How to Repair a Seiko Watch Band

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How to Repair a Seiko Watch Band
A watch band will need repairs after wears of fastening and unfastening. (old wrist watch image by Astroid from

Continually putting on and taking off your Seiko watch can cause the band to break down and the attachments to loosen. Every watch owner should know how to fix a watch band so they do so in the comfort of their own home.

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Things you need

  • Leather cleaner
  • Leather conditioner
  • Pin pinch set
  • Replacement bands
  • Towel
  • Watch pin set
  • Watch screwdriver set

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    Poke new notches in a leather band with a pin punch set. A pin punch set is specially sized to create the appropriate sized notches in your watch. Most leather band watches, after extended use, will have their notches stretch out. This makes it harder for the watch latch to lock in place. A pin punch set will allow you to make a new notch to use.

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    Remove leather and steel bands with a watch screwdriver set. These sets have screwdrivers designed to remove the extremely small screws that are used in your Seiko watch. You can either order a new band from Seiko or purchase a generic band as a replacement. The only requirement is to replace the old band with one of the exact same size. A properly fitting band will ensure all the screws can be fastened correctly when you start the replacement process. Some metal bands use pins to fasten everything together. In this situation, you'll need a watch pin set to remove the band and replace.

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    Apply leather cleaner and conditioner to a leather strap that is still functional but has a worn look to it. Over time, leather can dry out and become brittle. Leather cleaner will help you remove all the dirt and other filth that has been collecting on the band over the years. Leather conditioner will hydrate the leather and rejuvenate some of the elasticity it has lost. This will prevent further damage caused to the band that occurs through brittleness.

Tips and warnings

  • Check your warranty before you start to fix your watch by yourself. Some warranties may require you to send in the watch for repairs.
  • Be careful when working with gold Seiko watches. Gold is a very malleable metal. This means it can be stretched and bent very easily. You may want to consider calling a watchmaker, repair store or sending your watch to the manufacturer if you have a gold watch band in need of repairs.

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