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It looks like there are springbars at each end that hold the strap in place. If you take a springbar tool and put the fork over the "pin" at either corner, it will push in towards the strap; pull the strap away from the watch a bit, and when you release the springbar, that side will be unhooked. Repeat for the other side, and you'll be able to get at the back of the watch. Be careful- since they are spring-loaded, springbars like to go flying across the room. Fortunately, replacements are cheap.
If you have $5.74 and a little willingness to learn, you can buy a watchband adjustment tool off Amazon and do it yourself. There's tons of tutorials on YouTube.
Spring Bar Tool Set - 5in., 7 Pc [link]
Make sure you get the proper size (width) strap for your watch.
Also make sure the strap in question has the "quick release" feature. Otherwise you must use a tool to change straps (A spring bar tool is best, but a small flat-head screwdriver or penknife will work too). It's not that hard, but the quick release way is much easier.
The specs on the watch say it has a 20mm lug size. If this is correct, the 20mm watch strap you have chosen should fit the watch. A spring bar tool is a big help in changing straps, but a small penknife or flat head screwdriver will work too.
Nah, its pretty easy. Just need a spring bar removal tool or even a Paper Clip would work.
If you need to, go look up a YouTube video if it :P
It's easier than most people (who are not into the hobby) think.
To swap bands it's useful to have a spring bar tool, although I got by a long time using a small screwdriver. The band is held on by spring-loaded "spring bars", you just use the tool or the screwdriver to compress the spring and pop the spring bar out, thereby releasing the band from the watch.
If you use a NATO or other 1-piece nylon strap, you can change the strap without removing the spring bars. You just thread the strap over the bars and under the watch. It takes about 30 seconds, which is one reason why NATO straps are so popular. You can change the strap every morning if you feel like it!
I bought it a few weeks ago and it has been working great ever since!
Great deal if you have Amazon prime. If you don't have it, then get it because it is amazing. Ha!
GGI Spring Bar Tool Set - 5in., 7 Pc [link]
I bought one of these
It helps that the tool has a forked end so u can pull back the bar that holds the band in place. You might not see it but its more of a feel around thing. The bar has a spring so you push on it so it gets small enough where you can wiggle it out, same with other side. Sorry if that's confusing but there's many YouTube videos for help. That show I did it too.
The strap was the stock length, I wouldn't know it off by heart but I'll measure it and send you a PM when I do take it off.
You can change the straps with a spring bar tool, which is pretty cheap. I got mine for $10 from Walmart and it serves me well.
Haha, fair enough man. Did that answer your question well enough?
As you'll see they're easy to order once you know the right size. Often worth the $6 or so to get one of these tools too, so you can put springbars in and take them out in the future.
I've got the same band on my PTS and I had to remove four links for it to fit. I ordered this tool when I ordered the band. The tool tips screw on, so I removed the flat tool on one end so I could hammer on that end and I flipped the little "forked" tool so the "pin pusher" end was out. Then I just lined up the pin pusher with the pin and hammered it out gently (using an old mouse pad as a work space). You'll also need some pliers to grab the end of the pin to pull it out.
There's lots of help for resizing watch bands to be found online, but it does take a bit of patience and dexterity. If in doubt, take it to a jeweler or watch repair shop.
Probably not super practical unless you change straps often, but, the tool used to replace watch straps is fairly cheap.
Also, it makes it a little easier to try out new looks. I've been tempted to get a cork strap for a while now.
Get one of these. It will not only make it easier but will prevent you from damaging the case or the band.
I bought this from Amazon to make life easier, but you could also do it with a small flat-head screwdriver.
This is a grey NATO (has nothing to do with NATO, ironically) strap which can bring out the grey on your watch's hands and minute marks.
Black and grey NATO
Solid black NATO
Black leather two-piece, with some sporty looking holes. You'll need a tool for this one. Here's one on Amazon.
fisrt item i found on amazon but im sure there's cheaper ones out there. careful not to scratch your new watch!
This youtube video is a good place to start: [link]
Once you start changing straps you may never stop, so I'd suggest getting a decent strap changing tool. Bergeron makes really good stuff, but something like this is fine: [link]
To buy your replacement strap you'll need to know the width between the lugs (where the strap attaches). Measured in millimeters. Amazon is listing your watch lug width as 21mm - most people will suggest to buy a 22mm nato strap and squeeze it in (they usually are even numbers - 18mm, 20mm, 22mm etc). You might need to buy some 21MM spring bars (ebay or amazon) - you don't say how or where the current bracelet is breaking, but its a small expense to buy new spring bars.
