This article was originally posted at CNET a few days ago; I liked it – so much so that I decided to add my own thoughts to it. You can read the original post here, in case you are interested in going through a point-to-point instructions manual.
Why write something that’s already written somewhere else?
That’s a good question. Normally, I don’t like to botch my website with rewrites of articles that are already famous. I do rewrite stuff under the following conditions:
- As long as it is something interesting
- As long as I know a lot of stuff about the subject
- As long as I know that by adding my two bits, someone out there could get some help from my content
Coming back to the subject of smartwatches, and repairing their broken bands, the article at CNET brought back precious memories from my childhood. I am an 80s child; 29 year old, and in my time, there was no such thing as a smartwatch. All we had were good old men and women wristwatches under different brand names, such as, but not limited to, Rado, Omega, Casio, and Quartz etc.
Some time later, the companies started releasing wristwatches with digital display; it really took off as a huge success. My mom and dad would often buy my wristwatches. They never bought branded watches for me because they knew that I’d break them. So I’d go on about wearing one wristwatch after another. Sometimes, their band would come off, or break and then we’d have to take it to the vendor for repairs.
So this is why I chose the article. It reminded me of my childhood, and all thanks to technology, we no longer need to rely on going to vendors when we can repair smartwatches/ wristwatches at home.
How to change your smartwatch wrist band on your own?
You can use the same exact method to change your wristwatch band; smartwatches are not an exception here. For instance, CNET emphasized on one particular brand: Pebble; it is a popular smartwatch maker with over 300,000 sales across the world.
Now I am going to take a general approach here. I know for a fact that the writer wrote about Pebble for marketing purposes. It is as if directing the users to purchase Pebble smartwatch units without leaving them the element of choice.
I like to recommend any number of watches. You can go to Amazon, BestBuy (slightly expensive) or dedicated smartwatch companies’ websites to make your purchase. The only thing you need to bear in mind is the spring lock mechanism of the smartwatch/ wristwatch you are considering buying. So many things have changed over the last couple of years, but the spring lock mechanism is still the same.
The area where a wristwatch’s band joins the main body of the wristwatch is where the spring lock mechanism is installed. When you look at the connection areas closely, you will see a small cylindrical tube with spring operated tips. Pebble’s wristbands are compatible with the 22mm size wristbands; you need to keep this size measurement in mind when buying a new band.
The only tool you’ll ever need is the “Spring bar tool.” It is a small pointy metal tool that helps users dislodge the faulty spring lock for replacement. In my good old days, I’d simply use a pointy knife and slip it between the adjoining areas to take out the wristband. However, if you are feeling modest and need to purchase the tool, it is available for $7 at Amazon.
Once you have the tool, simply slide its pointed tip between “the base of the watch and the strap.” The idea is to press the spring-ish button at the end of the spring lock so that it can come out of the socket. Repeat the process for the other band, as you need to take both of them out one by one.
Afterwards, slide the spring lock cylinder carefully inside the small hole at the end of your new wristwatch/ smartwatch band. Now slip one end of the spring lock in the socket and press the other end’s tip with the Spring bar tool to slip the lock in place.
I accidentally broke my smartwatch/ wristwatch spring lock! Help me please:
Yeah, the spring lock is very delicate. It can break easily, so there’s no need to panic. There are three solutions to this dilemma:
- You can try and repair the spring lock cylinder on your own.
- You can also take it to the vendor. He/she will replace it with a new one. These spring locks are very cheap, and only take 3 – 7 minutes to replace.
- You can buy them in bulk from Amazon or any other online retailer of your choice.
Either way, once you have the new spring locks for your wristwatch, you can use them sparingly for an indefinite amount of time. Feel free to share your opinions through the comments section below.
PS: I am still using the traditional wristwatch. The idea of smartwatches does not sit well in my head. Sometimes, there are things in life that you don’t want to change.