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Watch Bands | The Top 10 Rookie Mistakes You Absolutely Can't Make With Your New Stainless Steel Watch Band

8 min read May 04, 2022

Watch Bands | The Top 10 Rookie Mistakes You Absolutely Can't Make With Your New Stainless Steel Watch Band

It's a big day. Your new stainless steel Watch Bands or the stainless steel watch band replacement product have arrived and you just can't wait to put the Audemars Piguet watch strap on your watch. You take the watch off and carefully read the instructions. Then, you gently slide the spring bars or the Bell & Ross watch strap into place, only to realise that - to your horror - you've put the watch bands on backward. It's happened to the best of us, and it's always a little disappointing when it does. 

The truth is that there are so many things that can go wrong when you're putting on new watch bands, especially the IWC big pilot watch strap  for the first time. But that should be no reason to get discouraged! The first step in avoiding rookie mistakes is knowing what they are. So without further ado, here are the top 10 rookie mistakes you simply cannot make with your new stainless steel watch bands or the Omega watch strap replacement products:

1.) Putting The Stainless Steel watch bands On Backwards

Is it possible to put on the stainless steel watch bands or the Audemars Piguet watch strap backward so that the little nubs on the back of the watch will not fit through the holes in the watch bands like the Bell & Ross watch strap? If your watch bands are the type that has a flat side and a rounded side like the IWC big pilot watch strap, it's a good idea to put the flat side against your wrist. This gives you a little more comfort and keeps the rounded edge from digging into your wrist.

2.) Not Cleaning The Spring Bar Holes Before Sliding In The New Spring Bars

The most common mistake that people make when it comes to changing watch bands such as the Omega watch strap replacement is not cleaning the spring bar holes of the stainless steel before sliding in the new spring bars. This can lead to scratches on the side of your watch and can also cause you to damage the crown, Seiko samurai watch band, and case back when you are trying to pry in the new spring bars. To prevent this from happening, simply spray a small amount of Windex or any glass cleaner into the hole of the Seiko turtle watch band and wipe it with a paper towel. This will clean out all of the dirt from the turtle watch band and debris that may have built up over time.

3.) Not Paying Attention To Which Side Of The watch band Is Up And Down

The most common problem is not paying attention to which side of the stainless steel watch bands or the stainless steel watch band replacement are up and down before sliding it into the watch body. As a result, it often ends up at the wrong angle. The problem with this is that the Bell & Ross watch strap wants you to slide the watch bands into the body from the front at a specific angle so that the pins on one side of the IWC big pilot watch strap go into one slot and the pins on the opposite side go into another slot. 

If you don't pay attention to this and start sliding the Audemars Piguet watch strap in from the wrong side, you can end up with two pins on one side of the Omega watch strap replacement going into one slot and no pins on the other side going in at all because there's no slot for the Seiko samurai watch band to go into. This results in watch bands that aren't flush with your wrist or one Seiko turtle watch band that is too loose. It's easy to do if you don't pay attention, but if you practice a few times before you try to put it on your wrist, you'll get used to which way up and down it is.

4.) Using The Wrong Size Spring Bars And Forcing Them Into Place

When you are installing stainless steel watch bands such as Seiko turtle watch band styles, you need to find the right size spring bars that will work with your watch and with the stainless steel watch bands. If you use the wrong size, the Seiko samurai watch band won't fit into the channel in which the turtle watch band designs are supposed to go and they can be forced in by using too much force. This can cause the Seiko ssa345 to bend and break, and then they will not be able to hold the stainless steel watch bands onto your watch. The first thing to know about replacing your watch bands or bracelets is that you are using the correct size spring bars for your watch bands. 

Proper replacement for watch bands such as the Seiko new turtle should come with properly sized spring bars. Spring bars of the 22mm watch band replacement designs are the little metal bars that hold your watch bands to the case on both sides. These little bars of the 25mm watch strap will come in different sizes and you need to make sure you have the right ones when putting on new watch bands. If you are trying to put 22 mm watch bands on 20 mm lugs like the khaki watch strap products, it is not going to fit. You have to use the right size spring bars for your case. In this picture, we have all sizes of Seiko Diver watch bands in 22, 20, 18, 16, 15, and 14 mm lugs such as the design of the perlon watch band.

5.) Cracking Or Breaking The New watch band By Over-Tightening It

As with any watch band or the turtle watch band, if you over-tighten it, you run the risk of cracking or breaking the Seiko ssa345. This will be especially true with some of the more exotic watch bands like carbon fibre or the Seiko new turtle vulcanised rubber watch bands. If the watch you are installing it on has a spring bar mounted watch bands holder (like most dive watches) such as the 22mm watch band replacement, this is not as much of an issue. Even if you do over-tighten the spring bars, they will just pop out. 

