Any tips for new collectors changing straps馃槩

It's just very hard for me to change the starps without hurting my watches.

This is a new watch for 3days only and I have already scratched it馃槶

It's fine in my opinion, it makes it "yours truly"..

My only tip would be to make sure that you have the proper tool for the strap change, a Bergeon if you can. Then never "force" but be gentle 馃檹馃徎馃槉

You can tape around the lugs or springbar tool. Bergeon also makes a plastic springbar tool so it's less likely to make scratches.

madminuteman

You can tape around the lugs or springbar tool. Bergeon also makes a plastic springbar tool so it's less likely to make scratches.

Yeah, painter鈥檚 tape works pretty well. Doesn鈥檛 leave any residue.

Scratch the watch. It鈥檚 fine.

One of my mistakes about this issue was that i didn鈥檛 use the proper tool! Hope it helps!

I鈥檓 more clumsy and end up stabbing myself with the tools so scratching the watch is secondary concern. That being said, get some quick release straps after getting the OEM one off.

Oddly enough, I have the Bergeon tool, but it sits in the box. These cheapo Chinese tools have much smaller prongs, which make it easier to get into tight spaces:

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Get used to scratches on watches or invest in a nice pair of spring bar pliers. Not fool proof, but does make it a little easier.

I use a thin blade, like a scalpel and a card sleeve wedged between knife and lug. The tools are ok but in my opinion they are just way too thick.

Do you have proper tools? If you have suitable tools, the tips don't have to touch the case at all.

SpecKTator

I鈥檓 more clumsy and end up stabbing myself with the tools so scratching the watch is secondary concern. That being said, get some quick release straps after getting the OEM one off.

I do this soooo often馃槀Nothing quite as irritating as stabbing yourself in the thumb with a spring bar tool for the second or third time changing a strap!