows:

  1. To release the bracelet, simply push the visible pin of the spring bar to the side.
  2. Now you can slide the spring bar out of the bracelet. Make sure the pin doesn't get caught in the band's notch. It is best to use the spring bar tool for this.
  3. By placing the flat, fork-like side of the spring bar tool against the protruding pin on the spring bar, you can slide the bar into the new strap.
  4. Next, insert one side of the spring bar with strap into the hole of the watch case bracket (see image).
  5. The pin must now be pushed toward the inserted side to compress (contract) the spring bar.
  6. With the spring bar pressed together, the watch strap can now be placed completely between the holders of the case until the spring bar snaps into place.
Picture quick-change system with spring bars and watch strap