No matter which watch you ultimately decide on, whether it should be sporty or elegant, it must fit. It must fit you and, of course, your wrist.
Finding the right watch strap is an art in itself, but you can measure the length relatively easily. We will tell you everything you need to know to determine your size and how to change your watch strap in three simple steps.
1. change the watch strap - measure the width
Even leather and metal can give up their service over the years and even a high-quality manufactured watch strap can break. Especially if you have fallen in love with an antique watch or your old love tears the band of life, changing the bracelet is the right choice.
The width of the bracelet depends on the case and the corresponding holder, only then the bracelet really fits the watch. Of course, the choice of width of the bracelet also plays a role on the wrist, but then it is more a fashionable one - but you make this decision when you buy the watch. if you have rather wide wrists, you should also choose a wide bracelet, that is the rule of thumb.
As a rule, the watch strap on the case is half as long as the case diameter, so for a case diameter of 44mm this means a bracelet of 22mm. However, this is rather a non-binding style guide, which most manufacturers adhere to. If you want to change your watch band and be sure, you have to measure with millimeter accuracy. The measurement you take on the case is called the width of the bridge or the width of the lugs.
This can be done with a caliper gauge or ruler, but you can also find guides on the Internet to print out. Then you only have to put on your watch like a template. As a rule, watch straps tend to be straight millimetre widths, the most common sizes being 18, 20, 22, 24 or 26 mm. For men's watches the sizes are usually between 18-24mm. Because some bracelets taper towards the clasp, you should definitely measure by the loop for the spring bar. If you still have your old bracelet, you can of course take this with you when you buy your new one.
2. find the right length
In terms of length, you still have some play with a perforated leather strap, but classic metal straps with links have to be precisely measured to fit well.
If the old watch strap fits well, you can also simply measure that. This is the way of least resistance, you only have to add up the short and long ends and you will have the right total length. 70 mm for the short end and 120 mm for the long end add up to 190 mm length, so no problem.
It gets a bit more complex if you have lost parts of the bracelet, it has torn or your dream watch no longer has a bracelet. In this case you measure the circumference of your wrist with a tape measure. Do not forget to subtract the diameter of the watch case from the result.
No measuring tape at hand? Then a piece of string will do, which you then put on a ruler. By the way, knowing the circumference of your wrist is also recommended before buying a watch, as it makes it easier for you to decide on the size of the watch or Smartwatch case.
When buying a new watch strap, calculate with a projection of around 30 mm, at least 25 mm should be the minimum.
This is how the calculation looks like using an example: You have a wrist circumference of 200 mm and a case of 40 mm, then the strap length is 200 mm - 40 mm + 30 mm (projection) = 190 mm.
3. changing the watch strap made easy
Grey is all theory: Once you have measured the correct values and are holding your new bracelet in your hands, the actual changing of the bracelet begins. With a spring bar tool (pointed side) you first press the spring bar out of the case, if you have not already done so or if it has already happened to you. Once you have removed the remains of the old bracelet, you first insert the spring bar and then thread the watch band. Theoretically, you can also do this with a knife tip or a flat screwdriver, but this can be very tricky. You can get a spring bar tool for less than 10,- Euro and your nerves should be worth it in that case.
Once everything is threaded tight and the spring bars are back in place, the procedure is complete and you can enjoy your watch with a brand new strap.
A new bracelet is like a new life (for your watch)
Do you want to get a vintage model back in shape for your wrist, replace a worn bracelet or is your old bracelet simply torn? With our guide, you can easily find and change a new watch strap and make your watch fit for your wrist again.