Changing a Metal Watch Band
While metal watch bands are more
durable than your typical leather watch band, but that doesn't mean that they
won't begin to show wear and tear after years of use and abuse. Therefore
you may eventually need to replace your metal band, or you just might want to
change it to give your watch a new look. These guides will help you change
the most common metal watch band styles.
The first thing
to figure out about metal watch bands is how they attach to the watch case.
Look at the watch case lugs and see whether or not the lugs have holes in them.
This will tell you how to go about removing the band. For example: if the
movement has no holes in the lugs, you will want to use this guide to learn
to Change a Metal Watch Band - Spring Bar Style without Holes.
There is another
type of metal watch band that also does not generally have holes in the lugs and
that is the metal watch band with end caps. These watch bands are
connected to the watch case with an extra metal piece that makes it look like
the band flows from the watch case in one solid piece, with no gaps at all.
Another easy way to recognize a watch band that has end pieces attached is to
look at the back of the watch case where the band connects to the watch case.
If you can see two wing-like extensions from a small metal piece you'll know
that you will need to use this guide to learn
How to Change a Metal Watch Band - Spring Bar Style with End Pieces.
If your watch
lugs do have holes in them your watch band may be attached in one of two
- When you
look at the holes in your watch lugs and can see that both sides of the pin
holding the watch band to the case have screw head ends, you can be sure
that the watch band is held in place with Gucci style screws. Learn
How to Change a Metal Watch Band - Gucci Screw Style here.
- When the
ends of the pin holding the watch band in place are smooth through the holes
in the watch lugs you should test the ends of the pin showing. If the
metal pin has a little give or movement you are most likely dealing with a spring bar attachment. To
How to Change a Metal Watch Band - Spring Bar Style With Holes, click here.
NOTE: While you can replace a metal watch band with any kind of watch
band from leather to rubber, or just stick with a metal band, you need to be
sure that you use a band with similar end pieces. You cannot replace watch
band with a curved end piece with a watch band with a flat or straight end piece
because the ends will not match up with the holes in the lugs.
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