How to Change Your Watch Band: From Dressy to Sporty Like the CDB04001D

October 25th, 2010 | No Comments

If you’re one of the lucky owners of the exclusive Orient CDB04001D racing watch, you know that it has a lot of unique features. Perhaps the most notable of these is the urethane band, which was made to mimic the tread pattern of a race car tire.

A watch’s band is a vital element to its overall appeal. A leather band is classic and versatile. A stainless steel band is elegant and formal. A urethane band is casual and sporty.

Why Change Your Watch Band?

You can give your watch a total makeover just by changing its band. So if you didn’t get one of the 2,007 CDB04001D models that were made, you can still get the unique sporty look of it by taking one of your favorite watches and changing its band to a sportier one.

Take the Orient CEVAD001B for example. As part of the Urban collection, it’s versatile. It’s dressy enough to wear to the office but can be worn with more casual attire as well. The Orient CDB02002B has a more casual look, but shares the same versatility as the CEVAD001B.

Both models have a leather band, and changing either to a urethane band would give it the sporty, racecar inspired look of the CDB04001D without having to buy a new watch.

Switch Your Watch Band in 3 Key Steps

Here’s a simple step-by-step guide for how to change a leather watch band. But before I explain how to do it, there are a few key terms you’ll need to know:

Spring bar: the metal bar mounted between a watch’s case lugs

Spring bar tool: a tool you’ll need to change your watch band. You can find them on

Case lug: protrusions from the case of a watch that holds the spring bar

1. Size the new band.

The first thing you’ll need to do is measure your watch band to ensure that the band you are replacing it with will fit. With a ruler, measure the width of the leather band at the point where it is attached to the case.

When you’re looking for your new, sporty watch band, you’ll want to make sure that it’s the same width as the leather one you’re removing. Also, make sure it’s long enough to fit your wrist.

2. Remove the original band.

When you’re ready to replace the band, set the watch on a flat surface, like a table. It’s a good idea to put down a towel so that you can make sure you don’t lose any watch parts.

To remove the leather band, insert the spring bar tool in between the case lug and the watch band. (You may need to use a magnifying glass to see the parts).

Catch the forked end of the spring bar tool on the watch’s spring bar. Once that’s done, push the tool down toward the band until the spring bar is detached from the case lug.

Once the spring bar is detached, you’ll be able to pull the watch band off. Be careful not to lose the spring bar.

Repeat this process on the other end of the band.

3. Replace with new band.

Now you’re ready to put the new band on. First, insert the spring bar into your new watch band if it doesn’t already have one.

Take one end of the spring bar and insert it into the small pinhole on the watch’s case lug. Then use the tool to depress the spring bar on the other side. Line the spring bar up with the pinhole on the other case lug, and it should snap into place.

Repeat the process on the other side of the band.

After those simple steps, your watch will have a whole new look.

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