Gen­eral tips for the strap­shift­ing DIY en­thu­si­ast.

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Full Immersion -

01 HAVE PROPER TOOLS Most watches use spring bars to hold the straps to the watch, so use a spring bar tool for watches with drilled lugs. It also won’t hurt to have some spare spring bars, in case you break or lose the one you’re us­ing. For watches with screw bars in­stead of spring ones, a set of jew­eller’s screw­drivers should do the trick. These come in dif­fer­ent sizes so get a com­plete set if you’re un­sure of what size you need. 02 PRO­TECT YOUR WATCH Most guides will ad­vise you to work with the un­der­side of the watch fac­ing up to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal scratches to the crys­tal, but some find it eas­ier to work with the watch on the side. Ei­ther way, it’s good to cover the case with mask­ing tape or lay­ers of thick cling wrap be­fore you be­gin. You can place your watch in a non-metal­lic vice for bet­ter grip. 03 PRE­PARE YOUR WORKSPACE It will take some time and pa­tience if this is your first time (ex­pe­ri­enced strap swop­pers claim to be able to do the job with a pa­per clip), so make sure you have a well-lit, spa­cious sur­face to work on. Lower your chair as far as you can so you’ll be as close to your watch as pos­si­ble, while also giv­ing your el­bows a rest – yes, just like an ac­tual watch­maker.

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