Something like this might look cool, but the trick with Natos is that they are pretty cheap, and you can buy three or four for $50 (try cheapestnatostraps dot com) and swap them out depending on your mood.
You just need a spring bar took
Get a springbar tool: https://www.amazon.com/GGI-pcs-Spring-Bar-Tool/dp/B005ZEWGSA
If you cut off the original band it's easier. Or buy a spring bar tool: [link]
A watch spring bar tool is helpful:
I ordered a leather strap from Misfit since they are having a crazy sale and this silicone band:
Most of the reviews said that it didn't come with anything additional so I went ahead and purchased this
Any 20mm strap will fit your watch (Khaki King is 20mm lug width, I believe). Stainless steel bracelets are often specific to certain models due to the end links, but leather and nylon straps will work on any watch with standard lugs. If you don't have one yet, you should pick up a spring bar tool, there are plenty of cheap ones for under $10 on Amazon. My favorite place to buy straps is Holben's, they will give you an extra pair of spring bars with each strap you buy. They carry both Hirsch and ColaReb.
I believe you need a strap that is 20mm wide.
you'll need a spring bar tool, then you use the smallest fork, place the watch facedown on a soft surface like a towel or polishing cloth. There is a cutout on either side of the endlink. Insert the fork into that hole to grip the collar of the spring bar, and push inwards (toward the center link on the bracelet). The spring bar should come fully out of the lug, then you should be able to twist the bracelet upward slightly so when you (gently) release the spring bar, it will not go back into the lug hole, but just sit against the lug. Then repeat on the other side of the same spring bar, and the endlink should slide out. Same on the other end of the bracelet
I use this tool to change straps and bands.
I would imagine it works with normal spring bars.
OP, if you want to change the strap yourself, you'll need a springbar tool. As for where to get straps, there are guides here and here. If you have any inclination as to the type of strap (leather, NATO/Zulu, bracelet, etc.), we can give you more specific information.
There's a 5 dollar tool on Amazon that I used. It wasn't easy, I just had to press it in there very hard.
I bought this a while back and just used it for the first time. no complaints and theyre very simple so not much to go wrong.
I've had this one from Amazon for a couple years and it's nothing special but totally adequate to the task. There are nicer ones like this if you want them.
Use an actual spring bar tool to compress the bar and remove it, just like you'd do for a watch band that didn't have the quick release levers. I have a good one linked in this page of the wiki: [link]
Thanks! It's easy to change a strap if you have one of those spring bar tools they sell for $6 on amazon.
Hello, I currently own a Citizen Avion I am looking to change the band out mainly because I am not a fan of the studs on the band, I'd rather do it myself since it would be cheaper I feel and also I want to learn how to do it. My questions are, does this model of Citizen use spring bars I know after reading over stuff the FAQ said some might not have spring bars so yours SOL if you wanted to change the straps, next question is for picking up a spring bar tool is this a decent one to get the job done?, I want to stay with a leather or faux leather band any and price was I don't want to spend a whole lot $50 or less any brands you would recommend or avoid? and regarding spring bars do I need to get a new set or using the ones from the old strap perfectly fine? Thank You!
Aliexpress has a similar watch, which is basically a knockoff of a Daniel Wellington watch without the DW logo in the middle. It also has what I'm assuming are fake DW watches here. I can't speak for the quality of the watches, but they're cheap and most quartz movements should last at least a year or so.
Keep in mind you can easily replace the strap with a leather one to your liking by getting a cheap springbar tool off of Amazon.
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Just need the right tool to pull the band's sheathing back, reveal and grip the springbar's ridges. [link]
This is what you will need if you decide to change it yourself...price went up a few bucks:
This is good to have if you have a lot of watches but not necessary by any means:
It has sizes for 99.999999% of watches out there so if you happen to lose the bar that attaches the watch band to the watch, you'll have a lot of extra to substitute.
You'll need a spring bar tool like this: [link]
And watch this YouTube video: [link]
Yeah, you just need a springbar tool like this
And you need to be careful that you don't accidentally launch your watch's spring bars across the room (as I have many times)
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Can't really answer this question specifically, but the band or bracelet is really a non-issue since they are easily swapped in and out with NATO straps or a strap of your choice. Just make sure you measure the band width correctly with the one you're replacing it with. Costs like $5 for the tool needed
Also, you'll need a spring bar tool if you want to change bands.