How to Change a Nike Watch Strap

Updated April 17, 2017

Nike originated in the 1970s in the United States, and it has become one of the most iconic brands in the world. In the 1990s, the company began to manufacturer and sell watches, most designed with sports functions such as lap counting and score keeping. According to Nike Service, some watch bands from Nike are not user serviceable and must be sent in to Nike for replacement. If a band is constructed with the traditional pins, it can be changed by the user.

Place the watch face down on the soft cloth, to prevent scratching the watch face during this process.

Find the spring bar attachment point. This is where the band is attached to the watch case by a small metal bar. This bar will be visible near the watch case on the edge of the band (on some rubber straps, a small piece of rubber may need to be pulled aside).

Push the ridge on the spring bar pin away from the watch lug, in toward the band, using the spring bar tool (or another flat tool that will fit). When done correctly, this will pull the pin out of one side of the band, and allow you to pull the band away from the watch. Repeat this for both halves of the band.

Remove the bars from your old strap--if your replacement strap did not include spring bars--and insert them into the new strap.

Place the straps next to the watch, checking to make sure that you will be attaching the straps in correct alignment.

Replace the straps by placing one side of the spring bar into the hole in the lug, then press the other side in while sliding the bar into place. Gently pull on the band to check that it is properly seated. Repeat this for both sides of the watch, then enjoy your replacement band.


If your watch does not seem to have a pin-based construction, do not attempt to change the band. Some Nike watches can only be changed by Nike Service.


Be careful whenever using metal tools around your watch, as they can easily scratch the case.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Spring bar tool
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David Hicks has recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in public affairs, with a focus on bioethics and social policy from a small private college in New York. He has been writing for more than 10 years, and spent the last four technical writing while not mired in schoolwork. Professionally, Hicks has published material on eHow, Answerbag and other websites.