Changing a watch strap

Note: this page is only relevant for watch straps that are attached with pushpins/spring bars (and therefore no screws).

By changing your watch strap, you can make your watch look like new again within a few minutes. 

This is how you change your watch strap

Disassembling your old watch strap

Before the new watch strap can be installed, the old one must be removed. This can be done by means of the pushpins. These pushpins connect your belt with both sides of the watch case. See the video above.


Some watch straps have easy pushpins, for example straps of the brands Cluse and Fossil. Because there is an extra pin, it can be removed more easily. By moving this pin to the left, the strap automatically pops loose. In the next video you will be guided through the process of changing your watch strap with an easy pushpin. The steps below the video only apply to watch straps without an easy pushpin. These can therefore be left out of consideration.

Steps - disassembling a watch strap with (regular) pushpins

  1. 1. Turn the back of the watch case upwards.
  2. 2. Carefully pull out the pushpin by putting a little tension on it. Gently press to the left to make the pushpin pop out. After this you can pull the watch strap down gently, so that it comes loose.
  3. 3. Remove the pushpin from your strap and check whether it is still in good condition. Replace it when it is damaged. This will prevent you from losing your watch at a later time.
  4. 4. Repeat the steps on the other side so that both straps are removed.

Install your new watch strap

Steps - installing a watch strap with (regular) pushpins

  1. 1. Turn the back of the watch upwards.
  2. 2. Take the pushpin and gently push it through the new watch strap.
  3. 3. Place the pushpin between the lugs of the watch case.
  4. 4. While holding the watch strap in place with your thumb, gently press the other end of the pushpin into the opening of the other side.
  5. 5. Repeat the steps on the other side.
  6. 6. Check if the pins are secured properly by carefully pulling on the strap several times.

Disassembling your old Swatch watch strap

Last but not least, also Swatch straps can be replaced. This is done in a different way than other brands. See the video below for instructions.

Disassemble your old Nato watch strap

Another type of watch strap is a Nato watch strap. Although this type of strap is completely different from the other watch straps described above, a Nato strap can also easily be disassembled. See the video below.

If you are unable to remove your old watch strap or fasten the new one, you can always contact us. We are happy to help you.