One of the most important things to do when you are planning to change your
watch band is to measure the existing band (if possible) and find out the width
and length. Without those two measurements, you will not be able to ensure
that you have the right size watch band for your watch case. Use this
guide from Esslinger.com to help you successfully measure a leather watch band.
You can use this same method to measure silicone, nylon, and diver Velcro
watch bands. Always be sure that you are ordering the right size watch
Before you can measure the watch band, you must first remove the old band
from the watch case. You can learn
Remove a Leather Watch Band here.
Once the old watch band has been removed, the first thing to do is determine
the width of the watch band. Remove the spring bar from the band and prepare to
measure the flat end that usually holds the spring bar. You can do this in
two different ways.
Take the flat end up of the watch band and line it up against your ruler so
that one edge is even with the zero marker on the metric side of your ruler.
Note where the other edge of the watch band ends and take that measurement in
millimeters. Note: you can also make this measurement with a digital
Hold the watch case in your hand so that the lugs are facing outward. Then
take your digital gauge and place the backward opening upper jaws in between the
watch case lugs. Open the gauge's jaws until they fit snugly against the
inside of the watch lugs. Record the millimeter measurement listed on the
gauge's display. If the measurement is not a whole number, round up if the
decimal is five or above, and round down if the decimal is less than five. Note:
while you can take this measurement with a ruler, you will get the most accurate
results using a digital gauge.
Now that you know how wide the watch band is, you can measure for the length
of the watch band. Start by lining up the two flat ends of the watch band
parts so they are touching – remember to keep the watch band parts arranged so
you know which side belongs where on the watch case.
Next, take your ruler and align the zero mark on the standard side of the ruler
with the end of the watch band that holds the clasp. DO NOT include the
clasp in your measurement. When you’ve aligned the watch band with the ruler,
read the measurement where the pointed end of the watch band stops. This is the
length of your watch band in inches.
Once you have the length measurement, you can easily order a replacement band
that is the perfect size for your watch. If you need help
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