How to Replace a Rubber Strap on an Oakley Watch

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How to Replace a Rubber Strap on an Oakley Watch
Replace the band yourself. (Men's Sports Wrist watch image by Sujit Mahapatra from Fotolia.com)

Oakley, founded in 1975, has long been in the business of making fashionable and practical eyewear. Recently, Oakley has moved into watch making, and has surprised the world with innovative and interesting watches. Oakley's watch range has continually expanded, and the firm offers quality timepieces in various patterns and metals. Replacing a strap is not difficult with the proper tools, but requires some knowledge and instruction.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Spring bar tool
  • Oakley watch
  • Soft cloth
  • Replacement band

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the watch face down on a table, on top of the soft cloth to prevent the crystal from becoming scratched.

  2. 2

    Locate the spring bar attachment point. This will usually be visible on the underside of the watch where the band meets the watch case. You may need to peel back a movable section of the rubber watch band.

  3. 3

    Use the spring bar tool (or another flat, small tool) to push the spring bar away from the watch lug. The tool should catch a raised section on the spring bar, and the band to be lightly pulled out of the watch. Repeat this for the other half of the watch band.

  4. 4

    Check your replacement strap for spring bars. If it does not include new spring bars, remove the bars from your old strap and move them to the new band.

  5. 5

    Place the new watch band in proper orientation with the watch case, with the straps pointing upwards.

  6. 6

    Reverse step 3, placing one half of the spring bar in its attachment point, then pushing the other half inward so the band can be slid into its attachment point. Gently pull the band to check for proper hold. Repeat for both halves.

Tips and warnings

  • Some Oakley watches may use different attachment methods. If needed, consult your local Oakley dealer.

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