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 sport rubber watch band.
To accurately measure the length of a rubber watch band, you must first
remove the old band from the watch case. For help removing your watch band, you
can check out our article on
Remove a Rubber Sport Watch Band.
Once the old watch band is free of the watch case, the first thing to do is
determine the width of the band. You can find this measurement in one of two
ways and you can use either a ruler or a digital gauge according to your
The first way to measure the width of a watch band is to use the watch band
itself. Take the end of the band that usually sits inside the watch case and
line the rectangular protrusion up against the metric side of your ruler. Be
sure that one side of this portion of the band is flush with the zero marker on
your ruler and then record the width of the band where it sits in the watch lugs
in millimeters. All watch band widths at Esslinger.com are measured in
millimeters, so this will help you avoid confusion when ordering a replacement.
The other way to measure the width of a watch band is to measure the distance
between the watch case lugs. In sport watches like this, the lugs will be hidden
under the case and you will get the most accurate results using a digital gauge
to measure this distance. Take your digital gauge and position its backward
opening jaws between the lugs. Then, open the jaws until they sit snugly against
the inside of the case lugs and record the millimeter measurement on the display
of the gauge.
Now that you know how wide the watch band is, you can measure the length of
the band. Lay out the two pieces of the band so that the tail of the longer side
of the band touches the end of the other half inside the buckle, refer to the
picture for help. Remember to keep the watch band pieces arranged so you know
which side belongs on which side of the band.
Next, take your ruler and align the zero mark on the standard side with the
end of the watch band that will be outside the watch case. DO NOT include
the rectangular portions that you measured to get the width of the band, because
they sit inside the watch case, their length does not matter here. When you’ve
aligned the watch band with the ruler, read the measurement where the band
stops, just before the portion on the other end that sits under the case starts.
This is the length of your watch band.
With these measurements in hand, you can easily order a replacement band that
is the perfect size for your watch. Be aware that watch bands come in standard
lengths, and you may not find a watch band that is the exact length of your old
band - since you can easily make a rubber watch band smaller by changing which
hole in the band you use, purchase a band that is longer than your current one
if we do not have your exact size.
Check out our wide selection of
watch bandstoday! You can
learn How to
Replace a Watch Band here once you have your new band picked out.