Whether your current watch band is worn out, or you would just like to give your
watch a new look, you can easily replace your leather watch band. This
guide will help you change watch bands in cases with holes in the lugs. How do you know if your watch case
is held in place with Gucci screws? Check the watch lugs, the metal part that
sticks out to hold the watch band. If the lugs look like they each have one
small round hole, the band might be held in place with screws, check the
holes closer and if the tips of the pin holding the band in place have screw
heads, then you are dealing with a Gucci style screw.
When your goal is to change a watch band held in place with Gucci screws, you
must first remove the old band from the watch case. Before you can remove the
screws from the watch band, you must first find which end actually screws out of
the band. To do this, you will need to hold one side of the screw pin steady
while unscrewing the other. You can use either your screwdriver block and flat
head screwdriver or two flat head screwdrivers to hold it steady. We recommend
using a screwdriver block because it is more stable and less likely to damage
your watch pin or band.
Take the screwdriver block, and find which blade best fits the screw head. Once
you know which blade to use, line the screw blade with the screw head on one
side of the watch band. When it is in place, turn the block and watch so the
watch case is standing up on its side on the block with the other end free.
Then, insert the blade of your free screwdriver into the other screw head.
Make sure that your first turn is a sharp and quick turn counter-clockwise so
that you break the glue seal holding the screw in place. You may need someone to
hold the screwdriver block steady so it doesn’t spin while you work. Once the
seal has been broken, continue turning your screwdriver counter-clockwise.
NOTE: Since there is no way to tell which side of the screw will come
loose, if after turning the screw several times it does not look like it has
loosened at all, turn the watch case over so you can try unscrewing from the
other end. Position the end you were unscrewing on the screwdriver block and
turn it upright. With your free screwdriver, begin to turn the other end of the
When the screw comes loose, remove it and place it in your parts tray to keep
it safe. You can remove the watch case from the screwdriver block at this point
Hold the watch case in your hand and with your non-magnetic tweezers, push
the remaining screw bar piece out of the watch band. When you can grab the screw
bar with your fingers, pull it free and put it in your parts tray.
The first end of the leather band should fall away from the watch case. Pick
it up and set it aside so you can keep track which side of the watch case it
Now, repeat this process for the other half of the watch band. Start by
matching the screwdriver block blade with the screw head on one side of the
other half of the watch band. Turn the watch case so that the free end with the
screw head is facing up and the watch case is balanced on the screwdriver block.
Take your screwdriver and insert it into the upward facing screw and turn it
counter-clockwise. Make sure that your first turn is a sharp and quick turn
counter-clockwise so that you break the glue seal holding the screw in place.
Once the seal has been broken, continue turning your screwdriver
NOTE: As before, if the screw does not come loose after turning it
several times, flip the watch case over and try removing it from the other end.
Once the screw comes loose, remove it with your non-magnetic tweezers and
place it in your parts tray for safe keeping. After you remove the screw
you can take the watch case off of the screwdriver block and set the block
Use your non-magnetic tweezers to push the remaining screw bar out of the
watch case and band. When the bar is partially out of the case, grab it with
your fingers and pull it free. Place it in your parts tray for safe keeping.
At this point, the second half of the watch band should fall free from the
watch case. Set the second half of the leather band aside with the first one to
ensure that the watch clasp opens and closes the same way as before when you
Next you need to
the watch band to determine the size of your replacement band. Once you have
the size of the watch band needed, you can choose a size and style that you
prefer. For lots of watch band options, visit our
watch band page.
Before you begin to place the new band on your watch case, you should
consider replacing your Gucci style screws. The screws wear out just like spring
bars do, and while you can use your old screws you run the risk of losing your
Using the old band for reference, choose one side of the new band that you
know belongs to one side of the watch case. Place the first end of the new
leather band between the two metal lugs of the watch case. Align the holes in
the watch band with the holes in the watch lugs and take one of the screw bars
from your parts tray. Insert the screw bar into tube created by the holes in the
watch band and the watch case. The bar will hold the ends together while you
place the screw into the other end.
Take one of the
screws in your tweezers and insert it into the open end of watch case lug. Turn
it in clockwise once or twice with your screwdriver into the screw bar.
With the screw
held in place, grab the screwdriver block and align it with the screw bar head
end of the end piece. Turn the watch case so the loose screw is accessible to
your screwdriver. Using the screwdriver block to hold the bottom screw head in
place, turn the top screw clockwise until it tightens into place.
When you cannot turn the top screw anymore, remove the watch case from the
screwdriver block and turn the case around so you can reattach the second half
of the band into place.
Pick up the second half of the watch band and place it between the two open
lugs of the watch case. Be sure that the hole through the watch band lines up
with the holes in the watch lugs. Then, grab the second screw bar and slide it
into the tunnel created by the holes in the watch case and the watch band.
Once the screw bar is in place, take your last screw with your tweezers and
insert it into the open end of the watch lug. Turn it clockwise once or twice
with your screwdriver to ensure that it stays in place.
Now that you know the screw won’t fall out of the watch case, take your
screwdriver block and align the blade with the screw bar end of the watch pin.
Turn the watch case so it is standing on its side on the screwdriver block and
the free end is accessible to your screwdriver. Using the screwdriver, turn the
loose screw end of the link clockwise into place. When you can’t tighten it
anymore, you know the band is securely back in place.
Once both halves of the watch band are securely attached to the watch case,
you are ready to wear your watch again with its brand new look.