Removing strap and buckle

Find out how to disassemble your old strap

Guide to removing the strap and buckle

To remove the old strap from the lugs of your watch and fit the new one follow the steps below:

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1. Replacing the old strap - step 1

The strap is normally fixed to the watch with spring lugs. First, use tweezers to locate the end of the spring lug between the watchstrap and the case.

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2. Replacing the old strap - step 2

Then push in the end of the lug to extract it from the hole in the case and remove the first side of the strap. Perform the same operation on both sides. If the lugs are still in good condition, they can be reused with the new strap.

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3. Replacing the buckle - step 1

To remove the buckle, use tweezers as for the strap. Place it between the buckle and the strap on one side and push the end of the spring lug towards the centre.

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4. Sostituzione fibbia - step 2

Estrai quindi l’ansa a molla facendo attenzione a non perdere l’ardiglione, ovvero il puntale della fibbia che viene infilato nei buchi del cinturino.

Other useful tips

  • Some straps are attached to the watch with screws. Usually these are small screws visible on the sides of the lug pins on the lug. To remove this type of strap, simply unscrew the screws with a small screwdriver and screw them back onto the new product. ColaReb® straps can be mounted on this type of watch as long as there is a steel stem inside the removed strap that can be reinserted and reused in the new strap.

  • Often the older or period wristwatches do not have spring lugs but have fixed bars onto which to anchor the strap. If you have a fixed bar watch, discover the ColaReb® Strip Strap and Open collections.

  • If the ends of the buckle have perforated holes, it is possible to remove the spring lug from the outside, using the pointed end of a tweezer.

  • Some straps have buckles with screws. Usually these are small screws visible on the sides. To remove this type of buckle, simply unscrew the screws with a small screwdriver and screw them back onto the new buckle. ColaReb® does not produce straps that use buckles with screw connections.

  • If the buckle of an old strap is to be kept and has a large tip (prong), it is important to check that the holes of the new strap are the same size as those of the original strap.