But if you are installing Watch Bands that go through the lugs like the 25mm watch strap, and you over-tighten the Audemars Piguet watch band, there is no such safety net to protect your new watch bands. The watch case lugs may bend outward instead of snapping the watch bands such as the Horween watch band designs. In any event, it would be better to just try again rather than over-tighten and risk ruining your new watch bands.

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6.) Losing A Screw On Your Deployant Buckle

Hey, it happens. No big deal. I've lost a screw on my deployant buckle before too. Sometimes, the screws for Seiko ssa345 designs are so small that they can be frustrating to work with and can easily get dropped on the floor. If you happen to find the Seiko new turtle screw, then all you need is a quick trip to your local hardware store to pick up a replacement screw for the 22mm watch band replacement. I know, I know, you are thinking that if you try this, your watch will be ruined forever, but I assure you it will not. The only things that you need for the 25mm watch strap are some pliers and your deployant buckle.

  • Step 1: Press down on the pin at the tip of each side of your Audemars Piguet watch band buckle and pull out the loop in which the screw sits.
  • Step 2: Take your pliers and grab onto the tip of the pin sticking out of each side of your Horween watch band buckle.
  • Step 3: Pull each pin all the way through so that they are completely out of your khaki watch strap buckle.
  • Step 4: Now put those pins into the holes at the tip of each side of your perlon watch band buckle and push them in so that they stick out exactly as they did before.

7.) Not pre-measuring your wrist

Metal watch bands, such as stainless steel or the Audemars Piguet watch band can be hard to size. So, if you have a watch with metal watch bands, make sure you measure your wrist before starting the purchase process of the khaki watch strap. This will help you determine the length of watch bands and whether or not the watch bands such as the Horween watch band will adjust. If you don’t know how to measure your wrist for a watch, here’s how: Wrap a soft tape measure around your wrist where the perlon watch band will sit and make note of the measurement. Adjusting for comfort, you want the Seiko skx007 watch band to fit comfortably with about half an inch of extra space between your wrist and your skin once it’s on. If your measurement falls in between two sizes, then choose the larger size or a handmade watch band.

8.) Choosing cheap watch bands because it has a solid end, rather than one with a removable pin or Not choosing between a polished (shiny) or brushed (matte) finish watch bands

There's a lot to think about when picking out the best stainless steel watch bands or the stainless steel watch band replacement for you. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Make sure the end of the watch bands is right for your watch. watch bands such as the Seiko skx007 watch band have either a solid end or an end with a removable pin. Watch cases can have either type of connection, so make sure the ends of the Bell & Ross watch band match before you buy. It's also a good idea to make sure that the watch bands are close in width to what's already on your watch.
  • Choose between a polished (shiny) Omega seamaster watch strap or a brushed (matte) finish. Shiny finish watch bands tend to look more formal, while matte finishes are more casual.
  • Pick the right nubuck watch strap length. The length of watch bands is measured from the end of one clasp to the other, and manufacturers usually offer standard lengths of 7, 7.5, and 8 inches long like the watch strap custom made for men and 6, 6.5, and 7 inches long for women
  • Remember durability matters too. Stainless steel handmade watch band won't break easily but it can dent, especially if it has a polished finish

9.) Buying the same length watch bands whether you want a taper or not

The short answer is that you don't need to know whether your watch has a taper or not. When you buy watch bands like the Seiko skx007 watch band, you should be buying the Bell & Ross watch band by the length. The original length of the watch bands such as the Omega seamaster watch strap is going to be determined by the manufacturer and is going to be based on what they think is a good fit for the average person. When you order watch bands, you can get the same length as the standard watch bands or a shorter titanium watch strap. If you order shorter, then there will be no taper.

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10.) Not Buying Extra Pins And Tools

Some smartwatches use a quick-release system that allows you to pop the spring bars of the Bell & Ross watch band out with a click. These are usually found in high-end watches and are an extremely useful feature. If your watch doesn't have this feature or you're just looking to upgrade it with the Omega seamaster watch strap, look for spring bar removal tools. You'll find plenty of titanium watch strap designs on Strapcode, but the nubuck watch strap designs are all essentially the same, so pick one that's cheap. When purchasing additional watch bands, be sure to pick up some extra spring bars too. The handmade watch band Pins are easy to lose and don't cost much.

About Strapcode

Strapcode is a small company with a big reputation. Strapcode offers stainless steel watch bands and titanium watch strap products that will take your timepiece to the next level. With one of their watch bands such as the designs of the nubuck watch strap, you'll be able to keep your favourite watches looking great for years to come with the watch strap custom made designs. Strapcode's headquarters are in Hong Kong, but they also have offices in Montana, Washington, and Michigan.

 


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