How to Change a Rubber Sport Watch Band

How to Change a Rubber Sport Watch Band


Sport watch bands might get the most wear
and tear of any kind of watch, mostly because they are attached to watches designed for
tough use. You can easily replace your rubber watch band to keep your watch looking like
new with this guide from Esslinger.com. You will need:
A spring bar tool A parts tray
A replacement watch band To change your watch band, first you need
to remove the existing band. Hold the watch case in your hand so the back is facing toward
you and one half of the watch band is accessible. Look at the band where it meets the watch
case. You should see the edges of the spring bar on either side of the watch band. Turn
your watch case on its side for stability in this repair. Take your spring bar tool and insert the forked
end into one of the openings where you see the spring bar above the donut ring on the
bar. Using the donut ring as a catching point for
your spring bar tool, push down so that the spring bar contracts on itself. Push the spring
bar out toward you until the band is free of the watch case. Once the first part of the band is partially
free of the case, you can easily pull it out of the case completely. Remove the spring
bar from the band and place it in your parts tray before setting the watch band aside so
you will remember which side of the watch case it belongs on. Turn the watch case around in your hand so
that the other half of the band that is still attached to the case is accessible. Take your spring bar and repeat what you did
before: find the edges of the spring bar that are sticking out of either side of the watch
band and insert the spring bar tool so that it will catch on the donut ring. Push the spring bar down on itself with the
spring bar tool. When it is compressed, twist the spring bar tool to push that end of the
band out of the case. Release the spring bar and carefully pull
the second half of the watch band out of the watch case. Take the spring bar out of the
band and set it in your parts tray before placing the band off to the side with the
first half. Now you will need to measure your watch band
to make sure you get the right size replacement band. For help doing this, check out this
link here. After you know what size watch band you need,
you can check out Esslinger-dot-com’s wide selection of watch bands here to find your
replacement band. Once you have your new watch band, you can
place it on the watch case. Line up your new band next to the old one so you can tell which
side of the watch band belongs on each side of the watch case. Pick one side of the watch band and insert
the spring bar. If your new watch band came with spring bars, you can use them. Otherwise,
you can use the old spring bars as long as they are in good condition. Take the watch case and orient it so that
it is sitting on its side with the back facing you and the end that matches the watch band
free. Insert the first end of the watch band into
the watch case. Turn or angle the band so you can position the spring bar in the notch
for it in the watch case. Be sure that the finished side of the watch band is facing
the same direction as the watch face. Position the forked end of your spring bar
tool above the donut ring on the spring bar and push down until the end is out of the
way. Then push the watch band into place in between the lugs in the watch case. Move the watch band around in the lugs until
you feel the spring bar pop into place. Don’t worry if it takes you more than one try to
get the spring bar into position. Grab the second half of the new watch band
and insert the other spring bar into the band. Turn the watch case around so the end without
a band attached is accessible and insert the first end of the watch band into the space
for it in the watch case. Position one end of the spring bar in the notch in the case. Then, use your spring bar tool’s forked
end to push down the free end of the spring bar and slide the end of the watch band completely
into place in the watch case. Move the end around until the spring bar pops into place. Once both ends of the watch band have been
secured in the watch case, you can wear your watch again. For more help with watch band
repair, visit Esslinger.com’s learning center today.

30 Replies to “How to Change a Rubber Sport Watch Band”

  1. thanks!  I watched the video and was able to change the battery and the watch band on my ironman watch!

  2. Well you just revived a watch I never used for a year!!!

    I finally got the wit to look on YouTube for a tutorial!!!

    Thank you sm

  3. Nice video. I was doing exactly the same before watching this video and spent half an hour trying to put band back in place with no luck. I thought this video will reveal some magic trick how to put spring secured.

  4. Thank you so much for making this video, I broke my brothers watch and I used the second half of this to fix it, after a while it worked!

  5. Thanks for the video! Was having troubles understanding my Garmin 400 strap replacement instructions and it used the same system shown on the video.

  6. Very helpful video. Purchased a replacement casio strap and a spring bar tool. A few minutes watching this and the job was easy.

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