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 metal watch band.
Before you can measure the watch band, you must first remove the old band
from the watch case. You can learn
Remove a Metal Watch Band here.
Once the old watch band has been removed, the first thing to do is determine
the width of the watch band. Do not try to measure the end of your metal watch
band like you would with a leather band: since some metal bands have expandable
ends, this measurement can be misleading for width. You can measure for
with either a ruler or a digital gauge, though the digital gauge will give you
the most accurate results.
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
Using the ruler, take your watch case and line the inside of the watch lug up
with the zero marker on the metric side of the ruler as most watch band widths
are given in millimeters. When the watch lug is aligned, read the
measurement on the ruler where the inside of the second lug lines up with the
lugs. Estimate smaller if the edge is between two millimeter marks on the watch
Now that you know how wide the watch band is, you can measure for the length
of the watch band. Start by making sure your watch clasp is closed
to give you the most accurate measurement.
Then align your watch band with your ruler. Make sure that the zero marker
meets the end of the watch band or the pointed tips of the end cap if the watch
band has an end cap. Read the measurement where the other end of the watch band
ends on the ruler. This is the length of your watch band.
Remember: When you go to order your replacement watch band,
remember that all metal watch bands can be adjusted to some extent. You can
remove links to make it smaller, and even adjust the pins in some clasps to make
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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