So we had a question this week regarding watch straps for fixed bars and I thought i’d address it here
Firstly, What is a watch strap for fixed bars? Also called a watch strap with open ends, this type of watch strap is used for watches which don’t have the spring bars or screwed pins more common on modern watches, but have bars which are fixed to the watch and cannot be removed. For this reason, the watch strap has to have open ends in order to be attached to the fixed bars. One piece watch straps work too, but we’ll get to that later.
1. 2 piece watch strap with a clip end
This type of watch strap looks very similar to a standard watch strap but instead of having the holes for a spring bar, the end of the strap is extended and bent over 180 degrees towards the underside. The strap is reinforced, usually with metal so that the clip stays closed whilst fitted to the watch.
Here’s a picture to explain what I mean:
Open End Watch Strap – Clip Watch Strap
The strap is fitted by pulling the clip apart carefully and sliding the underside between the fixed bar and the watch.
2. 2 piece watch strap with glued ends
This type of watch strap looks quite different to a standard watch strap before it’s been fitted, but once it’s been fitted, you’ll hardly notice the difference. You’ll notice a watch strap which is to be glued will have a flap at the end of each of the pieces of watch strap. This flap and the underside of the strap are coated with a glue which is to be activated when fitting the strap. Here’s what they look like:
Open End Watch Strap – Glue Watch Strap
This type of strap is fitted by threading the watch strap half between the fixed bar and the watch from the top, with the glue side facing away from the watch. You will then need to activate the glue by using a form of acetone (e.g. nail polish). Once the glue has become sticky, fold over the end of the strap onto the underside of the strap and press and hold firmly for a few seconds until the glue has worked and the strap stays together on its own. Repeat the process for the second half of the watch strap.
3. 2 piece watch strap with splint ends
This type of strap is similar to the glue watch straps but instead of fixing the strap with glue, it is fixed with splints. This is also best explained with a photo:
Open End Watch Strap – Splint Watch Strap
This type of strap is also fitted by threading the watch strap half between the fixed bar and the watch from the top, with the splint side facing away from the watch. You will then need to open the splints either with your fingers or a pair of small pliers. Once they are 90 degrees to the strap, fold over the flap at the end of the watch strap and thread the splints through the holes in the flap. You will then need to close the splints again to hold the strap in place.
4. One-Piece watch strap
This type of strap can be used for both standard watches with spring bars and watches with fixed bars, assuming the thickness of the strap is not larger than the gap between the fixed bar and the watch.
Some one-piece watch straps have 2 layers (as shown in the picture above). If this is the case remove the long piece from the metal loop so that the strap is in a V-shape. Thread the long end between the fixed bar and the watch from the top, with the underside of the strap facing away from the watch. You will then need to thread the long part back up between watch and the fixed bar on the other side of the watch. Once the long piece is threaded through the fixed bars, thread it through the loop at the end of the shorter part again and pull the strap taught. If you would prefer the straps buckle to be fitted the other way around, thread from the other side first. This is simply a matter of taste.
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That’s it for now
Rob from Watchbandcenter